How to Become a Successful Leader
10 May 2022 2 mins read By Andrea Amato

Leadership qualities are favourable among any working individual, especially those who are in higher positions of an organisation. Whilst leadership skills, such as excellent communication and decision-making, can occur naturally to people, for many these skills require practice. If you are someone looking to improve your leadership skills, or already are considered a leader and looking to brush up on these—this article will assist you in understanding what leadership skills you should focus on.

Leadership skills are essential for on-site or remote jobs related to management and ownership, including executive titles such as the CEO. Employees will look up to you for guidance and interpret you as a positive role-model. The more leadership skills you excel in, the better the leader you will become—for both the direction of employee growth and that of the companies. Overall, a good leader will foster a positive workplace culture that is long-lasting.


Effective Leadership


Defining leadership can lead to several understandings of what constitutes a good leader. Generally, leaders in the workplace are those individuals who are able to manage and supervise multiple company functions and employees. They have great impact on many workplace decisions and contribute to the overall organisational culture. Being a leader requires confidence and self-assurance to make good decisions for employees and the business.

Great leaders possess numerous qualities. They can communicate and collaborate well with others, are a positive source of motivation to teams, can manage various workplace tasks under a given timeframe, and work as a mentor for team members. Whilst leaders are in charge of reaching complex workplace goals, they are also responsible for ensuring employee voices are heard and are largely receptive to feedback.

It may appear that leadership skills are valuable only to those with some significant amount of authority—however, these skills are favourable among any job applicant. Employers are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are prepared to take on work challenges with stride. This means that such skills are essential for any job in Malta or elsewhere.


Essential Leadership Skills


Leaders portray several qualities that demonstrate their knowledge in core, technical areas, as well as interpersonal skills to collaborate with teams effectively. Significant skills worth mentioning include:

  • Communication: perhaps one of the more important skills, leaders must be excellent communicators who can accurately voice the goals of a company and its positioning within the jobs market.
  • Empathy: good leaders connect with their teams, and more importantly are able to understand individualistic needs and address any employee concerns. Leaders should aim to build respectful and trusting relationships with employees that will ultimately improve employee performance.
  • Transparency: employees want to know what’s going on in a company and contribute to decisions where appropriate. Leaders should be honest about current organisational affairs and communicate any updates regularly.
  • Delegation: whilst leaders have their own tasks to pursue, they should also be able to pass on some of these to other team members. Good leaders understand employee strengths and assign tasks according to their skill sets. In this way, leaders are able to focus on more complex goals.
  • Creativity: like in many jobs in Malta and elsewhere, leaders should be creative problem-solvers and are able to devise effective solutions to various organisational matters. Creativity also coincides with analytical skills and an open-mindedness to include team members in sharing innovative ideas.

Whilst the above highlight the core skills of a successful leader, there are other qualities that support positive leadership and generally contribute to an effective workplace culture. These include:

  • A positive mindset that encourages employee morale and engagement,
  • The confidence to carry out certain tasks and make key organisational decisions,
  • The ability to take on and manage various responsibilities efficiently,
  • Understand how to motivate employees and create a workplace climate that is empowering,
  • Form trusting relationships with employees so that they feel comfortable in approaching you for diverse reasons,
  • Be accountable for your actions and address these professionally,
  • Be open and flexible toward organisational change,
  • Manage stressful situations appropriately and thoughtfully, and
  • Commit to being an active role-model for employees and be receptive to feedback.

As illustrated throughout this article, successful leaders encompass diverse skills that help shape who they are and how they motivate others in the workplace. To become a better leader, you must work on these skills and look toward improving these regularly. This requires determination and focus on what you do and based on employee feedback.


Improve your Leadership Skills


As mentioned beforehand, working on leadership skills is valuable early-on in your on-site or remote job. If you’re looking to effectively develop these skills for your own career development, you can follow the below:

  • Take initiative: many employees focus on their assigned tasks and solely work on those. Employees who take on opportunities beyond their job descriptions are able to demonstrate to employers their hard work and ability to improve their skills. 
  • See if you can be involved in other projects: once you have organised your time well and are managing your current task load, it’s worth exploring other projects you are interested in and see how you can apply yourself in these. Ask your manager about current projects going on within your team and see how you can help out.
  • Upskill: as part of career development, you should continue to learn skills that you are interested in developing. Be it hard or soft skills, create a plan and note down the skills you wish to grow in. You can then meet with your manager, who can facilitate this learning curve. 

To summarise, leaders are individuals who can practice a wide array of useful skills to support the growth of employees and companies. Whilst for some individuals these skills come naturally, others will spend some time learning these and develop professionally over time. For anyone wishing to actualise their on-site or remote jobs and become a leader, brushing on these skills early-on is a great opportunity for developing your career effectively long-term.

Career Advice
Remote Jobs
Jobs in Malta
Relevant Blogs
How to Negotiate a Job Offer
20 May 2022 2 min read
How to Succeed in an Evolving Gig Economy
20 May 2022 2 min read