Good leadership entails the ability of being able to trust the people who you are leading. It also means that the people who work under your supervision have the impression that you are seeking for their betterment at all times. Couple this with the fact that you have develop your listening skills in order to be tuned in to the needs and goals of the people around you will make for a better leadership situation.
Listening Skills (Actively Not Passively)
The first crucial aspect of the leadership at work is to be able to listen effectively. Contrary to popular opinion listening is not a passive activity. It does not mean just staring at people and watching them mouth the words. It takes a lot of focus and effort to understand the statements that are being made to you. The fact that this person wants to verbalize certain things means a leader has to pay attention. Listening to your coworkers allows you to prevent problems due to bad chemistry. Hearing and understanding what people say is the basic foundation for making them understand that you genuinely care for them.
Delegation (Sharing the Burden and Credit)
The second important aspect of leadership is delegation. Delegation is an effective tool in lessening the burden and stress of one’s responsibilities. It also causes people that you want to train to develop ownership of important aspects of the workload.
Delegation also allows for other people to shine. It is important to be able to show that you have confidence in those that you are leading. I firmly believe that the ability to develop others and move them to the next level of their capabilities is an important aspect of leadership. This will also show upper management and people that were placed in a supervisory capacity over you that you are not insecure and that you have a genuine capability to develop the organization.
Pay Attention to Details
Lastly, paying attention to the small things helps in building a better bigger picture within your group. Encouragement always comes a long way in team building. A small pat on the back, an unexpected gift, a birthday card, or a cup of coffee may seem like small gestures to you. However, if the small things are done at the opportune time, in an appropriate way and with sincerity, these small things add up in a large way to your team building effort.
A lot of times people don’t really care what you know but instead are more moved by the fact that you care.