Leadership skills: Tips that will help you be a better leader

If you have a leading role within your team, you know that this job is stressful, complex, and incredibly rewarding at the same time. To deal with challenges and pressure, you need to improve your mindset and skills to help you react well to different situations and, ultimately, make you a better leader. 

I’m sharing with you three helpful leadership tips.

1. The expert in you must allow the leader in you to take over

Avoid the first trap that many experts fall into when they switch to the role of a manager. Suppose you were known for your field of expertise (which is partially the reason you are in this leadership role), but now, it’s time to detach yourself from that and step into the manager’s role.

Divide your attention between your field of expertise and other areas such as finance, organization, sales, marketing, etc. Think carefully and plan how much time you need to invest in each segment, and write it all down as a reminder.

2. Don’t look for duplicates, look for strong originals

Each team member is unique and, based on their knowledge and skills, a valuable asset to your team. When figuring out team tasks, make sure you assign the right tasks to the right people. 

It’s a high probability that not all team members have the same enthusiasm, ambition, or persistence level. And that’s completely fine. Being different isn’t a flaw. At times, some team members must be more detail-oriented, others creative when generating new ideas. Your team is more vital if your team members aren’t like you. It’s about balancing out different skills among different people. 

Opposites attract, remember?

A good team is like a well-practiced band. Everyone has an important part and the specific way they fit in. As a leader, you need to be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of your team.

3. Learn how to delegate successfully

It’s not only about what you’re saying but also how you plan on doing it. Clear communication is the key. Only because something is clear and straightforward to you doesn’t mean that the rest of the team feels that way. Some people need more directions, as some prefer to do things differently.

You need to give them clear directions but still enough freedom to do things their way. Some people prefer written over oral communication. So just make sure you adjust your communication style to the needs of your team. Being transparent about who is doing what and why can help you avoid conflicts as well. 

And if you ever feel unsure if you communicated clearly, simply: ask. 

The unique “ingredient” of successful delegating is asking your employees to share how they think would be the best way to deliver a particular task. Whenever it’s possible and valuable, engage your team members. Encourage them to be significant contributors, not only executors.

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