What’s your image of a perfect leader look like?
If you immediately answered, “There is no perfect leader,” you’re on the right track to becoming a great leader. In fact, no one is perfect, and some of the best leaders throughout history have embodied significant faults in one way or another. What’s important in this scenario is understanding that you’re human — and your employees are human, too. Once you understand the fact that everyone’s fallible, you can begin to capitalize on your strengths and boost your leadership capabilities.
Are You Leveraging Your Leadership Skills?
If you asked your employees what type of leader you are, do you know what they would say? Better yet, if you asked yourself what type of leader you are, what would you say?
Before you answer, let’s explore the #1 way you can increase your leadership capabilities: participating in consistent and continuous learning about new best practices. Conversely, the single most effective way you can stunt your leadership growth is to stop learning. We all have choices, and when it comes to professional development, the choice to embrace or refuse ever-evolving processes could ultimately form the image your subordinates, peers, and superiors have of your leadership skills.
If your answer included something along the lines of, “It doesn’t matter what my employees think of me because I’m their boss,” keep reading!
Which Best Practices Are You Ignoring?
It’s not hard for knowledge to become outdated in today’s world. Thanks to technology and a workforce that’s comprised of Baby Boomers to Millennials — not to mention an incredible array of expectations and skill sets — leaders are facing more challenges today than ever before.
Once you commit to ongoing training, as it relates to your leadership capabilities, you’ll feel far less overwhelmed by the challenges associated with managing a diverse workforce. In the interim, ask yourself:
Am I Welcoming Open Feedback?
You may be intimidating people without even realizing you’re doing so. To avoid this, deflect attention away from you so your colleagues and employees feel comfortable expressing their input. Be approachable and use your position of power to reinforce the fact that everyone’s opinions are important.
Am I Making Decisions Efficiently?
As a leader, it’s important to have your finger on the pulse of your organization, but you don’t want to get bogged down by small details. This can be a delicate dance for many executives who are used to managing every aspect of projects. Learn to delegate and how to step away and let people you trust take the reins.
Do People Know What You Expect of Them?
Don’t answer too quickly! If you haven’t put yourself in your employees’ shoes, you probably have a different idea of expectations than they do!
Every human resource professional knows the hardest questions any candidate will ever answer are those about him or herself. If you found it difficult to describe your own leadership qualities and abilities, you’ll likely benefit from the expertise of Insight Performance’s skilled team of HR pros. Take a look at our HR services today!