You should never think that when you hit the top, that you can sit back and relax, content in your abilities. Being a leader is about continually developing yourself. But sometimes there are signals that show us we are becoming too complacent in our abilities. Your leadership skills should always evolve. And if you notice that you are getting the same reaction from your teams, or you don’t have that zest for work anymore, fine-tuning these leadership skills could make a significant difference. But how can you fine-tune them?

Learn Something New Every Day

They say you learn something new every day, but actually retaining it is something different. It’s important to continually develop yourself, but what are the ways to do this when you are already too busy? The fact of the matter is that there are lessons all around you. Sometimes, we have to make sure that we choose the right resources. There are websites like Paul Ognibene’s, that provide information about the leadership in bite-size chunks. But it’s also important to remember that you can find lessons in anything. Even if you’re watching your favorite show, there’s always something that you can take from it with regards to the art of leadership.

Anticipate Challenges

If you are stagnant in your leadership, you clearly aren’t having enough challenges in your life. It’s important to have conflict because this is what will keep you thriving and adapting. There should always be challenges, and it’s important for you to look for them. It’s not about ruffling feathers for the sake of it, but it’s about making sure that you are practicing your due diligence. When you start anticipating challenges, you learn how to deal with them, but also discover skills in yourself that are severely lacking.

Meditate on Mediation

Learning to be a diplomat is just as important as learning how to be a boss. Managing situations effectively is to do with fine-tuning your communication skills, but also learning that not taking sides is the key to effective teamwork. When you follow a specific approach to improving your diplomacy, you learn to be naturally tactful in managing situations of all types. This is especially effective in emotionally charged environments where you may struggle to remain neutral. Your communication skills are crucial to helping in these situations, but also learning to problem solve by mediating effectively keeps you on the top of your game as a leader.

Know When You Are “Full”

Sometimes we have to be aware when we are full to the brim, either emotionally, physically, or mentally. Learning to be a great boss is about recognizing when you need to take a step away. Everybody is human. But we have to remember the people look up to us to leave the way. This means that you’ve got to be all things to all people. But when you are full to the brim, you may not be able to cope with everything that is thrown at you. There is no shame in stepping away, and it can be great for your leadership abilities to reconfigure. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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