It also points you towards more pages that can help you to develop those skills quickly and effectively. They are, as much as anything, about your belief system. 1. Self-Confidence and a Positive Attitude Leadership starts with yourself. You cannot expect other people to believe in you if you do not believe in yourself.
It consists of four elements: the desire to achieve or improve; to goals; , or willingness to act on opportunities; and , the ability to continue in the face of setbacks. There is more about this essential leadership skill in our page on . 3. Integrity and Honesty The third area of personal leadership skills is acting with integrity.
Those who act with integrity act in accordance with strong moral principles. They have a strong ‘moral compass’, and this guides them to act in ways that are generally agreed to be fair and just. They can be relied on to keep their word and are conscientious about delivering on their promises.
The ‘Does my bum look big in this?’ question There are ways to give honest feedback, even about truly bad performances, that are constructive and helpful, and will be clearly heard. They do not include giving the organisational equivalent of ‘yes’ in response to ‘Does my bum look big in this?’.
Read our pages on giving and receiving feedback and balancing politeness and honesty for more about this. For more about leading with integrity, read our pages on , and . 4. Flexibility Change is a constant in organisational life. The key to doing so is to be able to accept uncertainty more readily.
For more about this, see our page on . Good leaders also need to be able to help their organisation and team to prepare for change. They must be skilled in creating and communicating a clear personal vision, and driving forward the necessary changes at organisation level. For more about this, see our series of pages on .
Communication Skills Leaders need to be able to communicate their ideas to others (Leadership Training Topics). Every other aspect of leading hinges on this. They therefore need to be , but also be adept at and interpreting and other , because often what is not said is at least as important as the words chosen.
This is not an easy task, and is probably one of the major challenges of any leader. It is also why being able to remain self-motivated is so important. Read more on our page on . 7. Delegation Skills As a leader, you have to be able to delegate work effectively, because you cannot do it all yourself.
It means being able to ensure that both you and person to whom you have delegated are happy about the amount of control that you each have over the work, and the work gets done. Many new managers and leaders find it hard to let go and trust others. Knowing your team helps with delegation, as does self-awareness and an understanding of how much control you want.
For more, see our page on . 8. Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills Leadership is about taking the right decisions not the easy ones. Theresa May Decision-making and problem-solving skills are not only important for leaders, but for most of us on a day-to-day and year-to-year basis. We all encounter a variety of problems and decisions that need to be made on a regular basis, and have been developing the skills to handle them from our early childhood.
Coupled with , plus a good habit of reviewing decisions against your strategic goals (and reviewing your strategic goals regularly), this should set you well on the way to success in this area. For more, see our page on skills. 10. Innovation and Creative Thinking Skills Innovation and creative thinking skills may not be the most obvious leadership skills.
Creative thinking is about . The key with many creative thinking techniques is to come up with lots of ideas on an ongoing basis. Most will be discarded, but one or two may be gems. Innovation means , but . We all know people with lots of ideas who never do anything except talk about them.
For more about these two areas, see our pages on and . Top 5 Leadership Skills. You may also be interested in our page on for more about how the brain works, and how you can use this to think more creatively about problems. Further Reading from Skills You Need Learn more about the skills you need to be an effective leader.