Leadership is a talent, a skill, and a gift that invaluable in the workplace. Leaders play a crucial role on any job site, project, or in working with customers and clients. Maximizing leadership skills is something that everyone can work on, and it is something that you can develop throughout life.
Here are some of the most critical attributes of an effective leader at any level. These skills are essential for a CEO of a multi-national company, but they are equally important for a shift supervisor in a processing plant or a contractor starting a business.
Become A Better Communicator
It is impossible to become a leader if you cannot communicate your vision, your requirements, and your expectations to your team. The best leaders are always good communicators, and this is a skill you can build. Take communication courses, listen to how effective communicators around you talk to others and start to really listen to how you share information with those around you.
Sometimes, helpful feedback can be a great starting point for professional development. Ask the people you work with what you can do to be more effective at sharing information and then look at ways to develop those aspects of your current communication style.
Effective leaders build a strong team around them and then trust the team to make the right decisions and to make effective choices. One of the traits of quality leaders is their ability to delegate tasks to those around them and then trust that person will get the job done.
This doesn’t mean not having deadlines or not checking in, but it means avoiding the temptation to micromanage. In fact, the sign of a top leader is often how the team functions if the leader is not available.
Ethical Standards and Values
To be an effective leader, your team has to see you as an ethical person with values and standards that are consistent. Sometimes, people move up through a workplace and never take the time to develop their own identity and set of professional and personal ethics and values.
This creates a problem, as there is no consistency in how issues are handled, how problems are managed, and perhaps even how the team is treated. Taking the time to consider what you value and where you stand allows you to send a clear signal to the team. This, in turn, guides the team as to what you expect from them.
Being accountable to the team is also an important skill. That means sharing credit for a job well done, but also accepting responsibility if a project or a job has issues or problems.