Leadership skills: Improvement in speed and quality of production, marketing, management, and distribution play a big role in the success of a business. But these improvements start, grow and become habits when you improve your own leadership skills consistently. Leadership development and skills are important in the business and workplace to achieve new heights in business.
Wherever you’re today in your business and career, it is because of your leading abilities. Leadership is not only about leading others effectively to make a project successful, but it’s more about you.
When you guide yourself on your own to take action on the plan that you created then you start becoming the leader. And the more you learn, guide, align, focus, discipline yourself to execute the business ideas and dedicate yourself for solving business problems, the more you will start improving your leadership skills.
You never be able to lead others in the right direction, if you don’t know what is the right direction to achieve your business goals.
If you think you’re struggling in business so far, then it means you’re following secondary or external leaders. To grow your business, career, income, and happiness in life, you have to follow the primary leader. And that primary and internal leader is you.
Yes, my dear friend. You’re the leader. And if you’re understanding my point it means the leader inside you is still active to lead, learn and improve.
It’s easy to handle, inspire, educate and lead others when you’re able to lead yourself and listen yourself.
But it’s not that easy to listen to your internal leader. You have to follow the guide. And when you follow, you will feel more control on the situation, and goals. That will help you to imagine and visualize the business goals, and you will be able to make plans to grow your business exponentially.
Other or external leaders can guide you today, tomorrow and for a couple of time in business, but others can’t help you always if you’re not able to help yourself. They are on their own track, they have their own business goals, they don’t care a single person, they care a group.
So, my dear friend, you have to wake up yourself. And when you wake up, you will start improving your leadership skills.
Here you can learn later: Introduction of Leadership with examples
And the first improvement is when you ask yourself:
What I can do to become successful in life, career, and business?
This question will connect your internal leader with the learning source and it can be an external leader (like this article is currently connected with you), it can be an article, video, image and leadership training class, and any other inspiring leader and business personalities. Then you learn and after learning, you feel confident about yourself and your abilities.
The role of your internal leadership skills is to improve your trust in yourself. And trust and believe help you to take actions that is necessary to become successful in life, business and career.
So, let’s start to learn one by one to expand your leadership capacity:
1. Create a complete plan for the day, before you visit the office
Protect and control yourself from the negative thoughts that born in the office. Your emails, social media notifications, sales report, websites stats, staff, and many other things can make you negative. So, it’s better that you have a plan in advance for all kind of positives and negatives.
The plans and strategies can be the following:
- Today, I will complete the following task.
- Today, I will share a few sales and marketing tips with staff that they can execute today.
- Today, I will not blame others for the bad sales report.
- Today, I will work along with the team and help to improve their skills.
- Today, I will give each person a coffee by myself.
- I will say good morning, namaskar to everyone that whom I will contact today.
- Before checking any emails, stats I will do the most important work that I have decided.
- I will change my thoughts and place immediately if I start getting negative.
- Today, I will do the best work that I haven’t done in life as the best manager or leader or owner.
So, friend, you can use your creative ideas and don’t get stressed.
The conclusion of this point is that “don’t allow negativity, stress to control you, instead make a plan and do something differently so that the pattern of negativity change. Once you replace negative pattern or habits that make you negative, you will enjoy the work and make record-breaking progress along with the team at the workplace.
Some of the things will look odd, and it’s the goal that it should look odd, uncomfortable, uncommon to replace the negatives into positives.
So, negativity gets confused to take control of you. It’s the way to play with patterns. But whatever at least make sure you have some positive and exciting plans for the day.
2. Work along with a team
If you want to improve your leadership skills, then work with teams. Sit with them, listen to what they say about a certain job and project. If they need training then show them by example. Just let them feel that you’re there to care, not to flare.
The open office practices, helping staff, listening to their problems, focus on their positives and understanding of the complexity of their role in the company and project will help you to lead people better.
3. Don’t try to mix, just maintain a professional and personal gap in business dealings.
Don’t’ try to become a friend in just 1st meeting and not treat or expect others to trust you in just 1st meeting. People treat their friends badly. You can try to become a leader, who believes in future, growth, and Opportunities and that inspire the whole team.
My point here is that whatever the style and tactics you use to manage people, but make sure that productivity increases day by day.
Be professional when you assign the works, deal with proper vocabulary and humbleness. And set and clarify goals for them. So that they don’t get confused.
Else you will saw at the end of the day that your team completed something else and that was not that you have expected. So be clear and professional about the expectation, work. IF they don’t know, teach them.
You’re not in business to make friends, the first goal is to make a team that understands the importance of working together. Friendship is the second stage in business, not first. So be professional with team, partners and third parties.
There are many such examples where team member, partners, distributors, dealer, third parties and companies become friends, to grab your business secrets, contacts, database, process, and team. So, beware of such people.
4. Speak less and listen more:
Listen to others carefully to plan your next business move. It’s because when you listen you get the idea and intentions of other people. If you want to listen you have to let others talk more. Listening is another way of learning a new skill, ideas.
Many clever businesses, leaders listen carefully about tactics, media, competitors, arguments, criticisms, customers feedback and then they plan their next move with confidence. And most of the time they win.
They win it’s because they have listened and now know that, what others can do if they take a certain surprising decision to win the game. And it’s because others have told everything, now they are not able to offend.
It’s one of the most used war skills called ambush. Humans learned it from the Tiger, Snake, Eagles. And in today’s time, it’s mostly used in business and politics. And by using this leadership tactic the possibilities to win in the business competition in the market is 90%.
But it’s not that easy as it looks. You can also get trapped by your competitors. If your business competitors know the pattern of innovation in your company.
Use it if you’re confident as a leader and your team has the skills to use it.
To use it effectively, you have to listen. You have to listen to what your customer feedback data is displaying, you have to listen to what is the behaviors of customers in your click funnels, product landing pages, and website. You have to listen to media, you have to listen to trends, you have to listen to the speech of your competitors and you just have to identify the pattern.
But to listen and analyze effectively and execute the ambush strategy in your business, you have to follow the advice of great leader Steve Jobs (Apple Inc. Founder/Innovator) quote “Stay Hungry Stay Foolish”.
That’s why listen more as a leader to improve your leadership capacity. And make sure that you have the energy, budget, team, skills, confidence to attack (aggressive marketing/advertising/innovation) in the market.
5. Look like a leader
Your personality matters the most in this show, called the world. One of my eCommerce clients told me a few years ago that there is no business than show business.
And Yes, that matter in business more. If your personality, communication is positive, character, habits, appearance is good and as per the occasions, then your team members, employees, stakeholders, partners, society and even your family treat and greet you in good ways.
But it doesn’t mean that you start showing your knowledge, money, powers. It’s just mean that treat everyone with respect no matter they are peon or manager or poor or rich. It’s just about your personality and it’s your personal habits and thoughts.
Remember, the people who are behaving badly with the less powerful people and give respect only to more rich people, are not leaders they are just doing sycophant.
It’s like fake feedback, fake comments, fake likes that can misguide you. So not to be like it with others.
When you respect others, when you treat others in a good way and when you control many of the difficult problems in cool and calm ways then you look like a leader.
So be true to yourself and others. And if you believe in something then stand with that.
Leaders are not identified by their clothes, cars, homes, leaders are identified based on their behaviors, thoughts, actions, confidence, skills, vision, results, communication and knowledge. If someone looks rich, it doesn’t mean he/she is a leader.
I think you got my point where you need to focus to improve your leadership skills. You’re already rich, you just have to be a leader. Your goals are not to improve your skills to become rich, your goals are to become a leader who helps, guide, show the path, and lead by example to educate the world.
And to become a leader, you don’t have to do big things, or you don’t need big business ideas, you just have to solve small problems faster and better through your products and services. That’s it. Just do the work from your best that you’re currently doing, and keep doing and improving it day by day. And one day, you will listen about yourself, that you’re a leader.
6. Think Big and Lead by example
Don’t limit yourself. Don’t think you can’t become the person you thought to become. Don’t think you can’t do the things you thought you’re capable of doing. Take the responsibility to your own success and set an example for the generations to follow.
You just have to focus on the things that you’re capable of doing. No problem, if you’re not able to do it right now, but never lose hope that you can’t do in the future.
But for that first, you have to automate your current works and income sources. I mean to say that don’t limit yourself in earning 50000 or 100000- or 1000000-rupees profits, nor limit yourself due to liabilities. Instead, don’t think about money, just think about what more you can do in budget and with profit.
What kind of risk I can take to grow my business? Where I can expand my business. How can I help more customers? etc.
But to create the future of your dreams, you have to delegate or have to automate your current income sources.
So, before you expand, try to delegate or hire someone to help you. So that by giving $500 monthly for someone to support you, you will get time to think to grow your revenue to $100000 per month.
But for that, you have to dream big and have to take many responsibilities. You have to do all the necessary things that are important to growing your business and leadership skills.
And due to this type of leadership, you can inspire thousands of people. Your success teaches more than your daily classes. Today, if you’re not an example of what you’re teaching, no one can go to follow you.
If you want to grow your business if you want to grow your leadership capacity and skills then think your business is a garden and your product, services are like trees.
Now if your garden is in the balcony and foundations is in pots then it helps to decorate the home. But if it’s in the actual land, the field then it will decorate not just your home but all the city and village. Not only that garden become able to produce more oxygen, the residence of birds, grass for animals, wood for housing and decrease the landslides and give many more benefits.
Now, this example is perfectly fit into your business and skills. If you’re running a home business or small business with 3 people of team and providing 2-3 services then you can serve only to fewer customers. In the same, each month you will think to pay rent and bills and always tensioned about many business liabilities.
So, what is big?
If you’re doing business to cover your expenses then you have to create your business plan again.
It means you have a garden in your balcony. But as you know, the garden in the balcony a provide you limited profits. It’s good for decoration, but not for helping million people like you through oxygen, wood, residence.
So, you have to think big. A big is when you think and plan your products and services to help 1000000+ people per day.
You can do it, you have capabilities, but you have to make plans and have to execute.
When you convert or start making your $5000 dollars monthly profit company into $500000 billion dollars when you plan and build infrastructure to help1000000+ people through your products and services then your leadership skills start improving. You will start thinking big, you start thinking about the vision and you start creating the business process and methods to achieve that big.
For example, as a leader you will start doing the following things:
1.) Your target is to reach 1000000+ from 100 people, for that, you start trying to research and capture new business opportunities such as online marketing, advertising, video advertising, content marketing, social media marketing, eCommerce, click funnels and PPC ads extra.
2.) As a leader, you know that I don’t know everything so you start taking help. Most of the leaders take help when they don’t know anything, they learn, observe, then make decisions. To improve your leadership skills, you have to ask, learn.
For example, as a Leader, you can do the following things to grow your business:
- You can contact a business consultant, leaders, and experts.
- You can hire them, to find out the way, opportunity and create a plan to reach 1000000+ customers.
- After that, you can hire the people important to make that business process successful.
- If you need fund, you can contact the bank, investors.
Whatever that is important to reach 1000000+ customers per month, you think and do that. And it will improve your leadership skills more than any other source. It’s because you have to do the things that are uncomfortable, uncommon and risky.
But then you will learn, think, practice, work hard and do all the things that make your decision right.
Every decision is wrong if we don’t make it right.
As a great business leader said, “I don’t believe in taking right decisions. I take decisions and then make them right.” – Ratan Tata
So, friend, think big about each business, product, service, and try to make that as big as possible. And in this making process, you will become the leader of leaders.
7. Involve team member in decision making
Today every team member knows more than their field. It’s because they are connected with the internet and technologies. A programmer also knows about social media. A logo designer also knows about fashionable productions.
The point here is the use of the talent and experiences of others and get more ideas to make a decision.
And after that delegate and involve the person in production.
Today people want to do more, they want and knows various growth opportunities, but then they don’t know how to capture and use them to increase their income and skills. If someone knows, then they don’t have the energy and motivation.
Such problems have to be solved in the workplace. And it’s your job as a leader. But you can solve by involving the team member in the decisions.
In the following decisions, you can involve your team:
- What, how we can do to improve the quality of our products and services.
- How we can satisfy and make our customer happy.
- What we can do to reduce the cost.
- How we can innovate and become competitive.
If people responded to you then you have a good team and they believe in you and your leadership style. And when you listen to the creativity and values of your team your stress goes down.
Listen and understand, but don’t change your mind if you got something negative. Be a leader. It’s just a test of the team, before the battel start. So that you can select the best people of your team to involved in the project.
Just don’t hire or involve someone in your team because he/she has a degree, skills, and experiences, hire them based on the interest and passion for the learning and trying new things, no matter what’s the time in the clock.
Now so far, you have got various points to improve your leadership skills in details. But now I am trying to do in short.
Short points to improve your leadership skills:
- Be clear about your goals and delegate the work in small tasks. Don’t’ get caught in emotions.
- Follow good habits, no matter how hard that is to follow.
- Each morning thinks to grow your business, in your profession and trade before thinking about money. Think to serve more to your customer. Think to help more people. And do something about that in the office.
- It’s important to identify new business opportunities to grow the business. It can be to use online marketing, it can be to use cloud computing, hosting for faster web speed, it can be video conferencing to manage field team members, it can be content writing and marketing. Whatever you will get various ideas to reduce the cost, increase the profit and improve the product quality when you think.
- Don’t compromise your personal and business values for money and political profits. As a leader your personal values, character matter the most. Such as you speak the truth with your customer and you don’t make fake promises.
- Learn more: Business growth opportunities examples.
In conclusion, to tell you one line, how to improve your leadership skills, then It’s “Try to do new things, learn new things, try to do that you fear to do, experiment, innovate and keep doing the same for the help of the community and your customers.
“When intentions become good, then actions become revolutionary, not stressful.” – Vijay K Sharma”.
Online courses that you can do to improve your leadership skills: Leadership training courses online & Expand Your Leadership Capacity
Things to remember:
- The leadership and winning tactics taught in the post are personal experiences and learnings. Don’t implement everything in just one day. Just use every technique one by one to get the best results in your business, online courses, leadership programs, and classes.
- It’s just simple, use it like an antibiotic or vitamin capsules.
- Everyone has their own style of leadership. You can’t copy or don’t try to copy others. Yes, you can learn from other leaders that will be the addition to your leadership skills.
- You just have to be you. The people in the world is unique. Everyone is different. There are always more talented people than you. So, don’t compare, just produce and present what you have for the world. You will learn everything from the feedback.
- As a leader, you don’t have to become perfect. No one is perfect. You just have to be you.
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