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How to Be an Active Listener (and Why it’s Important for Leaders)

Active Listener

One of the best ways to improve employee engagement is to create a corporate culture where people feel their input and suggestions are valued. To help achieve this, it’s important to be an active listener, actually paying attention to what others are saying, absorbing information and asking follow-up questions. When employees feel like they’re being heard, they’re more inclined to become invested in the success of the business. 

5 Tips to Be an Active Listener:

4 Questions to Ask if You’re in a Leadership Position

leadership position

Part of leadership development is self-reflection, assessment and then working to improve skills and behaviors that can help you succeed in your position. If you’re in a leadership position, it’s helpful every once in a while to stop and ask yourself the following questions.

1. Do you understand emotions — both your own and others?

Leadership Requirements in the IT Industry

Leadership

There are unique challenges in the IT industry that requires strong
and effective leadership to keep organizations growing. 

The IT world is complex and constantly evolving and changing. To stay current, companies need to be at the forefront of technological change, be able to quickly change directions and rely on employees for their innovative thinking. 

The Power of Leadership is Empowering Others

Empowering others

Leaders can have a great deal of power within an organization by driving change, enacting policies or establishing strategic goals; however, the greatest power a leader has is empowering others to positively contribute to their organization. 

How to Navigate Transformational Change in Your Organization

transformational change

Your organization should be continually changing and growing. Often, this evolution is slow and natural, but other times your company might have to undergo a sudden and transformational change to take advantage of a new opportunity, keep up with advancing technology or to prevent falling behind the competition

Improve Communication Skills and Become a Better Leader

communication skills

To lead effectively, you need to be a good communicator and be able to build a rapport with a variety of groups. By improving your communication skills, you’ll be able to better motivate, encourage and engage employees to reach and exceed business objectives and goals.

Practice Listening
To improve communication skills, you first need to learn how to be a good listener. Too often, people equate communication with only talking, but as Richard Branson advocates, you should “listen more than you talk.”1 

How Others Perceive Your Leadership Behaviors is Important

Leadership behaviors

To understand how capable you are as a leader, you need feedback about the effectiveness of your leadership behaviors and skills. If others don’t perceive you as being a strong leader, you will never command the influence required to successfully lead an organization into the future. 

How to Improve Leadership Skills

Improve Leadership Skills

Even the best leaders can improve their skills; however, it can be difficult to identify one’s own strengths and even harder to analyze areas that need improvement. That’s why if you’re dedicated to improving leadership skills, it’s imperative to first understand how those around you view your leadership competencies.

Why You Need Leadership Development at Your Organization

leadership development

There are two equally important reasons why you should invest in leadership development at your organization. The first is to successfully prepare employees for future roles at the business and the second is to ensure the lasting success of the organization as a whole.

Prepare Employees for Future Success as Leaders

How to Establish a Corporate Leadership Development Program

Corporate leadership development program

All businesses can benefit from a corporate leadership development program, but few know how to successfully implement one at their organization. First, you need to understand leadership gaps and future needs, and then have a plan to identify and develop employees to fill those vacancies. It’s also important to have a system in place to measure and benchmark results.

Understand the Organization’s Needs

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