If you run a social media agency, chances are you have many young kids working within your organization who are between the ages of 18 to 24. While some might assume this to be a great financial advantage, the downside of having such young employees means that you will need to be able to manage them so that they can deliver at a high level. This means that you will be required to learn effective leadership skills.
Effective leadership skills are proven with productivity and achievement of goals. A good leader has certain skills and personality traits which make them effective tools in an efficient workplace. If you want to be a great leader to ensure your agency is successful, here are some essential skills you will need to work on:
Effective leadership requires flexibility and adaptability
According to many of the top leaders, a good leader must be able to adapt to different circumstances at any time. If a problem is encountered that requires a different direction, they can change strategy to circumvent and solve the problem. They can also communicate this change in strategy in an easily understood manner.
An Effective Leader is Goal Oriented
“A leader has a vision and a plan to achieve that vision” says Sean Adams of Motivation Ping. “It is their responsibility to have a grasp of the final goal. A leader has the ability to see the whole picture.”
Effective Leaders set high standards
A good leader sets high standards and takes steps to maintain them. They use skills of empathy and relationship management to convey expectations to team members and set clear goals. A good leader uses their own confidence to inspire self esteem in others. Setting high standards motivates team members to aspire to these standards.
Good Leaders Are Active
Effective leadership is active and does not waste too much time being contemplative. This requires the courage to take risks in order to achieve goals. Ideally you are responding to certain situations from a place of strength and wisdom rather than being reactive from a place of stress and anxiety.
Leaders Have Competence
Good leaders are highly competent in their field, they have wide knowledge of the organization’s procedures and structures. Effective leadership requires personal guidance and role modeling. Without thorough knowledge of the organization a leader is ineffective. With this knowledge they can provide constructive and informative feedback to staff.
Consistency in Expectations and Performance
Effective leadership requires consistency in expectations and personal performance. Without consistency in expectations, team members become confused and unmotivated. With inconsistent personal performance, the leader cannot provide a good model for team members. Good leaders have personal qualities of stability and reliability. With these traits a leader remains calm under pressure and uncertain working conditions.
Personal Traits of a Leader
An effective leader has certain personal traits which aid in developing leadership skills. A good leader has self confidence so they can inspire others, they are extroverts and can convey information and rules assertively. Effective leaders have emotional stability and provide consistency for workers. They have passion and knowledge of their work and can relay this passion to others. They are flexible and adaptable and have the courage to take risky decisions.
Effective leadership skills require courage and an ability to motivate others. Effective leaders need certain personal qualities and an ability to develop skills which suit the organization in which they work. When these skills and qualities combine a leader can motivate others to achieve high standards and goals.