Have you been vying for a leadership role? If so, make sure that you not only have what it takes to be an effective leader, but clearly demonstrate those skills on a daily basis.
For example, if you become frustrated easily and often, how can management entrust you to thrive in a position where new initiatives and challenges are constant? If you are unable to maintain a positive attitude with your current workload, how would you fare in a leadership role where resources and time are decreased practically quarterly?
Here are the top-ten abilities of an effective leader. An effective leader has the ability to:
- Design a clear plan to lead and manage that reflects what is required in their role to advance the business .
- Deal with reality- leaders see what’s actually occurring in the workplace and confront and coach employees from reality.
- Communicate clearly– strong leaders engage in robust dialogues that uncover the information and answers required to resolve conflict.
- Delegate effectively– an effective leader exhibits the skills and behaviors to get things done through the right resources on time and within budget.
- Use collaboration as a mechanism to gain the willing cooperation of others and to establish trust and respect that that encourages innovative thinking.
- Align team members to strategic goals– Strong leaders influence employee choices and assist them in reaching their individual and team goals.
- Maintain a customer focus– effective leaders anticipate the wants and needs of their customers and team members.
- Invest in human resources by taking the time to develop and tap into the true human potential of every team member. Today’s leader is also willing to adapt and improve their team by sharpening their own leadership skills development.
- Implement performance measurement systems to track employees’ results and provide a consistent feedback mechanism; also for succession planning purposes.
- Inspire and motivate others– Effective leaders paint the picture of the path to success and communicate it with passion and possibility.
How do you stack up? If not so well, no worries! All of these leadership abilities are taught in the Dale Carnegie Leadership Training for Managers program. This course will enable you to develop the skill set of the modern leader so you can thrive within your company and achieve your career goals. Consider enrolling today.
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