What makes a good leader? Is it the way he or she understands the strengths and weaknesses in their team? Is it the way they provide guidance? Or is it the way they deal with a particular situation? The fact remains, there are some qualities of a leader that are intangible. However, it all boils down to who you really are as an individual. Besides, you’re probably pretty set in your extroversion or introversion, but there’s no reason why you can’t try a few things to make yourself an even better, and a far more effective leader.
Here are a few tips, tricks, or strategies to improve your management game:
Be self-awareUnderstanding exactly where you shine allows you to intentionally leverage your strengths. For example, if you’re great at cultivating relationships, use that to your advantage. However, while it’s great to focus on your strengths, understanding your weak spots is equally important so that you can find a way around them and prevent them from holding you back.
Focus on developing talentAny strong leader knows that they can’t and shouldn’t do everything themselves, and they are only as efficient as his or her team. When you rely on your team, you won’t only get the job done, your team begins to trust you and will be willing to help out when given the opportunity to learn and grow. This approach prepares both you and your team to get even more work done in the future.
Be willing to have the tough talkRemember, the absence of information is detrimental to the trust and unity you’ve managed to garner in your respective team. So no matter how difficult or uncertain a situation may be (read: downsizing, mergers, or buyouts) communicate with your team and allow them the opportunity to decide what’s the right way forward for them. People prefer a leader who is honest and willing to have the hard conversations.
Be empatheticStudies have also shown that leaders who are conditioned to see the world from someone else’s point of view produce better outcomes. An empathetic leader always leaves a strong impression.
Ask for adviceThis piece of sage advice hold true, no matter what stage you’re at in your career. Sometimes, you just need help or advice on how to move forward or make a change. Whether it’s a former mentor or a peer that’s heading his or her own team, reach out and relay the situation. And who knows, a fresh perspective may present an avenue you didn’t try before.