QUIZ: Which Leadership Skills Do You Need to Improve? [With TED Talk Results]

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If you’re new to managing a team, it can be difficult to step into a leadership role. How do you learn to delegate work, inspire your employees, and create a positive workplace culture where your team feels heard and respected?

Take this short quiz to find out what leadership skills you should focus on building, and get matched with a TED Talk that will help you lead your team better. 

Want to see all the results? Keep reading!

Question:

As a leader, what is your biggest priority right now?

Pick the answer that best matches your situation:

a.) Learning how to lead in the first place—I’ve never managed a team before! 

b.) Figuring out how to motivate my team. 

c.) Creating a company culture where my team feels valued, where my team enjoys coming to work every day.

d.) Communicating effectively with my team. 

e.) Creating a workplace where my team thinks creatively and comes up with outside-the-box solutions.

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Results:

If you said:

a.) Learning how to lead in the first place—I’ve never managed a team before!

Result: You want to become an inspiring leader, but you don’t know how to get there. 

It can be challenging to take on a leadership role if it’s your first time doing so. What does it take to inspire your team, delegate work effectively, and encourage them to take action?

If you’ve recently entered a leadership role, your main priority is probably learning how to be an effective leader overall. This means learning how to delegate work in a way that still empowers your employees to take initiative and action.

Take inspiration from Simon Sinek’s talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” You’ll learn what it takes to “rally the troops,” and the key ways effective leaders think, act, and communicate.

For more tips on how to delegate effectively as you become a team leader, check out our article: Delegation (What Your Team Wishes You Knew).

If you said:

b.) Figuring out how to motivate my team.

Result: You want to motivate your team to take action and ownership over their work.

You want a hardworking, motivated team—and most importantly, you want them to be self-motivated, and feel an intrinsic drive to take action.

The best managers and bosses don’t have to hold their employee’s hands through every step of the process. Rather, they help create an environment where their employees are self-motivated and have confidence that they can make the right decisions on their own.

To learn how to motivate your team, check out Dan Pink’s talk on “The Puzzle of Motivation.”

If you said:

c.) Creating a company culture where my team feels valued, where my team enjoys coming to work every day.

Result: You want to engage with your employees in a meaningful way.

You want to understand your employee’s pain points, so that you can help them come up with proactive solutions and create a more motivated, loyal workspace.

Your team is your most valuable asset—but the reality is that many leaders spend a fraction of the time they spend understanding their customers on understanding their employees.

Check out this talk by Diana Dosik, “Why We Need to Treat Our Employees as Thoughtfully as Our Customers,” to learn how to connect with your employees and understand them better, in order to create a more cohesive, effective workplace.

Empowered employees also result in happier customers, and more customer loyalty. To find out why and learn more about empowering your employees, check out Want Loyal, Happy Customers? Empower Your Team.

If you said:

d.) Communicating more effectively with my team.

Result: You want to communicate better with your team.

You want to build a company where people can say what’s on their mind. This means creating a workplace culture where your employees can come to you for anything, and be confident sharing their ideas and expressing their disagreements.

Communicating effectively is a key part of being a successful leader, and to do so, you need to know how to listen to your employees.

Stanley McChrystal’s talk, “Listen, Learn…Then Lead” draws on his experiences in the army, and discusses the importance of listening as a leader.

The ability to communicate effectively with your employees is also about the tools you use within your company, too. A tool that allows you to communicate behind the scenes can help you collaborate on problems with your employees, and develop your listening skills as a leader.

Check out our article Avoid the Email CC: How Internal Notes Can Improve Your Email Collaboration for more.

If you said:

e.) Creating a workplace where my team thinks creatively and comes up with outside-the-box solutions.

Result: You want to foster a creative workplace.

You want a workplace culture that thinks creatively and works outside the box—and you want to help build that type of culture for your team.

Great leaders inspire action, but they also inspire their employees to look for creative solutions to problems.

To learn how to foster creative thinking within your business, check out Linda Hill’s talk, “How to Manage for Collective Creativity.”

For more tools to help create a workplace culture built on creative collaboration, check out How to Use Slack to Foster Idea-Sharing, Brainstorming, and Learning in Your Organization.

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Briana Morgaine

Briana Morgaine

Briana is the content marketing specialist for Outpost and Palo Alto Software. She enjoys discussing marketing, social media, and the pros and cons of the Oxford comma. Briana is a resident of Portland, Oregon, and can be found working remotely from a variety of local coffee shops.