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The 4 Things I Learned From Being a Leader

We all learn lessons in each role we take on and with each transition. I am fortunate that I worked in a company that allowed me to make mistakes and learn from them along the way. There are four key things I learned being a leader, and I’d like to share those with you.

Provide Feedback Often

I know most people cringe when they hear the word feedback, but this is the art of providing someone validation, encouragement, and areas of opportunities. People do well when they know their strengths and weaknesses. They push themselves to grow when they have a clear vision of their path to success. 

Listen

Listening to your employees is key, this helps you understand their roadblocks and also identify things that they themselves haven’t identified.  If there is an issue with performance, asking questions and listening can help you understand the situation instead of making assumptions which can ultimately make an ass of you and them. This helps you get to the root cause of the issue allowing the opportunity for you to solve the problem together.

Recognize and Utilize Strengths

One of my favorite things was getting to know my people, and utilizing their strengths, and helping them build up their areas of opportunity. It’s important to allow people autonomy, giving an employee a project that utilizes their strengths helps to build their confidence and gives them a sense of purpose. This will help your employees feel valued and increase their engagement. 

Provide the Why

When someone tells you that something has to be done a certain way, no one likes to hear because that’s what was decided. Providing the why behind a decision can help an employee be bought into the change even if they don’t agree with it. This can help people navigate changes in a positive way. This allows an opportunity for the employee to ask questions, provide feedback.

As a leader, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing your employee do the work and thrive in their role. For more leadership tips check out this article.

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