The most successful businesses are led by bosses who know how to be a great leader at work.

But, do you ever feel like you’re hiding away in the shadows, or just not giving the people around you the motivation they need to perform at their best?

People often think about changing jobs in January. Instead, why not make it your resolution to stick it out and develop your leadership skills? This change could have untold consequences for your professional success, and a positive impact on all other areas of your life.

Sign up for my 1:1 integrative life coaching programme and find out how you can unlock the true leader already inside of you. But, for now, here’s some top tips to help get you started:

What’s the difference between a boss and a leader?

Bosses aren’t necessarily promoted for their leadership skills. They may have been in a department the longest, or have the most potent set of skills.

But, at some point, you might well be put in charge of your juniors; monitoring their workload, assessing their progression and supporting them on a day-to-day basis – a big ask.

This makes you a boss, but not yet a leader.

Leaders inspire, motivate and encourage the people around them to achieve the best possible results. A leader is confident and decisive, yet always approachable.

Leaders don’t get results through fear. They get it through the trust and respect that comes with cultivating a creative, comfortable and energetic working atmosphere. Without respect, you’re just a dictator.

How can I become a leader?

Becoming a leader doesn’t happen overnight. You must prove yourself and build trust with your employees.

1.Communication is the key

Leading a group of people requires communication. Without it, your team will be directionless and ineffective.

Explain your goals and the reasoning behind any decisions that affect them in a human and empathic way. Show them, rather than telling them, the reasons behind decisions wherever you can so they can have faith in the transparency of the process.

Always be positive when conversing with your team – even in negative situations. Focus on resolutions; every problem should be seen as a challenge.

2.Build relationships with your team

Once you’ve strengthened your communications, you’ll start to find out more about who they are as individuals; their workplace talents and preferences.

Ask your team for feedback on your leadership style. Take it on board and learn from them. This creates a two-way relationship.

Remember, you don’t always have to have the answer. Too many bosses hold this view, but the truth is your team may have a valuable opinion too, and involving them in the process will make them feel valued.

By creating a trusting and friendly relationship with your team, they should become more engaged at work and strive for greater results.

3.Be creative

Too many bosses expect things done in a rigid way without allowing for creativity.

Give your team freedom to express themselves and follow their intuition. They might discover new skills or motivation through taking ownership of a project.

By gaining a full understanding of how to be a great leader at work, you can create a happier workplace that gets results you’d never even dreamed of.

Sign up for a free, no strings attached introductory Skype session by filling in the form at the top of this page and I will give you the tools and motivation you need to become the best leader you can possibly be.

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