How to improve leadership skills? By Dr. Randa

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A presentation by Dr. Randa E. Mohammed, given for the staff of the planning directorate at the Federal Ministry of health in Sudan in 2004.

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How to improve leadership skills? By Dr. Randa

  1. 1. How To Improve Leadership Skills in the Directorate By Dr. Randa E. Mohammed
  2. 2. Introduction    Leadership is a critical factor in an organization’s success. How best to improve leadership effectiveness? Beyond doubt excelling at leadership is one of the top distinguishing characteristics of high performing organizations.
  3. 3.  How should an organization go about strengthening it’s leadership capability?
  4. 4. Leadership   The basis of good leadership is honourable character and selfless service to your organization. A respected leader concentrates on what s/he is [BE] (beliefs and character), what s/he knows (job, tasks, human nature),
  5. 5.  and what s/he does (implement, motivate, provide direction).
  6. 6. Two most important keys of Leadership A Hay’s study examined over 75 key components of employee satisfaction, they found that: 1.Trust and confidence in top leadership was the single most predictor of employee satisfaction.
  7. 7. Cont’d 2. Effective communication by leadership in 3 critical areas:  Helping employees understand the organization’s overall strategy.  Helping employees understand how they contribute to achieving objectives.  Sharing information with employees on both
  8. 8. how the company is doing and how an employee’s own division is doing-relative to the organization’s strategic objectives.
  9. 9. Attributes To be a good leader ,there are things that you must be, know, and do:  BE a professional .Be loyal to the organization, perform selfless service, take personal responsibility.
  10. 10.  BE a professional who possesses good character traits, Examples: Honesty, competence, candor, commitment, integrity, courage, straightforward, imagination.
  11. 11. Cont’d Know the four factors of leadershipfollower, leader ,communication, situation.  Know yourself .Examples :strengths and weakness of your character, knowledge and skills.  Know human nature .Eg. Human needs and emotions, and how people respond to stress 
  12. 12. Cont’d    Know your job. E.g.. Be proficient and be able to train others in their tasks. Know your organization .Eg. Where to go for help, its climate and culture. Do provide direction .E.g.. Goal setting, problem solving, decision making and planning.
  13. 13. Cont’d  Do implement. E.g.. Communicating, coordinating, supervising, evaluating.  Do motivate. Examples: develop moral and espirit in the organization, train, coach, counsel
  14. 14. :Principles of good leadership      To help you be, know and do, follow these eleven principles of leadership: Know yourself and seek self improvement. Be technically proficient Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions Make sound and timely decisions.
  15. 15. Cont’d     Set the example Know your people and look out for their well-being. Keep your people informed. Develop a sense of responsibility in your people.
  16. 16. Cont’d    Ensure that tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished. Train your people as a team. Use the full capabilities of your organization
  17. 17. The Road to Great Leadership:    Challenge the process-First, find a process that you believe needs to be improved the most. Inspire a shared vision-Next share your vision in words that can be understood by your followers. Enable others to act-Give them the tools and methods to solve the problem.
  18. 18. Cont’d   Model the way-When the process gets tough, get your hands dirty. Encourage the heart-Share the glory with your followers’ heart, keep the pains in your heart.
  19. 19. Conclusion   To inspire your people into higher levels of teamwork, there are certain things you must be, know and do. These do not come naturally, but are acquired through continual work and study.

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