How to Become an Effective Leader

CEOs know that for businesses to thrive they need effective leadership in place. Healthy organizations should invest in leadership. Leadership is what drives companies, and unfortunately poor leadership can drive a company straight into the ground.

Be trustworthy and approachable

Employees want leadership they can trust. Offering support and being empathetic are effective ways to build trust. Good leaders are involved in projects and provide feedback and direction. It’s important to do so in a manner that fosters a healthy relationship and keeps employees motivated. The number one reason employees quit their jobs is because they have a bad boss. This is bad for business.

Seek the perspective of others

Different experiences and skillsets will offer different perspectives about how to solve a problem. Part of effective leadership is utilizing those unique points of view. It helps to identify important issues and trends that are affecting the workplace. It also encourages your employees to contribute. Effective leaders need to know how to engage their followers.

Drive results

Effective leadership is not just about creating a vision and setting goals. Reaching goals and delivering results is the essence of effective leadership. Maintaining efficiency and productivity while keeping morale up is what effective leaders do. Effective leaders encourage their employees to adopt the vision of the company, make their individual stake in the ground to reach goals and drive results to get there.

Different styles, same behaviors

There are several different types of leaders. Business executives and managers are not cut from the same mold. Individual experiences, education and even upbringing all contribute to various leadership styles. There are different business situations that call for different approaches. Regardless of style, these behaviors will drive teamwork forward and deliver results.

Learn leadership skills in an online MBA program

Studying in an online MBA program is an ideal option for working professionals who want to take the next step into leadership and management. Learning the skills and traits of an effective leader will pay off in career advancement. Enrolling in an online MBA program can be the first step in leading your career in the direction you want it to go.

Learn more about UTC’s online MBA program.


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http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/leading_in_the_21st_century/decoding_leadership_what_really_matters


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