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Leadership effectiveness refers to the capabilities of a leader to an effective leader. An effective leader is someone who has a strong character of honesty, integrity, ethics and is able to effectively communicate with stakeholders to drive business goals into a reality.
Let’s take a look at Fortune World’s most admired companies. The 3 companies to top the list are Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft. Apart from being the most admired companies in the world, there is one other striking attribute that is common to all these successful companies. Yes, these companies are also well known for their business leaders. Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, and Satya Nadella; the CEOs of these companies have been highlighted in HBR’s “The CEO 100” list which showcases the best 100 best-performing CEOs in the world. These business leaders have showcased leadership effectiveness in managing their people and company winning the admiration of many.
How to be an effective leader?
There are few qualities and characteristics that make you an effective leader. Let’s look at the 3 effective leadership skills and how to develop them to be an effective leader.
- Be Self-aware
- Improve Emotional Intelligence
- Communicate Effectively
Before you manage a company and others, learning to manage yourself and being aware of your values, strengths and weaknesses is important. Get to know yourself by realising how you react in different situations and the impact on the outcome. For example, if you tend to make rash decisions when you are stressed, be aware of this and analyse the impact of your decisions. In the case of a negative impact, attempt to change your actions to bring positive impacts. When you are aware of how your actions influence the impact, you can better control your actions and influence others to take the correct actions to reach your organisational goals.
Improve Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a combination of self-management and social skills that can transform and optimise individual and team performance. Daniel Goleman, a popular psychologist, and journalist have identified that “emotional intelligence” was a common trait amongst effective leaders. To improve emotional intelligence for leadership effectiveness, develop empathy. Put yourself in the shoes of others and try to understand their point of view. By understanding how others would feel in different circumstances, you get to see issues from a broader perspective and understand different thinking patterns of people. Understand body language and non-verbal cues of your workers. Not everyone would be comfortable voicing out their opinions, as such an effective leader who showcases empathy would be able to understand the intended message of his subordinates and respond appropriately. Having emotional intelligence boosts your people management skills paving the way to be an effective leader.
Whether dealing with individuals in your team, your boss, your colleagues, or your clients, communicating effectively is critical in driving your organisation to success.A Survey reports that 91% of leaders lack a critical skill, communication. As a leader, you may be naturally inclined to do the talking always. Take a step back and practise active listening. Withhold and judgments and pay attention to what your subordinates say. Before responding clarify and reflect well on what they intended to convey to you and then respond accordingly. By doing so you build trust and respect, winning the hearts of your employees who would be committed in working towards your business goals.
Certificate in Leadership Effectiveness for Managers is a 3-day training course held from 30 November-2 December 2020 (Kuala Lumpur), which focuses on aiding managers to recognize, harness, direct and develop skills to successfully establish the groundwork to take on future middle and senior management roles. By attending the training managers would get to learn how to interact with and manage others and gain a broad perspective of the imperatives of their organization. At the end of the course, delegates would be able to discover how to step up to the next challenge in a positive and proactive way.
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