Sales Leaders
May 21, 2024

Seven Skills to Succeed as a Sales Leader in 2024

Being a sales leader in 2024 is a whole new ball game. Things have definitely taken a leap forward compared to the past. The skills that a sales leader requires now are quite different from the tried and tested traditional methods. It’s not just about hitting targets anymore; it’s about doing it quickly and efficiently, thanks to the game-changing impact of AI in sales. Many sales leaders got to where they are because they were top-notch sellers themselves. They tried passing on their winning techniques to their teams, but sadly, that approach isn’t cutting it anymore. With AI shaking up the scene, clinging to old strategies is like trying to drive a vintage car on a futuristic highway—it just won’t work. In fact, three out of five business owners predict that AI implementation will drive sales growth.

Seven Skills to Succeed as a Sales Leader in 2024
Table of Content
  • Introduction
  • How to become a successful sales leader?
  • Salesken’s AI powered revenue intelligence platform
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How to Become a Successful Sales Leader?

It’s crucial for sales leaders to adapt, evolve, and equip their teams with the latest tools and tactics and upskill as a leader. Here are ten must have skills for sales leaders in 2024. Here's how to be a successful sales leader:

1. Encourage and empower

Sales leaders often approach their role by guiding their team members on what needs to be done. They see themselves as motivators, striving to inspire compliance and prioritize their own ideas—a management style often referred to as "command and control." However, coercing people to perform through commands isn't effective. Instead, leaders can foster enthusiasm and dedication by uplifting their team members. This can start by showing belief in their ability to excel. By avoiding dominating discussions or assuming there's only one right path, leaders can create an atmosphere that promotes trust and inspiration.

2. Re-think your approach as a sales leader

Just as leaders must tailor their approach to guiding others, they must also adapt their self-leadership style. Sales leaders often justify taking on tasks that should be handled by their team members, citing the need for efficient time management. However, while intervening may provide immediate relief, this narrow perspective can lead to a bottleneck in progress. Like parenting, fostering independence and embracing failure as part of the learning journey may demand more patience initially. Yet, the long-term gain is achieving a level of performance beyond what was once deemed possible.

3. AI Integration and digital fluency

In the realm of modern sales leadership, the integration of AI and digital fluency takes center stage. This requires harnessing the power of data-driven decision making and utilizing big data analytics to uncover actionable insights and achieve accurate sales forecasting. Furthermore, the strategic utilization of AI tools becomes paramount, allowing sales leaders to identify patterns and optimize sales strategies for optimum effectiveness. To remain at the forefront of innovation and maintain a competitive edge in the ever-evolving sales landscape, adaptability becomes key. Sales leaders must possess the agility to swiftly adjust to new technologies and market dynamics, ensuring they are capable of embracing new opportunities as they arise. Find the list of top five AI tools for Sales in this Salesken blog article (link to rev int blog).

4. Inculcate a culture of coaching

In a team of ten, there are ten potential coaches. By embracing a coaching culture, individuals have access to multiple sources of support in case they require guidance before a critical customer interaction. By fostering such an environment, the team as a whole becomes more empowered, and each individual's strengths and abilities are utilized to their fullest potential.

5. Lead with a customer centric approach

Leadership at its core involves consistently prioritizing what truly matters. Salespeople can easily get caught up in trivial matters and lose sight of the bigger picture. Ultimately, all stakeholders should be dedicated to identifying and addressing the goals and challenges faced by customers. While taking on the role of a leader may bring about significant changes, it is crucial to maintain this unwavering focus on customer-centricity.

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6. Setting Realistic Goals and KPIs

Effective goal-setting encourages a culture of continuous improvement and empowers sales team members to push their boundaries and achieve their full potential. Regularly reviewing and refining goals and KPIs based on market trends and performance analysis allows sales leaders to provide the necessary guidance and support to steer the team towards continued growth and success.

This requires careful attention to detail along with a deep understanding of sales forecasting, reporting methods, and the broader company strategy.

For example, if the sales goal is to increase revenue by 40% in the third quarter, it is essential to establish KPIs that measure progress toward this goal. These KPIs could include metrics such as the amount of outreach to potential customers, the acquisition of new leads, and the number of completed deals needed to achieve the desired result.

7. Openly seeks feedback from the sales team

Avoid operating in isolation as it hinders progress. Although you may have confidence in your strategic approach, its execution may not always go as planned. However, since you are not directly involved in the day-to-day operations, the best way to gauge the effectiveness of your strategies is by actively seeking feedback from your sales team.

Approach their feedback with an open mind and give due consideration to their experiences when determining if adjustments or a complete shift in tactics are necessary. Their valuable insights serve as a crucial resource in decision-making.

Examples of feedback to gather include:

  • Do you possess the necessary expertise to effectively utilize sales tools and digital processes?
  • What was the level of usefulness of a particular sales coaching seminar?
  • Are your sales targets realistically achievable?

What kind of content is required to facilitate more deal closures?

  • What are some roadblocks while closing deals

These skills will help sales leaders to lead their teams effectively in a rapidly evolving digital ecosystem.

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