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Leaders can be moulded in the workplace, and all it takes is the right environment and training. If you plan to gear your employees up for bigger assignments, it is important for them to have the appropriate guidance.
However, before you can inspire others to take on leadership roles, it is important to look at your own leadership qualities; or rather, the ones you lack. It may be difficult to identify these at first, but once you examine yourself and discover what’s missing, you can then work towards improvement.
Through this process, you gain a deeper understanding of your leadership goals. It gives you better chances in shaping your employees as future leaders.
1. Be a mentor
The first step to honing employees for leadership is to provide mentorship. While they do have the option to develop their skills through seminars and motivational talks, the knowledge a mentor provides is still invaluable. This is because you form a partnership with frequent interaction, as opposed to learning from a trainer or speaker which is usually available only during events. Entrepreneur Andre Lavoie recommends participating in mentorship programmes, which would benefit both new and current employees. They strengthen teamwork and prepare personnel for bigger roles in the company.
2. Promote collaboration
As a leader, it’s your job to establish a culture where people can openly communicate with their colleagues. To get the best results, consider creating teams that are based on each person’s strengths. This way, individuals can complement one another and help out in aspects where the others may lack. This collaborative spirit is instrumental for learning and growth that will help drive them to success.
3. Keep calm under pressure
In emergency situations and times of crisis, it is only human to be angry. However, Evidence Coaching previously stressed that anger can lead to damaging consequences, and people may lose their jobs, harm relationships, or even destroy lives. The ability to manage such emotion helps shape a great leader.
Show your subordinates how to effectively get around a hot temper. The key is to acknowledge and explain your feelings rather than keep them bottled up. Of course, remember to calm yourself down before speaking up.
4. Spread passion
Passion is a major catalyst for employees to pursue bigger responsibilities. Having a leader who is goal-oriented and has a strong sense of mission can effectively fuel their motivation. Passion is contagious and can be easily translated to the rest of the employees. It keeps people determined, and helps them find solutions even when it seems like nothing will work.
Additionally, Forbes iterated that true enthusiasm cannot be faked, which means people can easily tell whether a leader is interested or not. As an example, insiders attributed the success of SpaceX project to Elon Musk’s enthusiasm for space travel.
5. Always be honest
Integrity is one of, if not the most important trait, employees value in a leader. The challenge is that it’s also one of the most difficult to uphold because it takes great courage to tell the truth, especially if it does not contain anything good.
But by being honest and transparent, you gain the respect of your followers. It tells them you are fearless and are willing to be held accountable. Menlo Coaching noted that integrity helps people grow, because they are able to improve on the criticism they receive. Leaders bring out the best in their employees by giving them honest feedback, in the same way that followers help their leaders improve by sharing helpful output.
6. Respect other cultures
It is important to take note of and truly understand your employees’ different backgrounds. Each person has their own beliefs and perspectives, both of which lead them to approach matters in a different way. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with these views, respect must be given to your subordinates, in the same manner that they should respect you. You must keep an open mind and take the time to listen and observe. This trains your employees to treat their colleagues in the same way. By acknowledging these differences, one can figure out solutions to meet halfway. After all, you are all working towards a common goal.
7. Show empathy
Good leaders show empathy with their followers, and this is what deepens the connection between both sides. The ability of an employer to understand the plight of their followers strengthens loyalty. While empathy is not enough to solve problems, it lays the foundation of effective leadership. It shows your employees your human side, and that you are approachable, despite your position in the organisation.