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Ramp up your leadership skills in ten steps

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Being a leader in your company means everything from keeping your employees content, to making sure everyone is doing their part and to sometimes deal with conflicts.

Here are ten top tips to remember in order to operate as an effective business leader.

(1) Have a clear vision

Outline the goals for your company and to communicate that with your team. Providing them with a clear path to follow makes working together all that much easier. If you all have the same goal you will all work hard to fulfil it.

(2) Show you’re passionate

Show you care and your employees will care too. Having a genuine desire for the projects that you work on will not only get your employees motivated, but your hunger will rub off on others.

(3) Walk the walk

The best leaders lead by example. Your employees will follow processes when you start following it yourself. Your team will respect someone who works by example and will likely emulate your behaviour. Show the qualities that you would like to see in your employees.

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(4) Remember that it’s not about you

Being a leader is not about being in charge or always being right. It’s about motivating your team to work to the best of their ability for the sake of your business. Remember that you are all on the same team and that you are playing a role in that team.

(5) Improve your communication skills

Remember that communication is a two-way stream. While being able to communicate your vision is important, be sure to also pick up on any queues that others may be giving off. Listen to your employees when they have complaints, opinions or ideas and you will go far.

Continue on the next page for the final five ways you can enhance your leadership skills – including how a weakness can be a strength.

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