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5 ways to improve your leadership skills and boost productivity


5 ways to improve your leadership skills and boost productivity

As a manager at a logistics business, you likely know full well how important it is to get your entire team to perform as a cohesive unit. Of course, that kind of thing is often easier said than done, because leadership can be a difficult proposition even for the most seasoned of managers, especially if you are trying to keep a lot of plates spinning all at the same time.

Consequently, you need to commit yourself to consistently building up your leadership skills so you, your team and your entire company end up benefiting. Here's how you can do so:

1) Build trust within your organization

They say honesty is the best policy for a reason, and as a leader, you should strive to be as transparent and straightforward with your team as possible, according to the Center for Creative Leadership. If your team feels like they can't trust you or that you might pull the rug out from under them in some way, they're not going to perform at a top level. But if you can establish how much you trust them, and thus how much they can trust you, everyone will go forward with a better mutual understanding.

2) Boost your team company-wide

As a manager, you should try to be something of a cheerleader any time your team has success, the Center for Creative Leadership advised. Everyone likes to be recognized for putting in hard work and doing a good job, and if your team knows you are their champion to others at the company, they will want to work harder for you and generally do more to meet the goals you lay out for them.

3) Work on your communication skills

One of the biggest reasons teams or individuals don't meet the goals managers give them is if they're not totally clear on what's being asked, according to the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply. It takes only a small amount of unclear instruction for a project to go off the rails. As such, always strive to hone your communication skills so that it's clear to everyone involved exactly what you want and what they can do to contribute.

4) Give as much as you ask for

A manager's job is certainly to set a course for the team they oversee and ask each worker to contribute in their own way, but that needs to be a two-way street, the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply added. Often, workers don't have everything they need to complete the task at hand, and managers need to be able to provide the resources team members are asking for.

5) Mentor those below you on the corporate ladder

People generally want to get ahead in their chosen field, and as a manager, you are typically the closest thing they have to a solid example of how to do so, according to the Project Management Institute. As such, if someone comes to you asking for advice or guidance on how to grow professionally, you should do what you can to become a great mentor.