Every great leader around the World in all varieties of leadership positions possess a core set of skills that sets them apart from those who are lead. Some of the World’s leaders like Sun Capital CEO Marc Leder were born to do it and others had to work hard on honing their leadership skills and building them up to a strong level whereby they could use them each and every day.
Leadership skills are important in many aspects of life including work and home and if you want to improve your leadership skills then here are the core qualities that great leaders possess.
There are some job titles which will automatically command respect, doctors and politicians for example but more often than not respect must be earned. What the very best leaders can do is to immediately command respect with the way in which they operate and treat people. Respect is a two way street and it must be given to be received. If you want people to respect you then you first need to offer it to them.
Communication skills are vital in the role of leader, they must be able to get their message across clearly and be able to listen to any feedback. Communication skills are not always easy and they will need to be flexible so that they can be adapted to a wide variety of people. Leaders must have the ability to converse with people from all walks of life and also be able to listen to the right people at the right times.
The key to leadership is the ability to influence others, it is about gaining the hearts and minds of the people that you are leading and giving them the courage, belief and conviction to come with you. In order to be a strong influencer you need to create an environment of trust, respect and confidence that allows those who you are leading to want to follow you in whichever direction you go.
The very best leaders have a special ability to be able to motivate those around them, they can apply their motivational techniques to a variety of different people and have the ability to lift spirits and get people working hard. In order to motivate people, first you need to be self-motivated and lead by example. When people see a leader who is motivated it immediately makes them want to follow suit.
Whether it be inside a political party, a friendship circle or a business, the leaders are alway the most committed people and if you want to be a great leader you will need to be the same. This level of dedication can be tough tolerant but once you find the way to push yourself to the limit each and every day, you will find that those around you start to do the same, this level of commitment is infectious and it is this that enable leaders to be great influencers.