By Muthoni Ndegwa
Are great leaders born or made?
While everyone would have their opinion on this question, there’s no doubt that there are ways to cultivate leadership skills in others.
If you look at any notable leader, you’ll notice a formative journey where they had to learn the traits of effective leadership from one source or another.
Since leadership has such a large impact on an organization, preparing employees to take up this responsibility is essential. This will ensure there are no leadership gaps throughout the organization.
Effective leadership can help grow your organization to the next level. Poor leadership, on the other hand, can create problems for a department, and if left unsolved, for the organization as a whole.
Here are 4 ways to create powerful team leaders and supervisors within the organization.
1. Recognize employees with leadership potential
Some employees have potential and would do well in supervisory roles. These employees are easy to note out as they more often than not take initiative when there’s a leadership gap. Employees who show potential can be groomed to take up managerial positions within the organization.
In most organizations, employees who get promoted to leadership positions are the top-performing ones. However, being a productive employee doesn’t automatically make this employee an able leader.
2. Provide leadership development opportunities
One way to grow leadership skills is through experience. While there are other ways of learning these skills, the experience gathered offers practical guidance in the development of effective leadership skills.
A good example where you can develop an employee’s management skills is by expanding their tasks. These additional tasks will give the employee a wider scope and understanding of the business. Additionally, they will help the employee develop essential skills such as proper time management and prioritization skills.
3. Offer mentorship and guidance to the employees
There are certain skills that you have learned along the way which have improved your leadership and management. Through mentorship, you can pass on these skills to the upcoming leaders, which will enable them to perfect the skills early on and become effectual supervisors.
Impactful mentorship goes beyond having a session now and then with the employees. On the contrary, it is being involved with the employees, and taking an active role in developing these leadership skills.
Through mentorship, you can pass your experience onto the next leaders; ensuring what you have learned over time can still be beneficial to an upcoming leader.
At the end of the day, the leaders you have at different levels in your organization to a large extent determine the success of the organization.
When you invest in developing your employees into effective leaders, they take up – and successfully execute, leadership positions, which then lead to success in their professional and personal lives. This success then spills over to the various departments.
Enroll your employees in the leadership training and you will have effective leaders who will grow the company to the next level.
Muthoni Ndegwa is the Chief Operations Officer at Corporate Staffing Services.