Possessing strong leadership skills comes from a deeper set of skill sets than textbooks can teach. Being a good leader means being able to inspire, motivate and build confidence of employees. If a leader has the skills to do this they will be able to bring out the best work in their employees and drive better results. According to an article written on fastcompany.com by Stephanie Vozza, there are “six habits of people who know how to bring out the best in others.”
She notes, “As a leader, the most important part of your job isn't your results. Your job is to inspire your employees results.”
These six habits used daily by strong leaders include:
- Focusing on the employee's strengths
- Being able to empathize with the employee
- Generating recognition
- Being able to connect with the right people
- Not using micromanagement to manage
- Creating safe work environments.
According to Richard S. Wellins, whose cited in the article and is the co-author of Your First Leadership, "It can't be learned by listening to a lecture or reading examples. It needs to be practiced, reinforced, and used day-to-day."
As Wellins suggests these six habits used by leaders are natural skills a leader was born to have. However, he also suggests, mastering these habits requires striving to deliver these habits on a daily basis to deliver the best results. Since being a leader isn't about producing your own results, but rather the results of your employees, it is probable to assume the more confidence a leader has in their ability to drive employees, the more confidence the employee will have to deliver results.
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