Management and Leadership

Learning to be a good leader or manager takes effort. You need to understand your role to your employees and your team’s role to you. Regardless of whether you are a first-time manager or just looking to brush up on leadership skills, learning more about management and leadership can help you advance in your career.

From attending networking events to engaging on social media, there are a number of things you can do to be successful when it comes to networking. Networking can help you tap into a hidden job market, help you grow your small business and more. Learn more about networking strategies get started mingling your way into your next position.

What is Leadership and Management?

There are many ways to lead your team. But what is leadership and management?

In the most basic terms, a leader is a person who guides and influences others. They lead through actions and behaviors. A leader might be the head of a department or a team manager. But it’s also important to know that this seniority isn’t a prerequisite to leadership. Anyone can be a leader if they possess the right characteristics, even if they aren’t managing a team on a day-to-day basis. Other management and leadership opportunities might include hosting a meeting or spearheading a project initiative.

Regardless of your career path, you’ll find opportunities to be a leader. You might be looked to as an example. You might break the status quo and find more efficient methods. This is why you need to identify the characteristics of a good leader. Growing these characteristics can help you excel in leadership and management.

What are Some Characteristics of a Good Leader? 

If you want to rise in management and leadership, you’ll need to know what it takes to succeed. There’s more to managing people than assigning tasks. We’ve broken down four main characteristics of a good leader to help you grow and become a good manager.

GROWTH AND GOAL ORIENTED

Employees want to work for a manager who inspires trust. One way you can get your team members to perform their best is to focus on their growth -- both individually and collectively. Learn your teammates talents and leverage them to the greater good. Identify and remove obstacles and you’ll poise your team for long-term success. This means means a shared vision, meeting goals, inspiring confidence and employees who perform their best.

COLLABORATIVE

Strong leaders who organize and coordinate their teams are also collaborative leaders. This means they are able to build a collaborative environment in which all team members feel respected, valued and heard. A collaborative environment helps you create a team that is inviting and supportive.

You can build a collaborative environment by showing your passion for your work. Regular communication and feedback can help inspire collaboration, too.

IMPACT DRIVEN

One of many leaders’ top concerns is the bottom line. You can be an impact driven leader by motivating your employees. They’ll be more focused on the bottom line when they believe their work is making a difference. Another way you can motivate employees toward the bottom line is learning hand-in-hand with them. If employees see that you are putting in the work to grow, they’ll be inspired and motivated to grow with you.

STRONG COMMUNICATOR

Strong leaders are strong communicators. Communication is behind practically everything we do as humans, especially in professional situations. Those wishing to excel in leadership and management need to be able to communicate clear expectations, establish guidelines, give and receive feedback and be transparent. Strong communicators can start a conversation and aren’t afraid to follow where it leads.

Honing your leadership and management skills is a great way to grow in your career. Start by building upon the characteristics of a leader and develop your own leadership style.

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