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Developing your leadership skills

bikerace19288371.jpg Do you have what it takes to be a true leader of your organization? Becoming a leader isn't an easy process and it will take time in order for you to master these skills along with a lot of hard work and patience. There are a lot of misconceptions around what makes a good leader and it's not always clear for a new manager to figure out.

The first thing you have to understand is that there is a big difference between leading and controlling. Some people feel that ruling with fear will allow them to control their staff and thereby control the output of the company. However control doesn't mean production and it often leads to low employee morale and higher turnover rates, which can be pretty costly to the company. A person that is able to control the output can do so by showing employees what to do and helping them to get there through helpful advice and support. Give your employees a chance to try instead of just doing it yourself of trying to control them to do their jobs.

The second thing you must understand about becoming a leader is learning how to be an example. Take a look at the leaders in your life and why you looked up to them. This is your goal to get your employees to feel the same way about you and its not always the easiest thing to do because it does take a lot of time, patience, and hard work. Start by being an honest and trustworthy person. Become more than a manager to your employees and also become their friend that they can confide in. When you are able to develop stronger relationships with your staff, it will increase morale and it helps to keep the lines of communication open.

The third thing you have to do is motivate people. You need to dream big and show your staff how you are going to accomplish these dreams. When your staff is able to see that you have a vision, they will be inspired but when you make it into a reality they will become believers of you and will follow you. You need to come into work with positive energy that is able to transform to your entire staff and will be able to help them become energized about their jobs. Inspiring people to dig deep and to give their job their best effort is a big key to being a great leader.

The fourth thing you need is to learn how to communicate. How do you talk to your employees? Do they feel like they can get in touch with you when they need to talk to you? Employees need to be able to get in touch with you in a number of different ways and if you are hard to get in touch with, it will really frustrate your staff. When you give them directions always make sure you are being very clear and precise to try and eliminate the confusion that could arise.

The fifth thing you need to do is to learn how to make quick decisions. Leaders are always thinking on the spot and you must have the ability to make quick decisions that will be successful ones. Not all of them will be monumental but you don't want to question your knowledge, especially in front of your staff. Study and research your company and your industry to broaden your knowledge and to help you make informed decisions that you won't need to second-guess.

There are many other skills you need to work on to become an effective leader but these skills will really help you to make a great start!

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