No matter whether you are leading a large organisation comprising thousands of employees, leading a start-up company filled with highly charged individuals or you are a businessman; in the eyes of your employees or people, you are a leader.

In every organisation these days, there is a strong argument that every individual in a team must demonstrate leadership abilities, hence acknowledging excellent leadership abilities through the backing of a team can lend in significant value to each and every one in the organisation.

Here are leading tips that can help you in improving your leadership abilities. Because, let’s face it, as the leader of your organisation your people are likely to emulate your steps, hence it is imperative that you guide them by example.

1. Take Cognizance of Others

A true leader is well aware that by his qualities alone, he is not going to be able to boost the significance of his organisation; he needs the strength and support of his team. A single individual’s decisions, ideas or his ability to be the only bright glint on the team will not be able to sustain the organisation’s momentum for too long. Sound, efficient and intelligent leadership is all about getting the appropriate team members in unison, taking cognizance of what they have to say, acknowledging their worth and, most importantly, being embracing of anyone and everyone who has the fortitude to assert their opinions.

2. Develop Bonds

Bond building by a true pioneer, however important or dignified he might be, distinguishes him from the ‘nearly-men’ in the world of leaders. Speak to any individual in any organisation, anywhere about the finest leaders he has worked with, and you will see that he will have warm and favourable reviews about the person. This is because of the bond that the particular leader built with his people, by investing time to appreciate his employees whenever there was an opportunity, by putting relationships and people first.

3. Welcome Disagreeable People

Once a leader reaches the stage where his team feels happy to work with him, he now needs to be welcoming of what might not be very easy. By recognizing the importance of experiencing discomfort when contended, a true leader contemplates, initiates personal amendments and enhances his conduct. Although experiencing discomfort under such situations is the right step forward, taking active steps in remedying the situation and being positively open to feedback is of much higher significance. Inquiring of yourself, “Did it go well?” and then, “How could I have made it even valuable?” is an impressive first step. Speaking about your thoughts to your contemporaries and then requesting them to do the same task for you, adds to your value. Above all getting feedback? Do not have a row with it. Do not make apologies or shallow explanations. Acknowledge it with gracefulness – show/express your gratitude to those offering it, and inspire them to assist you in the best possible manner that they can.

4. Lay Emphasis on Strengths

According to conventional wisdom and performance training systems, those employees who are not doing so well in a particular area should improve their performance in those areas. However, this is perhaps the most ineffective and incompetent way of using people. It is far more useful and productive to spur someone to further influence what he is good at and eventually develop specific approaches for problematic areas of work. By guiding and steering people to emphasize on their strengths rather than shortcomings, team members will be far more productive and motivated.

5. Humility is Important

A true leader is able to know much more about his team and encourage them better, only by getting to know them well — within the lines of professional conduct and between the capacities they hold in their jobs. As a leader who demonstrates humility towards your people, you will be held in high regard and will earn much more respect from them.

There is no rest stop for a true leader, even after he has reached the pinnacle of success in his business. More than ever, he needs to be active constantly in evaluating and honing his skills.

Anil Thomas