The art of leadership entails a great deal of knowledge, know-how, interpersonal skills, along with a myriad of work and non-work related activities, ranging from employee productivity, to brand recognition and trust, all the way to meeting the deadlines and leading the business to success.
As you can probably tell, being a leader is no easy task. While true leaders are born with a natural talent for the job, it doesn’t mean that leadership skills cannot be practiced, learned and improved upon.
Let’s take a look at some of the best actions you could implement in order to bolster productivity and become a better leader all-around.
Let people do their job
More often than not, leaders tend to be slight control-freaks in the workplace, and elsewhere for that matter, and that is to be understood. You want to be in control; you want to deliver results and only under your guidance and supervision can those optimal results be achieved.
Well, guess what, people know how to do their jobs. Not only are you wasting precious time you could be spending on fixing something that actually needs to be fixed, but you are distracting the employees and creating a totalitarian culture in the workplace, which hinders progress and creativity.
Action 1: Learn to trust your employees and listen to their creative ideas. Those people are there for a reason, and more likely than not, they know what they’re doing, so make sure to let them do their job and only interfere when people need help and guidance.
Trust goes both ways
Among many leadership skills, probably the most important one is creating trust and reliability in the workplace. Trust goes a long way in boosting creativity, productivity and the overall performance.
If you want to create a sense of mutual trust and true teamwork, people have to trust you as their leader as much as you trust them, and vice versa.
Action 2: Trust is not easily obtained, yet it can be easily lost. You have to be careful when trying to create a trustworthy environment and remember that trust cannot be achieved without honesty. Be honest, always go out of your way to help your employees, and own up to your mistakes and they will respect you for it.
Transparent communication is key
A workplace is only as productive as its lines of communication. This means that your employees need to know exactly what their job is, who they report to, what can and cannot be done and said in the workplace, and how to address every possible communication issue that may arise.
Opening up your lines of communication and creating a consistent and efficient flow of information will prove to be imperative in bolstering productivity and teamwork.
Action 3: An efficient and transparent communication is fairly easy to achieve, you simply need to be open-minded enough. This means that you should get rid of all euphemisms and “noise” in the workplace by promoting the flow of clear, concise messages intended for the right person. Start by implementing a strict set of communication guidelines and make sure every employee has their copy.
Automate and delegate
Whether you’re running a small business or a large franchise, automation and delegation are your best friends as well as some of the most important leadership skills. In our modern world there is a service and an app for almost everything you could possibly need. You should learn how to handle and utilize new technologies as they become available, which can boost productivity.
On the other hand, we have delegation. There are different types of delegation, and the term is not reserved solely for managing workflow among your direct subordinates. You need to hire professionals you don’t have on staff in order to bolster productivity and efficiency.
Action 4: When it comes to automation, make your employees’ and your client’s lives easier by introducing new programs and techniques you could use to make the business run more efficiently. In order to manage your payments and enable smooth and timely transactions, make sure to establish an escrow payment system that will save you some time, money as well as nerves.
Be an example to others
Ever since the dawn of human civilisation people wanted and needed a leader. This desire still runs strong, or even stronger, in our modern era of confusion and mass oversaturation on every level. This is where you step in as an example of efficiency and strength, a guiding light in the quest for success. Feeling motivated yet? Good.
If you’re slacking or seem uninterested in your employees and the work itself, people will follow your lead and start slacking themselves, and the results of such an environment will soon follow.
Action 5: Always try to be the best of the best, but no pressure. This means that you should be strict but emphatic, productive and devoted, but friendly and helpful. Start by organising your own life before you move on to organising the workplace. Make yourself more productive by always having an action plan ready to be executed. People will recognize your efforts and examples and they will soon follow in the same manner.
Real leadership skills are learned rather than inborn, and you, as a leader, will always be faced with new challenges. Remember to always stay humble and calm, respectful and efficient, and you will find a solution to every problem.