What are the effective leadership skills that allow leaders to get things done?

  • Their work ethic?
  • Their keen ability to communicate?
  • Their dedication to a project or specific company?

Effective leadership skills are desired day-in and day-out by businesses. Some may assume that effective leadership is simply an innate quality that you either have or don’t have.

In reality, truly effective leadership skills are actually learned and can be learned and practiced by almost anyone.

Whether you are looking to become more effective at budgeting your income or to become more effective in your job performance, if there is a will, there is a way!

For many years, I have pondered the concept of true effectiveness, and have been practicing “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” which is a book and an approach developed by Stephen Covey.

The “seven habits” philosophy aims to guide people towards setting personal goals and enhancing their communication and relationships with others, all while helping to promote higher levels of effectiveness in both work and play.

Effective Leadership Skills

If you’re looking for a way to revamp business practices and improve overall effectiveness within your company, check out the leadership tips below, derived from Covey’s core seven habits.

The first three habits focus on independence, the next three move on towards interdependence, and the last habit is all about continuous improvement.

1. Be Proactive

Being proactive is about making positive and value-added choices. For instance, a proactive person will seek out ways to prevent something from happening before it happens.

On the other hand, a reactive person will simply “react” or make changes after a problem has occurred.

2. Begin with the End in Mind

It’s all about having a plan. You need to envision your goals and the steps that you need to take to get there.

If there is no “endpoint” or desired destination, then it’s like shooting an arrow in the dark: you can’t even see where to aim.

3. First Things First

This habit focuses on priorities. It is important to finish the important stuff first. I always remember this habit by saying “work first, then play.”

If an important task arises while on the job, sometimes you need to re-prioritize your day to handle the most important stuff first.

4. Think Win-Win

Many situations have a clear winner and loser. However, does it really have to be that way?

Can’t we find a solution where everyone can be satisfied and that can be considered a win-win situation? The answer is yes! When enough collaboration occurs, a win-lose situation can be transformed into a win-win situation.

To do this, employees, managers, and the employer need to work together so that options can be weighed, decisions can be made, and everyone’s voice can be heard.

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5. Seek First to be Understand, Then to be Understood

This is a difficult concept for some to accept and practice, especially when it comes to managers and other people in leadership positions.

Many times, it is these people who talk “to” their employees and not “with” them.

To nurture an environment of rich ideas and true teamwork, it is important to listen to and understand people and situations before jumping in and fixing or judging them.

6. Synergize

In order to achieve the highest levels of success, teamwork is key. Without teamwork and general cohesiveness between employees and staff, your team is like a battery that is just about to die.

There really isn’t any power.

However, a well-aligned staff creates a buzz that will radiate throughout the business and set the stage for unparalleled levels of success.

7. Sharpen the Saw

Don’t forget to balance. Everyone’s life is a delicate balance of work, home, social life, family, etc. It is crucial that people do get the time needed to renew and recharge. Just like the old saying goes, “you have to take care of yourself before you can help take care of others.”

The same mentality applies here for work. Don’t overwork employees to the point of exhaustion; not only will quality suffer, but employee morale and general work practices will begin to suffer as well.

Once that begins to suffer, it is more difficult to bring positivity back.

Effective leadership skills do not have to be innate, they can be taught and embraced.

To enhance the overall value of all business practices, take some time to help motivate employees by implementing some of the key elements that contribute towards an effective workplace.

My tip: The Seven Habits are a great place to start on the journey towards and effective workplace.

What Do You Consider Effective Leadership Skills?

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Tony Ferraro
On behalf of Creative Safety Supply based in Portland, OR, Tony strives to provide helpful information to create safer and more efficient industrial work environments. His knowledge base focuses primarily on practices such as 5S, Six Sigma, Kaizen, and the Lean mindset. Tony believes in being proactive and that for positive change to happen, we must be willing to be transparent and actively seek out areas in need of improvement.