How to Improve Your Leadership Skills in Five Minutes

By Natalie Dupuis, November 10, 2016

Truly good leaders are hard to come by these days; many bosses’ leadership skills are underdeveloped and overly relied upon. Here are five tips from leadership expert, pastor and author Andy Stanley, who spoke at Leadercast 2016, to up your leadership game in this moment, so your team only has great things to say about you. 

1. Set a vision.

Create a memorable vision statement for your team or company that states the problem you want to solve, how you plan to solve it and why it matters.

2. Above all else, be clear.

“Clarity always results in influence, which is the essence of leadership,” says Stanley. People say they want to follow leaders with integrity, but more often end up following those who are clear. Be a leader who exhibits both qualities.

3. Understand and communicate the “why.”

You can’t have an effective vision to share with your team unless you understand why you do what you do. “A paycheck rarely engages the heart,” says Stanley. “There is a bigger ‘why’ that [can] tap the hearts of the people who work for you, with you and around you.”

4. Be repetitive.

“Vision leaks; it doesn’t stick,” says Stanley. Refer to your vision often and in a conversational way, so you—and eventually your team—immediately relate all decisions back to the vision.

5. Reward your people honestly.

Stanley suggests “celebrating vision systematically.” In other words, when a team member creates a win for your event, make it known to the individual and the team that that’s the type of win you’re looking for. “What’s rewarded is repeated,” says Stanley.

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