The 11 Leadership Skills
Too much is better than to little. Share what you learn, what you know and everyone wins. Communicating is more than words. Over 70% of communication is non-verbal. So a question might be: What is the message you are sending even before you start to speak?
- Knowing and Using Resources:
Know who can do what, when, where, and how will make you the go to person. These resources could be the person, the tool, the company, that you need to move ahead. Who do you know and what can they bring to the table?
- Understanding the Characteristics and Needs of the Group and Its Members:
Know what the other person(s) are made up of. There are many tools and questions to discover the passions, the dreams, the capabilities, the attitudes, of those around you.
Know who you can count on for different things.
Planning is a daily activity! When we fail to plan – we plan to fail. Everyone and every organization needs a Vision. When they have that in place the plan is a road map on how to get there. The plan allows for taking some different roadways and still following the vision that will get you to your destination.
- Controlling Group Performance:
Every group has to have some kind of metrics in place. If not, then how will you know when you get there and how will you know how to do it again. Metrics allow you to better evaluate if the plan is a good one or maybe that alternate route would be better.
- Effective Teaching:
“Each one – teach one” is by far the best method. I do, you watch. I do, you help. You do, I help. You do, I watch. You show someone else. Remember this: “People do what people see!!”
- Representing the Group:
You will be called upon to represent the group either in a formal situation or at the water cooler. Know what can be shared and what should not be shared. Know how to explain in the simplest terms and forms. Einstein said, “If you cannot explain it simply, you do not know it well enough.” Be a positive face for the group.
Grandpa said, “Evaluate everything!” What he meant was to stop and think it through. What is going well? What did not go so well? What needs to be added? What needs to be left behind? Grandpa also said, “If done daily, you will always be moving ahead!”
- Sharing Leadership:
No one can or should do everything. A leader looks for others that know more than he does. In John Maxwell’s book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, his 12 Law is the Law of Empowerment – Only secure leaders give power to others. Delegating tasks is how future leaders are “grown”.
In our world today I would change this to Mentoring. Counseling usually deals with the past and the negative. Mentoring is when one comes along the side of another to help guide the way. If you are not mentoring someone, you should be and if you are not being mentored you, should be.
11.Setting the Example
People do what people see. Not what they hear, but what you do. If you say one thing and act another way, your credibility is lost and it will be a long road to rebuild it. People follow the direction you go, not the one you point.
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