6 Steps to Successful Leadership
Good leadership is key to a productive workplace. A good leader can inspire, encourage and manage employees. They create an atmosphere of harmony and efficiency.
One of the most important elements of a good leader is that the skills can be learned.
“Anyone who puts their mind to it can develop the traits of a good business leader,” Glen McKay said, who is a Newfoundland & Labrador and Alberta based entrepreneur and businessman.
Here are seven tips anyone looking to be a successful leader should consider.
- Solid hiring strategy. While good leaders may not be part of the Human Resources department, they do know talent when they see it. Filling an office with smart and productive staff helps make management’s job easier. Successful leaders are also able to recognize the strengths of an employee that are not directly related to their position within the company.
- Improve engagement. A report on employee engagement found that only 15 percent of workers are actually invested in their company. That means that 85 percent of employees are not giving 100 percent of their effort. Companies will see this in a variety of ways including high turnover, absenteeism, and safety incidents. “A good leader knows how to improve employee engagement, whether it is through rewards, incentives or team-building activities,” Glen McKay
- Set feasible goals. Smart leaders will be aware of their organization’s objectives and mission. They will be able to translate that into smaller goals or steps. Management should also regularly assess whether these steps need to be revised or if employees need better direction. Healthy workplaces are those where the team works together to accomplish company objectives.
- Successful leaders are those that are able to communicate well with others. This includes those in management as well as employees they supervise. Good communication goes beyond encouraging or disciplining workers but also includes making a genuine connection with others in the company. Leaders that are able to relate to co-workers and subordinates on a personal level will cultivate a committed and loyal team.
- Say thank you. It is important to let employees know that their efforts are appreciated. Whether management has a formal acknowledgment program, such as employee of the month, or if it is simply a verbal recognition of the team member, it can go a long way to create a more productive workplace.
- All leaders should reflect on their contribution to the organization. No one makes the right call all of the time, but those who are able to reflect and learn from mistakes become stronger and more successful leaders in the long run.