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Tips for Boosting Leadership at Work

Tips for Boosting Leadership at Work

Leadership is an essential quality in all professionals; it is not an exclusive skill for managerial positions, and  is applicable to any position regardless of  place in the organizational chart.Leadership is not about commanding or controlling, but rather about inspiring performance from any place we may find ourselves in.

In the workplace, leadership is intended to help us be the best version of ourselves, by harnessing our talents and encouraging us to empathize with those of others.

Ways you can improve your personal leadership skills in the company

Learn to look at your mistakes as areas of opportunity

When we fail to acknowledge our mistakes, we create bad habits; these may range from stubbornly and personally denying our mistakes, blaming others for them, and even hiding them. All of this damages the work environment.

Accepting our mistakes is the wise thing to do. Although nobody likes to be criticized, we must learn to assimilate this information so that we can benefit from it, which will then translate into a friendlier work environment.

Plan and work in a disciplined way

An essential quality in leaders is decision-making power, but so is being able to plan and make those decisions intelligently. All this requires planning and resource management.

Learn to make the best of your time by scheduling activities, deliverables, and tasks, so that you can be certain they will be fulfilled in a timely manner. This will also help you be ahead of possible delays or incidents, so that you can also respond quickly  to  events by readjusting the original plan.

Develop a team growth mindset

The development of a leader does not depend  on themselves, but also their team growing together: when someone learns something new, overcomes a challenge, or innovates, the whole team advances.

Hence, a mindset of growth in union with empathy must be shared between all parties, so that everyone feels included. One way to achieve this is through active listening; learn more about it in this other article on our blog. 

Focus on the positive 

Applying positive thinking in your life drives away stress, and will make relationships consistently favorable. It is important to create environments of motivation, empathy, camaraderie, and then trust is created.
Celebrating small achievements, open communication,  and transparency are ways to align ourselves with positive thinking, away from defeatist thoughts, uncomfortable criticism, and negative work relationships.

active listening

Active Listening: Techniques and Examples to Practice it At Work

Active listening is much more than just listening; it is defined as a communication strategy that puts empathy into practice.  In addition to paying attention to what the person is telling us, it also involves paying attention to their emotions, ideas, and thoughts that underlie the main message. The listener should demonstrate that they have understood what the other wants to share.

Active listening is put into practice by paying attention to the message before taking action. Sometimes when we are told something, we react too quickly.: instead of paying close attention to them, we focus our attention on our response..

How to put active listening into practice at the workplace:

  • It is essential  the  person feels listened to, cared for and free to express themselves. A conscious effort on your part is required to pay attention.
  • It is not about pretending to be attentive or interested, it is about really allowing ourselves to listen to the other, giving them space.
  • Active listening is about building a sense of trust, closeness and being safe.
  • Learn to interpret non-verbal language  such as body language.
  • Active listening avoids automatic responses and making judgments, and it is not about pretending to be a psychologist for others – it does not imply or seek to give advice.
  • When we listen to the other person, we may not like what they are telling us; however, active listening is about allowing them to express themselves without feeling judged. Reproaches should also be avoided.
  • It is essential not to interrupt the other person; questions should  help them express themselves  to a greater extent.
  • You may repeat or paraphrase the other person’s ideas so that they know that you  understand them.  do not change the nuance of what was said or use it to try and read between the lines.
  • Assume a physical posture that lets the other know that you are willing to listen.

Why should we practice active listening at the workplace?

Here are some of the benefits of active listening in the workplace:

  • Improves communication in work teams , in addition to taking into account the emotional and human side of professional relationships.
  • Allows establishing relationships of trust in the work team.
  • Prevents misunderstandings.
  • Motivates others by making them feel heard.
  • Allows everyone to participate in continuous improvement.