Leaders of organizations of all sizes must have skills that are important to carry out significant decisions at crucial moments. Valuable leadership skills are having confidence, commitment and the ability to delegate, inspire and communicate effectively, among others
Individual leadership roles and the way one leads may vary from person to person. There are various types of leadership traits and it is important to understand what works for you best. Some leadership models include authoritative or autocratic; bureaucratic; democratic or participative; and servant leaders, among others. Authoritative or autocratic leaders make decisions on their own without help from others. Bureaucratic leaders lay down stringent rules for themselves and their teams. The third kind is known as democratic or participative leaders who seek team inputs while taking decisions. The next type is known as servant leaders. They focus on the requirements of their teams without specifying roles.
Whether you are a born leader or a trained one, you have to keep updating yourself and learning new skills with the times. Some of the essential skills become inherent as you grow. Here are a few tips to help you become an effective business leader…
Successful leaders often take initiatives that allow them to finish tasks without help or guidance. Over time, you will also require less supervision as you gain experience and become more competent in your job. With self-motivation, you will not only be able to complete your tasks in time, but also without constant direction from your manager. So, by carrying out your assigned duties and taking the initiative to go the extra mile, you can soon set yourself up as a successful leader.
All efficient leaders possess the ability to delegate jobs to other members of their teams. They can also spot when someone else is more capable or has the time to carry out a certain task. For a leader to delegate tasks, he/she must understand each team member in-depth to be aware of their strengths and weaknesses. Delegation of tasks also helps leaders recognize leadership traits among promising employees. Leaders who can delegate can maximize their team’s potential and efficiency.
Good communication skills are very important to be a competent leader. In any organization, efficient communication is the basis of a productive team. Leaders should create open and effective communication channels for their teams and must listen actively and speak confidently. Leaders who can communicate their expectations, resolve issues quickly and exchange ideas with their team members can promote a positive and productive work environment.
Competitive leaders know the importance of being organized in the workplace. They stick to routines, try to keep deadlines without fail and bring assured results. Organized leaders are able to keep track of multiple assignments and projects at the same time. In a company that has an organized leader, the whole team is likely to perform well and function efficiently.
Being an experienced leader may not always mean being a responsible leader. Therefore, leaders who consider responsibility a priority in life are sure to be successful. Taking responsibility is all about accepting the consequences of your actions—whether positive or negative. To a responsible leader, each success and failure of his/her team are his/her own. Such leaders, while speaking on behalf of their teams, always keep their team’s best interests in mind. Responsible leaders not just accept every aspect of their role, but also work hard to rectify errors and reward successes.
There are some other skills that business leaders should possess, including goal-setting, risk-taking and interpersonal skills. One person cannot have all the skills, but you should know your responsibilities and where your weaknesses lie. As you grow, you have to focus on newer areas and try to learn how to gain expertise in more leadership skills that fit your role. Successful business heads should also have the capacity to focus on the future of the organization with a strong vision.
Thus, setting up strategic goals becomes important for business leaders so that the company is able to thrive and grow. They should also have the ability to accept challenges and must not be afraid to take risks. At the same time, they should be able to come up with innovative ideas to solve those challenges. Besides, a good leader also takes the effort to know his/her team personally. This involves taking time to talk to each employee and providing them with the required guidance. Leaders having strong interpersonal skills can resolve differences and even encourage productivity within their teams.
About the Author
Mr. Harish Jagtani, a philanthropist, visionary, businessman of Indian origin, currently based in Democratic Republic of Congo for more than 20 years now, is one of the most reputed business owners in the Indian diaspora as well as the entire expat business community in DRC. The business house caters to multiple domains, including but not limited to Domestic as well as International Air Cargo, real Estate and infrastructure development, healthcare, hospitality as well as CSR.
Coming from humble beginnings from Jaipur, Rajasthan, Mr. Harish Jagtani has come a long way in building this conglomerate with a strong and clear vision, sheer dedication and grit. Starting with a small job in sales, Mr. Harish Jagtani today is a proud and righteous owner of a fleet of airplanes and multiple businesses that cater to the basic and advanced needs of the people of Dem. Rep. of Congo in different sectors.