29 May 2019

Ten of the most important skills that form a highly effective leader. Are you a born leader or do you need to adapt your skill set to get ahead? How can you nurture your team to perform and deliver efficiently? Continue reading to find out more.

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Leaders Lead

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People often see leadership as a trait rather than what could be acquired or achieved. As the saying goes “not all are born to rule or lead”. This has instilled the misconception that the attributes of effective leadership are for only those born with “silver spoons”.  By choice, hierarchy, position or by endorsement, an individual will find him/herself in the position to lead at a particular time or stage in his or her lifetime. Whether you aspire to be a manager at work, an entrepreneur, or even as a parent, you need to possess these essential habits to lead your followers effectively.

    1. Formidability

According to the saying, ‘dress the way they want to be addressed’, in the same way, an effective leader should carry the quality of being outstanding in their personality to gain the desired respect. Good leaders are often distinguishable and set positive examples in every aspect of leadership.

The self-consciousness of being professional in the way you carry out your daily tasks will earn you confidence from the people you lead. Your principles, views, actions and relationships with people should be distinguished. You will need to execute plans or skills with dexterity and prudence.

 

  1. Effective communication

As Winston Churchill once said, “The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.” Thus effective leaders should always carry great interpersonal skills. Leadership entails communication. Not just speaking, but any good relationship should be mutual enough to allow for both speaking and listening. What effect is communication, if it only involves speaking?  A good leader should create avenues to listen to the people he or she leads.

  1. Strong charisma

A strong presence of your personality, the charm that revolves around your aura inspires other people around you. It can be labelled as a personal magnetism that attracts people of both ordinary and great personalities. It is the force that draws fans to musicians, loyalists to great leaders, business partners to business magnates. And it inspires followers or employees to unite together in a common pursuit of goals.

 

To read the full article click the forbes link here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/biancamillercole/2018/12/21/the-top-10-skills-you-require-to-be-a-highly-effective-leader/#1814eb945c45

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