We often generalize leadership and skills to be the same traits needed all the time and everywhere by all leaders. Is leadership really that simple? Let’s look at different domains of leadership and the different skills that are needed in each.
To effectively lead yourself, useful skills are, for example:
- physical fitness
- decision-making and problem-solving
- critical thinking
- setting personal goals
- time and stress management
- emotional intelligence
- motivating yourself
- work-life balance
Here are many resources about leading yourself.
Leading Others Individuals
To effectively lead others, you need to effectively lead yourself and have additional skills, for example:
- Counseling (basic)
- Understanding body language
Here are many resources about leading others.
To effectively lead groups or teams, you need skills to lead others and have additional skills, for example:
- Agenda design
- Consensus building
- Group decision-making and problem-solving
- Meeting management
Here are many resources about leading groups and teams.
To effectively lead organizations, you need skills to lead yourself, other individuals, and teams, along with skills, for example:
- Strategic planning
- Business planning
- Organizational development and change
- At least one organizational performance model, for example, Balanced Scorecard or strategic management
Here are many resources about leading organizations.
So when identifying necessary skills in leadership, it’s not enough to imagine a long list of wondrous traits. Leadership is much more situational than that.
What do you think?
Carter McNamara, MBA, Ph.D. – Authenticity Consulting, LLC – 800-971-2250
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