Science backed ways to become a better leader

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Science works behind everything. Whether it is the way flowers bloom or the way day turns into night, there is science involved in all this. That’s why we decided to compile a list of ways that can help you become a better leader.

So without wasting any time, let us have a look at what those ways are -

Take small steps, consistency is what matters

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We don’t become the best at something in an instant. Doing something slow, but on a constant basis is what makes us adept at it. Science says that practice makes a man perfect. This is the reason why for leaders it is imperative to be constant.

Taking small steps can open the bigger doors, always. Whether it is about building a massive project. Bringing the team together or changing your work style. As a leader you need to focus on taking small steps.

For instance, if you are planning on switching from email to a project management tool. Then, rather than forcing the change over entire office. Begin with the change for just one team. See the impact it causes on their performance. And, analyze if it is the best thing for them or, can there be anything better.

Being unprofessional is sometimes the most professional option

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Everyone expects professional behavior at work. Whether it is in the way you talk or the way you treat each other. But sometimes being unprofessional can be the most professional option.

A great example of this you can see in the way we speak when working under tight schedule. Talking brash and in aggressive manner can create a sense of urgency in the team. And, you can expect things to pick up pace with just a few harsh words. Use of unprofessional language has shown to make a positive impact on persuading people. The key point here to never cross borderline between being unprofessional and being obscene.

So, why take harsh actions against team members, when a few brash words can do the trick for you?

Criticism won’t hurt the team, as long as it is constructive

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No one like to face criticism. But, is all type of criticism bad? Definitely not. Studies show that positive criticism can help to get the best out of your team. In fact, giving constant feedback on the positives and negatives you are observing in a team members is always appreciated.

Plus, the language used while sharing feedback plays a big role in the impact that it will have on the person. For instance, using positive lingo like “It will help you to achieve more”. “You can feel more energetic if you do these things this way.” And more, can actually bring a sense of positivity.

And, this is going to help you get the respect as a leader which you deserve. After all, a leader is only as good as the team he’s leading. So, you as a leader need to make sure that you are getting the most out of each of your team member’s talent.

Know what to communicate, and when

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Communication is the most important thing between team members and the leader. Overdoing it sometimes can lead to a state of micromanagement. And, that is not appreciated by the employees. Under doing it can portrait an image of you as a leader who does not bother about the team. You need to be able to strike the right balance.

At the same time, you must also be aware of the fact that which information you need to communicate at what time. For instance, you must communicate any sort of negative response from the client should always only to the top tier of manager. This ensures that there is no sense of panic within the team. In a similar way, when you receive positive feedback from client, you must share it with the entire team.

If you found this What do you think of these points? Give them a try and see how they work out for you! And, if they do, then don’t forget to share your experience here.

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Vartika Kashyap is a seasoned marketing professional who is an expert in digital marketing and entrepreneurship. She’s been featured among LinkedIn’s Top Voices for the year 2016. She currently runs the marketing team at ProofHub — a project management software for teams of all sizes. Connect with Vartika on LinkedIn, Medium and Twitter.

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