It’s all about
skills in the modern world. It’s never
been more challenging to be a leader than it is today. Markets and entire
industries are changing rapidly. For any leader to be successful, it’s
important to have the proper skills.
Many of these skills are evergreen. For example, leaders will always need to be able to communicate well and delegate tasks. Take heart that your leadership skills will be valuable for a long time!
1.The ability to motivate others.
Great leaders are great motivators. Think about how you motivate yourself. It’s
not that much different to motivate someone else.
2.Communication skills. Leaders must be excellent
communicators. This includes public
speaking, addressing small groups, and one-on-one. Remember to practice
good listening skills. Fortunately, educational materials abound and there are
plenty of willing victims to practice your skills upon.
3.Delegation skills. You can’t do it all alone.
Many high-achievers have trouble letting go and giving up control. You must be
able to trust others and use them in the most effective way possible. It’s not
enough to just delegate, you must delegate assignments to the those who will
excel in that particular task.
4.Create the proper culture. Leaders must create
a culture that matches the industry and the employees. A Wall Street investment
bank has a different culture than an elementary school or a pharmaceutical
company. Even departments may have their own unique culture.
5.Adaptability.The challenges facing leaders change regularly. Industries change.
Customers change. Economic conditions change. Technology is rapidly changing
the way organizations do business. Leaders have to be able to evolve to meet
the changing landscape.
6.Time management. Leaders are busy. There’s
always more to do than there are hours in the day. Choosing the most important tasks and making the time to complete them
is paramount. Time management skills are easily learned, but don’t come
naturally to many people.
7.Relationship management. Great leaders have strong
relationships with their direct reports, the hourly employees, executives, and
customers. The stronger your
relationships, the more you can accomplish. During great challenges, your
relationships can make you or break you.
8.Change management. Leading an organization or
department through change is a valuable skill to develop. As companies add
technology and reduce workforces, change comes more rapidly.
9.Be a good follower. Leaders have to follow,
too. Leaders that don’t follow are considered dictators. Once you inspire a
team, they become largely self-sufficient. It is then your job to follow and
provide occasional guidance.
10.Poise. Leaders face challenges. Poise is a necessary trait for a leader to possess. Without poise, small challenges become bigger, and employees lose faith. When you’re stressed and panicked, your employees are uncomfortable. Build your poise if you want to excel as a leader.
How do your skills measure up? You can try to predict your success as a manager from this list of skills.
Build your skills and your results will be enhanced.Even with all the big changes in modern businesses, leadership skills continue to be highly valued in the workplace. Great leaders are always in high demand.