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Ways to Improve Your Business Leadership Skills in a Week

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In as little as one week, you can make changes that will help you lead your business more effectively. These positive changes will help you inspire trust and confidence, motivate others, think strategically and much more. Improving your business leadership skills can help your business enjoy greater productivity and success. Learn more about changes you can make in the short-term to improve your business’s leadership and long-term future.

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A process for improving your business leadership skills

Following a clear process is the best way to improve your business leadership skills. Aim to take a new step each day to achieve your goal of improved business skills in a week. Businesses rely on leaders to inspire their workers, give them a strategic vision and make the right decisions for the company. While leadership skills can be gained through training programs and obtaining degrees, these steps can help you gain leadership skills in far less time if your time and money are limited:

  1. Write a one-month plan
  2. Conduct an honest self-appraisal
  3. Get feedback
  4. Volunteer for a new leadership position
  5. Pay an employee a compliment
  6. Practice active listening
  7. Become a mentor

1. Write a one-month plan

Writing a one-month plan will help you keep focused on the tasks you and your team need to achieve over this time period. When you are more focused, you are more likely to work productively. Through leading by example, you can also inspire this productivity in others. Consult the plan at the end of the week to see whether you and your team are on track. Creating a long-term plan gives you time to motivate your team and increase their productivity by the end of the period if required.

2. Conduct an honest self-appraisal

Assess your leadership strengths and weaknesses. This self-evaluation process can help you identify the areas you should work on to become a better leader.

3. Get feedback

Ask your employees and colleagues to offer feedback on your leadership skills. Make note of your strengths and consider how you could use any constructive criticism. Asking for feedback every quarter is a good way to continue improving your leadership skills.

4. Volunteer for a new leadership position

Working with a new group of people can help you hone your leadership skills, as you must manage their different personalities. Volunteer to lead a new project or initiative at work. If you cannot identify a new professional leadership opportunity, volunteer in a leadership capacity in your community. For example, you could lead a fundraising team, coach a children’s sporting team or become a youth leader at your local church.

5. Pay an employee a compliment

Complimenting your employees boosts their self-esteem and makes them feel good about their work. When people believe in themselves, they often work more productively. You can deliver your compliment verbally, with a nice email or on a hand-written note. Make complimenting others a habit to boost staff motivation and morale.

6. Practice active listening

Active listening is a communication technique that reinforces a speaker’s message in your mind and ensures you have comprehended it correctly. When someone speaks to you, restate the point you believe they are making in your own words. This exercise instills trust and helps you learn from the employees in your workplace.

7. Become a mentor

Mentoring uses many of the same skills of leadership positions, including communicating, motivating and problem-solving. As a mentor, you will help a junior employee within your industry navigate their career by sharing your own experiences. Approach entry-level employees about mentoring them. If you cannot find a good match within your company, you could find a mentee through an online mentoring network or industry organization.

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Three business leadership principles to follow

Following this step-by-step process can help make you a better leader, but only if you incorporate the steps with business leadership principles. These guiding principles will improve your leadership skills:

1. Accept imperfection

While perfection is always appealing, it is also unrealistic. Once you accept this, you will become a better leader. Rather than expecting your team members to perform perfectly, encourage them to do their best work. Use your attention to detail to recognize when errors are made. Notify employees of these errors and offer constructive criticism so work is better next time. Similarly, accepting a lack of perfection in yourself will make you a more approachable leader.

2. Collaborate when required

Team members appreciate leaders who ask for their opinions and make them feel valued. However, this does not mean that all decisions should be made by the entire team. A good leader knows when to consult their team and when to make their own decisions, even if they go against the consensus.

3. Trust your instincts

Leaders often go through a long process when making important decisions, including researching the facts and asking for the opinions of others. While gathering data can be an important part of the decision-making process, your gut instinct is also valuable. Trust how you feel about a decision.

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Business leadership FAQs

Browse the following FAQs for answers to common questions about business leadership:

Are leadership skills transferable?

Leadership skills are highly transferable between businesses and industries. The leadership skills you develop could help you move from the head of human resources to an executive position, for example. Alternatively, if you want a job with less responsibility, you will still use leadership skills, including problem-solving and communication, in your everyday duties. Your short-term efforts to become a better leader can make you a more desirable candidate for any role.

How do you show leadership skills?

Demonstrate your leadership skills by communicating well with others, problem-solving and making decisions for your team. You could also volunteer for new leadership roles within your organization, such as managing new initiatives or projects, or in your community to further cement your status as a business leader.

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