Leadership: it is one of the most important skills to have in the job market. In a world where companies are increasingly flat and where great work relies heavily on solid collaboration, leadership skills are needed at all levels of a company, whether you're in the executive suite or not.
There are many ways to become a better leader. You can take a class on management, gain field experience with a new project, and read books on leadership strategies. While these are all great ways to hone your leadership skills, I also believe great leadership emerges from the little mindset shifts and habits we consciously make along the way.
Great leadership is a habit. It is something you embody every day, and that means adopting more leadership-oriented language.
Here are six phrases you need to start saying to be a better leader:
1. "How do you feel in my presence?"
Leadership is a two-way street. You can't be a great leader if those around you don't trust you. If people aren't willing to receive and be open to your guidance, you might as well be talking to a wall. That is why it is essential to be aware of how you make others feel. If you don't feel comfortable asking this in person, recruit a colleague to help you, or send out an anonymous survey.
2. "Let's see if we can do even better."
All leaders should know how to gain results for both their companies and fellow employees. But great leaders always have an eye towards innovation. There is always room for improvement, even when things seem to be going smoothly.
3. "How can I help you?"
Command-and-control leadership is out, people-first leadership is in. When you put your employees and others you lead first, great work and business achievements result as an after effect. A great leader is constantly asking how they can be supportive of his or her team.
4. "I'd love to hear your ideas."
Leadership isn't about power and control. It's about bringing out the best in others and achieving great results. A major aspect of this is empowering and boosting the autonomy of others. Show your team that you value their input. This will help them increase their confidence and sense of self-worth, and it will lead to the emergence of great solutions and ideas.
5. "Do you observe any negative behavior patterns that may be holding me back that I am not aware of?"
There's no getting around it: we all have emotional baggage. It's not a question of whether you have it, but how you deal with it. When you are able to better identify, manage and reverse your personal baggage, you are able to make better decisions, develop strong relationships, and act in ways that show your best self
6. "I admire your unique approach to this project."Truly rockstar leaders are hyper-aware of each individual in their team and how each person approaches their work. When you are able to recognize, appreciate, and leverage the zones of geniuses of others, they will be infinitely more engaged in their work.