We can all agree that 2020 is a year we’d like to forget. But it’s important to understand that this year brought us many learning opportunities. Leaders really had to focus on building soft skills to lead their teams through the crisis. As we look to a new year, that need for soft skills will only continue. This year, focus on improving these leadership skills for a great 2021.
Learn To Delegate
You cannot be a great leader if you consistently take on too much. It is impossible to do everything on an overflowing plate and do it well. Delegation is truly one of the keys to becoming a great leader. It frees up your time for strategic tasks and allows employees to develop new skills and helps you identify people who are ready to move up.
Become More Empathetic
Good leaders are empathetic even when it’s challenging to put yourself in someone else’s position. Empathy is extremely important, especially during periods of change. You need to understand the potential frustrations that employees may feel when things are up in the air, and you want to be able to demonstrate genuine understanding and to use that empathy to follow through with solutions for employees’ challenges.
Improve Your Communication Skills
You may think you are a great communicator, but there is always room for improvement. To lead well, you must be able to clearly communicate at both a high level and a granular level. You need to be able to communicate the corporate mission and vision and how those things connect to each employee’s job, and you must be able to communicate well when it comes to expectations and assigning specific projects and tasks. Without clear communication, it will be impossible to drive the desired results.
Focus On Building Trust
When people lose trust in their leaders, it can take years to rebuild that trust, but in some cases, it’s gone forever. This year, focus on showing your team that you can always be relied on to say what you mean and mean what you say, to do what you promise, and to always tell the truth, even in difficult situations. When your team trusts you, you will have stronger bonds with them, and they will be more willing and able to follow your lead.
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