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- 5.4 Take steps to develop own leadership and mentoring skills (Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care, Personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings)
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As a lead adult care practitioner, you will also have responsibilities to lead and support the personal development of less-experienced members of your team. Therefore, you should take steps to develop your own leadership and mentoring skills.
Leadership is used to encourage and guide others towards a common goal. Strong leaders have qualities such as modelling their values, being motivational and communicating effectively. Mentoring is supporting others to learn by providing them access to your experience in the role. To be a good mentor, you will need to be approachable and be able to provide constructive and honest feedback.
There may be training courses available to develop these skills or you could read books (or listen to audiobooks) about leadership and mentoring.
You could also ask your manager if there are any opportunities available, such as leading a new project or mentoring new starters.