10 free tips for top leadership

Learn continuously

Effective leadership is enhanced through continuous improvement and development of self. Learning can be achieved through formal means (training, seminars, academia) as well as more informal channels (feedback from trusted others, reflexivity and reading books)

Empathy and Emotional intelligence

The more responsibility leaders have, the greater the expectation on them to be able to understand others. This means they have to be aware of their strengths and shortcomings and how these might affect their dealings with others. Learning to put themselves in others’ shoes is key to achieving interpersonal effectiveness.

Assertiveness

The most effective leaders are adept at communicating what they want (and getting it) in a non-aggressive manner. They focus on desired behaviours and avoid emotional language so that others are less resistant to doing what is required of them.

Develop Others

True leadership means developing others and encouraging them to take leadership roles at all levels. Delegation of stretch assignments with minimal supervision is one way of providing on-the-job development that will also enhance motivation.

Enthuse and Empower

Leaders should always strive to enthuse and motivate others by empowering them to carry out what is required and more; Coaching and mentoring are key tools that aid the more effective leader in this regards.

Resolve conflict

Effective leaders are looked up to by others and may have to resolve conflict from time to time when dealing with their teams. Never let bad blood fester and develop into team dysfunction. Tackle issues head on and whilst maintaining objectivity, address issues of bad behaviour in a solution-focused way; rather than dwell on blame and wrongdoing, seek constructive ways forward.

Share the vision and Strategy

It is all too easy for teams and organizations to lose their way and effective leaders constantly remind others of their mission, vision and strategy; in addition they are open to constructive feedback about what works well or not so well and are prepared to set aside their egos and consider possible changes in direction.

Humility. Honesty. Humour

These three traits of great leaders facilitate integrity, ethics, effective interpersonal relationships and trust; these have a positive effect on respectful working environments, corporate governance and desirable organizational culture.

Initiate action

Effective leaders are not ‘ditherers’. When something needs doing, effective leaders make decisions, give clear instructions and milestones and guide others to fulfilling what is required.

Proactivity

Truly competent leaders are positive and proactive and this means they are constantly thinking strategically, considering the impact of their proposed actions and preparing and planning for any outcomes. They think outside the box in order to come up with ideas no one else has considered and they focus on people issues to ensure that their ideas can be fulfilled with minimum resistance.

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