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The 5 Languages of Leadership

Ashley Jezek | July 30, 2021

Looking to take the next steps in your career, but don’t know where to start? We can lead you there.

With strong leaders in high demand, improving your leadership skills can give you a competitive advantage because, contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be in a C-level role to be considered a leader.

Strong leaders exist — and are highly valued — at every level of business to inspire, engage and influence their colleagues and stakeholders.

With the ability to lead effectively, you can have a positive impact on employee retention, performance, engagement and morale. Here are five crucial skills to lead you forward to becoming a better leader.

  1. Responsibility

A leader is responsible for both the successes and failures of his or her team. Therefore, you need to be willing to accept blame when something doesn’t go correctly. Do you deflect blame onto others or can you accept criticism even if it isn’t meant for you? Great leaders know how to take the heat and the praise.

  1. Listening

The pace of work, innovation and change continues to accelerate. Leaders need to be highly skilled listeners to stay ahead of the curve on what’s happening with their teams, their clients and their partners. That will require learning to listen on multiple levels, including being able to tune in better to the emotional soundtracks of those you lead.

  1. Communication

Soft skills like communication, listening and public speaking have become crucial in the day-to-day leadership environment. How can you expect someone to follow your direction when you can’t properly communicate it to them?

  1. Trustworthiness

Today, the best leaders are authentic; it’s how we connect and build trust in our teams and companies. How are you working to build up trust from other professionals? Just being yourself might be the most effective method.

  1. Innovation

Technological advancements are evolving at a rapid pace, which affects the way leaders conduct business. Inflexible leadership causes companies to lag behind competitors, which could ultimately lead to a losing market share — or worse, becoming obsolete. Staying on the cutting edge of any industry requires flexibility and the ability to adapt quickly to the changes in the marketplace.

Leadership skills can be learned and developed through a variety of methods, and there are many valuable skills worth nurturing if you want to continue along a successful career path.

Paycom leads by creating career paths for individuals with a focus on professional and personal development, providing several training experiences and resources to help our employees continuously grow and develop throughout their career at Paycom.

Are you ready to lead yourself down a successful career path? Apply today!

About the author
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Ashley Jezek
As a recruiting marketer for Paycom, Ashley Jezek helps the recruiting teams determine their goals and assists with strategy development. Her efforts include campaign management, engaging with top talent and increasing brand awareness. After earning a public relations degree from the University of Oklahoma, Jezek served as marketing team lead for OU's Tom Love Innovation Hub and joined Paycom as a marketing database specialist. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, attending concerts and cooking.