Many employees are promoted in the workplace due to their skill set, dedication and departmental knowledge. They are seen as a great asset to the company.
However, they may not necessarily have leadership skills. Leadership skills can be learnt with the assistance of excellent mentors.
If you are a manager or an aspiring manager, here are five tips that can help you to become a more effective leader in your workplace.
1. Work on Your Communication
To be an effective leader, you must ensure you are communicating well with your team. You should be able to communicate well both verbally and in the written format. Business communication skills in the workplace are vital if you want your team members to clearly understand their assigned tasks and their role in the success of the team.
Communication also involves listening. It's important to listen to what your team members have to say. Show them that you're listening and they will be more willing to listen to you too.
2. Show Strength
One characteristic of a good leader is the ability to show strength in difficult times. Morale is often lowered when times are tough. This could include system changes, required overtime, changes in management structure and a shift in performance reviews.
As a leader, you are always looked to as an example. Make sure you show your support for the organization and lead by example. When there are difficult times, work as a team to find solutions to problems so that the team as a whole can successfully work through these times.
3. Be a Visionary
As a visionary, you often have ideas of where you would like to see your department and team members. Share your vision with others, inspire and challenge them to make that vision come true.
4. Help Others to Succeed
Leaders are only as effective as their team. If your team is in the same place when you started, it's not going to shine well on your leadership abilities.
People generally want to improve and grow in their roles. Even if the team member does not want more responsibility or to transfer to a new role, they should still grow in some way professionally.
Have one-on-one time with your team members and set up a goal plan on what they would like to see themselves achieve, what you want to see them achieve and how they will get there.
Let them know what you see in them and ask what you can do to help them succeed. Ensure that you follow through on providing the resources.
5. Respect of All
In order to gain respect in the workplace, a true leader shows respect for others. Respect can go a long way in bringing everyone together to achieve the team's goals.
The antithesis is the person who wants to strike fear into their team members. This is not effective leadership. In fact, the result is usually poor productivity and lowered workplace satisfaction as well as a high turnover of staff.
By following these five tips, you may just find that others will be willing to follow.
What are your tips for effective leadership?