Tips For Becoming a Better Leader

A good leader gets the best out of his team and positively impacts the chances of success of his or her organization. Being a good leader is much more than just delegating tasks from the swanky corner office. 

Tips For Becoming a Better Leader

Here are nine tips and effective strategies for becoming a better leader at your workplace:

  1. Build and promote an environment of open communication 

If you as a leader want employees to be straight with you, you have to get the ball rolling yourself. You set the tone for all communication and ethics and your team will follow. Great leaders have a way of customizing communication according to their audience’s preferences, such as choosing to Email if a team member is more comfortable communicating using formal written communication when it comes to strategic decisions. 

  1. Try and connect with your team members

A leader must do more than the bare minimum to actually be able to “connect” with his or her team or organization. To be able to get to that mutual state of trust and comfort, a leader must have a good attitude, empathy, compassion, humility and love. 

  1. Be hands on and don’t just dish out orders

A good leader never shrugs away from intervening and shows his or her team what needs to be done when required. Studies have shown that a collaborative work environment generates more productivity than a centrally-controlled and independent work environment.  

  1. Have the right attitude

A positive attitude is one of the marks of a successful leader. When things take a negative turn, as they are bound to from time-to-time, leaders with a positive attitude tend to be better problem-solvers and create a positive work environment for all those around them. 

  1. Encourage your employees’ growth

The best leaders are their employees’ biggest cheerleaders, in both personal and professional life. A good leader will likely not hesitate to delegate challenging jobs to his or her employees, with a view to helping them perform with freedom and grow professionally.  

  1. Create clear goals and expectations for your team and employees

Try and include your employees in decision-making discussions especially when it comes to their goals. A good leader helps employees understand their job better, track progress towards their goal, and identify and be rewarded for their achievements. It’s in your best interest as a leader to let your employees know how they are instrumental in your organization’s success. 

  1. Give and take feedback directly

Be direct in giving and taking any feedback, as far as possible. If you are able to give feedback, both positive and negative, employees will know about jobs well done and areas they need to improve. A good leader will also be open to receiving both positive and negative feedback about important decisions directly. 

  1. Understand what drives you

If you understand your motivations well, you are likely to be a good leader. A top leader will know his or her strengths and weaknesses and also question his or her own motivation to lead at regular intervals. 

  1. Embrace new ideas 

Good leaders are not scared of change. They realize that change is inevitable in maintaining the long-term success of any organization. A leader that encourages his or her employees to come up with new ideas is fostering an organizational culture of innovation, engagement and ultimately, success!

Good leadership takes time. Do not fret if you do not possess a majority of the nine traits and characteristics of good leaders we’ve mentioned above. A lot of these can be worked upon and perfected to set you up to be your organization’s best and most-inspiring leader.

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