17 January 2024

Ten Leadership Skills You Must Have

By Ronald Smith

Leadership is not always easy to define, but we all know it when we see it.

When it comes to leadership, certain qualities set successful individuals apart. They have a firm foundation of principles and values that guide their actions and shape their place in the world.

Looking at great leaders throughout history, like Kennedy, Gandhi, Mandela, Merkle, May, and esteemed business leaders like Cooke, Sandberg, Gates, and Winfrey, we find different answers to the age-old question of whether leaders are born or made. The truth is, there is evidence to support both sides. Some people are born with innate leadership qualities, while others develop them over time.

When it comes to making a difference in our communities, cities, and workplaces, the leaders who step up are just as impactful as world and business leaders.

The 10 Essential Leadership Skills

Here are 10 vital leadership skills that we all need to have in order to succeed as leaders.

Competency

Being good at our jobs is not just about having the right skills and knowledge. It’s also about having the right attitude and personality to excel in our roles. In today’s workplace, it’s important to be adaptable to changes, embrace diversity, and stay up-to-date with current trends and developments.

Composure

Are you the type of person who stays calm when things get tough? Or do you tend to feel overwhelmed and stressed out? As a leader, it’s important to be able to handle multiple tasks at once and stay composed. This means being prepared and working smart every day. It also means being ready to deal with unexpected challenges and having a reliable team for support and feedback. By doing these things, we can become more effective and resilient under pressure.

  • Don’t let your emotions get in the way.
  • Don’t take things personally.
  • Act like you’ve been in similar situations before.

Improving Myself

Embracing Different Perspectives

I believe that being open-minded and receptive to different viewpoints is incredibly important. It means approaching situations with respect and acknowledging that others may have knowledge and insights that I don’t. The last thing I want is to come across as someone who thinks they know everything. That’s why I value open-mindedness so much – it allows me to be authentic and humble. Embracing different perspectives also leads to rich and meaningful conversations with my colleagues, and we can learn from each other in so many ways.

Staying Focused and Committed

I have to say, self-discipline is absolutely crucial if we want to be successful in both our work and our personal lives. I mean, we can put all these fancy systems and procedures in place, but if we don’t have the commitment and discipline to actually use and follow them, what’s the point, right? It’s all about being able to control ourselves, stay focused, and do what’s right, consistently and consciously. That’s what being a serious and thoughtful leader looks like, my friend.

Now, here’s a question for you: can you make the effort to wake up an hour earlier before work each day, just so you can hit the gym? It’s not always easy, but trust me, it’s worth it.

And hey, are you being responsible and confirming all your appointments? That’s a pretty important aspect of self-discipline, too.

Oh, and speaking of discipline, do you make it a point to consistently follow up with your customers and co-workers, just to see how they’re doing? It’s all about being there for them, showing that you care.

The Power of Compassion

I want to talk to you about something really important – compassion. You know, being kind, caring, and helping others. It’s one of the most valuable qualities a leader can have. When we show compassion and care to the people we work with, it builds loyalty, trust, and respect.

So, how do we foster this compassion and loyalty? Well, it’s actually quite simple. A kind word, a personal conversation, taking the time to listen to others, being mindful, and showing gratitude – these little things can make a big difference. They’re like magnets that attract repeat business, referrals, and new customers.

Howard Behar, the former President of Starbucks International, and the author of It’s Not About the Coffee, couldn’t have said it better. He believes that caring about people is the foundation of leadership, both in business and in life.

Oh, and by the way, Sense of Humor is Important Too!

I believe that having a sense of humor is important for career advancement, and I’m not alone. According to a survey by Robert Half, 91% of executives agree with me. They believe that a good sense of humor makes people better at their jobs. It’s no wonder that when our workplace and leaders encourage humor and levity, it makes the workplace more enjoyable and productive.

If you’re looking for a fun team-building activity, why not try going to a comedy club together or enrolling your team in an improv workshop? When we laugh together, we thrive together!

Accountability

Being accountable is a vital part of being a leader. It means taking responsibility for our actions, decisions, and performance. Evaluating our professionalism is based on how well we hold ourselves accountable. It’s not enough to just hope for success. We need to have a deliberate strategy in place.

  • We should model the behavior we want to see in our team.
  • We should also set up regular accountability review sessions.

I’m here to share some helpful tips on being a successful leader. First and foremost, it’s important to set SMART goals – ones that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. These goals will give you a clear direction to work towards.

Consistency is key. By being consistent in your actions and decisions, you establish trust and reliability among your team. This fosters a positive and productive work environment.

Now, let’s talk about people skills. As a leader, it’s crucial to have a balance of technical expertise and the ability to connect with others. Great leaders possess competence, personality, vision, and the knack for working well with diverse groups of people. Developing strong people skills is essential for fostering effective communication and building positive relationships within your organization.

Looking to get the most out of your team? I’ve got 29 secret techniques that can help you achieve that goal. These techniques range from effective communication strategies to fostering teamwork and collaboration.

Lastly, let’s touch on mentorship. Mentoring others is a valuable leadership skill. By sharing your knowledge and experiences with others, you can help them grow both professionally and personally. Mentorship benefits not only the mentee but also the mentor, as it cultivates a culture of continuous learning and development.

Remember, being a successful leader is about more than just technical skills – it’s about connecting with others, setting goals, being consistent, and fostering growth through mentorship.

When you see other successful people, it’s smart to follow their example. But where can you find the places where people gather to share ideas? Look for the key websites, blogs, and events where they congregate. Take the time to study them. A great mentor is someone who willingly shares their experience, skills, and attitude to help others. If you want to find a mentor, you first need to identify what areas you need to improve in and set goals that will help you get there. Look for resources on websites, in books, podcasts, and local events. Reach out strategically and ask for specific resources that can help you. Get involved and put yourself out there. Stand out, get noticed, make a difference, and leave a lasting impression.

Take a good look at all your assets and liabilities and be completely honest with yourself about what needs improvement. The most successful people and businesses regularly evaluate what’s working and what’s not. Then, they take proactive steps to make changes and improvements.

Let’s not go through life alone. Success is something we achieve together by helping and encouraging one another. This is what makes leadership effective and sustainable.

Jacinda Ardern, who became New Zealand’s youngest woman Prime Minister at the age of 37, is leading a new wave of leadership.

It seems like we’ve accepted that politics is a field where everyone is aggressive and driven by self-interest, she said. But I don’t agree with that. Wouldn’t it be better if our political leaders were kind and compassionate, just like we teach our children?

It seems like we’ve accepted that politics is a field where everyone is aggressive and driven by self-interest, she said. But I don’t agree with that. Wouldn’t it be better if our political leaders were kind and compassionate, just like we teach our children?