Tips to develop your leadership qualities

1. Get a mentor

One of the best ways to get to know yourself is by having a mentor. Mentoring is a continual process of enabling people to reach higher levels of performance and achievement. If you don’t already have a mentor, now is the time- whatever stage you are at in your career. As every woman Club member Avril Owton MBE, owner of Cloud Hotel, says in the every woman Navigator:

When I took over the hotel, I didn’t have a clue about how to run a business – I didn’t know a bottom line from a chorus line. I overcame my fear, looking back, I wish I had a mentor.

2. Develop your confidence

Being confident is one of the traits that will be key to your success as a leader. Confidence is like a muscle; it has to be exercised to remain strong and steady. We all have moments when our confidence blossoms equally, we know when we lack confidence. Having a strategy to manage those moments can minimize their impact on you and those around you.

3. Regularly audit your skills 

Whether you’re looking to move into a position of leadership or you’re already in one, it is important that you understand the skills you need to carry out the role, your strengths and the areas you need to improve or develop. Don’t just consider your current role – think about the moves you wish to make in the future and the skills you can start building in readiness.

4.  Learn how to manage your emotions

The way you react to situations will impact on the perception people have of you. The ability to name and analyze your emotional response is the first step to managing them and using them to your advantage. That is not to say you will want to put a voice to all of your emotions, but recognizing that a person, a situation or task is evoking an emotional response allows you to have an objective internal conversation about why and what can be done to resolve the issue.

When you are a leader it doesn’t matter however successful you become, you are only as good as your team. Whether you recruited your key players or inherited them, they are crucial to your success.

A thriving team, where employees are satisfied and engaged in creating a future for themselves and the business, will demonstrate 16% better overall performance, according to recent research by the Ross School of Business’s Centre for Positive Organizational Scholarship.

Remember, you are only as good as your team.