Leadership skills don’t happen overnight. If they did, then we’d all likely have a leadership role by now!
But developing your own leadership skills takes time and practice. So if you have a leadership position in mind for your next job search, consider these common leadership skills the very things you ought to be working on.
Because while you demonstrate leadership skills, you’ll also be developing these leadership qualities within yourself. Ready to get started?
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#1. Develop strong communication skills
Strong communication abilities in the workplace are an absolute must. After all, team leaders are having to constantly communicate with senior leadership as well as their fellow team members.
But how can you take your communication skills a step above? By communicating a vision and showcasing it.
Become a visionary leader
A visionary is someone whose management skills go beyond just the next quarter. Instead, they’re thinking about the next decade.
And when it comes to leadership roles, those kinds of big picture skills are the very things others will want to be inspired by. So as you develop your communication with others, reflect on how you want to communicate your vision for the future of the company as well.
#2. Boost employee engagement by listening
Good leaders know how to listen to their employees. After all, without employee engagement, a workforce will inevitably fall apart.
But by employing active listening, empathy, and more, you can gain the trust of your fellow employees. And these specific skills will garner you loyalty in the long run.
After all, in order to become a better leader, it’s important to know where your fellow employees are at. That way, you can understand how to address concerns down the line like, say, by hiring a comedian to lead a meeting or two.
Hire a corporate entertainer
A great way to demonstrate leadership in the workplace while infusing some fun into the work environment is by hiring a comedian to entertain. You might want to bring some new inspiration to a meeting.
Or maybe you want to treat employees after a particularly stellar quarter. Either way, a corporate entertainer can show others that you’re invested in their overall wellbeing – and that you’re willing to reward their hard work with fun.
#3. Set a good example for others
Having a positive influence in the workplace doesn’t just mean getting folks to laugh. (Although that is a good part of it.)
It’s about getting folks inspired to deliver their best work. And that comes from delivering your own best work.
Now, this isn’t to be confused with being highly competitive with fellow employees. Instead, it’s about understanding that these in demand skills are best when everyone employs them, not just a select few.
Deliver a high performance
Great leaders didn’t get to where they are by skimming the surface. They delved deep into the work and delivered more than was necessary.
This kind of work ethic is a great way to demonstrate your strong leadership skills. Because you’ll be setting the bar for others and getting them inspired to put out their best work too.
#4. Prioritize relationship building
A strong leader is someone who knows how to forge relationships with others. Because relationships are actually a huge part of doing business despite what others may think.
When you prioritize those relationships, you’re following up on the alleged leadership qualities you possess. Qualities such as trust, respect, and honesty.
Remember: it’s one thing to talk the talk. But these relationships give you the chance to walk the walk as well.
Establish your core values with others
Networking with other business leaders also gives you the chance to share your values. You may fit all of the qualifications of a job description.
But you want to go beyond your resume. And that means establishing your values and visions, not just qualifications and skill sets.
Instead, leadership relations can bolster you into a community of like-minded individuals. And you may even forge greater connections and visions in that kind of company.
#5. Take on more responsibility
It’s every boss’s dream to hear their employees say that they want to take on more. After all, that likely means just a little bit less work for them!
But it also shows that the individual in question is dedicated to their work. And that they want to grow within their position and take on more leadership opportunities.
And take responsibility for unsuccessful outcomes
Then again, taking on responsibility also means taking responsibility for unsuccessful outcomes. So while it’s a risk, it’s a risk that all great leaders have taken and continue to take.
Besides, a good leader knows that any failing on the company’s part is a failing on their part. So whether it’s figuring out what went wrong or how to better communicate, a great leader will always know how to take responsibility.
And make the necessary changes to prevent such failings from happening again.
#6. Offer management training
Leadership isn’t about hogging all of the responsibility. In fact, it’s quite the opposite!
It’s investing in other peoples’ abilities and offering them opportunities for growth. So what better way to do that than to offer continued training on the job?
This tells employees that you are invested in their growth and that you see them having a positive future with the company. What better way to instill confidence in an employee than that?
Provide opportunities for others’ career growth
Additionally, leaders who offer additional training also demonstrate how secure they are in their own leadership. There’s no gatekeeping of power involved.
Instead, it’s a space for everyone to reach their fullest potential. And that’s what a leader should strive to do; instill confidence into everyone around them. Because when one person succeeds, everyone succeeds.
#7. Join professional associations
Joining an association isn’t just something for you to stick on your resume. It’s actually a resource for you to further develop your leadership skills.
Plenty of folks have gained invaluable relationships from these types of associations. And taking on opportunities that are offered only further one’s ability to demonstrate that they are, in fact, interested in taking on more in the future.
Besides, this is also a great way to develop leadership experience. Learning from others and working on one’s own skills is a form of leadership in its own right.
Actively work on developing strong leadership skills
There’s only so much one can do on their own when it comes to developing leadership skills. That’s why these associations and groups are such an important resource.
Not only will you meet other like-minded individuals. You’ll also have the chance to connect and forge relationships that may influence your leadership down the line.
Leadership is as much about seeing opportunities as making them. So make the most out of your participation through these associations and add it as another tick to your leadership experience.
#8. Learn from other business leaders
Let’s say you have the opportunity to learn from someone who has the top skills in the company. Wouldn’t you take that opportunity right away?
After all, it’s like receiving free advice. And perhaps even getting personalized feedback as to how you can better your leadership experience.
Whether you know this person from direct reports or from an association you joined, asking others about their leadership skills and experience is a great way to demonstrate your interest. And make a solid connection as well.
Ask for career advice
There’s no shame in asking for some advice about your career. In fact, most people would say that the very act of asking demonstrates that the individual is invested in their own betterment.
So wherever you can get free advice, take it. Each of these interactions will allow you to network with other business professionals.
And you’ll have gained something invaluable from the interaction: a chance to better your leadership skills. And make a name for yourself as someone who desires to hold a leadership role.
#9. Learn how to effectively delegate tasks
A strong leader doesn’t take every single responsibility on and handle it themselves. Instead, they learn how to delegate tasks while offering others the opportunity to grow as well.
Besides, being overwhelmed as a leader doesn’t serve other employees well. In fact, it may even hinder better work from being accomplished.
So learn how to take and give direct reports. Leadership skills don’t mean overwhelming yourself with too much work. It means understanding how to best accomplish those tasks using everyone on the team.
Hand responsibility over to other team members strategically
Delegating tasks isn’t to say that you’re handing your responsibilities over to someone else. Instead, it’s understanding that as a team, you work better all together, not separate.
Additionally, this may give others the chance to develop their leadership skills as well. And a team only works best when everyone is reaching their full potential.
#10. Reflect on your own leadership style
Let’s say you’ve been working on your leadership skills. But you haven’t necessarily been seeing the results you want.
This is a great opportunity for you to take a step back and look at how your leadership skills may need some reassessing. Maybe you’ve been confusing self-confidence with arrogance.
Maybe you simply need to understand how best to communicate with different members of the team. Whatever it is, a great leader knows how to assess their actions, change, and adapt.
A great leader is self-aware
Things change all the time. Especially in business.
So it’s actually a strength to be able to shift one’s leadership skills around to accommodate the current moment. But this isn’t to say that one’s leadership skills need to change.
It’s more so to say that a leader ought to be self-aware of how they can utilize their skills for the benefit of everyone. And those needs may change over time.
So being self-aware as a leader will not only help the current company grow into what you envision it to be. It’s also a great way to remain accountable for your actions and focused on how you can become better.
#11. Host networking events
You might not think so. But hosting networking events is a great way to demonstrate your leadership skills.
As we mentioned earlier, leadership is mostly about relationships. So creating networking opportunities for others is a great way to establish yourself as a people person.
Or rather, someone who recognizes the importance of networking in business. And share that value with their colleagues.
Prioritize professional development
Not only do these types of events serve as the perfect place to create connections. But they can also lead to opportunities down the line.
But in order to foster the most amount of bonding possible at these events, it’s important to have the right people on your side. And that’s to say having Clean Comedians on your side.
We’ll make sure that everyone enjoys themselves at these events. And we’ll create memorable acts for folks to discuss even after the fact, just reinforcing those networks even further.
#12. Balance your soft skills and hard skills
There are many different types of skills a leader must possess. And understanding the difference between is an important step in being able to hone those skill sets.
Soft skills revolve more around personal interactions. So that means active listening, body language, and empathy.
These are particularly important for first impressions and making sure everyone feels positive about the work ahead. But soft skills should also be met with more practical skills as well.
Having the practical tools to get the job done isn’t something a leader should sacrifice. Because there may very well be a time when employees look to a leader for these very skills.
So finding the right balance between the two is essential for developing a strong and well-rounded set of leadership skills.
The key takeaway
All in all, being a leader certainly takes plenty of initiative, drive, and passion. But if you have your eyes set on the prize, then consider these tips your golden ticket toward reaching your goal.
Oh, and a bonus tip from us? Always remember to infuse laughter in the workplace with everything you do. You may find it makes you an even better leader.
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Adam Christing is a professional comedy magician, virtual MC, and the founder of CleanComedians.com. He is a member of the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and a popular corporate entertainer, magician, and virtual speaker.