To be a truly great organisation you need to become a great leader.
Leadership plays an integral part in your organisation’s success and is more than just being the boss. Good leadership is felt throughout the entire organisation.
As a leader you will influence, motivate and energize your staff to bring their best. Successful leaders challenge the status quo and drive improvement through an atmosphere of encouragement and thinking differently.
Effective leadership results in higher productivity, increased emotional intelligence, improved innovation and a more dependable workforce.
The good news is that there are many things you can do to hone your leadership skills and become a great leader.
Find a mentor to help you. Think about who you really admire in your industry. Ask them and you might be pleasantly surprised how they respond.
Create an environment of open discussions. You want to have an atmosphere were staff can disagree with you. It is with the whole team contributing different thinking that breeds innovation.
Get better communication skills. Learn how to speak to a group confidently and with humility. Join a local Toastmasters group or even work with a professional.
Learn how to listen. Don’t always think that you need to provide or know the answer. Good leaders admit when they don’t know the answer, but work with the team to find the solution.
Reward employees for a job done well or put in extra effort. Good leaders maintain high morale and motivate staff to achieve their goals.
Be personable, you need to be approachable and generally respected. Simple things like admitting when you’ve made a mistake and being consistent in your interactions with your team go a long way.
Always look for ways to learn. Read books on leadership. A great example is Daniel Goleman’s book on Primal Leadership. It guides you through four things to develop your emotional leadership:
- Self-awareness –gauge your own mood accurately and know how this affects others
- Self-management – control your emotions and act with honesty and integrity in reliable ways
- Social awareness – understand how your words and actions make others feel and change them when that impact is negative
- Relationship management – communicate clearly and convincingly, disarm conflicts, and build strong personal bonds.
Many leaders make leadership look effortless. But with hard work and dedication we call can learn and improve our leadership skills.
Darren McGarvie is the Director of Flair Group which consists of a range of businesses all designed to help businesses grow and succeed. This includes McGarvie Business Coaching, Flair Space and Flair Marketing.