If you are resolute about improving your leadership skills this year, then you might wish to consider shifting the focus of your approach. Too much of leadership training and coaching these days is entrenched in buzzwords and less on developing actual leadership skills. In order to fulfill your goal of becoming a better leader this year, you need to ensure that your leadership guidance is aligned with your real-life goals, is straightforward and easy to implement.

You might want to consider the following principles that form a part of this year’s no-buzzword manifesto:

Choose curiosity and not fear
Fear often pulls us off the path to achieving our goals. As a leader, you may not want fear to drive your decisions and actions. Thus, you should choose curiosity and dig deeper into problems to get a holistic picture.

Be mindful and emanate the vibe
A ‘present’ mind makes better decisions and drives sensible actions. Great people as far apart in their approach as the Dalai Lama and Muhammad Ali believe in the power and critical importance of mindful living. They focus on the present, rather than dwelling on the past or over-thinking about the future.

Be a better listener
Instead of motivating people, start listening to them. True leaders are good listeners who speak and act after careful deliberation. Being a good listener will eventually make you a good motivator.

Be compassionate
Showing compassion towards others makes you a good leader. Listen to people’s problems and try to come up with solutions. Empathetic and compassionate leaders are able to motivate subordinates better than bossy and rude leaders.

Avoid being commanding
Command and control in organizations is gradually eroding as a new generation of employees come to the forefront. You may find yourself better served by adopting a ‘coaching’ mindset rather than a more authoritative commanding approach.

Consider soft skills
Instead of focusing on what numbers are telling about performance, you should instead consider focusing on the softer skills of employees and encourage them to improve such skills to make them stronger assets to the company. This is all for the long-term benefit of the organization.