Today, more than ever, leaders need to know how to engage the people around them, maintain interest and attention and show credibility and authenticity. At Working Voices we understand that making the transition from being an individual in a team to becoming a leader of a team can be challenging.

Leadership is one of the broadest subjects in the Learning & Development sphere so this month we will be giving practical tips on how to be a leader and for those of you that are already leaders, how to be more effective.

If you have aspirations of becoming a leader it’s important to have a clear understanding of what YOU stand for. Ask yourself some fundamental questions…

  • What are your values?
  • Do you have a good understanding of others?
  • Are you able to influence others?
  • Do you communicate effectively?
  • Do you work well under pressure?
  • Do you remain professional in challenging situations?
  • Can you make tough decisions?
  • Can you manage difficult conversations with members of your team?
  • Are you able to motivate and inspire team members?
  • Are you a good listener?

If you are a leader but need to be a more effective one, spend some time thinking about the areas where you need to improve. Some probing questions, designed to help you to identify your weak spots, are set out below.

  • Are your team aware of your values?
  • Do you set your team clear goals and objectives?
  • Do you give your team frequent feedback, positive or negative?
  • Are you resilient under pressure?
  • How do you motivate your team?
  • Do you empower members of your team?
  • Are you communicating effectively and frequently with your team?
  • Do you listen to members of your team?
  • Are you managing your time effectively?
  • Have you assigned the right people to the right jobs?

Leadership Action Plan

An important fact to remember is that we are not born leaders so in order to become a leader or a more effective leader you will need to learn some new skills. Below are three important actions to help you create your own development plan…

  • Organise a meeting with your manager

    (Let your manager know your aspirations to become a leader. Remember none of us are mind readers. If you have recently been promoted to a leader and need some support speak to your direct report about some leadership training or 1:1 coaching).

  • Create a development plan for YOU

    (Identify the key areas that you need to work on and then speak to your L&D or HR department about available courses or getting some 1:1 coaching. Equipping yourself with the right skills is an integral part of becoming a leader; remember, “Leaders are not born”).

    Working Voices offers the following Leadership courses…

  • Research / Read books on Leadership and Empathy
    (Empathy is a key component to being a good leader because if you don’t understand those around you, how can you motivate and inspire them?. See our recommended books this month on Leadership.)

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Leadership Videos

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These digital course notes are FREE when you book the following courses: “The Inspirational Leader” and “Leading with Impact and Presence”.

Leadership Posts

Here are a few leadership blogs from the archives…

Coaching Leadership and the Myth of the Magic Bullet

Whispered in the hallways of corporate training facilities all over the globe is the demand for a magic bullet. A secret ingredient or special sauce that is going to unlock the keys to leadership, mastery of Emotional Intelligence, or developing executive presence. I see well-meaning conscientious professionals scouring the bookstores. Eagerly devouring the latest leadership … Continued

Great Leadership is Personal!

Leadership is personal. Take Vision for instance. Vision is what we want to create and what that will achieve. To define one’s vision, one has to become introspective and that’s personal. What does achievement look like? How will it work? How will it grow, change, be sustained? What’s the blueprint? It’s not that different from … Continued

Leadership Resources

Start your leadership research today…

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action

- By Simon Sinex

Why are some people and organisations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty?  In studying the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way – and it’s the complete opposite of what everyone else does. People like Martin Luther King Jr, Steve Jobs and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this months Spotlight, look out for our July Spotlight after all the football’s finished.