Chances are you're starting this year intent on making it your best year ever. Maybe you've resolved to lose 20 pounds, take up the banjo, or accomplish any other goal you've long dreamed of checking off. Achieving these personal goals is, as they say, "all you," but how does the "best you" translate to the people you interact with every day? If your new year's resolution is to improve your leadership skills, you've come to the right place.
In this blog, we'll lay out six core competencies of leadership, but don't think they only apply to people at the top. Understanding these concepts helps us work together toward company success and the common good, boosting morale, lowering turnover, and increasing productivity.
Happy New Year, and let's get started.
An effective leader conducts themselves honestly and openly. Their words and actions are consistent. When it comes to others, leaders should practice courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. They'll consider and respond appropriately to the concerns and feelings of the individuals on their team.
The best leaders cultivate an inclusive workplace that values diversity and differences among their team. Leaders reap the benefit here, as these different viewpoints and voices help companies achieve and evolve their vision and mission. Hand in hand here is team building, inspiring high morale, commitment, spirit, pride, and most importantly, trust.
Successful leadership holds themselves and the people around them accountable for high-quality and timely results. These leaders take responsibility for mistakes, are vocal about them, and comply with pre-established organizational policies.
The dedication to developing the abilities and skills of team members cannot be understated here. Giving your employees or peers opportunities to learn and grow through formal or informal instances, providing continuous feedback, and listening are key parts of this development.
True leaders think long-term and do so with a strategic, entrepreneurial mindset. They listen to those around them, craft a shared vision, and motivate team members to take this vision and turn it into action. They question the conventional approach, encourage new ideas, are eager to take calculated risks, and implement cutting-edge programs or processes.
Commitment to Learning
As a leader, you set the example. Assess and recognize your strengths and weaknesses. Continually pursue your own personal and professional development so that if you fail, you fail quickly, learn from each setback, and move forward.
As you may have guessed, these topics extend beyond our professional lives. When setting a goal to be a better leader, ask yourself, "why does being a better leader matter to you and your organization?". These answers will help you expand on the six core competencies discussed here. For more tactical training, consider our leadership courses.