What are the effective leadership skills that allow leaders to get things done?
- Is it their work ethic?
- Their keen ability to communicate?
- Or is it their dedication to a project or specific company?
Whatever the reasoning, effective leadership skills are sought after day in and day out by businesses. Some people may simply assume that leadership effectiveness is just an innate quality that you either have or don’t have. However, in reality, true effective leadership skills are actually learned and can be taught to, and practiced by, almost anyone.
Whether you are looking to become more effective at budgeting your income or to be more effective in your job performance if there is a will there is a way!
For many years, I have pondered the thought of true effectiveness, and have been practicing “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” which is a book and mindset developed by Stephen Covey. The seven habits philosophy aims to guide people towards making personal goals and enhancing communication and relationships with others, all while helping to promote higher levels of effectiveness in both work and play.
Effective Leadership Skills
If you’ve been looking for a way to revamp business practices and improve the 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, while 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. While, 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 planning or having a plan. You need to envision your goals and the steps you need to take to get there. If there is no “endpoint” or desired destination then it’s just like shooting an arrow in the dark, you can’t even see where to aim.
3. Put 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
- In many situations in life, there is always someone who wins and someone who loses. However, does it really have to be that way? Can’t we find a solution where everyone can be satisfied so it 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. In order to do this, employees, managers, and the employer need to work together so options can be weighed, decisions can be made, and everyone’s voice can be heard.
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 some managers and other people in leadership positions. Many times it is those people who talk “to” their employees and not “with” them. In order to nurture an environment of rich ideas and true teamwork, it is important to listen to and understand the people and situations before jumping in and fixing or judging them.
- In order to create the best levels of success, teamwork is key. Without team work and general cohesiveness between employees and staff, it is like a battery that is just about to die. There really isn’t any power. However, a well-aligned team of staff creates a buzz that will radiate throughout the business to 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, 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 until the point of exhaustion, not only will quality suffer, but employee morale and general work practices will begin to suffer as well and once that begins to suffer it is more difficult to bring the positivity back.
Effective leadership skills do not have to be innate, they can be taught and embraced.
In order 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.
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