The Skills Needed to Unlock the Leader in You.
A leadership role involves a range of different responsibilities from managing and supporting a team of people who look to that person for direction and motivation. Individuals can demonstrate good leadership qualities in a variety of situations. This could be by offering guidance or advice to fellow employees, or by identifying needed improvements in the interest of the business. Positive leadership leads to increased efficiency in the workplace and helps to achieve business goals. Confidence is vital, once you have it, others will follow suit. A leader offers inspiration to others to reach great heights of performance and success. Having passion and purpose help to make a leader inspirational. You do not need to be in a managerial position to be viewed as a leader. Taking on extra responsibilities, going ‘above and beyond’ and helping peers, can give a leader their status.
“Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions”principle of leadership and offers thought into ownership. Responsibility is about taking ownership of potential problems and to act quickly when needed, to resolve problems. Establishing and implementing improvements as and when needed to prevent further problems arising. Using initiative when acting upon opportunities and valuing innovative thinking from those around you, will have a positive impact upon the business and yourself.
What is involved in becoming a leader?
- Being a positive role model and offering motivation to peers.
- Taking responsibility and accepting ownership for not only your personal actions, but those of your team.
- Initiate positive direction and set objectives.
- The continued strength to carry on when things take a negative turn and turning failure into a positive.
- Be prepared for things to change and have the flexibility to adapt goals.
- Positive communication with others around you and the ability to listen.
“If you give people freedom, they will amaze you. Get out of their way and they will do the right thing 99% of the time. They’ll do remarkable things and all you need to do is give them a little infrastructure and a lot of room to change the world. And I think that holds in any industry.” (Aimee O’Malley, Google at the CIPD Annual Conference.)
Always remember – It is okay to fail. Failure allows for success whilst learning along the way. Mistakes are made to happen and allows us to say “that didn’t work, let’s move on.” Observing others can help to learn from mistakes and to turn failure into success.
It takes time to practice good leadership skills until they become part of who you are. Take advantage of the knowledge of those around you to improve your career and leadership prospects.