The way of advancing any field is to keep doing the advance tasks. Many of us think that to develop effective leadership skills you have to do something very hard for that. At some point, you have to do some extraordinary work if you really want that top level. With technical skills, managerial skills you will also need some soft skills which are crucial for developing effective leadership skills.
Some people are born leaders. No that’s not true! If you have seen such people with strong and effective leadership skills, they surely had to go through a lot and learned a lot. That is why they are leaders.
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan
Here are the 4 most important strategies to develop effective leadership skills and advancing your work life.
#1. Books are forever!
We are going to discuss this topic a little longer because I think everything becomes easier if you have a habit to read more. You should make books a part of life because they are a good coach, they empower you, they give you an interest of well being, they make you productive and results-oriented, they are the good communicator, they help you with career development, they give you a clear vision and they give you inspiration every time.
“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” – Cassandra Clare
Here are the 6 miracle books which we recommend for you to build effective leadership skills.
The first one is ‘Mindset’ by Carol Dweck. Dweck helps us to think broadly and not just depend on a fixed mindset. This book helps us to reach our potential by understanding the difference between a fixed and growth mindset.
Another one is ‘Drive’ by Daniel Pink which tells about the surprising truth about what motivates us. This book tells a difference between the boss and the leader. The boss tells to take action while a leader inspires to take action. We all have using money and compensation rewards to motivate employees. But the book tells us this is wrong. The right way to motivate people is to remind them of their purpose and mastery.
The ‘Emotional Intelligence 2.0’ by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves helps us to understand the concept of showing concern for your employees or team members well being and letting them know that they are valuable for your team and organization. This book tells us how to have a strong relationship with your employees which enables effective communication and better workflow. Also, the book covers all aspects regarding self-management and awareness, relationship management and social management.
The book ‘Getting things done’ by David Allen tells about the art of stress-free productivity. It helps us to understand the responsibilities of a manager including lead the team, getting their work done effectively and advocating the team. It says the ability to plan, organize and to execute is valuable in all terms.
In the book ‘How to win friends and influence people’ by Dale Carnegie, you will find that good communication skill is a must to become an effective leader. If you want to become part of the room of improvement you need to learn effective and good communication skills. How to communicate better in this digital era is all the book have in it.
The next one in the list is ‘Now, discover your strength’ by Marcus Buckingham. This book found that people who use their strengths in jobs are more likely to become productive and less likely to quit. Learning everything is important but most important is learning your own strengths and work upon it. This book even covers how to identify the inner strengths in yourself.
So these are the books you must try if you also want to become a leader and to develop effective leadership skills. Moving on to the other strategies!
#2. Work on discipline
The second most important strategy you must learn is how to practice discipline. Now there is not an exact formula to master it. You need to work on your will power to practice it. Discipline in your professional and personal life makes a perfect balance to overcome any obstacle. You will be judged by your discipline habits in your workplace and even in your personal life too. There is no need to hurry. You can start by making small changes in life. Like waking up early every day, read books, exercise or meditation, doing tasks and complete them on time.
#3. Follow the inspiration
You should not feel low when people reject you or disagree with you. People might question your thinking, but you should walk on your track without feeling low. But, make sure you keep your eyes open to the world, there are so many things and so many people from where you take inspiration. Of course, it is not easy to stay confident 24 hours, but yes you can always try well. It will help you to find new opportunities and inner strength as well.
#4. Resolve and learn
The next best way to develop effective leadership skills is to learn every day. Learning not only gives you new skills, but it will make your skills stronger that you already have and make your mind sharp and fresh. On the other hand, instead of avoiding the conflicts and problems that are coming to your life, try to resolve it. Don’t just sit and hope it will go away but solve it in your way. It will make you more confident and powerful.
As you can see leadership skills are crucial for a well being. And you can develop effective leadership skills by following these strategies.Thanks for Reading. Like this article?
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