What Are The TOP Leadership Skills That You Need To Be Successful?
Regardless of the type of organisation where you work and the market and customers it services there are a few skills and traits that you need to develop to be successful in your field:
- Intelligence: you do not need to be supremely clever or gifted to get on but you must be knowledgeable about the company and your area of responsibility. Leave high levels of detail to specialists who work for you or who you can call in when needed – this is not knowledge that you need but knowledge that you can use and refer to when needed. No successful manager ever was totally in the dark about what their department did or how it functioned!
- Ambition: the drive to succeed and to take on more advanced and higher positions. Just sitting in the chair and not promoting yourself or developing your skills is a sure-fire path to being ignored and shuffled out of the organisation.
- Drive: pushing the boundaries and thinking in new ways brings positive attention and recognition.
- Optimism: the management job brings with it many challenges but whatever happens you must maintain your optimism, especially as staff will look to you for this in difficult and uncertain times. Optimism keeps fear at bay for your staff.
- Pragmatism and not Idealism: keeping a real, fixed focus on the practical aspects of the job, even in times when this is difficult and when internal and external pressures are building and threaten the status quo. A tendency to look for an idealistic solution and to wish that things were different, all the time, will really set you apart as someone who will fail to deal effectively with problems and issues.
- Collaboration: recognising that you cannot control everything all the time and that just imposing yourself onto people or a situation is never a solution that works.
- Promoting sound values: making sure that staff have a voice and that positive values such as equality, respect, liberty and trust amongst the team.
- Deal with conflict in a strategic sense: it is not necessary to win every contest and at any cost, be prepared to retreat when necessary.
- Keep sight of long-term goals: it is always important to be in the “here and now” but a long-term perspective is equally important so that you can deal with change effectively and efficiently.
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