The Small Business Times

​​5 Essential Skills to Become a Great Leader

As someone in a leadership position, one of your main priorities at your company should be turning a group of employees into a well-organized and productive team. Well-functioning teams are what will essentially move any business forward.

Above all, to build such teams, managers need to have the skills of a good leader, or in other words, be able to plan, organize, coordinate, boost productivity, teach, motivate and inspire their employees and their teams. 

Many different factors make a good leader. And while it may take some time to find your leadership style and approach to managing employees, there are ways to learn or improve skills. Through appropriate business leadership courses and by finding efficient ways to motivate yourself, be persistent, and constantly work on your abilities.

1. Coaching Skills

Nowadays workplaces look much different than years ago. People have high expectations of their employers, and the conditions in which they have to work, and they are much more willing to look for new job opportunities than ever.

Besides, it’s been proven over and over again that shouting, controlling people, and asking them to do something just because you say so, doesn’t really work.

Such a poor leadership approach will most likely only lead to a high employee turnover rate, an inefficient workflow, and a bad reputation. So, more and more companies are becoming aware that motivated employees give the best results.

All of this proves that your most important role as a leader is to guide your people and help them find their potential. Or, said in another way, to get the best out of your employees you must become a coach.

Being able to carry out an empowering coaching program will not only help you help your employees find their potential, boost their productivity, and build great teams but also know who they are, establish a safe environment for open communication, and even discover great ideas that might help you elevate your company.

2. Organizational Skills

Good managers must be well organized. There probably isn’t much to say that you don’t already know about how important good organization is in a workplace. This is especially true if you have a leadership position because you can’t expect your employees to be efficient if you are not efficient yourself. 

Good leaders know that they must lead by example. Being organized, of course, doesn’t come easy for everyone, and if this is the case with you, you should find exercises and tricks to help you deal with this issue.

3. Empathy and Communication Skills

Good leaders never stop working on their communication skills. They have to be able to express themselves clearly, learn how to negotiate, resolve conflicts, effectively influence their employees, and so on. It’s also important for leaders to be able to put themselves in someone else’s shoes.

For one, it helps them understand their employees’ needs, frustrations, and problems, as well as truly value their efforts, their professional capabilities, and their potential. It also shows that you are truly listening, appreciate them, and are willing to try to meet their expectations and create a safe and enjoyable workplace for each employee.

While everything you do as a manager is ultimately supposed to improve the company’s results, being empathetic and patient towards your employees, shows them that you are interested in their wellbeing, as well as their personal and professional growth. 

4. Motivational Skills

As someone who has to inspire several or many people and teams, all with different personalities, demographics, issues, seniority in the workplace, etc., you must learn how to successfully motivate others.

One important thing to remember, however, before trying to acquire such skills, is that employees that aren’t satisfied with their job aren’t likely to be easily motivated to be productive, perform their tasks well, be a real part of their team, and a loyal employee.

Aside from good working conditions, your management style is also important when it comes to employee motivation. Keep in mind that, since leading by example is much more effective than simply telling others how something should be done, first you must be motivated and productive.

Learn different techniques to help yourself stay motivated so that you can help them stay motivated. 

5. Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking is essential for managers since they must understand, analyze and evaluate each process within the organization to achieve good results.

This means that they have to easily identify an issue, understand it, and decide how they should proceed to resolve it most favorably for the good of the employees, and the company’s bottom line.

Conclusion 

There are many different skills that a leader should possess to get the best results and these five are essential to start building a superb leadership style and create the best, most efficient teams that will maximize your company’s success.

Keep in mind that as a good leader, your job is not only to make your employees better employees but also to turn them into leaders, who will excel at their jobs and bring your company success.