The Washington Magazine

The Washington Magazine

The Top 3 Ways to Improve Your Leadership Skills

For many people, the term leadership evokes images of military commanders leading their troops into battle or powerful politicians passing laws that affect millions of people. While these are both good examples of leadership, they’re definitely not the only ones out there! Leadership means different things to different people; sometimes it means being a parent, teacher, or mentor and providing support and guidance to those around you, and sometimes it means taking charge when no one else will. Leadership can take on many forms, so we’ve compiled our list of the top three ways to improve your leadership skills here!

1) Appreciate Your Coworkers

Focus on your team members’ strengths, and be thankful for their input. Focus on how they can improve, rather than criticizing them for perceived mistakes. If a coworker is annoying you in any way, take some time to identify what you like about him or her before focusing on his or her faults. This will make things easier for everyone involved. You’ll have better teamwork and collaboration with your employees, which ultimately improves productivity.

2) Prioritize Team Success

If you want your team to be successful, you have to do more than just say it—you have to make it a priority. Team success is only as important as you prioritize it. Make sure all of your employees feel like their tasks are contributing directly to team goals and that they’re responsible for keeping other team members accountable too. Take opportunities like meetings and presentations with clients as an opportunity for leaders on your team (you included) to show their strengths while also learning from each other.

3) Exercise Self-Care

In order to take care of your team, you need to take care of yourself. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and avoid burnout. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and eating healthy, too! All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy (and Jill an overworked and frustrated leader). By staying focused on your own self-care, you’ll be in a better place mentally—and more equipped—to lead your team.