In today’s world, it is no longer sufficient to be a mere executive to manage the profound shifts companies are faced with. Powerful leadership is an essential asset to engage your teams on ambitious paths.
The corporate world is becoming increasingly complex, undergoing profound changes that are not only technological or digital but also societal and social. This brings greater autonomy and meaning to employees, as well as greater productivity and results for shareholders.
As a response to this paradigm, companies have undertaken major restructuring projects. To bring them to fruition, it is no longer enough to be a simple executive: it is now necessary to have all the qualities of a true leader. For those who question their current level of leadership, rest assured: you are not born a leader, you become one!
Numerous articles and books have dealt with this subject and countless tips have been given on how to improve leadership. So what more is there to say? We can simply share with you the experience of VISCONTI coaches in this field, which allows us every day to make excel the leaders we support. Here are four tips that will help you improve and strengthen your leadership.
Set goals to improve your leadership
Even if some have predispositions (charisma, attentiveness, communication, inspiration…) all great leaders develop their leadership techniques as they work on their business goals.
Integrate the improvement of your leadership into your priorities and take time each week to materialise the plan that you will have defined to improve and reach the type and level of leadership you want. This will also set an example to your employees on how to achieve the set goals.
Work on self-knowledge
To reach a goal, it is necessary to know where one is starting from … Two directions to explore: your personality and your style of leadership.
Know your personality and develop your skills: this allows you to control your behavior in any environment as well as to be in sync in all types of interpersonal relationships. Understand your motivational drivers to share all your energy and convictions with your team.
Know your natural type of leadership: this allows you to define the axes of development you must follow to become the leader that you wish to be according to your company’s needs.
Needless to say, no one leader profile is better than others. It all depends on the stakes and challenges in the present moment.
Develop your emotional intelligence
We all need to feel a sense of belonging: being part of a group, and especially playing a role in it are essential psychological needs. Establishing one’s role as group leader by using one’s powers of authority and knowledge alone diminishes one’s ability to understand one’s collaborators, to share one’s values, but above all, stifles the confidence and initiative necessary to initiate change.
Instead, use your relational power to synergize with each member of your team. This is an essential condition to motivate, drive and challenge the group you are responsible for so that it will trust you and achieve ambitious goals efficiently. To achieve this, take an interest in your employees on themes that help them improve in their jobs. Listen to their ideas, but additionally to subtle signs to understand what is not being said.
Selectively reveal some of your weaknesses to make yourself approachable. Make them grow by sharing your knowledge and experience. Trust them and accept micro-failures. Engage in contradiction.
In essence, motivate them!
Give yourself the means to succeed
Educate yourself! The leader does not take the time to train. The many challenges they face discourage them from doing so, whereas, like their collaborators, they need to develop their expertise (strategy, transformation, performance) and their interpersonal skills (management, leadership, personal development).
Find a sponsor! Internally or externally (business-oriented coach), they help you to take a step back, to get out of your comfort zone, to take risks, to give you feedback on your projects and your leadership style, to understand your operating methods, and even to anticipate certain pitfalls. Finally, they broaden your frame of reference and challenge you on your goals.
Expand your network! Grow with new relationships, broaden your operational knowledge, and meet influential and strategic people who inspire you.