10 Ways to Become a Better Leader

10 Ways to Become a Better Leader

10 Ways to Become a Better Leader

Erica Caramol | Feb, 7 2019

How to become a better leader?

Want to become a better leader? If yes, then this blog is for you.

If you want to climb the corporate ladder and propel your company towards bigger and better things (or start your own amazing company), you need to improve your leadership skills. After all, you won’t get far if you can’t inspire others to follow you.

So, how do you actually improve your leadership skills? You can spend thousands upon thousands of dollars doing leadership workshops, but the truth is you often don’t have to. There are many small steps you can take daily to improve your leadership skills without spending a single dollar.

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Ten ways to improve your leadership skills

Here are ten ways to improve your leadership skills starting now and become a better leader :


  • Up your commitment

The higher your level of commitment to your company is, the more you will inspire other members of your company to commit to their work. Committing to becoming a better leader is also the first step towards becoming the company leader you can be. Your employees will work harder if they know you’re working just as hard to make the company function.

Outside of working hard during your actual office hours, commit half an hour every day to learning about leadership. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the knowledge adds up.


  • Learn to create challenging visions

Everybody is more inspired and more willing to follow you if they can obviously see the direction you’re taking the company in. Establish a set of goals and a plan to get your company there. Be willing to work with individual employees to help them create a detailed list of goals they can work towards.


  • Cultivate your listening skills

Many people mistakenly believe that real leadership is all about being able to give orders when the truth is much more complicated than that. Really listening to your employees encourages them to stick around and might give you great ideas for expanding your business. Learn to listen to your heart and read what’s in between the lines of what people say. You can do this just by practicing or by attending workshops specifically around listening skills.


  • Set the highest standards for yourself

If you want your employees to work their hardest, you must become a shining example of hard work. You must carefully craft everything you release to the public and implement meticulous quality control. You can subject anyone else to these meticulous standards only after you’ve submitted yourself to them.


  • Be encouraging

If you tell your employees you believe in their work, they will work twice as hard, especially if you give them specific feedback about what they’re doing right. Everyone wants to feel appreciated and to know whether or not they’re actually good at their job.


  • Keep feedback constructive

Sometimes, employees do things wrong or in an inefficient way. Screaming at them isn’t going to solve anything. When giving your employees feedback, focus on how they can do things better next time rather than how they messed up. This will help your employees focus on improving and staying motivated to work hard. Once again, your employees are just regular people who want to feel good about the work they’re doing.


  • Be a giver

Obviously, you should always stick within a budget, however investing in add-on employee benefits such as paid leave for participating in charity endeavors, allowing some flexibility for employees with children to attend school events or the ability for staff members to work from home occasionally are well-received by employees and do not directly cost the company money.

On the paid add-on benefit side, you do not need to go to the extent of some tech start-ups that offer outrageous employee perks. Still, things like health care benefits are always welcomed. With most corporations understanding the link between improved employee health and work output, many companies are embracing staff health and wellness programs that include health checks and even gym memberships nowadays.


  • Encourage your team to accept mistakes as part of the process

Behind every innovation, there are a hundred or more failed attempts. Mistakes are part of the process, and there is always room for improvement. If you want to have an innovative company that will grow rapidly and make a mark on history, you have to be willing to let yourself and your employees fail. You have to accept that some of your products will get no traction at all, but you only need one runaway success to make up for the failures.

Avoiding failure altogether is a sure way to stay rooted in mediocrity. Teach your employees to pick themselves back up, move on after failure, and watch them flourish.


  • Cultivate difference

Everyone is different, and the best teams consist of highly diverse groups of people whose differences complement each other. If you can learn to work efficiently with many different types of people and cultivate each person’s strengths, you can build an incredibly dynamic team that will produce incredible innovation.


  • Accept criticism

This one is really two things. First, you must accept that no matter what you do, somebody out there will hate it, often for ridiculous reasons. Second, you must realize that a lot of the time, criticism actually has some validity to it. You must learn to treat criticism as a learning experience, a tool you can use to make the next version of whatever you have created even better. When you receive criticism, learn to take a step back, take a deep breath, and approach the thing calmly again.

Most of all, never respond negatively to a bad review online. You will only harm your internet reputation by attacking reviewers, even if they are obviously the bitter, hate-filled kind.


Bottom Line

Becoming a better leader is all about changing your outlook on life and business. Start by making a commitment today—half an hour every day to work specifically on your leadership skills.

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Author Bio

Greg Nunan is an Australian entrepreneur and blogger at New-Startups.com. He also helps corporations and small businesses to generate new business online via his online marketing firm, Winning Edge Digital.

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