19 Jun 2012

5 essential leadership skills

What do you value in a leader? Tell us below. Perhaps the most important factor in team success is leadership. Good leaders inspire, consult and reward their teams – delivering results by ensuring hard work and celebrating achievement. Leadership is often something that’s innate, but it’s also a skill that can be learned. Here are a few thoughts on the most important leadership skills: Leadership by example ‘Do as I say, not as I do,’ is never effective leadership. From working hard to working smart, leadership means setting the example for others to follow. Communication Good leaders let teams understand the reasons for decisions and the business goals behind their tasks. But it’s also a two-way street. Good leaders know that they can often learn as much from their staff as their staff can from them. Delegation Good leaders deliver not only tasks, but autonomy. By giving team members ownership over their roles, they encourage ‘buy in’ and better results. Celebration Good leaders recognise the contributions of individual team members and advertise their good work both within a team and to the broader business. They make sure that credit is given where credit is due. Relationships Good leaders forge meaningful professional relationships with the members of their team. They get to know their strengths and help them to work on any weaknesses, while also allowing them to take on new challenges to develop their skills. What do you think? What are the most essential leadership skills? Tell us below.