[February 16, 2019] The ability to lead a team is one of the most in-demand skills in the modern business marketplace. At the same time, though, leadership has changed drastically in recent years and today’s leaders find themselves dealing with new trends like remote working and the gig economy.
The good news is that help is on hand, and the best business leaders have certain similarities that we can learn from and apply to our own styles of leadership. They also use similar tools to get the job done, and that’s where this article comes in. Here are the six tools you’re going to need if you want to become a perfect leader.
This organisation tool is an industry standard, and getting to know the ins and outs will set you up in good stead for the future. It makes it easier than ever before to keep an eye on complex workflows and to create a single, simplified repository listing all of the tasks that your team is working on. It’s also easy to set and change priorities and to chase employees for an update.
Slack is a real-time communications platform that supports everything from video and audio calls to text discussions and instant messaging. You can create public and private rooms for different clients and projects, and it’s also a great way to take the pulse of your organisation by seeing what people are saying to each other.
The Assignment Holic Service is similar to Grade Miners in that it’s a great way to source written content for your company without having to expand your team. That will come in handy if writing is your weak point, and it’s especially important because of how effective storytelling can be as a leadership tool.
Jira is best suited for software and web development companies because of its bug tracking software and its focus on agile development. That said, it also has some useful features when it comes to planning different product iterations, troubleshooting and reporting that make it well worth a mention.
Trello is another specialist project management system, allowing you to create different boards for different projects and to assign tasks to individual team members. It’s particularly useful when you’re managing teams across multiple locations or working with freelancers and employees who work from home.
The chances are that you’re already using Google Docs to a certain extent, but you’re missing a trick if you’re not using it for personal development. When you’re carrying out reviews of your employees, set up shared documents that the two of you can both work on to make it a more collaborative process and to get the most out of each employee.
Calling these tools “essential” is perhaps a little bit of a stretch, because the truth is that the very best leaders could get by without them if they had to. With that said, these tools will help you to get the job done faster and more efficiently than you could hope for without them. Not every tool works well for everyone, but you won’t know until you try them out and identify what works for you. Good luck.