Skills Spot – What Do Leaders Do?

The core functions of leadership are set out below – there should be nothing here that you are not doing already, possibly to differing degrees, but you are doing them!

The core pillars of activity for a manager are;

  1. Planning – seeking information, defining tasks, setting aims
  2. Initiating – briefing, task allocation, setting standards
  3. Controlling – maintaining standards, ensuring progress, ongoing decision-making
  4. Supporting – individuals’ contributions, encouraging, team spirit, reconciling, morale
  5. Informing – clarifying tasks and plans, updating, receiving feedback and interpreting
  6. Evaluating – feasibility of ideas, performance, enabling self-assessment
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