Understanding the Basics of Leadership


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All thriving workplaces have a hierarchy that is focused on making the business as productive and successful as possible. This means the management lead effectively. The employees follow instructions efficiently. All in all, everyone does their job well. If one cog in this machine goes belly up, the entire performance of a business can suffer. If managers lack the leadership qualities to get the best out of staff, it may be detrimental to the well-being of a company. What makes a good leader is subjective. Some prefer a disciplinarian, while others opt for a figure with an open door policy. There are, however, a few key areas that every strong, well-developed leader needs to conquer. If the basics are understood and applied, the rest falls into place.

Surround Yourself with the Right Kind of People

This expands to all areas of life. Allowing the right people that benefit your goals and ambitions is vital in leadership. If a figure of authority tries to lead a group that are resistant their methods, they face an uphill battle. No matter how effective a leader is, if those around them are stubborn and stuck in their ways, it may become an impossible challenge. This means taking the time to think about who are the best people to surround yourself with in the workplace. Recruiting staff that are easy to manage and can be moulded, dealing with clients that want the best for both sides, work with senior management that have targets that grow the business. These are all different ways to go about making sure you surround yourself with people that can be lead effectively.

Provide Clear Goals and Targets

Getting people that you lead focused and driven to achieving goals is the mark of a good leader. The business situation is irrelevant, if you have staff that know what they are working towards and have the motivation to do so, you are on to a winner. Things in everyday business can get muddled. One day you have work to do on ABC. The next day ABC has to take a backseat to focus on XYZ. It happens and the pace of modern day business dictates that. What can be influenced by those at the upper end of the chain of command, is focusing on making the long-term goals as clear and concise as possible. Whether it’s meeting a monthly target or a yearly sales figure, let them know the ultimate goal of what you need them to work towards. Let them know the importance of achieving this goal and why it will benefit them and the business.

Path of Progress and Growth

Showing employees that there is potential to climb the ladder is an important aspect of leadership. If staff know they are stuck in a dead end job, productivity is likely to suffer. Motivating would become difficult if their only interest is the payslip at the end of the month. Presenting a pathway for growth not only gives them an incentive to work towards, it is likely to increase the chances of them going the extra mile for the company. If they are aware of promotion prospects, their work rate is likely to be positively affected. The job of a leader is to highlight this path for progression and make the employee feel of value that they have the potential to move up in the business.

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