It is said that Leaders are made not born. Nature may play a role in planting that seed of leadership skill but nurturing this skill is equally important. Developing your leadership skill isn’t overnight. It takes a lot of effort on ones part to hone it.
Anyone who wants to develop their leadership skill need to embrace certain characteristics like assertiveness, adaptability, flexibility, resilience, and conscientiousness among others.
More so, you must know how to inspire and empower the people that you lead.
How will you be able to do this? Here are some tips to improving your leadership skills and becoming a better leader.
Learn to communicate and listen effectively
In any kind of relationship communication is important. Effective leadership entails knowing when to communicate. You must know when to talk and when to listen. An effective leader sees that when he talks people listen.
This stems from respect because his community, group, or subordinate sees a person who genuinely cares and who’s willing to help them achieve.
A good practice on communication is maintaining eye contact when talking to another person. Another is giving feedback and responding appropriately to another.
Taking initiative is a sign of readiness to take on responsibilities. Don’t wait for someone to dictate what you need to do. A true leader steps up without being asked to.
If you take on projects for example, go beyond what the project needs. If you can add value, do so without being asked to.
Enhance Creativity and Learn Consistently
Nowadays rapid changes occur in the workplace and everywhere else. A true leader can keep up with these changes if he is consistently learning and trying out new things.
One of the hallmarks of having great leadership skill is creativity and this can be enhance if we educate ourselves, hone our skills, and in the process learn to make intelligent decisions for ourselves and the people we are dealing with.
A good exercise on learning and enhancing creativity is immersing oneself in activities outside your usual circle. An example is enroll in classes not related to your regular work.
This will give you a fresh perspective about what you are doing and where you would eventually want to end up.
Be a Role Model
Walk the walk and talk the talk. Leaders who do what they preach are trustworthy than those who do not practice what they preach.
If you want to become a great leader, learn to show character that people would want to imitate or emulate. Inspire others through your action.
Passion is the desire to achieve an objective. People with passion tends to infect others with it.
Passion shows in doing things with enthusiasm. If you are enthusiastic about a goal and you focus on achieving it, nothing can stop you.
Everyone who works with you will see this dedication and passion and they’ll know that you, their leader, is someone that they can look up to and rely on.
These are just a few of the things that you can do and enhance to become a better leader. The key takeaway is that there are many ways to develop and hone a leadership skill.
Don’t stop with a few ones and keep on learning and improving yourself.