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Leadership Skills
« on: March 15, 2016, 08:38:24 AM »
Personal Characteristics

Successful leaders tend to have certain traits. Two keys areas of personal growth and development are fundamental to leadership success: self-confidence, and a positive attitude.

Self-confident people are usually inspiring, and people like to be around individuals who believe in themselves and in what they're doing. Likewise, if you're a positive and optimistic person who tries to make the best of any situation, you'll find it much easier to motivate people to do their best.
Self-Confidence

(Questions 2, 8)

Self-confidence is built by mastering significant skills and situations, and by knowing that you can add real value by the work you do. One of the best ways to improve your confidence is to become aware of all of the things you've already achieved.

Our article on Building Self-Confidence [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] explains what you can do to understand yourself better and build your self-confidence. From there, you'll begin to make the most of your strengths and improve your weaknesses. Explore this further with our Bite-Sized Training session on Personal SWOT Analysis.
Positive Attitude and Outlook

(Questions 10, 17)

A positive mindset is also associated with strong leadership. However, being positive is much more than presenting a happy face to the world: you need to develop a strong sense of balance, and recognize that setbacks and problems happen it's how you deal with those problems that makes the difference.

Positive people approach situations realistically, prepared to make the changes necessary to overcome a problem. Negative people, on the other hand, often give in to the stress and pressure of the situation. This can lead to fear, worry, distress, anger and failure.

Stress management techniques, including getting enough Rest, Relaxation and Sleep [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] as well as physical exercise, are great ways of getting rid of negative thoughts and feelings. Understanding your thinking patterns, and learning to identify and eliminate negative thinking are key. You can learn how to do this in our article on Thought Awareness, Rational Thinking and Positive Thinking [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] , and you can find out how to become more optimistic in our Book Insight on Learned Optimism.
Emotional Intelligence

(Questions 5, 15)

The concept of emotional intelligence used to be referred to as "soft skills," "character", or even "communication skills". The more recent idea of Emotional Intelligence [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] (EQ) offers a more precise understanding of a specific kind of human talent. EQ is the ability to recognize feelings your own and those of others and manage those emotions to create strong relationships.

Learning to develop Empathy [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] is essential for emotional intelligence, as is communicating effectively, and practicing Empathic Listening [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] . These all help you really understand the other person's perspective.

Our Leadership area has a section on emotional intelligence in leadership.
Transformational Leadership

Transformational leadership is a leadership style where leaders create an inspiring vision of the future, motivate their followers to achieve it, manage implementation successfully, and develop the members of their teams to be even more effective in the future. We explore these dimensions below.
Providing a Compelling Vision of the Future

(Questions 6, 14)

This is your ability to create a robust and compelling vision of the future [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] , and to present this vision in a way that inspires the people you lead.

The first part of being able to do this is to have a thorough knowledge of the area you're operating in. See our Bite-Sized Training session on Building Expert Power to find out how to develop this.

From there, good use of strategic analysis techniques can help you gain the key insights you need into the environment you're operating in, and into the needs of your clients. See our Strategy section for more than 50 powerful techniques that give you these insights.

With these tools, you can explore the challenges you face and identify the options available to you. You can identify the best of these with good use of prioritization skills [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] and appropriate decision-making techniques [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] .

Finally, to sell your vision, you need to be able to craft a compelling and interesting story. Our article, "Powers of Persuasion [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] ," can help you open closed minds, so that people consider your ideas fairly. Another great way of inspiring people is to use vivid stories to explain your vision: find out more about this in our Expert Interview with Annette Simmons, titled Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins.
Motivating People to Deliver the Vision

(Questions 9, 12)

This is closely related to creating and selling a vision. You must be able to convince others to accept the objectives you've set. Emphasize teamwork, and recognize that when people work together, they can achieve great things. To provide effective leadership by linking performance and team goals, use Management by Objectives (MBO) [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] .

Ultimately, you need to motivate people to deliver your vision. To better understand your ability to motivate, complete our quiz How Good Are Your Motivation Skills? [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] , and explore our articles on Herzberg's Motivators and Hygiene Factors [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] and Sirota's Three Factor Theory [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] .
Being a Good Role Model

(Questions 4, 11)

Good leaders lead by example [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] . They do what they say, and say what they do. These types of leaders are trustworthy, and show integrity. They get involved in daily work where needed, and they stay in touch with what's happening throughout the organization. Great leaders don't just sit in their offices and give orders; they demonstrate the actions and values that they expect from the team.

As with building vision, above, a key part of being a good role model is leading from the front by developing expert power [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] . A leader can't rely on position alone: by keeping current, and staying relevant within the organization, you'll inspire people because you're worthy of your power and authority, not just because you're the boss.
Managing Performance Effectively

(Questions 3, 13)

Effective leaders manage performance by setting their expectations clearly and concisely. When everyone knows what's expected, it's much easier to get high performance. There's little uncertainty, therefore you can deal with performance issues quickly. And if things have already started to slide, our article on Re-Engaging Team Members [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] offers some excellent tips for turning a negative situation back to a positive one.

As you create rules, help the team understand why the rules are there [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] . Involve them in the rule-making process, and make sure that your expectations align with the resources and support available. Apply rules fairly and consistently.
Providing Support and Stimulation

(Questions 1, 7, 16, 18)

to be highly motivated at work, people need more than a list of tasks to be completed each day. They need challenges and interesting work. They need to develop their skills, and to feel supported in their efforts to do a good job.

Think about your approach to Task Allocation [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] , and look for opportunities to match people with jobs and responsibilities that will help them grow and develop. Use Heron's Six Categories of Intervention [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] to decide when and how to help team members to shine. Perform Training Needs Assessments [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] on a regular basis to determine what your team needs to be successful.

Remember that emotional support is also important. The Blake-Mouton Managerial Grid [Add to My Personal Learning Plan] is a great tool for thinking about the right balance between concern for people, and productivity.
Key Points

To be successful in your career, regardless of your title or position, focus on developing your leadership skills.

Effective leaders can add value simply by being present on teams. They are inspirational and motivating. They know the right things to say to people to help them understand what's needed, and they can convince people to support a cause.

When you have talented and effective leaders in your organization, you're well on your way to success. Develop these leadership skills in yourself and in your team members and you'll see the performance and productivity of your entire team improve.
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