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The Foundation of Winning Leadership

Are you a winning leader? Use these tips to become one.

Few of us are born leaders. Many shy away from the job. And even more lack the dedication and passion it takes to mold and mentor a team of multifaceted talents.

There are several reasons why certain professionals avoid management positions, or why management positions seem to avoid them altogether. While management isn’t for everyone, the leadership skills embraced by affluent, senior-level executives can translate to the success of any employee.

Interested in improving your leadership skills? Check out these five behaviors and habits of successful leaders that will better the leadership quality of any professional.

Know your objective and execute accordingly

Adept leaders envision what they want their team to achieve in both the long and short term and execute with velocity. If you want to be a successful leader, it’s vital you lead by example. Show those under you proper problem-solving techniques and teach them skills that will help them improve in the long run.

It’s your responsibility to drive everyone towards the common goal of generating/improving business. However, it’s also important for successful leaders to keep up team morale. Regardless of how lofty the goal may be project-to-project, instill confidence in your team by celebrating both small and big victories.

Establish an environment of effective communication

Successful leaders know that low levels of trust between employees and management lead to costly mistakes, slower execution and reduced innovation. That’s why effective communication is imperative. Winning leaders make sure their team knows the overarching plan and trusts them to do their job. They respect the opinions of all employees and understand that micromanagement reduces trust between all parties.

However, effective communication doesn’t solely apply to professional matters. It is important for successful leaders to also communicate with their employees on a personal level. Take the time to explore the interests of your team and what their hobbies are outside of work. You might discover these employees possess skills unrelated to their job description your company would be wise to utilize.

Practice precise time investment

Effective leaders invest their time where there is the most return on investment. It’s important to have a clear and compelling understanding as to which business segments will provide the greatest ROI and which, if any, drag the team down. They judge each employee based on performance and cut ties when they are involved in a losing hand.

Embrace risk, loss and failure

Leaders are not afraid to fail. In fact, they encourage calculated risk taking. Successful leaders view failure as one step closer to success, as opposed to allowing setbacks to mentally discourage them.

Never be afraid to try new ideas that have the potential to fail. Risks often drive rewards and taking calculated risks at a senior level will encourage those you lead to take more risks in their careers. You never know what innovation this may result in!

Stay disciplined

Winning leaders do everything within their ability not to get sidetracked, lose interest and settle into bad habits. What propels some to the next level is strict discipline and unrelenting drive to not only improve oneself, but others as well. They make a habit of excellence and ensure everyone else remains on course.

While leaders come in all different shapes, sizes and experience levels, they all channel their energy to improve themselves and others while consistently striving to meet the highest standards. Implement these skills into your business strategy and become a better leader today!

Ken Sundheim

Ken Sundheim

Ken Sundheim is the CEO of KAS Placement Recruiters, an executive search firm based out of New York City specializing in sales and marketing recruitment of all levels.

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