Leadership - It's'a Big Job Do You Have What it takes to be a Great Leader?
I feel like a perpetual student. I’m now about to complete my masters but if I’m honest I love to learn, which is a good thing if you like to lead others. Leadership is as individual as the individual and I don’t think there is one magic formula to follow. At it’s core leadership is about influencing others and this requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Leaders are always learning
I recently read a paper about leadership which included quite a daunting list of what it takes to be a successful leader. It listed several key attributes and I have added a few from my own experience to the list below. Perhaps you too can add to the list of what it takes to be a successful leader. To be a leader is a big job. It made me realise why it feels so much like the job is never done.
Leaders Role Description:
Develop the organisation
Communicate in a clear and compelling way
Strengthen and direct culture
Manage the immediate environment and that of the organisation
Stimulate and inspire others
Communicate value to others
Create shared meanings
Set directionImprove performance
Design and redesign the organisation
Engage with others
Manage and distribute power
Be a politicians and diplomat
It’s a daunting list but it can really be brought down to a few key fundamentals – your ability to think ahead, empathise, communicate, engage with and inspire others.
Steven Covey rates communication as the most important skill in life; and his definition of leadership is the ability to communicate to people their worth and potential so clearly that it will profoundly influence their life. There is no formula for it or management tricks its about being genuinely interested in others. To do this you are going to have to communicate well.