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There is always room for improvement – even when you find yourself in a leadership role. Perhaps especially then. As a leader, your ability to look inward and find room for improvement is vital. Not just for your well-being but for the good of your employees and your company.

Making a note of where you can improve as a leader is only the beginning. In truth, there are five essential skills any leader, new or old, should possess. These skills will take your leadership to a whole new level, and with it, your entire organization.

Diplomacy

As a leader, you will be tasked with handling many of the interpersonal situations that will come up. You’ll need to find ways to make contacts, allies and avoid or defuse difficult situations. Whether they be with an employee or a shareholder, it’s going to happen someday, so get practicing now.

Open communication is a tangible way to help avoid or work through these tumultuous moments. Additionally, there will be times when you are placed in the middle of two parties and will have to find a compromise that suits everyone. It is delicate – yet vital – work. 

Know Your Strengths

Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is essential for any leader. Take that a step further by knowing when and how to apply those strengths. Use every tool in your arsenal to succeed.

Likewise, know your weaknesses and how to improve them. There is no reason to let a vital skill go by the wayside simply because it isn’t a personal strength. Work on turning it into one.

Discipline

A good leader is a disciplined leader. No, that doesn’t mean you have to meet out discipline to everyone. It means that you must be disciplined. Arrive at meetings on time, stay focused, keep on track.

That phrase “do as I say, not as I do” never goes over well in a business setting. Instead, create discipline within the company by displaying it yourself. 

Motivation

Motivation is a deceptively simple concept. It requires a leader to be fully aware of the team they employed and need support. Keep a weathered eye on their wellbeing (both mental and physical) and know when to step in.

Setting a good example helps create motivation, assisting others in attaining their individual goals within a company. Be sure to give them a reason to be invested in the company, and their productivity will increase.

Decisiveness

When you picture a leader, you visualize the person making all the decisions. That is not far off. A good leader handles decisions large and small and knows how to make a decisive action.

The faster the decision process goes, the more efficient the whole process will be. However, there’s a caveat here as a decision based on no understanding or research will be a flawed one. The key, as a leader, is to know the difference.