With more and more employers placing greater value on leadership abilities, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd and really make a good impression. Some people are just naturally gifted when it comes leading a team to success and inspiring confidence in others an it can often feel like you will never be able to learn these seemingly innate skills. This article takes a look at some of the great ways you can develop your own leadership abilities and ooze confidence at the next networking event or team strategy session, so read on to find out more.
1. Take the time to learn about leadership – There are a number of courses online and thousands of books dedicated to giving you the tools needed to lead with confidence, perfect reading for your morning commute.
2. Speak to other leaders – Speak directly with those who have been where you are and ask them to mentor you. They know exactly how hard it can be so don’t be afraid to ask them tough questions – just remember to take notes!
3. Develop your abilities with an online coach – If you are in need of more specialist guidance, an online coach can be the perfect way to have a supporting figure that is just an email away. Trained to work directly with you to build those skills confidentially, this is great option if you have a busy schedule and cannot meet with a counsellor face to face. AskACoach are one of the leading providers of online coaches and they have a great article about confident leadership which you can read here: https://askacoach.pro/blog/477/confident-leadership.
4. Become more self-aware – A good leader knows their strengths and weaknesses and when to delegate to get the job done effectively. Self-reflection is never a waste of time as it allows you to identify areas for improvement and allows you to plan to plug the gaps in your knowledge and abilities.
5. Encourage others – Your success is not just determined by your abilities but also by the abilities of the team you are leading. Make sure to get the best out of them by encouraging and motivating them to do better. Celebrate the wins and losses, both are opportunities for learning.
6. Make decisions – An effective and efficient decision maker inspires confidence in their team. All decision come with an element of risk, so don’t waste time trying to think out every possible outcome, just make a decision and get behind it.
7. Develop emotional intelligence (EQ) – Learning to control your emotions and handle difficult situations empathy is the mark of a good leader and is a skill that can be honed just like leadership.
8. Network your way to the top – Reach out to senior colleagues at networking event and through LinkedIn and let them know you are interested in learning more about their role in the company. You never know you could meet your new mentor this way.
9. Become an expert in your role - The best way to do your job effectively is to know the role inside and out. Only then can you really understand the challenges the job can bring and lead other through them.