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Important Leadership Skills for Workplace Success

Whether a child is in school or a project leader, all good leaders require a number of soft skills to help them positively interact with other people or team members. Effective leaders have the ability to communicate well, motivate their team, handle and delegate responsibilities, listen to feedback, and have the flexibility to solve problems in an ever-changing platforms.

Here are the top 7 skills that make a strong leader in any team or organization.

1. Communication

As a leader, you need to be able to clearly and succinctly explain to your team mates everything from team goals to specific tasks. Leaders must master all forms of communication, including one-on-one and detailed conversations, as well as communication via the phone, email, and social media.

2. Motivation

Leaders need to inspire their team members to go the extra mile for their team or organizations; just paying a fair stipend to the members is typically not enough inspiration (although it is important too). There are a number of ways to motivate your team: you may build members self-esteem through recognition and rewards, or by giving members new responsibilities to increase their time investment in the body.

3. Positivity

A positive attitude can go a long way in an organization or body. You should be able to laugh at yourself when something doesn't go quite as planned; this helps create a happy and healthy work environment, even during busy, stressful days.

4. Trustworthiness

Members need to be able to feel comfortable coming to their leader with questions and concerns. It is important for you to demonstrate your integrity – members will only trust leaders they respect.

5. Creativity

As a leader, you have to make a number of decisions that do not have a clear answer; you therefore need to be able to think outside of the box.

6. Commitment

It is important for leaders to follow through with what they agree to do. You should be willing to put in the extra hours to complete the project; members will see this commitment and follow your example.

7. Flexibility

Mishaps and last-minute changes always occur at work. Leaders need to be flexible, accepting whatever changes come their way. Members will appreciate your ability to accept changes in stride and creatively problem solve.