If you plan to find a senior level position in the supply chain discipline any time soon, then one of the things that you’ll need to work on are your leadership skills. Leadership is a necessary skill in any senior level position, no matter what the discipline might be. The following are a few things you can start doing in order to improve your leadership skills now:
- Listen to the people you talk to – Listening is one of the most important aspects of leading. You’d be surprised at how many people don’t know how to listen – they only know how to speak. In order to know how to lead your employees, you’ll need to be able to listen to any problems or concerns they might have. Begin listening carefully to the people in your life and you’ll notice a big improvement in how you communicate with them and how quickly they’ll begin respecting you more.
- Take care of yourself – Eat properly, exercise and get plenty of rest. When you’re feeling good physically, you’ll feel better mentally. This will have a big impact on how you interact with people around you. You’ll be more willing to listen to other people’s problems and opinions in addition to being more willing and able to come up with solutions.
- Be present – Showing up is half the battle, the other half is being there mentally. People can read whether you’re paying attention or not. This is part of what creates a person’s overall “presence.” It can be felt in a room. When you have presence, you’ll make an impact just by showing up. How can you improve something like this? Contribute to discussions and conversations in ways that are meaningful. This will build respect for you, even if its just from friends and family. This in turn helps build your confidence as well as your presence.
These are a few tips for improving your leadership skills. Contact us at Optimum SCR for advice on how to find a senior level position in the supply chain discipline.