How to Become a Leader

This year could bring the opportunity of promotion. Working for an expanding company and in recognition of your achievements, you could be given the chance to progress your career. A promotion brings excitement, self-development, challenges and rewards. Your new position means a new job title, which can come with a sense of status and a higher salary. It can also mean that you are given responsibility for other members of the team.

Becoming a team leader, a manager, a coach or a mentor is more than taking a step up in the organisational hierarchy. It is about discovering how to motivate others, encourage them to do a good job and keep them working effectively as a team. It is about recognising their individual priorities, skills, experience and aspirations, so you can use them effectively within the team.

Becoming a leader is about building trust, mutual respect and a positive work environment. It is taking responsibility for those you are working with, helping them to achieve, tackling issues, being open to ideas and rewarding success. You need to find ways of empowering the others in your team, yet being willing to step in to help out when necessary. A leader has to be flexible, reliable, understanding and an inspiration to others.

If you have never previously taken a leadership role, these requirements can seem daunting. There is no doubt that the role is demanding. No matter how experienced you are, there is a good chance that new challenges will continue to present themselves. Lessons will be learned along the way and what works for one person may not for another, so managing others will always keep you on your toes. Having said this, the more you put into it, the better you become and the easier the job is.

Getting Started with NLP Courses

If you are about to step into a leadership role for the first time or you are already responsible for others but find it difficult, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) could help you develop a valuable toolkit.

NLP is a communication and personal development tool. On NLP courses you understand how the language we use and past experiences shape how we process information and respond. It demonstrates how the words or tone used can lead us to feel defensive, vulnerable, motivated or connected. We can learn how to say the same thing in a different way in order to change the response. We also learn to question our thought process in order to change our response.

NLP has been widely used to help people overcome barriers that are preventing them from living life to the full, such as phobias and addictions. It is also used in business to help develop effective communication that motivates and engages teams. It has helped many people to confidently take on the role of a mentor, team leader, coach or manager.

If you feel that you could benefit from NLP courses, Amersham based Cognisant Training offers a range of options at all levels. If you are new to NLP, you can sign up for the initial 4 day Diploma, which is delivered over two consecutive weekends. For further information visit Cognisant Training.