There is a big difference between a boss and a leader. A boss can be seen as someone in authority who can be caught up in the to-do list compared to the growth of their employees. Here are 11 ways you can grow leadership skills of your employees.
- Stretch Assignments
Growth doesn’t happen in our comfort zones. Offering employees opportunities and challenges to learn new skills, utilize their talents and teach others is a great way to help them excel.
- Focus on Goals not Tasks
An employer who just focuses on tasks doesn’t have the ability to see the whole picture. When we can take a step back and see the goal, we can strategize the steps that are needed to achieve said goal. But when we’re just focused on tasks we’re hung up on the details and at that point we’re checking boxes versus strategically using our skills and abilities to grow.
Whether you want to be a mentor or you encourage your employees to seek out a mentor, mentorship allows individuals to learn from other professionals. A mentor can offer advice, counsel, expertise and help guide the mentee on their professional path.
A lot of professional relationships are created through networking. Encourage your employees to have associations with other individuals in your industry. Encourage them to develop relationships with mentors and incentivize continued growth through networking events and personal development opportunities where they can learn from other industry professionals.
- Delegate Authority
Delegation shows trust in the skills and abilities in your employees, as well as allows employees to gain new skills and develop their passions.
Listening is an important skill set that anyone can benefit from gaining. Leaders who truly listen to the concerns, passions, and cares of their employees will garner the respect and loyalty of their employees. When employee concerns fall on deaf ears that’s when employees can become apathetic, unmotivated, and may seek a change.
- Be Authentic and Transparent
A great example of building leadership skills in your employees is simply by allowing your employees to see how you are leading them. We often hear the anecdote that actions speak louder than words. Share your experiences, answer the hard questions, listen, and take action to address employee concerns, etc.
- Communicate Effectively
From interpersonal communication to large group discussions to conflict resolution, knowing how to communicate with people in various settings and in various roles will help build the confidence of an effective leader.
Understand your strengths and weaknesses. Having the self-awareness to know where your weaknesses are can allow you to delegate and associate with people whose strengths counteract your weaknesses or vice versa.
A good leader is approachable. A leader who is willing to listen to their employees, offer guidance and direction, mentor, and take criticism will be much more effective than one who was closed off or seems to belittle the time and effort their employees put in day-to-day.
- Ignite Passions
When you are enthusiastically passionate about your work, your enthusiasm and care is evident to others. Passion is contagious and when people are encouraged to pursue their passions they are much more likely to enjoy the work they are doing.