Being a leader is not just about managing others. It’s also about being a positive role model, accepting personal responsibility for your actions, and taking the lead to increase your contribution to the organization. Personal leadership is also about communicating well with others, being able to manage conflict when it arises, and inspiring others to be their best. When you make the effort to build your personal leadership skills, you increase your contribution to the organization, are seen as a valuable player, and create future opportunities for your career.
Research conducted by Zippia discovered that “only 10% of people are natural leaders, and another 20% show some qualities of basic managerial talent that can be cultivated into high-quality leadership.” Therefore, there is always room to learn and grow into an excellent leader.
Lead by example
Your employees are watching how you conduct yourself, which makes you the framework for what is expected in the workplace. Show your team through your own actions what you expect from them. Also, be accountable for your own actions, and display responsibility when needed.
The behaviours and work ethic that you exhibit in your day-to-day work life are likely to encourage others to follow in your footsteps. When leaders set a high standard in their own work, their team is more likely to do the same.
Communication is key
As a leader, you want to ensure you create an environment where individuals feel comfortable and safe in expressing their concerns and opinions. You also need to be an effective communicator. This means that you should always be clear in your expectations, vision, and goals for the business as well as employees.
Also, remember the importance of non-verbal communication. Successful leaders are excellent listeners who encourage open and honest communication amongst all the members of their business or organization.
Make it a priority to celebrate the wins and successes of your team and workers. Zippia reported that “69% of employees say they would work harder if they felt their efforts were better recognized.” Those who feel that their efforts are appreciated are more likely to be highly engaged, and committed to the success of the business.
Understand your team
A leader is only as successful as their team. Building relationships with your team members is key! Understand and recognize the unique talents of your employees, and utilize their skills accordingly. It is also imperative to trust your employees within their roles, allowing them the space and support to see them excel in their designated positions.
It is essential that your employees feel that they are being paid attention to, and that they appreciate feedback and suggestions along the way. When you create a healthy workplace environment, providing feedback to your team is done with respect and trust. In cultivating this positive environment, your employees are open to both positive and negative feedback, where they are encouraged to improve, learn, and grow.
Successful leaders are committed to continuous learning and improvement, both in relation to themselves and to their team. DF Safety offers a course, Building Your Leadership Skills, which will help you strengthen your expertise for whatever role you may have, now as well as in the future. If you have any questions, please contact our team today.