Leadership is a skill and it is something you learn to master over time. Although some of us have a natural leadership ability, others do not. It is important to keep in mind that your current struggles to be a successful leader may soon be taking you on a path to eventual success.
There is hope for you yet. Studying these key fundamentals of successful leadership will positively impact your team and you will become the leader you aspire to be.
To understand how to be a successful leader, you must first master your communication skills. Communication is one of the main key aspects to being an effective leader. How do you become a successful communicator? The following guidelines will help you understand:
- Making sure people understand your message. Being able to deliver a message is one thing. What really matters is being able to confirm that the message is understood. Even if you have to repeat yourself to get your point across, confirming your message is important effective communication. Always ask your team members if they have any questions when you are speaking or finished speaking. Wait about 10 seconds to let your team members think of questions before moving on to your next point.
- Manage and prevent conflicts with thought and purpose. Conflict amongst team members is never a good sign, handle it immediately. By solving the conflict as soon as it happens, you have control of what could become a toxic environment. Attempt at observing your team members to learn their emotional triggers. This way you can try and stop a conflict before it happens. To avoid conflict, attempt to pair team members with similar working styles. Give praise for individual and team efforts. You must come across as authentic when stating something you appreciate.
Successful leaders know how to engage others. Even though engaging a team takes extra effort and planning, it is crucial in increasing productivity and trust.
- Consider each team members strengths, weaknesses and interests. When deciding which task to assign which team member, observe first or base it off of feedback from individuals. Productivity will increase if a team member is assigned a task they are interested in.
- Encourage feedback in every area of the workplace. Ask your team members for feedback regarding team assignments, project agendas or workplace policies. This will make your team comfortable to approach you as needed. For example, letting your team know that they are welcome to ask you questions, will make them feel like you care.