12 Dec 3 Major Types of Leadership Skills You Should Master
Leadership skills: As adults, these words might conjure up magazine covers of serious and sometimes smug Leaders, with a capital L. As children, they might be introduced to us through colorful motivational posters about being a good friend to our classmates.
Not all leaders excel at the same things. Some are great background leaders – fantastic organizers who know what needs to be done but who stay out of the limelight. Others are motivational leaders who inspire others to action. Many excel at a little bit of both.
Even though their best skills aren’t always exactly the same, great leaders – and plenty of good ones – really do display many of the fabled leadership skills we all feel like we must acquire.
The style or type of leadership isn’t the same across the board. Ask a hundred “leaders” what the most important leadership skill is and you’ll get all kinds of different answers. Some may not even know and some may not have the ones they think they do.
However, there are very important skills that every leader should try to master. Many of these skills fall into three big categories: communication, organization, and analysis.
Keep reading to dig deeper into each one.
1. Communication Skills
Communication is a broad category. As basic as it is, plenty of people do not have strong communication skills away from family and friends.
Many people divide communication skills into verbal and written, but there is a lot more to it than that. Communication isn’t just getting your message across clearly. It means being able to adjust your communications to your audience, developing persuasion techniques, learning to delegate, and understanding how to work effectively with others.
2. Organizational Skills
It’s no surprise that organization is key to good leadership. As with communication skills, organizational abilities can mean a lot of different things.
In the case of leadership, the important organizational skills aren’t the ones that help you keep your desk neat. Organizing your thoughts and then your actions is key.
To have strong leadership skills, you must be able to take goals and turn them into identifiable tasks.
Develop a method for getting work done that makes sense for you (not just what someone you admire says is “The Way”).
Keep what you need in order so that you can meet your obligations to others. Good (not merely impressive) leaders don’t leave others to make their apologies for missing appointments or failing to keep their promises.
3. Analytical Skills
Every leader must be able to analyze both themselves and others. If you can’t correct your mistakes or realize how you are affecting others, you have little chance of lasting in a leadership role.
In addition, analytical skills are essential for recognizing when you, your project, group, or business is on the right path. You must be able to take a step back and see the big picture as well as pay attention to the smaller details. It isn’t essential to be great at both, but good leaders will try to learn and adjust as best they can in order to make sure they’re doing the best possible job.
“Leadership skills” is a category that can contain a very diverse set of skills. Some become more important than others with time, while others shift in necessity according to the leader, the people around them, or the situation at hand. The ability to communicate effectively, organize work, and analyze the results of your behavior and efforts are the most consistent leadership skills out there.
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