If you're a leader in a large or small business, you should constantly be looking for ways to improve your skills. In order for businesses to stay ahead, their leaders need to be continually improving. Otherwise, customers and clients find better products and services, and employees look for greener pastures in other companies that give them opportunities to develop. If you want to hone your leadership skills, sharpen your abilities and enhance your productivity, here are a few tips to get you started.
Wake up Early
For many people, the early morning is the most productive time of the day. It's when most people feel refreshed and motivated. It's also the time when you can plan the rest of your agenda so that you'll be ready to help your employees succeed. If you want to make the most of this time, see if you can get to the workplace at least half an hour before other people make it in. Getting up early is a trait that many successful people share. Many ask, how do you wake up early and be excited, be motivated, be energetic? It takes time, you have to start waking up a little bit earlier each day. You have to make goals and set plans so that you can succeed. You also need to jump out of bed, ready for the day. Don’t snooze or lie in bed for a while. Get up and get moving as soon as your alarm goes off. Not only will getting into the office early mean you have undisturbed time to plan the rest of the day, but your subordinates will also have a good impression of you.
Improve Your Skill Set
To avoid falling behind, you need to be the best in your industry. If you want to stay ahead and lead your team to success, you'll need to keep expanding and improving your skills. When you sharpen your abilities, you'll not only have more to share with your employees, but you can also inspire them to continually pursue their own development. What great leaders need to understand, however, is that you always need to be learning. An organization’s culture and success depend on your ability to guide others, which requires the need for understanding (and working with) different behaviors, communicating effectively, and giving feedback - appropriately.
Ditch the Drugs
Many highly productive leaders will use drugs or unprescribed pharmaceuticals to try to help them have more energy or focus, or they will rely on drugs or alcohol to relax and unwind after a rough day. It is difficult to recognize when a high-functioning business leader's prescription drug use or casual drinking turns habitual. Outwardly they are productive and successful, and likely feel like they don't need help. If these bad habits are left unchecked, however, their nascent addiction threatens to rob them of everything they've built. This behavior can also affect judgment and reduce the amount of trust your employees have in you. If you're a leader trying to quit using alcohol, prescription drugs or any other type of substance, there are plenty of resources you can use to free yourself of the drug addiction.
Sharpen Your Listening Skills
Many leaders believe that good communication is about giving directions, and while that's true sometimes, leaders also need to listen. Managers seem out of touch when they give direction without understanding the workplace climate or the practical issues their employees face. If you want to truly engage with your employees, solve problems and be seen as a leader people feel comfortable going to with problems, you need to have an attentive ear. Cultivating listening skills in yourself takes some work, but with practice, it gets easier.
Truly great leaders are hard to come by, but the best companies and teams are built on leadership that's ready to face challenges. When you pinpoint your weaknesses as a leader, you can begin correcting them. Once you do, you'll create a workplace climate in which everyone can succeed. Your business will have more opportunity to flourish because your employees will have better resources and more respect for their superiors.
An effective way to improve as a leader is to receive guidance or counsel from an outside source, KES Group offers coaching and consultation services to help leaders be the best they can be. Contact us today!