Although great leaders are said to be born, there are several skills that one can adopt to become a leader at work.
Picture this: JA a designer engineer with a leading automobile company is known to be a diligent worker and enjoys the enviable reputation of being the chosen one when it comes to the senior management assigning prestigious projects. SS, who is Asher’s colleague, is a smart worker, known to be a thorough professional and a great team player. But he is not as fortunate as JA when it comes to being on board of some of the most challenging design projects.
JA and SS both are led by chief engineer, KP, who now needs to move base. A leadership vacuum is in the offing and after weeks of deliberations, SS is handed over the reigns. An upset JA, who thought that she would be the most rational choice is at her wit’s end as to why her seniors did not think her worthy of leading a team?
Whether you sympathize with JA or you looking for reasons behind SS’s success, you are probably trying to seek answer an answers to the most bewildering question – What does it take to become a good leader?
To quote management guru Peter Drucker Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Leaders are expected to do the right things at the right time keeping in mind the interests of the organizations and the employees. Leadership is not something that you can solely learn from your mentors, or develop by attending seminars. It has to exist as part of your innate personal skill set and yes it can be developed over the years. Organizations can at the most nurture effective leaders.
The question that bothers us at this point in time is that went missing in JA’s case? A student of human resources management offers a probable answer: In JA’s case, it was her individual work style that caught the attention of the senior management and she was adequately rewarded with the best design projects. However in the case of SS being a smart worker a team player and a thorough professional helped simply because those are the basic skill sets that every leader must have and the organization was quick in deciding that he was the one who could be nurtured into becoming an effective leader.
Whether you are working in a big organization or are employed in a small firm, harboring the ambition of becoming a leader is natural. Although great leaders are said to be born, there are several skills that one can adopt to develop leadership qualities. Some of them are as listed below:
Learn to make quick decisions: Leaders needed to have the ability and courage to make good and quick decisions. The differentiating actor between a good leader and an average leader stems from this ability. While you should always pay heed to the best interest of the company a workforce is while making a decision, you cannot always make popular decisions. A good leader realizes that he or she will sometimes make a wrong decision. Rather than dwelling on a wrong choice they learn from their mistakes and move forward.
Motivate others: Leaders need to have to vision for both the company and also for his team. Motivating people to give in their best so that the company reaches a desired or more than desired output is the common goals that all leaders work towards.
A good leader will come up with useful ideas. However, a great leader will also listen to his or her team and take their ideas and thoughts and take their ideas and thoughts into consideration.
Accept constructive criticism: Great leaders make mistakes. Rather than believing that you are always right, take a candid look at your behavior and traits. Identify your faults and accept constructive criticism.
Improve oral communication skills: Effective leaders can express their thoughts and visions in a clear and understandable manner. Join public speaking courses, practice speaking aloud slow down and think before you speak.
Inspire by example: If as a leader, you want your team to slog it out and deliver nothing but the best, you nee to be beside them all the time. Delegating work works provided the one delegating works too.
Be trustworthy: You need to be dependable and responsible at all times. To be a good leader, it is important to possess these traits. Others will recognize these fine qualities and be inclined to respect your leadership role and achieve the overall goal.