2019 Leadership Guide

Only by continuously developing leaders can you keep developing your company to its full potential.

Starting with your senior management team, there are certain qualities you can look for – and nurture – as you position your business for ongoing success. Ask yourself these questions about your current and future company leaders:

Do they set the right example?

One of the best ways to build trust and gain confidence is to lead by example. This includes working alongside employees and getting your hands dirty when necessary. It also means being constantly mindful of what you say, to whom you say it, and who is listening. Make no mistake about it: employees watch every move their leaders make.

Do they strive for continuous improvement by strengthening their own skills?

There is a direct correlation between individuals who strive for growth and those who thrive in their professional lives. Leaders are defined by a tendency to constantly expand their minds in order to stay current, competitive and up to date. They prioritize time every day to learn about new concepts and ideas.

Do they take ownership of their actions?

Even if – in fact, especially if – things go wrong, a true leader takes responsibility for their actions and accepts the related consequences. As the saying goes, blame rolls uphill.

  • Leaders share glory as well. They are humble and gracious in acknowledging every player who helped win the game.

Are they active listeners?

Acknowledging that you don’t know everything is a key sign of a good leader.  It’s important to be a strong communicator, and a big part of this is active listening – as up to 90 percent of effective communication is nonverbal. Leaders seek employee feedback on a regular basis, are consistently responsive, and know how to take action at the appropriate time and in the appropriate fashion.

Are they good delegators?

The best leaders can accurately match people with talents and manage any existing gaps in their employees’ skillsets. They avoid micromanaging, providing guidance and direction and then stepping back to let people create, perform and innovate.

  • Effective delegation means engaging with people enough to deliver the agreed-upon mix of support and accountability. A proven way to achieve this balance is by clarifying with each team member what the right level of management involvement is, based on their individual style.

Do you see these qualities in your company leaders? The talent development experts at TRC Professional Solutions can partner with you to implement the strategies you need to ensure ongoing success, as you build your leadership team for today and tomorrow. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.