Developing Leadership Skills

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu When it comes to being a good leader, people have lots of misconceptions. One of the commonest is that if you are authoritative and can control people, you are a good leader. Another one is that leadership is a trait people are born with and it cannot be developed. Both of these, as I said earlier, are misconceptions. A leader needs to be assertive, not authoritative. He should guide his followers, not control them. And lastly, leadership can be developed over time, with a little observation, experience and effort. Know the Leadership Qualities Before learning about the various techniques to develop leadership skills, one should be aware of the various leadership qualities that should be cultivated, in order to qualify for being a good leader. Here is a list of leadership qualities and skills. Communication skills – Ability to convey things clearly as well as listen to other’s opinions with respect. Motivational skills – Ability to inspire other people to give their best, in order to achieve the goals. People’s skills – Ability to build relationships with your sub-ordinates and gain their respect. Execution skills – Ability to complete the tasks within stipulated time-frame by being well-organized. Decision-making skills – Ability to take the right decision at the right time. Problem solving skills – Ability to solve any conflicts between employees as well as glitches that may arise while working on a project. Assess Yourself The first activity that should be...

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