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3 Soft Skills Needed by Every Great Leader

Published: July 18, 2016 In: HR Tech & AI

Soft SKills for Leaders

Soft skills have always been an important aspect of a great leadership. A person really needs to have softskills if he really wants to become a great leader. ‘Which soft skills are required to become a great leader’, is the most common question asked by people. Let’s have a look at three soft skills that are required by every person to become a great leader:

 Strong communication skills

  • First of all, a leader must have strong communication skills. If he doesn’t know how to communicate with people, then he can never become a leader. Every individual holds a different point of prospect and it's difficult to alter their point of view unless a person shows them the right way.

    Thus, a great leader must possess sound communication skills and knows how to say his point with influence and compassion to show people the right way.

  • In a firm, a leader needs to communicate with employees of different branch located in a different country. Unless, there is no strong communication between the two branches of the firm, employees cannot complete the task as they will not be guided with the proper directions.

    Thus, a leader with substantial communication skills will easily communicate with other employees and lead his team in the right way.

 Ability to influence

  • If a person is not able to influence people with his thought, then he will not be considered as a great leader. A great leader is one who holds the capacity to influence people and fetch people to his side.

  • A leader needs to influence customers, vendors, board of directors and other management. Influencing these people is not at all an easy task as these people are extremely qualified and knows what is best for business.

    Still, a leader needs to influence these people at a certain point of time as they can't be right all the time. Influencing people requires a great deal of diligence and a strong belief. Thus, a great leader must own these qualities if he wants to influence the audience.

 No ego at all

  • In today’s environment, a heap of competition is failing on and everyone wants to seize the top most position. In order to do so, one doesn’t think about the other team members. He just focuses on his performance so that he can achieve the objective set up by the firm and become a solid challenger for the upper position.

  • However, a great leader needs to leave his ego at home and help others to lead, which definitely aids in the development of the team. This attitude of the leader will not only help in the paramount growth of the firm. It will also benefit the leader as he will earn respect from the team members which will make him a great leader.

These are the three soft skills which are required by every leader to become a great leader. If a leader possesses these three soft skills, then the team members will honor him and follow his directions.

4 Mistakes HR Must Avoid

Keeping the major resources and assets of your business is definitely a good practice to follow. The Human Resource is the only reliable department of a company which possesses the flexibility to drive the most significant asset of the business i.e. The People.

So, appropriately HR department should keep its shoulders strong enough to tackle the challenges. Yet, managing human resources is an enigmatic responsibility, especially in a start-up as they have less experience in supervising others. Here are some disastrous mistakes HR must avoid gaining the best results.

1. The outdated employee handbook: Are you still processing with the same handbook during your start-up phase? If so, you are inviting threats and problems to your business. Keeping the employee update with the updated handbook is the ultimate primary step.

Do not abide your staff with the same code of conduct and behavior which has become too old to adopt. Step in with the regulation of updating your employee handbook once in a year. The guidelines should be clear in every sense so that it penetrates quickly into the mind of the employees.

2. Unorganized on-boarding system: Suppose after the whole process of recruitment got over, your new duck is ready to enter into the office of his desire. ‘What is happening here?’, could be the question in his mind if he notices the unorganized culture of your company.

Make sure that his mind and body should feel privileged after the first glimpse of the organization. Culture and policies must be in place; a POC to invite him for coffee, a buddy to guide him on his first day, a work-space that is ready for him to get started with. These pleasant touches will make him feel welcomed.

3. Hiring and Firing Quickly: Businesses with quick hires and fires could invite prescription for disaster. Before you think of hiring someone for a job, take out some time to divert your mind and think for what? Think twice or thrice about the fulfillment of the responsibility if you want to skip hiring or firing. Failing to hire the best candidate or failing to retain the best candidate are on the same scale of mistakes.

A few hours of crafting the perfect job description could result in saving many future hours of the clock. Firing someone too quickly also needs evidence for hiring the best replacement and should be appropriate and conforms to your organization.

4. Undocumented Terminations: Written policies and organized operations are the boundaries that govern employee conduct. When a violation occurs, it must be properly documented and maintained as evidence for future references. The process of termination should be followed along with the track record or the documented form which could make the decision easy.

Want to make your new employee feel at home? Help him in adjusting to your organization easily? Want to know how to retain your hired employee? 

Check out this article by CEO of Talview on Social recruiting to avoid these mistakes.

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Tags: HR Tech & AI

Written by: Arun K

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