You already know that effective leadership is critical for any team’s success. And learning to become a better leader is a process that never stops.
However, improving your leadership qualities isn’t always as straightforward as we might hope. So, in this article, let’s look at some ways to build the most important leadership skills.
How To Become A Better Leader
Before we get into how to improve, let’s identify our goal. Have you ever thought about what being a good leader actually means?
Here’s one definition that I like: A strong leader inspires and motivates team members to work together toward a common goal, while also providing guidance, support, and direction.
And accomplishing this is not through mastering a single thing. Rather, it’s an ongoing process that requires continual effort and dedication to achieving and upholding the essential aspects of effective leadership.
There are 12 key elements to leadership which, if a balanced approach is achieved, can:
- Enable team success
- Cultivate a favourable work environment
- And promote an environment of growth and learning.
Who wouldn’t want that?
So let’s take a look at each of those elements.
12 Elements Of Good Leadership
1. Lead by example
Being a leader means setting a good example for your team. Be a role model by demonstrating the behaviour and work ethic that you want your team members to emulate.
2. Communicate effectively
Good leadership requires effective communication. Make sure to communicate clearly and concisely, and make yourself available to listen to your team members’ concerns.
3. Empower your team
Offer your team the necessary tools, resources, and support to thrive. Encourage them to take ownership of their work and provide them with the independence to make decisions.
4. Build trust
Trust forms the foundation of a robust team. Be transparent in communication, keep promises, and demonstrate trust in your team members.
5. Provide feedback
Offering regular feedback is crucial for your team members to improve and grow. Ensure your feedback is specific and actionable, recognising and celebrating successes along the way.
6. Develop your team
Promote your team’s development by offering opportunities for training, learning, and growth. Assist your team members in setting goals and providing the necessary support to accomplish them.
7. Foster a positive work environment
Foster a positive and supportive work culture by promoting inclusivity, respect, and teamwork.
8. Be adaptable
Change is unavoidable, and as a leader, it is crucial to be adaptable and flexible. Be receptive to novel ideas and viewpoints, and be willing to pivot when required.
9. Lead with empathy and compassion
Demonstrate concern for the wellbeing of team members by practising empathy. Work to understand their perspectives, emotions, and needs, and act accordingly.
10. Stay focused on the big picture
To be an effective leader, it’s crucial to maintain a big-picture perspective. Set goals and objectives that align with your organisation’s mission and values, and convey them clearly to your team members.
11. Stay organised
Effective leadership demands robust organisational skills. Stay accountable, delegate tasks efficiently, and manage your time judiciously.
12. Continuously learn and grow
Great leaders are always learning and evolving. Explore new knowledge, take risks, and push yourself to be better each day.
So, how would you rate yourself on these 12 key attributes of good leadership?
If you would like guidance and support to achieve all 12 consistently and learn to lead your team with confidence and deeper impact, consider booking a free discovery call to explore how we can work together.
I work with leaders who range from agency team leaders and small business owners all the way to large organisation executives, to help them become more effective leaders. I’d love to help you improve your leadership approach and impact this year.