The ability to have a diverse set of leadership skills differentiates great leaders from average leaders, particularly in today’s environment. The desire for continuous improvement through self-reflection and learning are examples of such skills. A leader cannot afford to neglect their development skills, otherwise, the company’s culture will begin to deteriorate. With this being said, here are three ways to elevate your leadership skills.
Be open to feedback:
One criticism that many employees have about their leaders is they don’t feel comfortable going to them and opening up about issues within the company. This can often cause employee morale to decrease significantly resulting in the loss of dedication by the employees. One way to engage employees and improve employee morale is to have sessions where employees are encouraged to voice their opinion about any potential threats or opportunities within the context of the company. Not only will employees feel more empowered and respected, but it will also allow leaders to take appropriate action, as appropriate. This behavior will improve the work culture for everyone.
Build a connection with your team:
Often, leaders and employees are occupied with fulfilling the daily requirements of their job that there is very little time for team-building activities. Team-building activities are great for building trust, boosting performance, employee morale, and building closer employee relationships. If your company does not have time to undertake team-building activities then make sure to engage in collaborative projects/tasks to avoid employee burnout. In addition, being transparent with your team about issues and opportunities occurring within the company will go a long way in establishing trust. Being approachable as a leader is an underrated skill.
Treat employees in a unique way:
Often, you’ll hear leaders say that every employee should be treated the same to prevent any discrimination, prejudice or other litigious behaviors. Although in practice this may be true, you have to recognize that people are different and have different personalities, strengths, and limitations, therefore it’s important to adapt your leadership style towards each individual in your company. There are some individuals that need more time to learn and need more guidance, while others learn quickly and need less guidance. Learning people’s different styles of how they prefer to be managed will also set you apart as a leader. As an example, if you’re dealing with an issue involving an employee then one individual may prefer a direct approach, while another employee may need more empathy and emotional support for the same issue, we are all different and it will suit you well to be able to recognize and adapt accordingly.