Developing leadership skills is often a matter of trial and error. We must learn to experiment and take risks.
Indeed this is how we hone our leadership skills.
Last year I learned 3 valuable lessons on leadership. They concern leadership skills borne of necessity.
Everyone faces difficulties in their job at times. Sometimes you struggle to get your message over. Sometimes your way is blocked.
What do you do?
Here’s what you do: shine.
Become a beacon of good practice. Be a champion for the corporate good.
3 Lessons Learned About Leadership
Developing leadership skills demands knowledge and experience. Read as much as you like and sooner or later you have to take risks and put what you learned into practice.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. – John Maxwell
1. Have a Game Plan
I choose my words carefully. Business is a game play. Everyone has an agenda. And sometimes your goals get in the way. So play to win and choose battles carefully.
Win out for business.
Align your goals to business objectives. Understand how the team — your service — benefits the business. Be very clear about this.
Have a game plan. Be positive. Upbeat.
Tell people what you’re doing. Tell them how well things are going. And stick with it. Don’t be distracted.
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. – John Maxwell
2. Show ’em Evidence
Paint a picture of the future.
Not through planning and budgeting but by showing people what needs to change.
Why? Because we don’t intellectualise emotions. We feel them!
Seeing things elicits an emotional response. A response needed for success. A response needed to get people on-side.
So show them evidence.
And keep giving it to them. Facts erode the argument. Sooner than later your adversaries will champion change.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. – Peter Drucker
3. Be Brilliant
The last leadership lesson concerns credibility.
If you promise to deliver you must deliver. The team’s performance is paramount.
Pay attention to your goals, don’t be distracted and be open and transparent about results.
What’s more, be enthusiastic, optimistic, energetic and have a can-do mentality. This makes for a productive and happy team. And it get’s you noticed for the right reasons!
Want to learn more about leadership?
Great. These are 3 leadership skills I’ve learned to put into practice. What lessons can you share about leadership?
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