Behind every good team is an inspiring leader—and inspiring leaders focus on not only achieving a vision but also developing their team to their full potential. Good leaders have the skills that allow them to define what the team needs to achieve, nurture their team to reach their full potential, champion diversity and inclusion, implement measurable training solutions, and more. Here are 7 foundational skills all leaders need to master:
Anything can happen at a moment’s notice. Whether it be restructuring or downsizing, change is inevitable. In unprecedented times, leaders should be prepared to act accordingly. Having the agility to quickly seize an opportunity or overcome an obstacle is often the difference between success or failure.
When the unexpected arises, management is often tasked with making hard decisions quickly. Strong leaders know when it’s time to take action and are decisive, proceeding with confidence and acting in the best interest of the organization and its employees.
Clear, concise, and complete communication is crucial to a team’s effectiveness. The more effective a leader’s communication is, the more effective the team. Leaders have multiple mediums for communicating with their team. Employing the right communication strategy with the right message keeps the team informed!
A strong leader listens more than they speak. Active listening is a crucial aspect of managing a team. When presented with new ideas or perspectives, strong leaders are open-minded. They want to hear their employees' needs and concerns so they can create an environment that supports the team's development.
Success often requires teamwork—and a strong leader recognizes the value of collaboration. Strong leaders know that collaboration welcomes new ideas and perspectives. With a diverse team of people working together, the possibilities are limitless.
Business leaders are tasked with developing their teams to reach their full potential. Therefore, strong leaders are results-oriented, setting high yet achievable expectations. They hold a coaching mindset, communicate and align with their teams on expectations, and provide constructive feedback for continued growth.
Strong leaders know there is always room for improvement, even as it relates to their own skills. They also know what triggers their emotions and how to appropriately manage their responses. Strong leaders are self-aware, leveraging their strengths and minimizing their gaps. They often minimize their blind spots by surrounding themselves with a diverse team.