A good leader essentially needs to be a motivator. He should be able to consistently inspire his team to strive for quality and excellence in their work. The job of a leader is to constantly improve standards and levels of productivity. And the only way to achieve that is to motivate people to perform their best at all times. In order to create such an effective team of achievers, here are some important managerial skills that you need to develop:
1. Observe the work environment
A leader has umpteen demands made on his time and schedule. Its not surprising therefore that he is left with little time to observe the work environment. However, this aspect is so important that a good leader needs to schedule time for this in his calendar. He must make regular visits to the work environment and observe how it is functioning. Observation should include watching the employees at work, how they interact, and what procedures are being adopted and whether the work flow is smooth or not. Only after observing these aspects of the work environment, a leader can plan any adjustments that could improve productivity. Also, when a leader is seen around the workplace and seems aware of what’s happening there, it will add to his credibility.
2. Monitor the performance of Employees
One of the key roles of a leadership position is to monitor the performance of subordinates. However, such monitoring must be acceptable and known to both parties. You need to clearly lay down the policies and procedures and the performance criteria. Meet and have conferences with your employees on a regular basis and not only in times of crisis. It is not just a matter of formality and doing paperwork that evaluations and assessments need to be undertaken. You must undertake individual and group conferences to monitor performance and also with and intent to facilitate the professional development of your team. On going goals need to be clearly communicated to both individuals and groups and you must provide constant encouragement throughout the process.
3. Implement Programs for Professional Development
Once the strengths and weaknesses of your team have been evaluated and identified, one of your key roles is to make strategies for employee training and development, bearing in mind the skill areas that need strengthening.
4. Possess Strong Expertise and Working Knowledge
Needless to say, you need to have strong expertise as well as experience in the processes and production in your area of work to be able to get the desired results. If you personally lack all the subject knowledge and expertise, then consult with the department heads regularly in order to ensure that you have an informed and accurate overall picture of what’s happening.
5. Make Good Decisions
A good leader is known by the decisions he makes. You must consider all the relevant factors before decision making. Your decisions must be clear and firm. However, always be willing to adjust and adapt your decisions when required. Firmness combined with the required flexibility will inspire confidence in your leadership.
6. Conduct and Evaluate Research to plan for the future
A vital part of being a leader is to remain at the cutting edge in your field of business. In order to achieve this, you must have the ability to conduct on going reviews and research.
Of course, managing the present standards in performance and product quality is a large part of your job. But you must also plan and prepare for the future by conducting research to assess what’s going on in the market. Be proactive and not reactive! These six management skills will help you establish a very strong foundation for leadership success.