How To Develop Your Leadership Skills As A Team Member

Fatima Shaikh
November 6, 2022

Many people continue to put in long hours at work, continually hone their talents, and take on new challenges to rise to the top. Whether as a team member or a team leader, some people work best when they are the ones with the reigns. Whether it’s due to the drive to rise to the top of their career or to ensure that their productivity rate remains optimal, they feel the strive for gaining leadership.

Some people, despite not being in a leadership role, have innate charisma that can instantly motivate others to follow in their lead, while some leaders find it difficult to effectively communicate with the team despite their best efforts. The problem is, developing yourself as a leader requires more than just a strong work ethic and technical proficiency. This is because leadership depends on developing your soft skills and improving how well you can understand people, their skills, and how you can motivate them to use their abilities to the best of their capabilities. Being a leader focuses more on helping and uplifting others rather than making a single person get all the praise.

What Does A Good Leader Look Like?

Despite there being several leadership styles, the bottom line for a good leader remains the same. A good leader can guide their team toward success while considering the demands of each person on their team. To handle the various personalities in the team and persuade everyone to cooperate to achieve the main objective, they have the best hard and soft skills relevant to the job at hand. Understanding the team dynamic and how to work it according to the situation is what defines the abilities of a leader. Some examples of leadership skills include:


●     Active listening

●     Interpersonal skills

●     Conflict-resolving skills

●     Organization skills

●     Analytical skills

●     Decision-making skills

●     Attention to detail

●     Empathy

Steps To Develop Your Leadership Skills For Any Role

You’ll have endless opportunities or roles in your life where you need to demonstrate your leadership skills. Here are the steps you can follow to develop essential leadership skills:

1. Make Discipline A Priority

Leadership starts with having good discipline. To be a competent leader and motivate your team, you must develop discipline in your professional and personal life. The level of discipline you exhibit at work will be used to evaluate your ability to lead. By consistently meeting deadlines, being organized, and completing your projects on time, you set a good example for the rest of your team to follow.

If you’re someone who’s innately cluttered, you may have a difficult time being organized all the time, but you can always start small and ensure that you prioritize properly and don't let things get all jumbled up. Start by developing healthy routines at home, such as rising early and exercising every day, and work your way up from there.

2. Don’t Back Away From Responsibilities

By accepting more responsibilities, you can grow your leadership abilities. If you want to progress in your career, you don't have to take on more than you can manage, but you do need to go beyond the duties listed in your job description. The best way to learn new things is by stepping outside of your comfort zone, and doing so will make you stand out to your superiors as someone who takes initiative.

3. Know When You Need To Back Down

When necessary, a good leader has no trouble yielding control to someone else. When someone criticizes your reasoning, disagrees with you, or puts up their own ideas, you shouldn't feel threatened. It’s easy to feel envious when you’re an innate achiever, but remember that it’s not guaranteed that you'll always be in the spotlight. Instead, try to think critically and give credit when someone deserves it. Even though it won't always be simple, if your team members value and respect you, they'll be more likely to step up to the plate when you need them.

4. Polish Your Analytical And Attention To Detail Skills

A competent leader is able to see the big picture with an analytical perspective and predict problems before they happen. Having this ability is important when managing challenging projects with short deadlines. Try to see the project-related potential problems and predictable risks during team discussions. When approaching a problem, try to view it from every possible angle to devise appropriate solutions. Having strong analytical skills helps you see things that others might miss, which will undoubtedly gain you respect.

5. Be A Source Of Inspiration And Empowerment

Being a leader, even if you’re a team member, means you should be able to encourage and motivate the rest of your team members to effectively communicate and work together. Whenever a team member is feeling down or overly critical of themselves, motivate them and help them see the positive side of things. Offer your advice where you feel it’s needed and accept it when it’s given back. Try to help your team members out and make them feel comfortable sharing their problems with you. True leadership begins when you can empower others to uplift themselves.

6. Keep Your Knowledge Updated

Being open to learning new things is the best way to develop into a competent leader. It keeps your skills and abilities refreshed and your thinking sharp. It prepares you for potential future obstacles, which is always advantageous for a leader. Brush up on your field-relevant knowledge, attend workshops, and keep up with industry trends so you can improve your work quality and productivity and be able to help others out.

7. Address Conflicts In A Constructive Manner

Whenever people work together, conflicts arise. That’s just an undeniable fact but being able to effectively manage and work with it makes a good leader. Address interpersonal disputes by having a private conversation with the people affected rather than ignoring them and hoping they will go away. Try to be as unbiased as possible and make people see the impact of their actions. Offering constructive feedback can help your team members learn what they did wrong and how they can avoid it in the future.

8. Learn To Listen And Empathize

Being a leader means listening to different ideas, opinions, and feedback and building on them. Good listeners are aware that communication involves more than just words and that non-verbal clues like eye contact and body language are also important. Actively listening to your team members’ problems and empathizing with them improves your overall role in the team and helps you gain their trust and respect.

True Leadership Isn't A Power Trip

Not all leaders are found in leadership roles. Leadership isn't about yelling orders at others and expecting them to report back to you. You can demonstrate your leadership skills that will benefit others, such as offering to help a team member who needs assistance, being encouraging and supportive, praising coworkers for their accomplishments, giving credit where it’s due, and working to boost team morale during trying times. True leadership stems from motivating others to think more, grow more, and achieve more.

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