Leadership Skills for Guaranteed Success


Everyone in this world wants to be with someone who is a perfectionist and has a good leadership style. Now let me say up front that perfectionism is a two-sided coin:

One side, which I commonly refer to as the “Achievement Side”, is expressed as needing to perform in an excellent manner whereby striving for results provides a great level of satisfaction and a sense of pride and accomplishment.

In other words, leaders who live on the Achievement Side of Perfectionism more often than not set goals that take into account both the strengths and the limitations of their team.

This simple behavior increases the likelihood of achieving their goals.

When facing a challenge, these same leaders focus on the Team’s strengths and on how to make things happen.

The other side of the coin I typically refer to as the “Avoiding Failure Side”.

This is where the leader more often than not believes that if work outcomes are anything less than perfect they are unacceptable.


In other words, they are unable to feel satisfaction because in their own eyes they and their direct reports (and peers) never seem to do things well enough to warrant that feeling of satisfaction.


Leaders who live on the Avoiding Failure Side of perfectionism are so prevention oriented, due to their excessive level of “fear to fail”, that they often demand a higher level of performance than is humanly possible for their team.


Okay, now getting to another important point after perfection, soft- skills.

Whether you are an office manager or a project leader, all good leaders require a number of soft skills to help them positively interact with employees or team members. Effective leaders have the ability to communicate well, motivate their team, handle and delegate responsibilities, listen to feedback, and have the flexibility to solve problems in an ever-changing workplace.

Whether you are an office manager or a project leader, all good leaders require a number of soft skills to help them positively interact with employees or team members. Effective leaders have the ability to communicate well, motivate their team, handle and delegate responsibilities, listen to feedback, and have the flexibility to solve problems in an ever-changing workplace.

Here are some skills you need to master upon to become a good leader:-


1]. Communication

As a leader, you need to be able to clearly and succinctly explain to your teammates everything from goals to specific tasks. Leaders must master all forms of communication, including one-on-one, departmental, and full-staff conversations, as well as communication via the phone, email, and social media.

A large part of communication involves listening. Therefore, leaders should establish a steady flow of communication between themselves and their staff or team members, either through an open-door policy or regular conversations with workers. Leaders should make themselves regularly available to discuss issues and concerns with teammates. A good leader should be a:

Active Listener

Have Clarity in thoughts and expressions

Should be concise

Good explainer

Good public speaker

Should master written and verbal communication


2]. Motivation

There are a number of ways to motivate your team:

Build up the self- esteem of your team members by motivating them in the right way.

You can be a good motivator in the following ways:

Allowing autonomy among your teammates

Asking for input

Be convincing and mentor your teammates properly

Remember to be sorry and thank you at right times!


3]. Delegating

Leaders who try to take on too many tasks by themselves will struggle to get anything done. These leaders often fear that delegating tasks is a sign of weakness, when in fact it is a sign of a strong leader.

Therefore, you need to identify the skills of each of your teammate, and assign duties to each teammate based on his or her skill set. By delegating tasks to staff members, you can focus on other important tasks. Some skills that make a good delegator include:

Accepting feedback from teammates

Allotting resources to the team

Defining your expectations precisely

Matching a task with the right employee

Trust in the teammates

Time management


4]. Positivity

A positive attitude can go a long way. You should be able to laugh at yourself when something doesn't go quite as planned; this helps create a happy and healthy work environment, even during busy, stressful periods.

If teammates feel that they work in a positive environment, they will be more likely to want to be at work, and will therefore be more willing to put in the long hours when needed. Some skills that help make for a positive atmosphere in the workplace include:

Being caring

Conflict management

Encouraging the team

Being empathetic

Being friendly and helping others


5]. Trustworthiness

Teammates need to be able to feel comfortable coming to their leader with questions and concerns. It is important for you to demonstrate your integrity – teammates will only trust leaders they respect.

By being open and honest, you will encourage the same sort of honesty in your teammates. Here are some skills and qualities that will help you convey your trustworthiness as a leader:

Ability to apologize

Confidentiality

Conscientious

Emotional intelligence

Empathy

Honesty

Integrity

Reliability

Respectfulness

Standing up for what is right

Thoughtful


6]. Creativity

As a leader, you have to make a number of decisions that do not have a clear answer; you therefore need to be able to think outside of the box.

Learning to try nontraditional solutions, or approaching problems in nontraditional ways, will help you to solve an otherwise unsolvable problem. Most teammates will also be impressed and inspired by a leader who doesn't always choose the safe, conventional path.


Well the list still continues, but I didn't want to make this post too looooong. So, enough for now! Will continue the rest in the next post.

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