8 Quick and Effective Ways You Can Be a Better Leader

July 11th, 2019

Every company needs strong leadership. From the executive branch down, there needs to be strong leaders to help guide the direction of the organization. The great leaders make it look easy. But being a great leader is challenging, especially for people who are not natural leaders.

“It doesn’t matter if you are running a business, managing a team, or teaching a class—leadership skills are important. Some people seem to be born knowing what to do to inspire and lead people, but for most of us it doesn’t come that naturally,” says executive leadership coach, Lolly Daskal.

“Luckily for us, leadership isn’t a magical gift but a set of skills that you can acquire and practice. It may come more easily to some than to others, but it’s within reach of all of us. You just have to want it, be willing to work and dare to take a risk,” she adds.

8 Quick and Effective Ways You Can Be a Better Leader

Toronto recruiters list some quick and effective ways to improve your leadership skills:

1. Be Self-aware

Every leader has their strengths and weaknesses. Understanding your shortcomings can help you continually improve.

2. Become a Great Coach/Mentor

Knowing how to support your team is vital. Provide your employees with the support they need, and give each person specific coaching, attention and feedback to help them be successful.

3. Get Mentored

There is always room for improvement. Great leaders understand the importance and impact of role coaching and mentoring. Ask for help when needed.

4. Be a Great Communicator

Be a great speaker. Maintain an open line of communication with your team. But more importantly, be a great listener. Be open to hearing new ideas, find ways to generate feedback and maintain an open conversation with all members of the organization.

5. Be Part Of the Team

Be an active member of the team. Be visible, talk with your employees, and be willing to get your hands dirty when the time calls for it.

6. Offer Praise

Make it a point to praise others for their time and effort. Let others know you appreciate what they do.

7. Trust Others

Avoid micromanaging your team. If they are getting the job done, give them their freedom.

8. Hold People Accountable

Don’t let people get away with not doing what is expected of them. Make people responsible for their actions, including yourself.

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Marcia Thompson

Marcia has over 20 years of advertising industry experience, having held leadership positions with some of Canada’s top Agencies. As a natural people connector, and a true advocate for the industry, she has spent years working with and building both creative and production teams on the agency side. Her recruitment skills have enabled her to connect amazing people with innovative companies looking for top talent. As a result, Marcia has undergone a very natural progression into an Executive Recruitment role. She believes in partnering with both clients and candidates to fully understand their needs, providing guidance, solutions and ultimately the absolute best match for both of them.