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Gaining responsibility for a team is a significant step in an individual's career that also brings about a range of new challenges. As a candidate starts looking for opportunities in positions of higher seniority, what traits will he or she need to ensure success in a competitive market
1. Ambition and drive
Research conducted by Southern Cross University found that Australian leaders, in particular, need to unite their teammates under common goals.
This ties into three essential elements of good leadership: strong values, emotional togetherness and a knowledge of strategic change. To achieve an outcome amongst the entire workforce, leaders must be prepared to pay equal measure to both hard and soft management skills.
2. Communication skills
To build an environment that is most effective for teamwork, good communication is the core trait for leaders to address. In a survey conducted by the Ken Blanchard Companies, 43 per cent named
41 per cent of workers said that poor communication was the most common mistake in leadership.
this skill as the single most vital for managers. Conversely, 41 per cent said that poor communication was the most common mistake seen in their leaders.
Managers need to be transparent and open when conveying or listening to ideas and information. If employees feel their voices are unimportant or that employers disregard their opinion, they will not participate in workplace conversations. Building a space where all employees feel welcomed and are encouraged to contribute needs to come from the top, and this is where a leader can set a strong example for others to follow.
3. Emotional awareness
An August 13 HR Daily article highlighted the importance of empathy and emotional intelligence in a leader. A manager's job extends beyond simply delegating tasks. One of the key responsibility to be aware of an employee's feelings and state of mind.
A good leader is capable of nurturing his or her staff and help them solve issues without taking over the task themselves. Empowering workers to reach goals, stepping in to offer support and building trust are all important objectives for managers across a range of industries.
4. Ability to engage and motivate
Managing employees is challenging in most companies. However, according to a report from MHI global, first-line leadership can maximise productivity among workers and gives them a sense of purpose. Keeping up to date with management models and processes is essential for maintaining motivated workers and achieving the required outcomes.
Individuals can obtain and refine this skill, along with others, with experience and practice. For any employee looking to move up the career ladder, communicating your potential to develop these skills will be the key focus in order to reach success.