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Effective Leadership Skills in the Workplace

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November 20, 2012

Effective Leadership Skills in the Workplace

Those who own or manage a business know it can be hard work. One big responsibility of owners and managers is to hire quality employees and to decide who gets promotions for certain positions. Perhaps you are doing the promoting, or perhaps you are the one who has just been promoted. One thing you need to be particularly aware of are the leadership qualities of those you promote, or of yourself, if you are the one who has been promoted to a leadership position. Listed below are just a few ways to create better leaders in the workplace. These characteristics and skills are essential to good leadership and a better work environment among employees.

Consistently Dedicated and Positive

A leader is dedicated. No matter what the goal of the company team may be, it is up to the leader to lead by example. Often, leaders feel they can simply spit out directions and then take a nice long break while others do all the work. This is not a good leader. Those who really delve into the project and positively work with others to complete it, no matter what the cost on personal time may be, are certainly the best leaders. Following a good example is much easier than following a set of dictated directions. And notice the phrase “positively work.” The leader should always have a positive attitude and never grumble about the difficulty of the task or others in the workplace.

Often Delegates Responsibility

An effective leader knows how to delegate responsibility. Again, this is not simply to shout orders and then take a nap in the break room. Rather, it means to give everyone a fair chance to contribute to the overall goal and feel important (and be important) to the cause. The leader should take equal responsibility, after delegating, so that everyone is participating in the overall good of the project for the company. This increases unity in the workplace.

Has Clear Vision and is Organized

It probably goes without saying, but if someone does not have a clear vision of a certain project or goal, or if he or she is not organized in approaching it, his or her leadership effectiveness will go right out the window. Leaders must study out the goals and projects in the company and organize their thoughts about them. This helps them approach tasks in an organized, efficient manner that will help the employees easily understand what is expected of them, which will decrease any potential frustration in the workplace. It will also help the projects run more smoothly and in a timely manner. Overall, the productivity of the company will certainly increase.

Is Fair

A leader should treat all members of a company team with respect. No-one should get special treatment or get away with things others don’t. When a leader can put aside personal feelings and simply work with each member of the team in fairness, each member feels valuable and will work harder for overall success. If someone comes to the leader with a concern, that leader should always take it into consideration and be fair about the complaint or concern.

Ensuring that leaders in the company have good leadership skills and qualities will undoubtedly increase the motivation and unity within your business.

Photo of Steve Jobs by COG LOG LAB.

Written by Robert Cordray

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