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How to Become an Effective Leader

John C. Maxwell said in his book, The 360 Leaders, “in industrialized and free-market nations, we often take leadership for granted. A leadership culture has evolved to run the organization in such countries because commerce and industry are so strong. In developing countries, things are different.

The primary reason it takes so long is because effective leadership means being able to balance a number of skills, all of which require their own learning curve. In fact, “skills” isn’t even the best word for it. They’re really more virtues than anything else.

Enjoy reading a few tips below on how to be an effective leader:

Set an example

Be the kind of leader you would follow yourself. You may not know every task 100 percent, but it is essential to understand how to solve or better improve each situation. If you were promoted to become a manager of a marketing department, you have to know specifics of the work and each employee.

It is you who must take responsibility for each task, and not your coworkers. Your main aim as a leader is to set an example; so for instance, if you want them to be at work on time, you should be punctual yourself.

Teach employees instead of giving orders

An effective leader knows how to show others what is required, rather than simply telling them. Luke Iorio, president and CEO of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), said leaders should coach their team members toward a more collaborative, committed work environment without coaxing them.
“If you are controlling people to do certain things in certain ways, you’re not going to get the level of engagement that you’re looking for,” he said. “Coaching is about helping the people you lead recognize the choices they have in front of them. People will (then) take a great deal of ownership over the direction of the project.”

As opposed to simply barking orders at team members, Rampton said that good leaders should encourage growth by teaching. “People wouldn’t grow if leaders never taught them anything. Leaders need to be teaching so they can grow new leaders to take their place.”
You are empowered to align your core strengths with the work that you do and set meaningful goals that bring your unique value front and center. You become energized in a way that inspires others and helps them see their own unique value and strengths.

Start by understanding your leadership Style

Understanding your current leadership style is essential. What are your strengths? Which areas need some improvement? One way to start assessing your skills is to take this leadership style quiz to get a general idea of how you lead.

Once you have completed the quiz, read about the major characteristics of your dominant style. Are these qualities helping or hindering your leadership? Once you’ve determined which areas need some work, you can begin looking for ways to improve your leadership abilities.

Recognize the gifts of your people

Learn to quickly pick up on the gifts and strengths of your people. When you do, you’re best equipped to help them build on their strengths and grow in the most productive direction. Reward your employees for finding work arounds, thinking creatively, finishing early, and working out of the box.

Communicate as efficiently as possible

If you can’t communicate effectively, then your chances of being a great leader are slim. Great leaders know how to talk to people and understand there are different ways to speak to different personality types.

It is one thing to talk to your team and it is another thing to communicate with them. Communication means that you speak with the intent of ensuring that your directions and goals are understood. Let your team clearly know your expectations and how everyone needs to work together to ensure they are accomplished.


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