Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leadership is about setting direction, building an inspiring vision, and creating something new. It is as much about mapping out where you need to go to succeed as a team or a business as it is about managing your team. Leaders will need to cultivate the following skills to effectively guide their team to work for the success of their business.

Vision – great leaders have a vision of the future, of where the business should go, and how to reach it. While they might have to change their tactics, they maintain the strategic outlook necessary to guide their businesses to the best future possible. Being able to convey this vision to your team will inspire and motivate them to work harder.

Motivation – leaders inspire their staff to go the extra mile to achieve the vision of the company. One way, to do this is through recognizing and rewarding the employees’ hard work. This recognition boosts their self-esteem and their willingness to put more effort into the business, as the success of the business will also mean their success.

Communication – leaders must learn to communicate clearly and succinctly with their staff about organizational goals and specific tasks. However, great communication is not just about being able to convey information. A large part of effective communication involves listening. As a leader, you should develop a flow of communication with your staff and make yourself available to discuss any issues or concerns with them.

Team building – part of being a great leader is being able to work in a team. Knowing the strengths, weaknesses, and interests of each member will allow you and the rest of the team to work more efficiently together. Additionally, successful team building can generate creative ideas, as the team members would feel more comfortable sharing ideas with each other.

Delegation – a key to becoming a successful leader is delegating. Leaders who take on too many tasks by themselves will struggle to get anything done on time. It is important as a leader to identify specific skills of the team members and delegate tasks accordingly. This will allow you to focus on more important tasks.

Flexibility – anything could go wrong at the last minute. Being able to accept the last minute changes and creatively solve the problems as they arise will distinguish you as a leader. Your employees will certainly appreciate you for this quality.

Constructive Feedback – being an effective leader requires you to give constructive feedback to your team regarding their work. Rather than micromanaging their work, a leader should teach their team members to improve their work and make their own decisions. A leader should also be able to accept constructive feedback regarding their leadership skills and adjust their management style accordingly.

Developing your leadership skills will allow you to improve your business by harnessing your employees’ talents, energy, and creativity, while giving them room to grow as professionals. Your reputation as a business and as an employer will certainly improve as you learn to lead your team effectively.

Source: Cambodia Ngeay Ngeay / http://ngeayngeay.co/developingleadership/

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