Six ways to grow your leadership strength

As with any skill, leadership strength, one of the top ten characteristics of great leaders, can increase with learning, practice, and experience.

As you practice and grow, you increase your comfort, competence, flexibility, and ease as a leader.

If you’re ready to become a stronger leader, here are six ways you can do so:

Emulate a leader you admire

Select a leader you admire. Keep this person in mind as a guide you can emulate, learn more about, and learn from as you experiment, build and refine your own leadership skills and strength.

Get feedback 

Seek information about your strengths and areas for improvement from peers and direct reports, in addition to seeking and using your manager’s feedback.

The information, if honestly provided and openly received, may be eye-opening and humbling, in complimentary as well as instructive ways.

Know where you’re going

Create a vision to keep your attention, intention, and actions aligned with the long-term goals for your team.

In addition to creating a compelling vision, use simple, consistent and effective follow-up practices to keep you, and your team on track.

Listen and observe

You may or may not like what you hear and see when you check to see how things are going, but you need to know what circumstances you’re dealing with.

Regular, honest assessment is essential for you and your team to be able to respond and adjust effectively to actual conditions, rather than what you hoped you would find in present circumstances.

Improve the ways you work

Make your work life easier, and your results more predictable through effective process management.

Simplify and improve the processes, measures, feedback and follow-up practices you and your team use.

Build bench strength

This gives you greater capacity and adaptability, as a team.

It also extends your leadership reach and effectiveness. You can’t be everywhere, all the time, after all.

You’re more effective as a leader if you create processes, measurements, and good practices for your team to be able to self-monitor, self-manage and self-correct, as much as possible.

A big part of your job as a leader is to create more, and better leaders, in your company.

As Tom Peters notes, “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”