You did it! You’ve finished mastering all of the 7 Deadly Skills of leadership and you’re ready to be the ultimate leader for your business and team.
We thought to give you a quick round-up as we know how busy life gets, so if you ever fall behind on one of your Deadly Skills, this guide is here to remind you just how great of a leader you can be.
Carry on reading for a summary of our Deadly Skills…
Empathy is extremely important in the workplace, understanding your employee’s needs and empathizing with them will make them feel understood and will make it a lot easier for you to solve issues.
When you think about empathy, an image of ‘walking in someone else’s shoes’ would be most suitable, put yourself in their position as that will be the very core of creating a work environment that’s caring and supportive.
Talking openly and honestly to your team, being an active listener when people voice concerns, offering genuine support and acting upon empathy are all ways to ensure your team will feel that you are an empathetic leader.
For us, having the courage of conviction is an important element in leadership. Having clear values and principles at all times, and the dedication to stick to those is imperative. That being said, a courageous leader is also able to seek and receive feedback.
The path to being a courageous leader is not one that’s A to B but having clear standards and expectations from your team, hitting any conflict and discomfort on the head, working on decisiveness and making sure you delegate are some great starting points to your courageous journey.
Resilience is all about how we meet adversity and setbacks and recover from them. A leader without resilience will struggle to cope under pressure and adapt to disruptive change. This is why it is such a critical skill to possess.
Qualities that a resilient leader presents are – being able to align their vision and purpose seamlessly, developing a sense of awareness, tackling challenges tenaciously and the ability to see growth as a necessity.
Nail all of these and you’ll be a brilliant resilient leader!
Leadership is most effective when it is tailored to suit the team around you. Today, as Gen-Z begins to enter the workforce, what constitutes as good leadership is almost unrecognisable when compared to 30 years ago.
The modern workforce seemingly doesn’t want to be managed in a traditional sense of the word. They do, however, want to be led. This means you have to get in there and lead by example. If your team can see you, your passion and your processes, they’ll begin to follow suit.
Good leadership will essentially determine whether your business succeeds or fails. That’s why it’s so important strong leadership skills are instilled throughout your business – so not just you, but everyone you employ.
Creative leadership is all about tackling challenges as opportunities. It’s ingrained in problem-solving, reception to new ideas and innovation.
A leader with creative skills is able to overcome obstacles because they’re willing to embrace new strategies and solutions with an open mind – giving them the opportunity to clear hurdles that might see their competitors stumbling.
The benefits of creative leadership include innovative problem solving, positive workplace culture, financial growth and flexible management, why not try it out?
Critical thinking allows leaders to evaluate their decision-making skills and how those decisions can impact business, employees, and clients in the future.
Without critical thinking, leaders could make rash decisions without analysing the consequences, not take their employee’s information on board, and cause uncertainty in the workplace. Being a successful leader goes hand-in-hand with this skill as it will create security and reliability within the leadership role.
Keeping yourself open to change and suggestions from your team, asking questions and getting involved and making informed decisions are all a perfect start towards becoming a critical thinker.
Problem-solving is the ability to solve issues effectively and quickly, and when applying it to your work environment it means that you won’t make wrong decisions and you’ll know how to guide other team members in the right direction.
Problems arise constantly, whether it’s equipment not working, systems that can’t be figured out, tension between team members or having a new member of staff on board, all of these are common problems you would need quick and efficient solutions for to not lose money, time or even sacrifice employees within your business.
Evaluating the cause of the problem, creating a set of solutions, making a plan and assessing the effectiveness of the outcome will make sure your problem-solving skills are effective.
There you have it, all of our Deadly Skills and how they will make you a fantastic leader with the abilities to support your team and make your business thrive and be successful overall.
We hope these skills have guided you towards potential improvements, allowing you to reflect on how to better your business for good but don’t panic if you feel a little overwhelmed, you’re not on your own in this.
Luckily for you, you’re already in the right place. Reach out to us today on email@example.com to speak with us about how you can develop and grow both yourself and your team.