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Do you consider yourself to be a great leader already, or is this something you aspire to be? All great leaders know that there’s always room for improvement. Some take courses such as an online IT masters to develop their skills and gain the right knowledge. Others learn through mentors with great experiences to know the do’s and don’ts of being a great leader. Here are some of the leadership qualities that you probably need to work on:
Being able to relate to your team is so important. If you act above them and think you’re above them, then they’re not going to like you very much. You might be thinking, ‘they don’t have to like me, I’m their boss’ – however, in order to keep your team engaged, you will want them to like you. When they can relate to you and your experiences, they’ll be more productive and loyal. Take an interest in them. When they have an issue, try to give advice based on experiences you have been through yourself. Don’t ever get to the stage where you have somebody carry your bags to the office for you – that’s a great way to make your employees feel like a difference species to you.
Having empathy for your employees and their struggles is a must. How can you help them? You don’t always have to consider how you can help them at work, either. Think about it. If one of your employees was struggling to land an apartment, they would feel stressed and preoccupied at work. If you could step in and chat to a landlord for them, they will have a load off their shoulders and feel a great affinity with you.
Developing your leadership qualities is wonderful, however, it’s unlikely you’re going to be doing everything yourself. If you try, you’ll burn out. It’s no good for your physical or mental health! What you need to do is hire a robust management team to work alongside you. The infographic below can help you to hire the perfect team!
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