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Becoming a Leader in Your Organization: 5 Things Leaders Do Every Day

In every workplace and organization, good leaders are a must. While some people are born leaders, most people must be taught leadership skills. Effective leaders hone their skills through specialized training, introspection, and practice. A Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Organizational Leadership and Learning from the George Washington University gives you the tools to cultivate your skills as a leader. You’ll learn that successful leaders share some of the same traits, and practicing these five things can boost employee morale and improve productivity.

  1. 1. Communicate Effectively
    Employees respond positively to a manager who is approachable yet clear with expectations. A Gallup poll suggests that employees who receive regular communication from a manager are three times more likely to be engaged in workforce projects. Good leaders also recognize that communication goes both ways. An effective leader in the workforce is an active listener and respects employees’ ideas and suggestions while actively communicating expectations and goals.
  2. 2. Be Self-Aware
    To effectively lead a group, you must be aware of your own shortcomings. In fact, a 2010 study by Green Peak Partners and Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations cites a high self-awareness as the strongest predictor of overall leadership success. A leader who is aware of their shortcomings is better able to hire employees who can offset weaknesses, resulting in a well-rounded workforce.
  3. 3. Get to Know your Employees/ Followers
    Strive for a connection with each of your employees on a personal level. The same Gallup poll reveals that employees perform better under leaders who are as invested in them as people.
  4. 4. Encourage Creativity
    People are encouraged to work hard when they feel that their thoughts and ideas are given credence. Ask for input and suggestions from your workers, and encourage them to be creative. This deepens employee commitment to a project and results in greater productivity in a results-oriented workplace.
  5. 5. Lead by Example
    As a leader, your actions are important. If you lead by example, you will inspire and encourage your employees, resulting in a more positive and productive work environment.

Leadership Success

A good leader is able to utilize all of these behaviors to unite a varied workforce and produce positive business results. These five traits are applicable in almost any type of leadership role, which is why it is important to hone these skills through education, training and practice. When you use these skills in a leadership role, you'll see a boost in morale and productivity as employees respond positively to your guidance.

Build your leadership skills by putting these and other leadership traits into practice. An organizational leadership master’s degree prepares you for the many different leadership opportunities available in the workforce. To learn more, request information or call 844-386- 7323.