Improving Your Leadership Skills

Your leadership skills play a big part in influencing your career development and career path. Technical skills will only take you so far, it is the softer skills, such as the ability to lead, that will help you to get noticed on the job. In the recent blog post, “Why Wait to Acquire the Title of Leader? Develop Your Leadership Skills Today,” seven tips were offered on how to acquire leadership skills to prepare for a leadership role within your organization. The focus of today’s post is to improve the leadership skills that you have been developing.

 

10 Tips to Improve Your Leadership Skills

 

Learn from the masters: Interview senior level managers within the organization to learn how to be a better leader. If an interview is not possible, have informal chats with them at company events, soliciting advice on the steps you can take to improve your leadership skills.

 

Ask for assistance, share the spotlight: Get others involved in important projects to allow them to develop new skills. You will be viewed as a team player, and others will be there for you when you need it.

 

Motivate others: Live your life as an example to others. Walk the walk and talk the talk. Find out what your colleagues want and need, and find ways to help them get it. Recognize each person’s greatest value and motivate them to greatness. When you help others to succeed, they in turn help you to succeed. Recognize others for the good deeds that they are doing, even if it as simple as saying, “Thank you!” And never ask someone to do something that you are not willing to do.

 

Treat others with respect: Treat others the way that you’d like to be treated. The most effective leaders are humble, honest, respectful, and believe in and see the best in others.

 

Improve communication skills: Having great leadership skills require that you are able to clearly articulate your vision, goals, skills, intentions, and expectations to others. And you must also be able to listen to verbal and non-verbal cues.

 

Demonstrate passion: Others will not take note of you unless you live your vision, mission, and values with authenticity and zeal. Be positive and enthusiastic because they’re contagious.

 

Maintain high levels of integrity: Adhere to high standards of professionalism, integrity and transparency. Deliver on the promises that you make, and maintain exemplary standards of performance.

 

Think critically: Anyone who expects to secure a high-profile position has to be able to think critically. Leaders have to be able to foresee problems and threats to the business before they arise, and develop strategies to defuse them from happening. On the other hand, leaders also have to be aware of potential opportunities so that they can exploit them. Keep on top of what is going on in your field, regionally, nationally and internationally, process the intelligence, and take proactive steps.

 

Display confidence, loyalty and commitment: The best leaders are committed to their mission, vision and values, and possess confidence in what they are trying to accomplish – the cause. They are also loyal to the organization, and willing to do what it takes for the greater good of the company.

 

Continue to educate and improve: The most effective leaders recognize that they are a work in progress and continuously evolving. Never stop learning and be open to opportunities to grow and learn.

 

Striving to improve your leadership skills will allow you to become a more valuable employee. In what ways are you working to improve your leadership skills? Please offer your comments.

 

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