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What does it take to be a good—even great—leader?Leadership Development - Juice Inc.

Much of it is based on how well managers, directors and executives understand, interact with and speak to their employees.

Here are eight ways leaders can strengthen their own leadership skills, increasing the likelihood of a higher performing workforce.

  1. Good leaders take initiative to get the answers they need
    An effective leader simply cannot sit back passively and let things work themselves out. Instead, people must step into the tension, ask questions, and get to the heart of the matter.
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  2. Good leaders know how to set the pace
    The key to successful organizational change hinges on employee buy-in. Leaders searching for the “next big thing” must refrain from quickly abandoning one initiative to endorse another—lest having the opposite desired effect on employees.
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  3. Good leaders understand the value of fun
    Workplaces that create a fun-friendly environment will see employees give more effort and be more innovative. The challenge for leaders, however, is ensuring they understand what is considered “fun” to their employees.
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  4. Good leaders make their team feel special and important
    There are countless ways leaders can show their appreciation—for example, by taking time frequently to recognize the positive impact their employees have on the organization.
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  5. Good leaders create a compelling picture of a future state for the team
    Leading into and throughout a project, people need inspiration. Good leaders prepare employees by providing context—a mental picture of what “success” will eventually look like.
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  6. Good leaders understand the reality for improvisation and flexibility
    Regardless of how firmly plans are in place, projects will often go astray for any number of reasons. Good leaders can easily rebound to kinks in the system, and quickly find solutions to those problems.
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  7. Good leaders create ease in the system
    Getting the best out of employees sometimes requires a leader’s guidance or facilitation. Good leaders can find effective, confidence-building ways to increase people’s overall performance.
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  8. Good leaders create meaning for people
    A higher-performing work environment can be achieved when people feel a stronger sense of purpose in their work. Good leaders are able to articulate that purpose—and personalize it to each individual employee.
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