Ten Tips for Next Generation Leaders

Sandwiched between senior management and the wider staff, middle leaders’ play a crucial role in the success of any organisation. Developing leadership skills among middle leaders can accelerate organisational change, as well as preparing these individuals for senior management roles in future. 

That’s why we created LEADlight. It’s exclusively for the middle leaders of businesses whose MDs or directors have completed LEAD (our flagship leadership programme) and are equipped to support the next generation. 

Here are our 10 suggestions for managers keen to develop their leadership:  

  1. Listen.  By developing active listening skills, listening carefully to your team and providing support and encouragement you can help increase employee engagement. 

  1. Motivate and inspire.  70% of an employee’s motivation is influenced by his/her manager. Set clear and realistic goals, find out what drives each team member, involve them in decision making and provide them with the tools and support they need to achieve their tasks. 

  1. Say what you do, do what you say.  Your behaviour sets the tone and provides an example to others - integrity is an essential trait for leaders. 

  1. Communicate. Think about what you say and how you say it. Communication is essential for building strong relationships with your team. 

  1. Coach. Set clear objectives for the team, have regular reviews and provide support where necessary. 

  1. Empower. Give your staff the authority and responsibility to make decisions where appropriate. Those with the relevant understanding will make the best decisions. 

  1. Encourage a culture of accountability. Set clear goals, delegate authority and encourage your team to assume responsibility and commit to success. 

  1. Recognise success. Recognition should be sincere and genuine – a simple thank you can go a long way. But don’t confuse recognition with reward. By recognising your staff, you can increase morale, productivity, engagement and retention. 

  1. Develop your self-awareness.  If leaders know themselves, they are more likely to effectively lead people and organisations. Critically reflect and seek feedback from others to increase your awareness of your own strengths and limitations, and the impact of your behaviour on others. 

  1. Embrace a culture of ongoing learning. What can you learn today that is going to help you to be even better tomorrow? 

 

 

 

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