Defining Leadership & How to Lead And Manage A Team Skillfully

Leadership, for a lot of people, can be a word that is vague and not entirely defined.

You can think of this quality in broad strokes, maybe picturize some guy in a suit in an office or political leader but do not break it down to its fundamental principles.

If the world needs something more, it is indeed better leadership. This is what, not just in business but in everything, takes the world forward. It is something that is universally recognized and required.

Well, if you have been a little fuzzy with this word. Don’t worry. We will make this very clear and detailed so that you take away this word with its whole meaning.

More than that, leadership strives to be better and manage the team at best.

So here we are also going to give you some foundational ways or skills that make you a better leader.

What Is leadership?

Leadership, in its simplicity, is the ability to influence other people to follow you. That’s how it can be defined at the basics.

However, there is obviously much more to it. This influence we talk about needs to be addressed as to what it means.

But this proves that anyone who can influence people to follow them has leadership skills or qualities.

You can see leadership at different or basically all levels of your life, from families to government.

It is the glue that keeps the building block of society intact through a hierarchy based on merit, accountability, dependence, and skillset.

Leadership certainly means different things to different people. It also changes as per societies, countries, cultures, places, and even situations.

Who is A Leader?

When you hear the word ‘leader,’ there can be different images running through your mind.

The most common ones can be a political leader, a leader in the army or some kind of expedition, and a manager in a company.

To begin with, all of them are true – a leader.

There can be different schools of thought regarding who should lead or who can. One can take the traditional “top-down approach” in leadership, which tends to be the most effective; however, as we evolve, our workspaces change, globalizing, and leadership becomes more liberal, innovative, and multi-faceted.

There are also a lot of conflicts on whether these newly evolved leadership practices are effective or not, but more or less, leadership yet has a universal meaning at its core.

A leader is a person who leads. It can be a common goal, an objective, a mission, a target, a group of people in a society, a company, or management.

How To Lead And Manage Your Team Skillfully?

8 Ways To Lead Your Team Skillfully

  • Listen to the people who are at the front lines

  • Say ‘NO’ to micromanaging.

  • Be a personable and approachable leader.

  • Conduct brainstorming sessions

  • Do what you say, always.

  • Encourage people to grow.

  • Appreciate and reward your team members/employees

Listen to the people who are at the front line

Leaders must be able to connect with the people who they appoint at the front lines with a set of responsibilities.

They need to instill trust in these people. Most good leaders spend a lot of time with the people around them, so they know what they need.

Basically, when you listen to people, really listen to them. They will tell you what exactly they want or what their motives are.

Leaders who tend to fail more are basically the ones who are not good at these interpersonal skills. They have problems connecting with their teammates.

And listening is perhaps the most important interpersonal skill that a leader must have and use. They especially need to listen to their company’s front-liners, who are their brand’s face as they interact with customers.

There is a better chance of them knowing more about the customers or end users than anyone; hence leaders who listen to their front-liners have better access to essential information that is crucial to a company’s success.

Say No to micromanaging

One of the worst things a leader can do is spoon-feed their teammates, not just creating self-doubt in them but also stopping them from reaching their full potential.

Even the best leaders sometimes tend to make this mistake, but the great ones know that they need to trust in people, enable them, provide them with required resources and let them figure things out.

This particular leadership skill is even more important today because no one wants to be consistently disturbed or looked over to do their job.

People want to feel that they mean something, can do and achieve things and can be trusted. And that’s what leaders must tap into!

It is a simple idea that if you have hired them or given them a specific work or task, just trust them enough to do it by themselves.

Conduct Brainstorming Sessions

As a leader, you need to take out some time and entirely dedicate it to talking about the problems that your team members have.

And this only can be possible through brainstorming sessions where team members get a space where they can come up with new ideas, solutions, problems, and everything that might help things move along.

So, leaders need to create such open space for discussion where no ideas must be discouraged.

In fact, people should be appreciated and rewarded for speaking up and bringing important matters to the table.

A leader’s role is also to develop essential creative thinking techniques enabling other team members to participate.

They must be role models and inspiring figures as someone who appreciate new ideas, is open to everything, listens, and are focusing on coming up with creative solutions.

Be A Personable Leader

You cannot be a good leader if you are unapproachable. It is very obvious that people want to interact or talk to people who are welcoming and good to talk to.

Especially in the case of leadership, where authority lies, your teammates or employees might not feel very good talking to you because you are not very personable.

Everyone must feel that they can come to you with anything and you will be there to help them.

Being personable is a strength when it comes to leadership because if you are not accessible, it doesn’t matter how good you are. You will always be bad at communication and disconnected.

Help People Grow

When you are a leader, you are expected to be better in situations where others are not, and that’s why people look upto you.

And you take care of things, but a leader has more than that. You also need to be someone who helps people to grow at their personal level.

Personal development is crucial for everyone, even for leaders. And they need to encourage personal growth in other people as well.

One of the ways is leading by example, but there can be others.

And successful leaders use every method in their book to encourage personal growth in their team members and inspire them to chase their best version.

You can give people lessons on how to collaborate or communicate better, and you can point out their flaws and how to get better. You can help them join networking events, find the right opportunities, and so much more.

Do What You Say, Always

This is very important for anyone who wants to establish authority and reputation and is crucial for leaders.

Always, always do what you say! Remember, when you do something you have said you would do, your respect amongst your team members increases.

You earn their trust. Similarly, you lose their respect and trust when you say something you will do, and you don’t do it.

And doing it more often and sometimes even the first or second time, you lose your reputation and credibility, which is so essential for a leader.

The best way to go about it and never risk it in the first place is if you are not sure about things at a hundred percent or haven’t planned it completely yet, don’t even mention it.

Most of the time, we plan things in our head, and these things are at a “talking” stage where you are arguing whether to do it or not, even though it feels like you are about to or want to.

Even then, it is better to keep quiet and remain calm. Announce your goal or reveal things only when you are hundred percent certain about it.

Lead And Manage A Team

Set Clear Expectations

The root of almost all the problems or failures or even miscommunication is not setting a clear expectation to put out there in the first place.

It is true for oneself, but even more when you have a team or more people involved.

As a leader, you must set clear, detailed, and well-laid-out expectations beforehand, which will resolve most of the issues for you.

The worst thing one can do is bad planning regarding a project; at its heart, it is about setting vague expectations and avoiding confrontations.

Not bringing clarity into the picture makes everything slow and hazy and invites conflicts, disappointment, and failure.

Appreciate & Reward Your Team

This is the most underrated aspect of a leader, which is not talked about enough. A great leader always appreciates his or her team at the required times.

Appreciating people keeps them motivated and makes them feel noticed and accountable. It shows that the hard work they are putting in is not just noticed but also appreciated and even rewarded.

It is still quite underrated how effective people become when they are rightly rewarded and noticed for their work.

Especially when your team completes a job or hits a milestone, a leader needs to take time to appreciate all the team members and reward them appropriately.

The reward doesn’t always need to be something tangible. It can be appreciating them in person or taking their name in front of everyone for their great work.

Besides that, obviously, leaders and managers must put together a system where employees must be rewarded for different milestones, purposes, and aspects of working in an office.

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