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If you’re in line for a promotion or you’re already a team leader at your place of work then you may be wondering how best to go about really smashing that role and being the best leader you can. It takes a lot to be a team leader, manager or general boss and it isn’t always easy. Here are a couple of great ways to really improve your leadership skills to help yourself be the best leader you can without having to compromise your own values just to achieve it.

Develop Empathy

Okay, this is hugely important in being an effective leader of any kind. You need to be able to identify with your employees (and your peers) in terms of things that are going on in their individual lives that could affect their ability to come into work or to be the best they can. If someone is struggling it is a good idea to identify what exactly they are struggling with because a lot of the time it’s not actually job related at all and could be something in their personal lives that is going south. Knowing how to get down to their level empathetically will help them also develop a real trust in you as a leader and will also foster huge respect and a fiercely loyal employee.

All Employees Are The Same When It Comes To Certain Things

This is something that a lot of people have experience in as employees themselves and I’ll bet if you think back to your own experiences, you will have run into this too – someone on the team always getting to leave early, getting days off for seemingly no reason. This is great if you allow this to happen and there is a reason for it but it can seriously breed contempt across your team. While appreciating that those with kids may need emergency time off for child related issues, know that child-free employees need time off for emergencies too. Not every emergency is child related and they may need to care for a horribly ill pet, parent, sibling or the like. Treat all your employees the same and you will have a great team willing to do what it takes to help you achieve team goals.

Learn To Construct Rather Than Destruct

Building your team up instead of criticising is hugely important when improving your leadership skills as well. Often it’s easy to be negative about a performance or job but it’s much harder to be positive about the things that went right. Many bosses focus on the things that need improving and not on the job well done in other areas of a project. Being a successful leader means being able to identify both areas and adequately foster improvement as well as compliment.

So if you’re looking for great ways to become a more well rounded leader, try developing the skills above and begin to support and foster your team instead of just leading. By being the backbone of the team and constructing it around a leader they can rely on through thick and thin, you will find you develop a team that will help you – and be happy to help you – throughout your career.

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