How to develop your leadership skills

How to develop your leadership skills
Monday, July 09, 2018

When it comes to developing your career, many people overlook the importance of having strong leadership skills. The ability to inspire a team and lead them towards a successful outcome makes you a valuable asset to a company, so actively trying to become a better leader is a worthwhile feat. Here’s our advice to help you set yourself apart.

Learning to delegate increases productivity and team growth

Effectively delegating work will help your team cope with a high workload and can also increase a feeling of unity. Considering your team’s strengths and interests is a vital, as giving people tasks that they’re not trained for can lower morale. Providing training and instructions supports your staff and helps them grow professionally whilst also giving you peace of mind that the work will be done to a high standard. This will also help you feel confident in your decision to delegate and so avoid the temptation to micromanage.

How and when to motivate your team

Making a conscious effort to motivate and inspire your team is a major part of effective leadership. There are lots of ways this can be done, such as through organising social events or making sure your employees feel supported and listened to – so the key is to consider what motivates different personality types. This can be done through using communication and personality tools to make sure you’re not inadvertently lowering your team’s moral, for example some people will be motivated by being given the freedom to make decisions for themselves, whereas others would feel happier following a clear process.

Being aware of the climate in your workplace and making an extra effort when workload is high or employees seem particularly stressed can help you keep up team morale and avoid losing valuable employees who could have easily been retained.

Being mindful of the company’s culture

Being aware of the cultural values in the business helps promote a feeling of team spirit among employees, where they feel everyone’s on the same page and contributing to the business’ overall goals.

When recruiting, it’s worth being mindful of how an individual with opposing values could disrupt the culture. Leaders can deal with this by helping new employees to absorb these values, and by upholding them themselves to set an example.

Part of the team or leading the team?

Having a clear vision of where you’re going and how you’re getting there is what differentiates a leader. This comes from experience, knowledge, having a positive attitude and caring about the work you’re doing. Being flexible and adaptable are also crucial characteristics, as overcoming problems is necessary when thinking strategically.

If you’re looking to improve your leadership skills and further your career, our specialist team of recruiters can help you find a job that will help you enhance your personal and professional skills to set you up in a career where you’re always moving forwards. Contact us to have a discussion with our friendly team about how we can help you find the job you’re looking for.