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THE ART OF LEADERSHIP

Posted at May 22, 2021 by Tiffani Tirta Chanjaya

Leadership is one of the most important skills that people must have in order for them to be able to compete in every situation, especially in the working environment. Many people have misunderstood the definition of leadership. They think that it is just a form of commanding and dominating others while that is not what it means.

Leaders motivate others to take action while also directing their decisions. They must be reasonable for others to pursue their orders. They must also think critically to know how to use the best assets that are available in an organization. As stated before, leadership skills can play a significant role in a person's career development, and so these are a few ways to improve your leadership skills.

Taking The Initiative

Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone by challenging yourself and making yourself a pioneer. By doing that, you can also discover and learn new things that will lead to your self-development. Furthermore, people will start to notice and recognize you for the work that you've done. Not only can you gain their trust, but you can also increase your own reputation.

Empathize

By placing yourself in your member's positions, you can know the member’s expectation from a leader. It can also increase your empathy skills, which is an important asset that a leader must have because a leader has to understand how to influence others, bring out the potential of each member, and empower the teammates. 

Be a Good Listener

A leader must listen to others suggestions, ideas, and feedback. Not only to improve yourself, but you can also use the suggestions and the ideas to build something. Listening is a form of communication to understand. Without it, you can't get to know more about your team members and their progress.

Don't Stop Learning.

Learning new things can freshen up your mind and improve your analytical thinking skills, which is important as a leader because you will be solving a lot of problems. It's also good to know many things to improve your characteristics, demeanours, and communication skills as a leader.

Motivate Your Teammates

Leaders have a role to be someone who can motivate, empower, and bring out the potential of their teammates. Leaders must also appreciate the work their teammates have done and improve themselves in the process.

Those are some few ways to improve your leadership skills. Everything starts from zero, but nothing is impossible as long as you keep trying and learn to aim for self-improvement. A leader is not born; they are made. 

"Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve." – Mary Kay Ash.

References

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Kruse, K. (2013, April 9). What Is Leadership? Retrieved from www.forbes.com: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2013/04/09/what-is-leadership/?sh=7fc4118b5b90

Yan, A. (2021, March 14). How to Improve Your Leadership Skills. Retrieved from www.investopedia.com: https://www.investopedia.com/articles/pf/12/leadership-skils.asp