Some people are born to become a leader while others acquire the skills through training and experience. For those aspiring to become a leader, why settle for just being a good one if you can be a great one? “You have to think anyway, so why not think big?”--Donald Trump.
Each of us has our own opinion on key leadership skills required but the following are certainly qualities we look up to:
- Excellent communication and listening skills - The most vital part for effective communication is to listen, Mark Twain simply puts it “If we were supposed to talk more than we listen, we would have two tongues and one ear.”
- Find ways to help your people succeed. As a leader an inherent talent will put the team where their skills and talent will be properly utilized. Success will follow once you tapped on those hidden potential.
- Encourage underlings to decide - This will encourage participation among your team members. Each has their own expertise or ideas that might be as good as yours. With the leader's proper guidance goal can be easily achieved.
- Confidence - No obstacle can bend the will of a determined person. With the ability and expertise you have, as long as you firmly believe, no amount of pressure can slow you down.
- Always be a good example - You can't expect someone to do a thing that you yourself can't do. You need to prove your hard-work and commitment. You need to keep your word and promises, as you will earn respect. “A leader leads by example, not by force.”--Sun Tzu
Another characteristic of a great leader is Honesty. No matter how hard or painful it is, great leader will choose the right thing to do.As simple as it may sound, in actual practice it may take time to develop qualities adaptable to the position we aim. There will be minor setback along the way, that wouldn't discourage a true leader. Since you're striving for self-improvement and learning, you should learn from those mistakes.
There are a lot of literature and resources available from books or online to enhance your leadership ability. One book that catches my interest is called“Better Leaders Ask Better Question”. The book discusses the concepts of unleashing the maximum potential of your team through effective methods of asking questions. Instead of telling your team on what to do, with the concept of better questioning strategy, reaching your goal as a team will lead to better success.