The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
5 Top Responsibilities of a Team Leader
Today’s ultra-competitive business environment, executives and managers often require that they have varying degrees of leadership skills and training. It goes without saying that one must obtain comprehensive leadership skills training in order to integrate those key leadership responsibilities into their respective workplaces, understanding and learning how to use these tools as a method of resolving conflicts, improving employee performances and leading change throughout the organization is absolutely important.
There are several strategies one can use, but today let us look at 5 of these strategies which I consider to be ultimately important if you want to be a successful leader:
1. Leading By Example
This is one of the most important leadership skills that everyone must have if they want to build and lead successful teams. If you demonstrate a strong worth ethic, your team will follow you. As a director, manager or executive, you have a responsibility of managing and guiding your staff, inspiring enthusiasm and stimulating their interest. You should not neglect to look out for their welfare as this is one way that they will appreciate your efforts and the results will be that they will be productive and this way everybody wil be maintaining high company standards.
2. Long Term Organizational Success
Successful leaders must focus on long term development. There will be several factors that will steer your business off-track, things that you have do not have control over for example changing economy, you nonetheless still need to stay focus on your long term plans if you want to be successful. Without which you will find that you do not have any roadmaps or plans of attack left for you to survive.
3. Focus on The Big Picture
Depending on how big or small your business is, you need to determine how you want to operate – at the micro level where minor details play a major role or on small projects, either way you will have to work at refocusing on larger strategic issues with abstract or undefined results. This will take effort on your part, but if you do not push, nobody will be doing this job to begin with.
4. Be Uncomfortable – Ask Tough Questions
Part of your role as a leader is to be uncomfortable by asking those tough questions even if it means putting your position in jeopardy. Hard-hitting questions such as “Is this in the budget?” or “Is this ethical?” can and at times will stir up controversy, but it’s better to ask than hold your silence and violate the trust to strengthen the business.
Tough question – Who cares? Yes you!!! By demonstrating commitment to your business, your team, your profession and your industry will be inspired to stay enthusiastic about their roles and contributions to the business. If you demonstrate negativity, others will follow your footsteps.