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Become a better leader by using this top 10 tips

Great leaders are made, not born. It’s not easy being a leader and there is always room for improvement. If you’d like to do more as a leader then there are some simple and effective ways that you can improve.

  1. Communicate better

Leadership is so much more than just giving orders. It’s crucial to ensure that you’re not only heard but also understood. Listen, as well as speaking, and you’ll find it much easier to communicate with the people you’re managing.

  1. Set clear boundaries

A leader who sets clear boundaries ensures that everyone working with them knows where they stand. If boundaries are ambiguous then you may find your limits constantly being tested and that can be stressful for leadership and for the team. Know your limits and make them very clear.

  1. Set an example

Leading by example is the most powerful way to be effective for any leader. Whether that’s being punctual, ensuring that you always look smart and well presented or in terms of the way that you conduct meetings and deal with issues. You can set the tone with your behaviour so make sure that the example you set is what you want your employees to copy.

  1. Don’t be unreachable

Some leaders elevate themselves to a status that means they are permanently separated from those they are leading. Unreachable leaders are driven by ego and don’t tend to inspire others. It’s far more effective to be humble, to be willing to listen and continue to learn from those around you, to share credit and be happy for others to do well too.

  1. Make your meetings productive

If you’re going to request that others take the time to attend meetings then make sure those meetings are well structured and productive. Leaders and managers are often judged by the meetings they are responsible for – do they waste everyone’s time or do they achieve real results?

  1. Nurture emotional intelligence

This often simply means ensuring you have an awareness of the positions of others and an empathy with where they are coming from. It’s this that enables strong relationships to be built.

  1. Don’t be lonely at the top

Finding a mentor who can provide advice and guidance is a fast and effective way to improve the way you lead.

  1. Learn as you go

In particular, focus on the skill sets of leaders that you admire – what made them great in your eyes and how could you apply their approach to your own situation?

  1. Treat leadership as a journey

The best approach to leadership is to assume that it will be an ongoing journey that requires continual awareness and improvement.

  1. Learn from the mistakes of others

Make yourself aware of the most common mistakes that leaders often make – and then avoid them.

Leadership is a skill that can be nurtured and developed – the best leaders are those who have put the time and effort into improving what they do, and how they do it.

In-House Training with PTP

PTP stands for Practical Training for Professionals and our aim is to make our training as practical as possible so delegates can return to the workplace with skills they can implement immediately. PTP now delivers training to over 40% of the FTSE 100.

What you get for your money

What is 1-to-1 training?

1-to-1 training can be based on any of the 100 plus courses that PTP provides, it includes an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site one to one training session at your premises with one of PTP's expert trainers and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

You have the option of a line manager being involved in both telephone conferences, the second telephone conference which can be for feedback and action planning is generally scheduled during the on-site visit.

Who does 1-to-1 training suit?

Individuals taking on a new challenge or responsibilities. Professionals who want a trusted "sounding board" and thinking partner. Executives or managers who want to enhance their leadership effectiveness to achieve organizational and career success. Executives and professionals wanting to compete successfully but still retain balance in their life. Individuals who want to understand their blind spots so that they don't stand in their own way on their path to success. Executives and Professionals who want to improve their interpersonal skills so as to be more effective with bosses, peers, subordinates, or people in general. How much does 1-to-1 training cost?

A 1-to-1 training session costs from as little as £400 + VAT and will include an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site training at your premises and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

What is U-Choose?

Choose from any of the 150 plus courses that PTP provides, and choose from 1 of our 50 plus UK wide training venues. You must book for 2 or more delegates and at least 4 weeks in advance, but that’s it, the course you want where you want it. The reason we ask for a minimum of 4 weeks notice is to enable us to market the course you have scheduled to other companies and organisations. However, if we fail to sell any additional places we guarantee to run the course just for you.

How much does U-Choose Training cost?

U-choose costs the same as our normal open courses i.e. the normal delegate rate. This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, framed certification and comprehensive training notes. A U-Choose booking can only be confirmed once we receive payment which can be made via credit/debit card, BACS or cheque. Payment is due at least 4 weeks before the date you request. Please note to be eligible for U-Choose you must book a minimum of 2 delegates on the same course & date.