Essential Leadership Skills: 6 important skills

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Leadership skills are essential. Firstly, the role of a manager is very important in an organization. Secondly, the changes in which our society is involved in technology, production methods, marketing techniques, financial settings, makes the need for a manager who must be competent enough to face these new challenges.

In general, leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act toward achieving a common goal. Going into detail, managers become the role of planners and coordinators of the team. Moreover, a team leader is responsible for the success of the organization, as this success depends on how the manager utilizes the resources to achieve business objectives. In other words, a manager is a fundamental figure in the task of creating wealth.

While there are people who seem to be naturally endowed with more leadership abilities than others, anyone can learn to become a leader by improving particular skills.

In the next paragraph, we describe the set of leadership qualities that a leader requires to help positively interact with their employees, team members, and clients.

1 Communication

One of the essential leadership skills is communication. Controlling all forms of communication, including one-on-one, departmental, and full-staff conversations. As well as communication via the phone, email, and social media. For example, explain to your employees everything, in a clear way from organizational goals to specific tasks.

In this sense, it is important to mention that communication involves also listening. In other words, being a good communicator means also being a good listener. For instance, to reach organizational goals is basic to establish a steady flow of communication between themselves and their staff or team members.

2 Motivation

Leaders inspire their team to perform better and achieve goals. How? The answer is easy: Building employee self-esteem through recognition and rewards, or by giving employees new responsibilities to increase their investment in the company.

For instance, allowing employee autonomy, mentoring, empowering employees with challenges or providing rewards, among others.

3 Delegation

Building essential leadership skills relies also on delegation. Sometimes, motivation implies also delegating responsibilities. Indeed, being a good leader means to learn to let others handle responsibilities on their own. They must be more essential and less involved.

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4 Trustworthiness

It is important to be open to employee concerns. In other words, employees need to be able to feel comfortable coming to their manager with questions and concerns. Therefore, business ethics, credibility and confidentiality are very important.

5 Empathy

Similarly with “trustworthiness”, empathy is an essential leadership skill. This does not only mean to be a good person. Indeed, a true leader has enough open-mindedness to understand their employees. The best way to achieve it is to inspire loyalty among their teams.

6 Flexibility

Finally, leaders need to be flexible. Changes can always occur at any time, and a good leader has to have the ability to adapt to any situation. Similarly, leaders need to be open to suggestions and feedback. For example, if your employees are not satisfied with an aspect of the world environment, listen to their concern and be open to making necessary changes. 

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