Would You Like to Become a More Effective Leader?
How many books do you think have been written on the topic of how to become a more effective leader? Hundreds? Thousands? Not to mention all the articles. A quick Google search on books on leadership came up with over 20 million results!
There are all sorts of opinions and theories about what it takes to become a more effective leader, but there are a few leadership development fundamentals that are common to all.
4 Leadership Principles to Become a More Effective Leader
Whether you are the CEO of a multi-national manufacturing company or a new manager trying to lead a small team of techies, here are the four principles of leadership that are common to everyone in a leadership role. The best leaders and managers know how to:
1. Set Clear Expectations and Meaningful Goals
The best leaders and managers know how to set straightforward, clear-cut performance goals and ensure their teams “get it.” Each team member needs to understand exactly how they as individuals contribute to the overall effort. And the best leaders share news of progress and celebrate each step in the right direction.
Committed employees know where the company is going, how they fit in and why their role is important to their career and to the organization.
2. Hire Employees Who Believe
All employees work harder and are more fully engaged if they find meaning in what they do. It’s easy to find meaningful purpose in an organization like a medical research firm that strives to tangibly improve the lives of others. But there are workers who find satisfaction and real purpose in working with teams who are dedicated simply to doing the best they can do…whether it’s building bridges or designing the best mouse trap.
Meaningful work can motivate improved employee performance, commitment, and engagement. If you want to become a more effective leader, design meaning into every role and project.
3. Give Employees a Look at their Future
Both new managers and experienced CEOs need to appreciate the value of providing a career path for their employees. There is little enthusiasm or discretionary effort put into a dead end job…and the opposite is true. Give your employees an opportunity to learn and grow.
If you want to become a more effective leader, challenge employees with new assignments and projects that map to future career aspirations.
4. Show You Care
Get to know your employees on both a personal and professional level. This is the way to show you care and that you want to invest in their success. Demonstrate your confidence in their capacity to expand their skills and knowledge by letting them make low-consequence mistakes and supporting them as they learn from those mistakes.
If you want to become a more effective leader, your aim is to foster an environment of trust, mutual respect, cooperation, fairness, open dialogue, inclusion, and diversity.
The Bottom Line
If you want to become a more effective leader, guide your team toward achieving greater goals than they could achieve on their own or that they even deemed possible. You may steep yourself in all that has been written about leadership. But the most important aspects of being a good leader are encompassed in the four principles above.
To learn more about how to become a more effective leader, download 6 Traps That Can Sabotage Success as a Leader
How Managers Can Make Better Decisions
How to Grow Existing Accounts Faster
How to Learn New Skills Faster
PalmSource has found our relationship with LSA extremely beneficial. We worked closely with LSA to customize the right Management Training Program solution to meet our unique business needs. LSA is a quality organization, one that I’d recommend to any company looking for a first class training and consulting partner.
Vice President of Human Resources
We signed up with LSA early on–as their 22nd Member! Since then, our organization’s learning needs have increased and decreased and increased again with the changing times. The beauty of the LSA business model is its flexibility…when we needed to supplement our own internal resources, we used LSA services knowing that we could depend on the outstanding quality of the leadership development and management training programs they provide.
For our go to training outsourcing partner, LSA provides exactly what we want. As always, they deliver outstanding work!
Director, Organizational Excellence & Development
We partnered with LSA Global to help us invest in our people in the areas of performance coaching, diversity, and inclusion. They focused on helping us succeed and were very flexible in meeting our specific needs. LSA Global exceeded my expectations from a speed, quality, and value standpoint. I would recommend LSA Global to anyone looking for a true business partner.
Director, Human Resources
We have worked with LSA Global for our learning and development needs and have always had great success. They helped us recently with customized Management Workshops that we held for the second time. It was fantastic, and I would highly recommend LSA to anyone that is attempting to get immediate and impactful improvements.
HR Manager, BU Radiology Informatics
Each program is preceded by an assessment of the participants. The course is then designed to fit the specific parameters and needs of the group. The highly interactive delivery is provided by recognized experts in their fields. On the spot coaching is provided during the program and each participant receives individual follow-up after the course. Courses can be delivered in-person or virtually. Given the nature of Cisco’s business and the way we operate, these remote workshops are a must for anyone who joins our company. Their work is eye opening. Great content and fantastic delivery.
Frank J. Kuypers
Business Development Manager
Hyperion has a commitment to lifelong learning. LSA helps us provide the right business sales training, management training programs, and leadership development programs at the right time to meet the needs of both individuals and departments. I especially appreciate their ability to listen to my needs and recommend the appropriate facilitators, solutions and content.
Senior Project Manager
LSA’s customized Effective Presentation Skills program has helped me elevate my presentation skills to the next level. I now have a much greater self-awareness of my presentation skills and can leverage off of my strengths while working to improve upon other areas. I would definitely recommend this solution to anyone for whom business presentations are an integral part of their job.
Senior Marketing Manager
I had been working with LSA for many years with my prior company. Currently, I’m with a company who hadn’t done much basic management skills training. After identifying and presenting a program recently, our managers are excited and talking in the halls about the great experience. LSA saves us time in delivering the right training for our needs.
In the Next Generation Management Development courses, I was trained with skills and tools that have made me and my team more productive, motivated, and successful at communicating with other departments.
Firmware Engineering Supervisor
We value our relationship with LSA Global. We came to LSA because we wanted to improve overall behavioral based interviewing capabilities of our managers to increase the probability of both hiring top talent and future leaders. LSA designed a highly customized solution for our business and culture. We are currently rolling out this solution to our leaders. I would highly recommend LSA Global as a top quality resource.
HR Project Manager - Training & Development, PHR
I’ve partnered with LSA Global at two companies now, and I consider them a valuable and trusted training and consulting resource. They recommended just the right solution to address our management development needs and have wonderful facilitators that match YuMe’s culture and style of our management team. I would highly recommend LSA Global to any company wanting to deliver quality learning solutions with a valuable learning and development partner.
LSA is an instrumental training outsourcing partner in helping us to build management capacity and strategically invest in our people. Their flexibility, depth, and breadth of expertise allows us to deliver top quality solutions that are directly tied to key business plans. Their ability to custom design, deliver, and evaluate our Management Curriculum has been excellent. They are true business partners and a pleasure to work with.
Margaret M. Mader
Vice President, Human Resources
We recently partnered with LSA Global to offer our Supervisors and Managers a customized two-day management training program. Everyone who attended said it was by far the best management training program they had ever attended. The content was rich and highly interactive. The case studies were relevant. Each participant walked away from the training much better equipped to lead their teams.
Director of Human Resources
Download key published insights and tools from industry experts highlighting best practices in the areas of talent, strategy and culture.
Want to know how you stack up against leading organizations? Receive a complimentary benchmarking analysis courtesy of an LSA Expert.
Get up to speed on timely solutions critical to your business. Published by LSA Experts based upon client feedback and key industry trends.
First we identify the key metrics you want to improve. Then we assemble a dedicated team of elite experts who have successfully solved similar problems with similar clients.
Stay up to do date with the latest information on how we help high growth companies align their culture and talent with strategy.
Real world consulting and training approaches from LSA projects, providing insights on how your company can outperform the competition.