Leadership – Contributing Factors That Make an Exceptional Leader

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There are many contributing factors that lead to effective Leadership. Every successful business owner knows that the biggest reason for their success is great leadership.  While not everyone possesses the characteristics necessary to be a good leader, they can often be developed.  For some it comes naturally, for others it requires a bit more work.

Communication – The #1 Leadership Skill

Communication skills are probably the most important factor in an effective leader.  Without it, problems go unresolved; areas of business that could be improved or made more profitable remain just as they are, when certain areas could be made more productive or efficient.  In Leadership, it is absolutely necessary that an individual is able to convey ideas and thoughts to employees, and that employees be able to offer feedback so that the company is made better as a whole.

If problems exist among workers, someone with exceptional leadership skills is often able to iron out the problem by offering a viable or satisfactory solution.  This assists in making for a calm, stable work environment.

Are you a motivator?  Another Essential Leadership Characteristic

People need to be motivated; after all, with no goals or end result to look forward to, employees tend to stagnate.  Good leadership includes challenging workers to do better.  Some employees even enjoy being assigned a project or challenge that is beyond their normal “scope” of duties.  It increases their motivation, and they get an extra boost of confidence simply because you felt they were up to the challenge or task.  Effective leadership often involves helping those who work for you as a whole feel better about themselves and their capabilities.

Avoid Being the Only Person Capable of Handling Details

Those who have good leadership skills understand that employees want to feel that they are part of the “team”, that their input will make a difference.  More importantly, they want to feel that you are part of the team as well; that you’re not just a leader who feels that you are above their level, giving them directions without becoming actively involved in reaching a solution.

As someone in a leadership role, it is important that you realize that others need to feel capable of making decisions on their own; everyone has potential they may not use.  By letting your employees use their untapped potential and make some decisions on their own, you will become a better leader who is also well-liked by the “team”.

Outstanding Leadership Requires an Open Mind

Listening to the ideas of your employees is essential in great leadership; by listening to the ideas and opinions of your workers, they will realize that you care and trust them to offer sound ideas – even if you feel that what they have to say is outside your own thoughts.  Restrict judgment until after you hear what your employee’s have to say – you may just find that they have some great ideas that you haven’t thought of!

Effective leadership does not mean that you take on all problems and solutions yourself.  Give your employees the chance to air their take on things, let them handle more responsibility, and above all, make them feel as though YOU are part of THEIR team.

 

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Article Author: Hakan Samad

About the Author: Hakan Samad Graduated in University of Washington, majoring in Business Policy, International Business, Organizational Behavior,Business Communications, Consumer Research, Managing Information Systems, New Media Communications and business Leadership.

He is now a Freelance writer who is passionate about authentic relationships between consumers and brands. He had 10 years of experience from retail channel planning to product marketing; He is currently a Freelance writer for few business websites and now recides in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

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Small Business Networking – Building Rapport With People

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Networking is an essential part of life today online as well as off-line in the real world. Whether you are networking online or off-line you will still need to build rapport with people. Work colleagues, other small business owners, domestic and commercial neighbours, customers, business partners or associates, suppliers and delivery people. In fact, everywhere you turn and see another person, you need to build some sort of rapport with them even if it is just to acknowledge their presence.

It isn't hard to build rapport with people. The starting point is simply acknowledging that they exist, that you see them. It is very rude to ignore people. No-one likes to be ignored. So simply by smiling, nodding or saying a friendly hello, is how one starts to build a relationship with those around us.

If you start by simply saying hello, it doesn't take any time at all to progress to the next stage of o talking about where you both are, or commenting on something that is common to both of you. Starting a conversation is very easy once you remember that the other person could well be as uncertain or shy as yourself

If you employ staff, it does not give you the right to be rude to them and treat them disrespectfully. Building good rapport with your staff is one of the cheapest ways a business owner can protect their business from theft and bad word of mouth advertising. Disgruntled, disloyal staff can harm your business more than most business owners would care to admit.

The next easy step in building rapport with those around you is to simply start a conversation with them. First you say hello and then make a small comment even if it is just about the weather. Perhaps this is why so much attention is paid to the weather. It is a good innocuous way to start a conversation. Keep the comments light and cheery because no one wants to be weighed down with gloom because they made “the” mistake of talking with you. Don't depress people even if you have had the worst day of your life.

Building rapport is all about building a relationship with someone; nothing more and nothing less.

The Concise Oxford dictionary (1964) defines rapport:

n. Communication, Relationship, Connection

So if we follow the steps to building rapport with people, a method of doing so could well be by following the meaning of the word in starting with communication to build a relationship which will form into a connection. In a business environment these connections are what end up translating into a profitable business but most of all it will give yourself and all those around you, a comfortable environment in which to live and thrive.

These relationships make up a significant quality to our lives. With lots of speaking acquaintances with whom we can share our days, people seem to have a better quality and quantity of life. It has now been proven by numerous scientific studies that people who have friends live longer and healthier lives. Rapport builds relationships, relationships develop or not into friendships. Some friendships last us all our lives.

Knowing how Small Business Networking online and off-line can improve your bottom line keeps many small businesses in business today

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