Ramp up your leadership skills in ten steps

(6) Admit your weaknesses

Nobody has all the answers and we all make mistakes. A good leader is someone who identifies their weaknesses and uses the team around them to learn and grow. Be humble and don’t presume that your opinion is always the right one.

(7) Think critically

Being a critical thinker is important when leading a team. While staying open to everyone’s ideas helps your company to grow, being able to spot a good idea from a bad one is even more significant.

Look at projects critically, identify any potential problems that may lie ahead and find a plan B. Ask as many questions as possible to ensure that your idea is airtight.

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(8) Handle conflicts with grace

In any workplace, you are going to run into difficult people and will be forced to deal with conflicts, but more so when being a leader. Learn how to do this in a way that is genuinely empathetic and your employees will respect you for it.

If someone is bringing a negative attitude into work, or isn’t performing up to standard, as a leader it is your job to address them in private. Letting conflicts simmer will only lead to unhappy employees who will probably end up jumping ship.

(9) Learn how to delegate

The best boss is someone who knows how to choose a team that they can rely on to get the job done. You can’t do everything yourself so, learn how to delegate work to the best people for the job and try to avoid micro-managing.

You hired your employees because you believed they were fit for the job so give them the chance to prove you right.

(10) Give rewards and recognition

Great leaders understand the importance of offering recognition and rewards to their employees. It is one of the best ways to help your team feel appreciated. Don’t assume that because your team are doing their jobs well that they’re happy.

A little recognition goes a long way. Offering help, removing barriers to success and rewarding your employees’ efforts are all ways to improve their working lives.

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