Being in a management position, you have a direct impact on employee performance and, by association, company initiatives. It is therefore important that you assume your role as a leader in the business and develop your leadership skills. You may already possess some leadership qualities, but there are five specific qualities that will make you a more valuable asset to your superiors, clients and to your employees. Let’s review them.
One of the most important leadership qualities that you can possess as a manager is passion. If you are not passionate about what you are doing, you cannot begin to motivate others to follow your lead. On the other hand, having a passion for what you are doing motivates you to praise employees when they show improved productivity. When you incorporate passion into training modules you can easily spark and execute any number of company initiatives.
- The Ability to Communicate
Great leaders have the practical knowledge necessary to communicate effectively with both employees and superiors. You need to be able to communicate effectively with your employees and colleagues in order to convey the right message across regarding vision and tasks. Your employees need clear, concise direction and you need to be able to do this on a regular basis. You also need to be able to justify your executive decisions to your superiors. In order to do this, you must explain the benefits of what you are doing using the correct template. It is necessary then to be aware of being clear and concise in your communication but also persuasive and always looking to convey ‘what’s in it for the team’ or ‘what’s in it for the organisation’.
- Being Invested in Your Employees
Leaders understand that a business is not a one-man show. It takes everyone playing their own part to make the business cogs turn unimpeded and to keep money coming in. Show your employees that you are invested in them. Don’t just say it. Encourage your employees to take advantage of training opportunities. Invite them to learn something above their pay grade to reignite the spark they had when they first joined. Congratulate your employees when they show outstanding effort and encourage them to do more, rewarding consistent hard work with appropriate recognition, pay or otherwise.
- Encouraging Teamwork
Encouraging teamwork is an integral part of being a leader…a team leader. When employees have a common vision, and each person knows their part, you will see substantial increases in your productivity. Include them in decisions that affect the team and encourage them to solve problems as a group, rather than separately. Teaching them to think critically as a unit will encourage an environment where employees work together to achieve a common goal. This also compels employees to push each other to be more productive and to share ideas with one another.
- Quick and Accurate Decision Making
Both employees and superiors rely on team leaders to make tough calls on a regular basis, to make them quickly and accurately so as to improve adherence to company initiatives. Your employees need to know that someone is there if they have questions or concerns. They need to have a central managerial figure in their workday in order to focus on the task at hand and to be motivated by the need to excel. Our superiors need to know that you can handle the tough calls so that they can focus on what they need to do. The more decisive you are and the more executive calls you make correctly, the more you will become a trusted authority and one of the most valuable assets to your company and team members.
If you want to improve your personal leadership and team leadership skills, contact me about my 1-1 coaching and team facilitation programmes.