BY: DAVID WAULS, MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATE, SAMARITAN BUSINESS CONSULTING
In today’s ever-changing business environment, you may not often pause and take time to consider what makes a good leader. To be at your most effective, it is important to take some time for yourself on occasion to reflect on your leadership approach and style. Take a self check-up today on the following leadership skills.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate:
Your team wants to know how they are doing and what they need to improve. Give them timely discussions on each.
Be Fair and Consistent:
When you are working with your team, make sure you are implementing policies and procedures on an equitable basis and be consistent.
Encourage Your Team to Do Their Best and Improve:
As a leader, be positive in your approach. Make sure you are encouraging your team to do their best and improve their skills. They are adding value to themselves and to the organization.
Improve Your Skills as a Leader Through Education:
Evaluate your own skills as a leader. You should feel positive about what you do well, but it is also important to seek out improvement on leadership skills that need attention. Remember you should continually enhance your skills like everyone else within the organization. Find ways to gain additional education.
As a leader you will have to manage conflict. Address the conflicts in a manner that does not antagonize your team but resolves it in a manner that maintains positive working relationships.
After evaluating yourself, take time to reflect and congratulate yourself on your skills and strengths while identifying areas that need improvement. A good leader will take action to grow and will strive to be a positive force within the organization.
Since 2013, Dave has been a Management Consultant-Trainer with Samaritan Business Consulting. He was previously a Senior Consultant of LMA Consulting Group. An experienced teacher, trainer and motivator, Dave came to the Lancaster area after being recruited as Executive Vice President for the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry and serving as Executive Director of two other Pennsylvania Chambers of Commerce. Dave earned his Bachelor’s in Business Education from Bloomsburg University.
Dave also teaches the ABC Keystone Professional Development Series, a seven-session series providing you the skills you need to succeed and advance your career. Increase productivity, learn to communicate effectively, and grow your leadership potential! Click here to learn more and register.