(This is a contributed post)
Even for those who are born with innate leadership skills, the need to improve and develop is constant. What constitutes good leadership is constantly evolving, and improving your abilities in this area will stand you in good stead throughout your career. Read on for three different ideas that can help you to build on your existing leadership skills in the future…
#1 – Ask for feedback
If you are currently in a leadership role, ask for anonymous feedback on your performance, with a special focus on your strengths and weaknesses. You can then seek to build on the areas of strength, and remedy the areas where there is room for improvement.
#2 – Explore different listening styles
Many people believe that leadership should be domineering and assertive, but this is not always the case – sometimes, the best leadership quality you can have is the ability to listen. It’s worth taking the time to research different listening styles – such as appreciative listening, or demonstrative listening – and then experiment to see which works best for you.
#3 – Seek specialist assistance
While the central tenets of leadership are fairly concrete, there are subtle variances that are relevant to particular niches and sectors. It is therefore worth seeking advice regarding leadership in your specific industry. If you’re working in a for-profit sector, there’s plenty of advice online that can help in this regard, so check business communities on Facebook or even Reddit for further assistance. If you’re working in the non-profit sector, then the infographic below is a great place to start when seeking to improve your leadership abilities, so why not read on to find out more?
Infographic Design By University of Southern California