he newspaper headlines, blogs, social media, TV programs are talking about leaders, leadership qualities and people who occupy high positions in government, enterprises and multinational corporations more and more every day.
We understand that all these high positions are not the main things we should talk about. Leadership is not about the profession, place of a particular person in the hierarchy of the company or government body. It doesn’t make anyone a strong leader.
Being a strong leader means acquiring management skills which allow you to lead people, to get them to the new achievements and high results. That’s the ticket. It doesn’t matter you are a small company manager or an industry leader the next list of TOP-10 management skills will boost your effectiveness, will make you a strong leader.
1. Always Inspire the Team
Remember that your job is not just about hitting goals, enhancing sales or raising profits. We both realize the importance of these indicators for stakeholders and investors.
Now let’s focus on leading your team. Be rooted in reality and always strive to give your empathy, perspective to all circumstances and situations you encounter.
Roll up your sleeves and inspire:
- Be visible among your staff to become their inspiration. There is no chance to be a good leader hiding in your office on a top floor;
- Join your team to complete ad-hoc projects. Believe us, your participation and contribution is always inspiring;
- Focus on each person’s strengths, stay enthusiastic with his/her contribution;
- Be closer to your team;
- Find the right words. It may be the biggest challenge of the day, the right words in a difficult situation can show that you are a really good leader.
Need more inspirations? This article can help:
2. Make a Wise Delegation Your Number One Priority
It is obvious that you can’t do everything by yourself. Moreover, you shouldn’t do that.
Your ability to delegate responsibilities shows that you trust your staff, you are sure in their competitiveness.
It is the best thing that you can do within a team environment. You’re able to kill two birds with one stone: you can reduce your own stress level and make the workplace more friendly showing confidence in workers’ abilities.
How to delegate to the right person?
When you’re thinking about the person who will take some responsibilities consider three factors:
- The relevance between the skills, experience of the person and the delegated tasks;
- Working style (is he or she is a team player or independent performer; does he has goals which correspond with the responsibilities which you want to delegate?);
- The workload of the person (does he/she has time to take new responsibilities or this delegation requires some reshuffling of responsibilities).
Check out Lifehack’s CEO advice on how to delegate:
3. Stay Responsible and Don’t Blame
Failures always happen. You need to accept this fact and learn how to overcome them. Your job is not to find who is wrong but to take responsibility together with your staff.
Make your subordinates understand that all of them are accountable for the decisions they make. Remember that you are their leader, you should take a part of the responsibility for their actions.
Always give them a pat on the back if you see their good results but don’t blame in case of failure. Make an atmosphere in which everyone feels your support and willingness to realize mistakes together and work on their improvement hand by hand.
Taking personal responsibility for your company and everything that happens in it including failures will motivate your employees to follow you.
Don’t make excuses, better do this:
- Take your personal responsibility for the failure;
- Try to work on the problem to fix it;
- Think about what you should have done before to prevent this mistake and what to improve in the future.
4. Encourage Creative Thinking and Innovations
What is the difference between the follower and the leader? The leader always looks ahead, he is not afraid of innovations, creative approaches to management and business processes.
Innovative and creative thinking are qualities which make you stand out from the crowd and enable your team to get 200%, not 100% of the result.