Are you truly ready to manage a team? If you have experience being the boss, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be a good leader. Let’s talk about the difference between being a leader and being a boss, which is more effective and determining which one you are.
Your approach is everything, especially considering most workplaces include a multigenerational team. Your leadership style needs to inspire a multitude of personalities. A supportive style, as opposed to punishing, will work better for most hires. Be willing to learn and appreciate new perspectives if you expect the best out of your staff.
A boss talks, a leader listens. By dedicating time for sincere conversations with your team, you can establish yourself as a partner as opposed to a supervisor, aware of what your team needs to succeed. You need to truly understand the problem in order to resolve it, and more importantly, make sure it doesn’t persist. You’ll commonly have to field complaints about work tasks or personality conflicts, and it’s important to tackle these head-on rather than sweeping them under the rug. How can you make sure your team valued and heard? Active listening.
Let’s talk about Active Listening and how you can practice it as a functional leadership skill. Active listening involves taking time to sit down with someone and hear them out, while echoing their concerns and showing you understand. You can do this by focusing completely on the conversation, prioritizing listening over speaking, and reframing their words exactly so the speaker feels confident that you understand their message.
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