Are You An Effective Leader?

Being a team leader can be quite challenging, especially when you want to be effective. There are several times when you have to shuffle between being an assertive taskmaster and maintaining a congenial rapport with your team members. That being said one vital function that you perform as a leader is evaluating employees and their potential to benefit organizational growth. This is a crucial responsibility because only a leader who understands employee potential will be able to engage and retain potential employees thus amplifying the success of the organization. That being said, it is usually easier to evaluate others, but what about evaluating yourself? Whether you are a “born leader” or one that has earned his place at the position of a leader, you need self-assessment. Are you sure you’re performing to the best of your capabilities? Are you peaking? Is your performance stable or inconsistent? These are a few questions that you should be able to answer in order to examine your skills, traits, competencies, abilities, and experience.


“Know thyself” is a key lesson in the leadership guide! Being a team leader is not easy and it’s distressing to constantly wonder whether you’re a good one? Too often team leaders’ underrate the importance of constant performance improvement and the time it takes to keep growing and developing your skills. Becoming an effective team leader is a protracted and laborious process. You have to constantly keep learning and updating and growing your knowledge base and expanding your skill sets. It is a process driven by personal intent and takes years to perfect the process.


Here are 10 check boxes that will help you understand yourself and your effectiveness as a leader


Leaders who encourage, motivate and reward while being impartial, having no special treatment for some and being just and fair are the ones admired by all. Such leaders encourage employees to perform better and are drivers of growth. Impartial leaders attempt to judge things equitably, that is, without the intrusion of personal biases and self-interest. It is a feature of ethical character that keeps you from favoritism and nepotism, two culprits that often destroy the moral fabric of teams.


Bosses that promote transparency are additionally valued – A true leader is one who not only instructs but supports and explains himself or herself, someone who allows the team in on his/her vision while being open to ideas and giving autonomy for making necessary changes. Elaborate further.


Leaders that don’t blame one but all – When everyone is accountable for failures it not only eradicates the fear of being held responsible but opens doors to various ideas and creative options, bringing in an unrestricted flow of possibilities and subtly ensuring trust and good faith within the employees.


Bosses that help out when you’re stuck are keepers – When an employee gets stuck or has to face obstacles while giving his/her best shot and all hope seems dead but the boss steps in and helps out as a true leader then he/she is golden in the eyes of his/her employees. It’s easy to dedicate the work and yell when it’s not done but a true leader is one who considers himself a part of the team and chooses to help out.


Bosses that have a genuine interest in you make you want to go an extra mile for them – True engagement is when bosses take a genuine interest in their employees and want to know more about them. Taking an interest and knowing about their dreams and passions builds a bond and makes them want to go an extra mile and impress you further.


Bosses that Listen – Last but not least is a Boss who listens to the grievances of his employees and ensures to find solutions as early as possible. Bosses that extend themselves while allowing others to approach them are ones that are truly respected and appreciated.


Bosses that engage – A perfect example of a good boss is one who is himself/herself engaged and engages others. Most might think this is obvious but the truth is there are several bosses who dedicate the work and leave it right there, leaving no effective follow-ups, feedback, etc. When bosses are engaged they set the example for others and subtly provide hints on how they can be even more productive.


Bosses that encourage work-life balance – Today’s fast-paced life, several firms offer great perks but employees barely have the time to enjoy most of them, in these tough times a boss that encourages work hours to be minimum with maximum productivity is truly a blessing.


Bosses that share their Success story – Bosses that share their story make the true difference, when they let people into their lives they create a bond and help people understand the purpose behind the goal and why it means so much to them, as they say, when the why is strong, the how becomes very easy.


There’s nothing better than an empathetic boss – When we say empathetic doesn’t mean someone who is always easy going but someone who understands and treats people as humans and spots genuine flaws and provides means to eliminate them. Someone encouraging and having a genuine concern for their employees

A leader cannot be successful if they do not learn to communicate effectively. But there are also other qualities that they need to possess. You might not check all the boxes, but if you get some of them right, you’re heading in the right direction! Leaders need to show, not just tell! Being a leader means you are open to honest feedback and lucid communication. These are skills that are vital to  inspire your employees, keep them happy and engaged and dazzle your clients and investors.

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