When it comes to leadership, there are two distinct styles. The first is relationship oriented leadership. This focuses on personnel development, relationship building, and creating a positive work environment. The idea behind this is that a happy, motivated team will work to the best of their abilities and get things done. The second is task focused leadership. This focuses on setting policies and procedures and defining the steps necessary to accomplish the task at hand. There are good points to each leadership style, however, leaders who only use one style or another are not usually seen by their teams as being very effective.
Every manager should know the value of personal relationships with employees. Building a positive and stimulating work environment is your top priority – this is what will help your workers to go that extra mile in completing tasks for their projects. Yet, many executives find it challenging to establish the balance between respect and likeability. Here are a few tips to help you develop meaningful relationships with your employees and build a positive work environment.
When your team did a job really well, say “thank you.” This simple gesture could mean everything to them. An employee appreciation survey by Glassdoor showed that 4 out of every 5 employees or 81%, said they are motivated to work harder if their boss showed more appreciation. More than half said they will stay longer in a company where managers know how to show gratitude.
Great leaders are not made overnight. Developing leaders is not dependent on skills or natural charisma or both. Neither is it all about authority nor responsibility. The length of time invested is not a guarantee nor is youth a disability. A great leader is not measured by age, experience, position, scope of authority or popularity. It takes so much more.
As a leader, you want to project your best self and you want to get the best from the interactions you have with others. You don’t want to walk a labyrinth to get from point A to B, but instead, you want to take the easy path, which isn’t always straight, but it’s clearly not the winding road of a labyrinth. You want your professional interactions summarized into categories of relationships between you and your customers, manager, peers, and direct reports, to be easy.
Do you have unique leadership qualities? The purpose of being a leader is to lead a purposeful life and impact the same to others.
It doesn’t matter the size of your business, always remember that prospects and customers are expecting you to guide them: give professional advice, explain complicated issues and help them buy wisely. The truth is that if you’re a leader and your thoughts, words, actions, and management abilities are not recognized, it means that you’ve missed the point.
I thought long and hard about the title of this article. I wanted to call it “Two essential skills for business leaders” but that did not sound right when it is about managing as well. So I considered “Two essential skills for senior managers” but that did not include the leadership angle either. The problem is, we label ourselves as leaders or managers. There is nоt a term that covers both. But there should be.
For business Project managers rely on their leadership skills to get work done. What exactly is leadership? Author and speaker John C. Maxwell put it, “leadership is influence.” That short definition simplifies the complexities of leadership.
To become more effective, you need to increase your influence. Consider these four avenues to develop your leadership. All of these ideas can work alone. For the best results, combine them!
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