Leadership is a skill, and like all skills, it takes practice to become truly great. Mastering these skills will help you become a more effective leader.
- Build Your Emotional Intelligence : Emotional intelligence plays a large role in business success. It has an impact on leaders, employees, and organizations as a whole. It starts with a bit of introspection and a desire to grow and improve yourself as a leader. “Cultivating emotional intelligence starts with self-leadership and self-awareness,” says Mike Zeller, a business architect and mentor to high performers.
- Lead with empathy : Empathy is the ability to be able to understand and relate to the feelings of another person. It can help leaders build deeper connections with their teams and if it’s practiced company-wide, can lead to increased overall success.
- Embrace conflict : Conflict doesn’t have to have a negative connotation. In fact, embracing conflict can actually lead to business breakthroughs and improvements. If there’s a conflict, there’s a reason for it, and if you’re able to truly uncover that reason as well as find a resolution, conflict becomes a powerful tool.
- Get to know your team’s strengths and weaknesses: All great leaders are aware of their team’s strengths and weaknesses and the best leaders work to ensure that employees’ work is aligned with their strengths. “We should all as leaders celebrate each individual person’s genius.
- Embrace change: We’re living in very unpredictable times, and leaders who can’t embrace change will find themselves struggling to stay afloat. Leaders need to be ready and able to adapt at a moment’s notice. “The leaders that are going to win are the ones that thrive on adaptation and rapid change,” says Zeller.
The key to becoming a more effective leader is to practice all of these things until they become second nature. Put in the effort and time it takes to hone these skills and you’ll reap the rewards for the rest of your career.
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