10 Awesome Strategies to Become a Better Leader

Leadership is an evolving journey filled with continuous learning, self-reflection, and growth. Whether you are an experienced leader or just starting on your leadership path, this guide will explore key strategies to help you become a better leader.

1. Understanding Your Leadership Style

a. Assess Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Utilize tools like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or the StrengthsFinder to understand your unique leadership traits (1, 2).

b. Adapt Your Style

Learn how to adapt your leadership style to the needs and personalities of those you lead.

2. Embrace Emotional Intelligence

a. Practice Empathy

Empathize with your team’s feelings and perspectives (3).

b. Develop Self-Awareness

Understand and regulate your own emotions to react appropriately in different situations.

3. Set Clear Vision and Goals

a. Communicate Your Vision

Make sure your team understands the long-term vision and how their work contributes to it.

b. Establish S.M.A.R.T Goals

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound goals are more effective in guiding the team towards success (4).

4. Lead by Example

a. Model Integrity and Ethics

Act with integrity and uphold the values you expect from your team (5).

b. Show Commitment

Demonstrate dedication to your work, showing the team that you’re all in this together.

5. Encourage Growth and Development

a. Provide Opportunities for Learning

Encourage continuous learning by offering training sessions, workshops, or mentorship programs.

b. Give Constructive Feedback

Provide timely and constructive feedback to help team members grow and improve.

6. Foster a Positive Team Culture

a. Create an Inclusive Environment

Embrace diversity and create an environment where everyone feels valued and included (6).

b. Celebrate Successes and Learn from Failures

Regularly acknowledge accomplishments and also use failures as learning opportunities.

7. Build Trust Through Transparency

a. Communicate Openly and Honestly

Encourage an open-door policy where team members feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and concerns.

b. Share Information

Keep your team informed about overall organizational goals, changes, and how their work fits into the bigger picture.

8. Cultivate Resilience and Adaptability

a. Embrace Change

Lead your team through change by being adaptable and showing a positive attitude.

b. Encourage Resilience

Help your team build resilience by supporting them through challenges and encouraging a growth mindset (7).

9. Utilize Effective Delegation

a. Delegate Responsibility

Trust your team by giving them responsibilities that align with their skills and interests.

b. Monitor Without Micromanaging

Offer support and guidance without controlling every detail of the process.

10. Invest in Self-Care

a. Maintain Work-Life Balance

Take care of yourself to ensure that you can be there for your team (8).

b. Seek Feedback on Your Leadership

Encourage feedback from peers and subordinates to continuously improve your leadership skills.


Leadership is not about ruling with an iron fist but rather about guiding, inspiring, and growing alongside your team. By understanding your leadership style, embracing emotional intelligence, setting clear goals, leading by example, encouraging growth, fostering trust, and investing in self-care, you can cultivate a leadership approach that not only achieves results but also builds a strong, engaged, and resilient team.

  1. Myers, I. B., & McCaulley, M. H. (1985). Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Consulting Psychologists Press.
  2. Rath, T. (2007). StrengthsFinder 2.0. Gallup Press.
  3. Goleman, D. (1998). Working with Emotional Intelligence. Bantam.
  4. Doran, G. T. (1981). There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management’s goals and objectives. Management Review, Volume 70, Issue 11(AMA FORUM), pp. 35-36.
  5. Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (2012). The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations. Jossey-Bass.
  6. Cox, T. (2001). Creating the Multicultural Organization: A Strategy for Capturing the Power of Diversity. Jossey-Bass.
  7. Dweck, C. S. (2006). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Random House.
  8. Pfeffer, J. (2010). Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don’t. HarperBusiness.

Sean Uys

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