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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 double click to change this title text! Honor Pledge:Our group did notcopy from someoneelse. Leadership While everyones got their own opinion about what makes for killer leadership skills, most cant argue that the following are qualities can help you manage others with grace:Solid listening & communication skills.Striving to help employees succeed.Empowering employees to make decisions.Striving for self-improvement.Learning from mistakes. Listening & Communication: Let your employees speak without you interrupting them. Pause before responding, and really consider what theyve said. .Help Employees Succeed: If an employee comes to you with a problem, dont just listen act. Show them that you keep your word by making change to help them overcome the obstacle. Why You Should Strive to Be a Great LeaderDo you really need to improve your leadership skills? If you care about keeping your staff happy, you should care. As Eric Jackson quotes the old saying in this Forbes article, People Quit Their Bosses, Not Their Jobs. Do you really want to be the reason you keep losing good talent?Your staff looks to you for guidance on how to conduct themselves, as well as how your company is run. A good leader inspires staff and doesnt make them cower under their desks. Owning Your Leadership StyleIf youve been to business school or any kind of leadership training, you might be familiar with Lewins Three Leadership Styles. These date back to 1939, and while others have been identified since then, these styles of leadership still ring true today:Autocratic: You make decisions on your own without the input of your team, and your word is law. Youre not open to suggestions from your staff, which may make them fearful of you, and may cause employees to be difficult to motivate or keep on board.Democratic: You involve staff members in key decisions, though you still have the final word. Employees feel more vested in the company when they are encouraged by you to provide input.Laissez-faire: This style of leadership isnt always effective. You put the responsibility of decision-making in the hands of your employees, which may cause your team to feel confused and without strong guidance, since thats not a laissez-faire leaders strong suit. y. .Each of these leadership types (as well as others) has its benefits and drawbacks. The key is understanding which comes naturally to you, as well as which your staff responds best to.For example, if you identify with the autocratic style, but your staff seems afraid to come to you with ideas or issues, try on the democratic hat for a week or two and see if results change. Its better to align yourself with your staffs needs than stick to whats easiest for you.The better the leader you are, the happier your employees will be. And a small business with happy employees makes for a successful company.
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