At the forefront of any successful venture is a man or woman who had the tenacity and skillset to make a vision happen. Take any entrepreneur, political leader, celebrity or CEO and ask yourself what they have in common.
In contemplating this question, you will encounter answers that formulate a package, a prototype that makes the individual a phenomenal leader in a certain career field.
Lead with passion and knowledge
All leaders understand that there must be an underlying fuel that drives your leadership. Without this fuel, leadership would simply not flourish. Whether it is to supply phenomenal customer service or guide a team toward success, without leadership, no great advancement would be made within a company.
Let’s consider some of the key points in building stronger leadership skills.
1. Enhance your communication
Without proper communication, any business endeavor can fall flat. Developing and enhancing proper communication can ensure that each of your team members is understood. The same way one individual understands a project may be completely different from another.
Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that each worker has a certain task, and that task should be communicated to that individual in the way they will understand it. How a computer program will be assigned a task is not the same way a chief financial officer would be assigned a specific task.
It is important to focus on enhancing your communication in a positive way. Simply mentioning to your team that they are wrong about something is improper communication; there should be a why. Once this why is determined, you can communicate to them how a certain task should be accomplished.
If you are confused on how to approach or express this information, watch this video about utilizing the compliment sandwich to critique or communicate with an employee:
Your proper communication is the bridge between the start of a task and its completion.
2. Be willing to admit when you are at fault
Every single leader at a certain time or another has communicated incorrectly, miscalculated on an idea or failed to some degree. Therefore, it is of utter importance to leave ego behind and admit that having strong leadership skills does not mean perfection.
Take a look at what Amy Rees Anderson has to say about what happens when leaders do not admit their faults here.
When it comes to building strong leadership skills, admitting when you are at fault goes much further than trying to always be right. It has been said that courage is true strength and having the courage to admit a mistake is a leadership skill all CEOs, entrepreneurs and leaders in all categories should evoke.
3. A vision means fruit
It rings true and supreme that the only way to accomplish anything is by seeing a mental image of where you desire to be. As all strong leaders know, having a mental vision, a goal and a definitive task means that eventually you will see fruit. This goal should be followed with so much trust and conviction that no mistake or setback can derail the team from accomplishing it.
One of the best ways to unite your entire team is through including them in the entire vision, goal and/or task. Everyone likes to feel important and a part of the team. As a leader, it is your goal to develop an appropriate vision or goal that will guide the team to its next milestone.
However, without proper implementation of a mental vision, your team can feel lost and confused. As we said, it is important to communicate what your vision is and why it is important. It is important to evoke a can-do attitude no matter how big the vision may look or feel.
With this in mind, when doubt springs forward, a strong leader listens to their team’s concerns and reminds them what the vision is. No matter how hard the steps may be, the vision is the goal.
4. Know your strengths and weaknesses
Knowing what you are great at is as equally important as knowing what you are weak at. In fact, you may be surprised at how powerful admitting your weaknesses can be. Erin Andrews once said, “Admitting your weaknesses does not diminish your strengths, it shows your courage.”
That courage will come in handy in multiple ways as a leader. Clearly understanding what you are weak at allows you to create a solid team that can complement your weaknesses, further driving the success of the company.
When you have a team that clearly complements your strengths and weaknesses, you soak in what they can teach you. In other words, what you are really doing is enhancing your leadership qualities and your strengths by soaking in the strengths of others.
5. A leader always has an action plan
To accomplish ANYTHING in life, you will need an action plan. As a leader, an action plan is going to be the difference between a company that produces consistent results and a company that produces shaky results.
A leader, without an action plan, is simply a person with a vision—or they’re just a team member. You need to stand up and lead your team. This is the moment your leadership skills must come forth into the spotlight. By acting on the vision you have set forth, you are showing that fear is not an option of the task at hand.
Now, don’t fear developing an action plan, either. Don’t focus on the 10 steps to accomplish the entire vision. Lead your team on the journey through focusing on one step and one goal at a time. Gary Keller discusses this idea thoroughly in his book, The One Thing, The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results.
Your action plan serves as a stepping stone that paves the way for all other team members to follow through. Like a swift army seeking to conquer an area, your team members are counting on you to show direction—and direction can only be shown when there is a roadmap in place.
NOTE: It is okay to state that the action plan can and might change; this means you have flexibility, another phenomenal strong leadership skill that strong leaders invoke in themselves and their team members.
Becoming the leader
Strong leadership can be taught to those willing to understand, listen and take to heart the skills of leaders who have created empires. If you are serious about building or teaching stronger leadership skills, evoke these five tips that are embodied by those who have created successful businesses, teams and ventures.