We are all leaders within our own right and developing your leadership skills can benefit you in all areas of life.
Are you hoping to get to the top of your field within your career, but have no clue how to get there? Technical skills can get you through the door, but it may not get you to the top. In order to rise to the top, building upon your soft skills is the key to developing powerful leadership skills.
Developing your leadership skills can be a powerful way to fast track your career development. If you’re looking for a new job role or simply hoping to progress to the next opportunity within your company, demonstrating your leadership abilities will make sure that all eyes are on you.
Some people are natural born leaders, they have skillset and charisma which gets them far. On the other hand, the rest of us require time to develop and nurture leadership skills. It’s easy to get complacent within a job role. Take the leap of faith, push yourself out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to nurture your leadership skills.
With that in mind, here are 5 ways to develop powerful leadership skills.
Develop critical thinking skills
Critical thinking is key to solving and making decisions in the workplace. In order to think critically, it’s important to detach from any personal biases and not allow any emotions to cloud your judgment.
When a situation arises in your workplace, how do you react? Are you calm and rational or emotionally reactive? You can slowly begin to improve your critical thinking skills by carefully analyzing situations and making a decision on what you know and not what you feel.
Approach situations within your workplace with an open mind. Be receptive to information and try not to be led by personal biases. Secondly, communicate how you’ve come to your decisions and use concrete data to support your findings.
Develop active listening skills
Listening effectively isn’t enough, instead develop your active listening skills. Active listening is a skill that many lack. You can set yourself apart from the crowd by taking the time to listen to others and what they are trying to convey. Remember to listen to people without judgment and watch out for non-verbal communication.
Learning to understand than reply, allows you to build trust with others and understand their points of views and their feelings. This will put you in a position where you can offer support and provide solutions to situations that arise.
Be a life-long learner
When developing your leadership skills, learning never ends. In order to become the best, one must become a life-long learner. Whether it’s improving your industry knowledge or leadership skills, you can challenge yourself through online platforms such as coursera, books and senior members of staff within your organization.
Understand your conflict style and how to manage conflicts
Everyone handles conflict differently, so it’s important to understand how you handle conflict and how you will resolve them.
If you have an aggressive or passive-aggressive conflict style, then you’ll need to develop your assertiveness skills. Building assertiveness takes time and practice, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Pointing out problems or disciplining someone can make you feel like you’re being the bad guy. Being a leader requires you to be honest and straightforward, which takes courage.
Learn how to delegate
Successful leaders don’t micromanage, instead they delegate. If you’re responsible for a project within your team, still oversee the team, but remember that nobody likes to be micromanaged. Delegating tasks allows you to focus on goals that you need to achieve. In order to delegate, you will need to clarify roles, responsibilities and establish deadlines to make sure that a project gets completed.
Suggest ways you can improve develop your company’s service
Whenever I have attended an interview within my field, a question I have often received is, “how have you contributed to the development of X service?”
Service improvement suggestions may differ depending on the type of industry you work in, your current career role and your location. Suggesting ways that your company can improve their service links back to point number one: taking the initiative to do things.
In a past job role of mine, I suggested that a mentoring service within the young carers club could support mental wellbeing and provide them with a space to identify and communicate their thoughts and feelings. This led to my suggestion being implemented permanently within the service on a bi-weekly basis.
If you have already started building on your leadership skills, what’s worked for you and what would you suggest to others? Share with a comment and don’t forget to react to this post with an emoji!