Top Tips And Advice To Improve Your Leadership Skills

If you care about your team, you will be respected as their leader. Good leaders enable those around them, so that others can be leaders as well. The ability to delegate is critical to good leadership.

Honesty is an important characteristic to have as a leader. A good leader should be trustworthy. As you start working towards being a better leader, you should always work towards showing people how trustworthy and honest you are. If they feel they can trust you, they will gain respect for you as well.
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When leading, focus on the workers and work will get done. Learn how you can best inspire and encourage those who are working with you. Don’t micromanage; spend your efforts on motivation, instead.

Don’t act like you know it all when you want to improve your skills. You probably have some solid ideas you think highly of, but remember that others around you also have ideas to contribute. They will be able to give you pointers with your plans and ideas.

Prepare yourself before addressing your team. Consider the questions that they may bring up. Formulate good answers to them. Your team will be impressed with how you respond. Doing this will also save you time.

Provide incentives for quality work. Although everyone is paid for their work, it is still great to offer incentives as ways to show great leadership. If you have an employee that continues to go above and beyond, recognize them. Don’t cheap out when buying gifts.

Acknowledge any mistakes that you make. Even excellent leaders make mistakes. A great leader will own up to their mistakes and admit them to their employees. It lets everyone know that you are in fact a human being, just like them. It might seem counter-intuitive, but a dose of humanity can produce loyalty from others.

Each day, be aware of the world around you in your office and assess the progress you see or don’t see. It is a good idea to bring team members in for input. This is a great time for people to make suggestions and changes that could really improve the quality of your workplace.

Effective leaders understand their weaknesses and their strengths. You will fail if you have too much confidence. Make it a priority to work on your weaknesses.

Use your leadership role to build a strong team that can work well together. Always be accessible to employees so they can discuss concerns and ask questions. This allows them to manage their daily tasks without micromanagement.

Get comfortable with decision making. Great leaders are willing to make the tough calls. You need to take some risks. People want to follow leaders that have quick thinking skills, vision and a great sense of intuition. Once a decision has been made, avoid second guessing it. Realize that not all ideas will work out but that you can learn from every experience.

You want to become a great leader. Now you know what behaviors to avoid and those that should be enhanced. Wanting to do things properly and the desire to learn will make a world of a difference. You are in charge, and you must do right by all involved.

The Next Steps For Africa To Meet Its Potential – The Washington Post

It can help drive global growth, reduce poverty and inequality, improve health and counter the threats of terrorism and climate change. So what can the United States do to help Africa to achieve this potential? First, it is important that the cultivation of stronger links with African countries not become a reason to downplay democracy and human rights.
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Leading The Way: Give Me A Break – Thegazette

Simply put, this requires the conscientious reduction of long-term commitments such as volunteer work, boards of directors, civic and not-for-profit organizations, coaching, clubs and the like. I know a leader who during the past few months reduced his outside commitments by 66 percent, from six organizations down to two. When I asked him how it was going he responded, I was so busy that, every once in a while I still get a little anxious thinking Ive might have missed a meeting or left a project incomplete. He eventually will relax into a new normal and enjoy renewed energy, increased productivity, greater mental freedom/capacity and an overall improved quality of life. As for the short-term break, thats where vacations come in. There are countless studies that show how vacations from work can lead to greater productivity, improved focus and engagement, decreased stress, increased problem-solving, more creativity and better attitudes about work. Employers and employees should make an effort to maximize vacation as time to recover, rest and re-energize.
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A Tribute To Warren Bennis, A Leader Of Leaders – Forbes

As solider, student, academic, university president, guru, author, Warren Bennis went everywhere on the planet. Idealistic, ethical and people-oriented by nature, he offers us a remarkably detailed account of the life he lived, the choices he made, and the consequences of those choices. The account is modest and charming. His big accomplishments and books are mentioned almost in passing. His passion for being a leader, not merely talking about leadership, comes through. One learns how he encountered and overcame prejudice at a number of points of his career. One sees how the depth and breadth of his personal experiences were the forge from which his leadership writing emerged. Through these pages, one meets many of the great names in management, leadership and psychology, like Douglas McGregor, Stanley Milgram and Kurt Lewin. We learn what sort of people they were and how they interacted with each other.
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