Leadership Skills Everyone Needs To Know

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There may come a time in your career where you are no longer an employee and instead you are a leader. Being a leader is something which is harder than it looks and when it comes to being a great leader, there are a lot of things you will need to learn. Today we are going to take a look into some of the ways that you can lead your team to success this year with some essential tips.

  1. Be transparent

To be a successful business leader you need to always remain honest. It is incredibly important for you to be honest with your followers and always show that you are willing to share problems with them. Your team is a huge part of your working environment and it is important for you to earn their trust and don’t keep things from them. If you are having trouble with something don’t keep it to yourself, asking for advice shows that you respect your colleagues which can be a great thing.

  1. Show empathy

Every person who works in your team is unique. They all have their own way of working, their own lives, and their own issues. It is important as a leader to show empathy to your workers when they are stressed, down or having trouble in life and this is something to think about.

  1. Know the generation

Most of the time when you are leading a team, you will be leading a younger generation and one which is different to the older generation. Younger people have a different way of working and they want to be able to have trust and flexibility. If you are able to give the young generation a more flexible work ethic, they will work wonderfully for you and they will want to progress with you.

  1. Say it like it is

Being a leader is hard because you might feel uncomfortable laying out those uncomfortable truths to your workers. However, to be a good leader you need to say things as they are because this is the only way you will have effective communication in the team. If you never communicate your team won’t know where to improve.

  1. Think of ways to be unique

Every good leader has a unique style of management and it will take you some time to learn what yours will be. However take the time to try and show your unique style to your followers and it will be a good thing for all of you.

  1. Be human

Back in the day there was this weird idea that a leader should be a totally inhuman entity in the office. This is not the case these days and to be a great leader you need to be human and show that you care about your employees in a real way. Show off your personality and be approachable and this will make all the difference.

  1. Never forget your responsibility

It is important for you to remember that it is your job to lead your workers and be present at all times as a manager. As much as you may want to be the friend of your workers, there still needs to be a few boundaries and ultimately you need to be sure that you put across an air of authority in the office.

  1. Be comfortable talking to CEOs

As a manager you will end up having a lot of instances talking to high ranking people in the company and other companies. Make sure that you get comfortable doing this and remember that although they are high up in a company they are still only people!

  1. Surround yourself with inspiring people

As a leader it is your job to motivate and inspire your team and show them what they could have if they worked hard and tried their best. But who is there to motivate and inspire you? It is a good idea to surround yourself in your life and online on sites like LinkedIn with people who will inspire you and help you to be better at your own role. Inspiration breeds inspiration so be sure to surround yourself with great people.

  1. Have a shadow

When leading a team it is always a good idea for you to give your employees the chance to shadow you and learn from you. As a leader, it is a privilege to be able to inspire and teach the next generation and your workers will thank you for this. Bring along a younger employee with you on jobs to help them see what it would be like for them in the future if they followed in your footsteps.

  1. Share your vision

If you have a vision for your life or the company you manage, it is always a good idea for you to share this with the team so that you can gain some opinions from a different perspective. For example you could hold a brainstorm meeting for an idea you have and this will allow you to get ideas from other people in the office and see if they can come up with other ways for you to get to this goal.

  1. Be a character

When people look back over their career they will always remember the people who led and shaped their career. When you are forging your career as a great leader, it is important for you to lead with your own personality and let your own quirks really show. You are the person who will set the tone for the office so you can really take a chance here to have some fun with it all.

Being a great leader is something which you will learn over time with experience. These tips should help you to grow your skills and find your place in the workplace this year. Go out there and inspire your team and be the best leader that you can be this year and the years to come!

The Hiring Dilemma: Talent vs. Change

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Think you can change someone while dating them? You’re wrong.

But in the corporate world for some reason hiring managers think they can.

Sorry, but minus the resume and experience you are who you are.

For instance, leadership skills can be taught, but that doesn’t make you a leader.

Maybe it’s the ego of the manager who thinks people can be molded, but intangible skills such as empathy, communication and taking initiative come attached (not sold separately).

If people get hired for competency, yet fired for character issues – the focus during interviews needs to change.

Back in 2008 when the recession hit, the first thing to go was training and we’re still suffering for it. But some things just can’t be bought (or taught).

I manage tutors remotely via video conference and even though academic improvement is what parents pay for it’s engaging personalities that breed results.

Take opposite ends of the spectrum examples using characters from Disney’s Wall-E: Eva (heart) makes emotional connections while Wall-E (head) goes for logical transactions. Who would you rather be your tutor?

In this teacher-student context the adage “they don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” rings true. The receiver needs to feel a genuine interest from the giver. If he/she doesn’t, all information is lost.

In roles that require frequent human interactions the “engineer” type will always lose. On the other hand people with dynamic personalities are both charismatic and build confidence in those around them.

The moral of the story for companies is regardless how much you invest in training, attitude and refined soft skills are nearly impossible to teach. Content acquisition is overrated (plus abundant).

Interviewers need to focus more on “how” a candidate communicates an answer vs. “what” they actually say. Active listening is crucial at this stage.

Talent is inherently innate…and all the money and resources in the world can’t change that.

Naked Leadership: Stripped Down To Its Purest Form

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When’s the last time you got naked?

I’m not talking about the shower, but as a leader.

Leadership stripped down to its purest form is: relationships.

As a former Youth Pastor employed at a church (Non-Profit Organization) naked leadership is void of power and money. Most workers are volunteers which means leverage boils down to what they think of their leaders.

For example, leaders can only ask from their people what they are willing to do themselves. It’s leadership by showing. Do as I say, but not as I do never works.

Today’s managers use coercion to get things done a certain way, but that “carrot and stick” method only works for so long.

In order to truly unlock the potential of those under your care you have to help them realize their strengths then put them in a position to succeed. That means trusting them by offering autonomy with clear objectives. Allowing people to make mistakes and learning from them.

Leading and develop people can be two different things. Naked leadership is about showing people you care before telling them what you know.

Think about your favorite leader. It may be someone you are close to or admire from afar. What they share is their genuine care for the wellbeing of people over results. In order to accomplish that as a leader you have to be secure enough to allow people to fail in order to succeed.

Naked leadership goes back to recess on the playground as a kid. No one appoints the leader, he or she just asserts themselves. That’s just the opposite of positional leadership which focused on titles, not earning the respect of others.

The difference between naked and positional leadership is longevity. Retention is about loyalty as much as it is about pay or perks. How employees act when their leader isn’t around is a true test of their allegiance.

Naked leadership means there is nothing to hide. It can be scary, but ultimately revealing at the same time.

Are you a naked leader?

How Remote Working Can Enhance Leadership

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The fear of hiring remote workers is if left unsupervised people won’t finish their work. But at the heart of that argument is a lack of trust.

As a leader with your subordinate nearby, you still shouldn’t micromanage him/her. Often we don’t manage the way we would like to be managed.

Here is how remote workers can enhance your leadership.

As a manager, focus on the outcome, not the process. Translation: be concerned about people getting their work done, not how they complete it.

Working remotely relies on trust. Leaders trust their workers to get the work done and until they don’t, they’ve earned autonomy.

Remote working is teaching us that location shouldn’t determine practice. If we limit ourselves to talent nearby, we miss out on the global resources accessible by technology. In order to harness the best talent around, managing remote workers is a necessity.

The concept of working remotely isn’t a pipe dream for workers anymore. Once technology bridged the gap between locations, it opened the portal for virtual connections.

Leaders sometimes forget how it feels to be managed. The golden rule applies here: lead others the way you want to be led.

Today’s leader is a coach. You coach by leveraging individual strengths to help optimize the team. Motivating, guiding and supporting are the leadership skills needed to manage from afar. The beauty of managing remotely is that it is built on the foundation of trust.

Trust means respect and what makes us all feel “safe” at work. That’s what we all want from our leaders.