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10 Effective Leadership Strategies

10 Effective Leadership Strategies PhotoJulius Caesar brought several victories to the Roman Empire resulting in its vast expansion across Europe. Washington led the American Revolution and is known as the founding father of the United States. Gandhi helped India grasp freedom from colonial rule.

Just some of the greatest leaders the world had ever seen.

Surely they have something in common that made them such great motivators and had millions gather around them.

Unless you’re another Chuck Norris, who can single-handedly crush armed fleets, you’ll be working with teams soon.

1. Envision

Set a goal of what you want the team to be. Rally them towards the same direction you’re looking at. Reaching the finish line would be faster when you’re all rowing the boat towards one direction.

Stick to the goal. Eyes forward. Walk straight ahead.

2. Educate

Soldiers don’t rush into the battlefield without a game plan. They’re always briefed by their commanders.

You are in that position because people believe you are knowledgeable enough to lead the group. Share your knowledge with them. Work will also be much easier if your teammates know what they are doing.

Your teammates cannot guess what outcomes you are expecting them to produce. Instruct and steer them to the right direction.

3. Listen

Your team consists of real people, not puppets. Hear out their thoughts and feelings toward issues at hand.

Show them that you value their opinions. Make them feel that it’s safe to express their views and give constructive suggestions.

More ideas could lead to more prolific solutions.

4. Motivate

Wearing the word “stress” in your face won’t let you finish your work faster. Demonstrate love in what you do and inspire your teammates to do the same.

Radiate that positive thinking to the whole team. A person feeling well will do well. You’ll be surprised that you’re producing better outcomes.

5. Familiarize

Take time to acquaint yourself with your teammates. Know which line of work they would be most productive and in which areas they might still need help. Establishing a strong connection with the team would save a lot of time, energy, and money.

6. Distribute

Divide and conquer. Great leaders know that hoarding responsibilities isn’t the best way to work.

Divide the tasks accordingly. Use all the hands (and heads) available. It’s more time efficient and energy-saving as well.

A pile of wood is never heavier when more people are carrying it.

7. Trust

Meddling with what others do at all times would just annoy them. If you’ve observed #6 above, you should know that this should follow.

Have confidence in your members since you’ve put them where you think they’re good at. Just guide them so their work conforms to the team’s goals.

It’s time to let them do the job the best way they know of.

8. Encourage

Slip-ups happen sometimes. Instead of adding insult to injury, reassure the one at fault. Give constructive criticisms instead of blatant comments. Help each member improve.

Blaming won’t get you anywhere, except having people bear grudges against you. Remember that all of you are part of a whole.

9. Adjust

Things won’t always go your way. A leader must be able to adapt to changes easily. Be open-minded and flexible.

Make use of what you have to your advantage. A load of creativity and imagination would also be of good use here.

10. Acknowledge

Always be grateful for the work done by your teammates. None of your project’s success could have happened without them.

Learn to give credit to where it is due.

Remember well that great leaders are also great servants. Be a leader. Not a boss.