How to be an Engaging Leader

Once you’ve found your niche in the world of work progression into supervisory and leadership roles is a natural progression. However, becoming a successful and effective leader requires certain skills and key to this is being able to engage and inspire your team. Here we’re looking at some key leadership skills to develop and hone if you want to become a success in leadership.

1.   Communicate

Nothing is more important than good communication with your team, and this means in both directions. Engaging and effective leaders communicate constantly, listening as well as speaking. As well as being confident in sharing your ideas and knowledge, you should be open to others. A regularly communicated stream of feedback, updates, check-ins and information on progress and development is essential.

2.   Maximise Group Potential

Your organisation or even just your individual team is only as good as the sum of its parts. Each individual in your team is essential to its success and as a good leader, you need to respect and listen to each of them. The more ownership and involvement your team members feel, the more they will give to the team. Belonging and cohesion are the responsibility of the leadership or management team to foster and control.

3.   Commit to Values

Having strong and known values can characterise your leadership and draw individuals towards you. Having a commitment to values is just as important as targets as your team want to know they’re doing something for the right t reasons and purpose. Highlighting the genuine value in the work you do will empower and motivate your team.

4.   Cultivate a Great Atmosphere

People spend a lot of their time at work so it’s understandably important to them. No one wants to spend that much of their time in an uncomfortable, unpleasant or even hostile environment. Good leaders work tirelessly to ensure the workplace is a fun and enjoyable place to be, where people get on and enjoy each other’s company. People treated well, work harder and more productively. No one should feel pressured, pushed or overworked and it’s the leadership team who are instrumental in ensuring this does not happen.

5.   Provide Mentorship

Part of being a good leader is creating future leaders. Providing mentorship and support for your team is essential for their career development. It also gives you the chance to spot talent and bring out the best in every member of your team, ensuring they reach their potential at work.

6.   Celebrate Success

Leaders want to succeed and any success within your team it a chance to recognise, celebrate and reward. Many employees thrive on recognition so noticing their achievements and celebrating them together as a team is something strong leaders push for. Praise is a key tool for improving engagement levels and motivating employees to push themselves further.

Leadership skills can be taught and the best leaders also invest in self-development to ensure they get the most from themselves as well as their team.