Are leaders made through nurture or nature – read this list of leadership skills to find out if you have what it takes.
Reading a list of leadership skills can be quite daunting to entrepreneurs starting their own business or employees beginning a managerial career but a new research report by leading accounting firm Ernst & Young found that that nurture not nature shaped entrepreneurs and that developing strong leadership qualities can definitely be learnt.
The recent Ernst & Young report titled Nature or nurture: Decoding the entrepreneur found that almost two thirds of entrepreneurs have worked in a corporate environment while almost half started their business after the age of 30 with 26% of respondents nominating business mentors as the important source of learning.
Here is a list of seven important leadership skills that can be developed within a management team:
Developing communication skills is undoubtedly one of the most crucial leadership skills learnt by business owners, managers and team leaders to build trust and confidence in their leadership and to inspire and motivate others. As well as verbal communication, it is also important as a leader to be aware of your non-verbal behaviour.
Another key proficiency on the list of leadership skills is planning skills. With these skills, leaders will be able to create a purpose, mission and objectives for the organisation, set short and long term measurable goals that support the mission of the organisation and create proactive short term and long term planning strategies.
Decision making skills
Consistent and effective decision making is often at the core of great leadership. As a key decision maker in the company, at times you may have to make some tough decisions such as firing or retrenching people or take the company in a new strategic direction. It’s important to learn how to demonstrate decisive not divisive leadership.
Time management skills
Time management skills and setting realistic deadlines for your staff is one is one of the most vital leadership proficiencies that can be developed. Before you can successfully lead an organisation, you must be able to manage your own tasks and responsibilities, learn how to delegate tasks, increase productivity and avoid procrastination.
Learning how to resolve conflict within the workplace is another important leadership trait. Managed well, conflict can lead to more cohesion within a team and an improved team performance but if conflict is avoided or managed badly, it can lead to discontent, hinder teamwork, decrease motivation and reduce productivity.
Being a good negotiator are leadership qualities that can also be developed in a business environment. Not only does a good leader need the skills to fine-tune their negotiation skills when liaising with prospective clients, suppliers and customers, they also need to develop mediation skills when speaking with their internal staff.
Another important element of effective leadership is to be a mentor, help foster the training and development of your staff and serve as a role model. This may involve offering advice based on your personal experience, acting as a sounding board, facilitating the growth and development of your staff and bolster their networking efforts.
Quantum Values offers results-focused leadership programs based on our Integrity and Values Profiling System. Contact us to find out how we can assist you to creating a list of leadership skills that you require in your managers and team leaders and develop a leadership training based on those core competencies.