Have you ever pondered upon the thought: “What makes a great leader?” Some of us are naturally born leaders while others might not do as great.
However, the good news is leadership skills can be trained, developed, and enhanced through mentoring, coaching and various training courses. Knowing the characteristics that make an exceptional leader might just be the very first step of your endeavour to becoming great at what you are doing.
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Key factors of being a great leader
In today’s fast pace and ever-changing environment, having a strong leader with extensive leadership skills is crucial to the health of the organisation. A great leader, therefore, needs to possess qualities that make them successful, and they are also the role models of the organisation.
So what are the skills required to make a great leader? Here are TRG Talent’s top 3 skills that every leader needs to effectively manage their teams and to drive the company to success.
Do you clearly communicate what you want?
Communication is one of the essential skills that both team members and leaders must have. Without proper communication, problems remain unsolved, thoughts and ideas become unattainable, and everything, generally speaking, just looks chaotic.
Having leaders with effective communication skills benefits not only the team but also the entire organisation. Transparency and collaboration can be enhanced, the workplace environment is healthier, calmer and more stable.
If problems occur among employees, the leader should respond quickly and provide a satisfactory resolution. Furthermore, having effective communication skills will enable the leader to convey his or her message, what they need or want, to the employees. In turns, the leader should also have an open mind to listen to the feedback from their members so that the company can be better as a whole.
Do you know what motivates your staff?
Coming to work should not feel like a torture for you or for any of your employee. They should feel happy and motivated to work on the project that they were assigned to.
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Having motivational skills can greatly enhance the relationship with your subordinates as well as with customers, suppliers, or management level.
Good leadership also includes a step by step motivational strategy in which the leader:
- Recognises the hard work that their employees have done
- Challenges your team and rewards them with what they deserve
- Provides feedback and gives out warnings when needed
- Addresses problems and obstacles that prevent the team from succeeding
- Clearly communicates your expectations and desired outcomes
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Do you delegate or handle all the tasks yourself?
Why is delegation an important part of leadership? Part of being a leader of a team is able to match the right task to the right person. The reduction in your workload can free up much of your time and allow you to focus on more critical issues such as business strategy, analysis or planning.
Delegating the right work to the right work to the right people can significantly increase productivity, bring in new ideas and new perspectives on the issues, thus boost the employee’s morale and confidence.
Delegation can develop team spirit, harmonise the workplace environment and create a hierarchy of authority that is extremely helpful. Your staff always know who they can turn to in order to get the answer needed in case you are absent or obviously overworked. Thus, they can finish their jobs with maximum capabilities.
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Everyone wants to be led by a positive, respectable leader who has a clear sense of direction for the business. Do you consider yourself a great leader? Have you acquired all the necessary skills mentioned above and you have tried your best to maintain them daily? Does your organisation have a well-established leadership development program in which you can clearly see the future of yourself or those who have the potential to move up their career ladder?
If you hesitate on the last question, you might wonder why your organisation has yet developed a leadership program to nurture and further develop potential employees. Not all plans can become a reality, there are instances where the company failed miserably. To understand the reasons for such predicament, download our whitepaper below to find out more!