Leadership is both a research area and a practical skill encompassing the ability of an individual or organization to “lead” or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations to accomplish a common task.
In order to lead effectively in your company, you will have to achieve a certain balance and work on key skills to grow as a leader.
These are the top 10 skills you need to consider:
1. Adaptation to change
Mishaps and last-minute changes always occur at work. Leaders need to be flexible, accepting whatever changes come their way. Employees will appreciate your ability to accept changes in stride and creatively problem solve.
Similarly, leaders must be open to suggestions and feedback. If your staff is dissatisfied with an aspect of the office environment, listen to their concern and be open to making necessary changes. Employees will appreciate a leader’s ability to accept appropriate feedback. As a leader, you should know how to adapt to both changes and each of the members of your team. You may or may not have a particular personality that will provide you with a certain character, but there are certain social skills that you can learn in order to lead your team more effectively.
2. Strategic vision
Effective leaders do not lose sight of the strategic dimension of their business, and this is why you have to invest time to identify threats and strengths that affect your competitiveness. As a leader, you want to be up to date on the news, innovations and transformations in your sector.
3. Analysis skills
Effective leadership skills have a lot to do with knowing your own business and being able to analyze the existing relationships among the different departments, as well as the way your employees interact with each other. By analyzing the internal function of your company, you will get the most of your team, optimize your resources and encourage a spirit of cooperation.
4. Networking and customer orientation
If there is something that a business should care about, that is the customers. Your leadership role should be focused on meeting their needs so that you can ensure your company’s growth in the medium and long term. Watch your public image and work on developing a professional network (networking) that will multiply the chances of success for your business.
Leaders who try to take on too many tasks by themselves will struggle to get anything done. These leaders often fear that delegating tasks is a sign of weakness, when in fact it is a sign of a strong leader.
Therefore, you need to identify the skills of each of your employees, and assign duties to each employee based on his or her skill set. By delegating tasks to staff members, you can focus on other important tasks. Some skills that make a good delegator include:
Accepting feedback from employees
Allotting resources for employees
Assessing employee strengths and weaknesses
Evaluating employee performance
Identifying measurable outcomes
Matching the task to the right employee
Trust in employees
6. Effective communication
It is impossible to lead efficiently if you don’t work on your communication skills. Here, your listening skills and your expertise when transmitting the messages to your team both come into play. The key is to communicate transparently and clearly. As a leader, you need to be able to clearly and succinctly explain to your employees everything from organizational goals to specific tasks.
A large part of communication involves listening. Therefore, leaders should establish a steady flow of communication between themselves and their staff or team members, either through an open-door policy or regular conversations with workers.
Leaders should make themselves regularly available to discuss issues and concerns with employees. Other skills related to communication include:
Facilitating group conversations
Reading body language
7. Conflict management
If you are a leader, you have a responsibility not only to solve the conflicts that will be inevitably generated within your team, but also to be able to detect them before it is too late to fix them. In conflict resolution it is essential to know your peers. Ask, listen to different versions, show empathy and act with justice.
8. Motivate and encourage teamwork
Leaders need to inspire their workers to go the extra mile for their organizations; just paying a fair salary to employees is typically not enough inspiration (although it is important too). There are a number of ways to motivate your workers: you may build employee self-esteem through recognition and rewards, or by giving employees new responsibilities to increase their investment in the company.
Your effective leadership skills will be better the more you encourage teamwork and delegate certain tasks to the right person. Delegating effectively will help develop the potential of your team members and increase the confidence and sense of belonging of the group.
9. Emotional intelligence and positive attitude
Among the most important personal skills a leader should have are definitely those that favor self-leadership: a good leader must be a person with a positive attitude and emotional intelligence, who will manage stress well and accept constructive criticism. Building confidence and keeping optimism alive will get you out of tense situations and it will be especially valuable to develop and improve the skills of your team. A positive attitude can go a long way in an office. You should be able to laugh at yourself when something doesn’t go quite as planned; this helps create a happy and healthy work environment, even during busy, stressful periods. Simple acts like asking employees about their vacation plans will develop a positive atmosphere in the office, and raise morale among staff members.
10. Productivity and time management
Do not try to lead effectively if you don’t know how to schedule your day for it to be productive. Learn to prioritize your tasks, set and define goals, meet deadlines and, in short, keep your stress under control and modify your habits for efficient time management.