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Learn how to be a good leader to improve your team's engagement and success.
Learning to be a good leader can greatly impact the success of your team, your organisation, and yourself.
To be an effective leader, you must understand your own motivations, strengths, and weaknesses.
Great leaders connect with their team by facilitating open communication, encouraging employee growth and development.
Read on for some ideas.
Engage in honest, open communication
One of the most important elements of effective leadership is creating an open line of communication with your team members. Your own honesty and transparency should serve as an example for your team members.
With the responsibility of being a team leader there comes the importance to be straightforward. Your business and its employees are a reflection of yourself. If you make honest and ethical behaviour the key value, your team will follow.
Great leaders are able to suit their interactions and communication styles to each situation and team member, based on individual preferences. They take the time to get to know which communication mode is preferred by each team member (text, email, phone, or face-to-face). They are also great listeners and are authentically interested in other people.
When you display active communication skills and transparency this can build trust among your team. It is important though to be genuine. There’s genuine, and there’s fake.
Be the genuine one!
Connect with your team members
Leading a group of people requires a mutual sense of understanding and trust between the leader and their team. To achieve this, leaders need to learn to connect.
Look at it this way: being a “more human” leader requires positivity, purpose, empathy, compassion, humility, and love. This will put you on the road to genuine connections with the members of your team.
When you build a real, personal connection with your teammates, the trust necessary to build a strong culture of accountability and exceptional performance comes naturally.
If you know your team members’ personalities, interests, strengths, weaknesses, hobbies, and preferences, this will give you some insight into their goals and motivations.
Encourage personal and professional growth
Be the cheerleader of your team! This is an important part of being an effective leader. You need to be invested in their success and growth.
A small budget (could be very small) to dedicate to the growth of your employees pays off hundredfold.
There are so many options today, like on-demand, virtual (and) in-person learning, there’s a great opportunity to continue learning new skills or further developing existing ones.
Empower your employees to take the time to learn.
Employees like challenges and feeling the satisfaction of overcoming them. If it’s a tough client, a difficult sale, a hard situation, or whatever the case, it’s always good to let them take on these challenges.
When leaders believe in their employees and give them the opportunity to learn and grow, they might be surprised at how much they can accomplish. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks and encourage freedom and creativity.
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