Before we can define what effective leadership skills are needed to be an effective leader, we first must define what a leader is. Leader is defined as a person or ting that leads. A guiding or directing head, as of an army, movement, or political group. So what is leadership and what skills are needed to be an effective leader?
Leadership is defined as the position or function of a leaders. The ability to lead. An act or instance of leading; guidance; direction. Now that we know what a leader and leadership is defined as, what are the skills needed to be an effective leader?
There are many opinions on what qualities or skills make a good leader, but listening, vision, communication, integrity and focus seemed to repeatedly come up as important leadership skills.
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TOP 5LEADERSHIP SKILLS<br />Johnna Cooper<br />July 4, 2011<br />
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Definition of a Leader:<br />lead·er<br /> [lee-der] Show IPA<br />noun1.a person or thing that leads.<br />2.a guiding or directing head, as of an army, movement, or political group.<br />
What is Leadership?<br />Leadership:<br />–noun1.the position or function of a leader: He managed to maintain his leadership of the party despite heavy opposition.<br />2.ability to lead: She displayed leadership potential.<br />3.an act or instance of leading; guidance; direction: <br />They prospered under his leadership.<br />4.the leaders of a group: The union leadership agreed <br />to arbitrate.<br />
Listening could arguably be the most important leadership skill. A good leader needs to be able to listen to what information others are giving them to be able to effectively use the information. <br />A good leader will listen to their team members with empathy and sympathy while not letting the speaker to get off track or deviate from the topic.<br />A leader will be attentive and respectful of the speaker.<br />A good leader will show a degree of conversation, <br /> but not interrupt.<br />Listening<br />
An effective leader needs to have a clear vision and direction of where the team/group wants to be a certain time. Vision gives a clear path the team is to follow.<br />Vision evokes change<br />When a leader has a clear vision for his team it helps boost morale and enthusiasm for the new project<br />Vision is something that all leaders need to have and express to their team to be able to achieve a common goal<br />VISION<br />
Communication is an essential leadership skill<br />Leaders need to be able to communicate their vision and goals to their team<br />Communication also gives the team a voice to express their concerns and ideas<br />Leaders use open communication to keep their teams informed<br />For a person in a leadership role one must give full attention to what the other person is saying to be able to fully understand and discuss their ideas<br />COMMUNICATION<br />
Integrity can be considered a backbone of leadership<br />A leader can be considered a role model to their team. Therefore their character or integrity plays a big part of being an effective leader.<br />Integrity in leadership establishes the core values of the team<br />Integrity in leadership establishes:<br /> 1. Stability that they team has a strong leader<br /> 2. Safety within the team to be able to perform at their best<br /> 3. Reference or guide for the rest of the team<br />INTEGRITY<br />
Someone in a leadership role can use motivation as a way to challenge an individual to grow and expand within the workplace <br />Many times when someone in a leadership role gives praise for a job well done it serves as motivation for that person to push harder to meet goals or to advance further<br />Motivation helps promote cooperation between the team and the person in the leadership role<br />Motivation is a way for the person in the leadership role to find out what their team wants from the job<br />MOTIVATION<br />
Being an effective leader and having strong leadership skills means being able to take all the essential leadership skills and apply them to various situations<br />“Teams” are more likely to succeed when they have a strong leader<br />Leaders have to be good communicators, innovative thinkers, have strong morale character and motivators<br />Leaders have to keep their people informed and on task<br />Strong leadership skills are not a born trait. They have to be developed and refined with training and experience<br />How Does This All Work?<br />