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Being An Effective Leader

By: John Hawthorne

Being an effective leader not only impacts your own life but the others that are following your lead. It is why it is essential that you learn all the aspects of becoming an effective leader. You will need to be self-analytical when carrying this out and make the changes needed to improve your performance. In this article, I will talk about the different qualities required to become the best leader.

Organizational Skills

One of the most important things you will need to learn is organizational skills. The most effective leaders are extremely well organized, and everything works like clockwork. The reason they work this way is that it helps streamline processes, increase productivity and greatly reduce stress. It is vital that you keep a well-organized diary along with making sure everything is where it should be. You can tell a good leader from a bad one by simply checking how clean his workplace is.

Ego

Being promoted to a leadership role is a huge boost for the ego. If this emotion is not contained though it can lead to bad decision making and upset the people you are leading. Make sure you treat everyone on equal terms and are open to listening to the advice of others rather than pursuing egoic avenues. Keeping level headed and not letting the extra power go to your head is the best way to be an effective leader.

Lead By Example

There is nothing worse than someone ordering you to do something when they are doing nothing themselves. The best way to get your team to follow you is to lead by example. If your team member sees you working hard, they will do the same and it will greatly increase productivity along with morale.

Stress Management

The higher up you go in a company the greater the levels of stress. This is a huge problem in the fast-paced modern working environment and one that you will need to be able to deal with if you are going to be an effective leader. It is vital that you have downtime and do not take mountains of work home with you. Exercise is the best tonic for stress so make sure you find time to fit in an activity to get the blood pumping.

Compassion and Communication

You will be spending most of your time every week with the people that you work with. Effective leaders are able to make the workplace into a second family. So, it is vital to get to know who you are working with. Use clear communication in every form of conversation with team members. This communication with compassion shows the people you lead that they are treated with the utmost respect. In return, they will give you their all. We are all vulnerable which is why showing compassion rather than authority can work wonders.

Conclusion

There are many benefits you will get from becoming an effective leader. By staying organized, not allowing your ego to get out of control, leading by example and showing compassion, you will have all of the qualities needed to become an exceptional boss. Everyone's a winner as you will get the respect from your staff, they will enjoy coming to work and your productivity along with bottom line will increase.