Here at the-Coaching Blog-run by Gerard O’Donovan, our aim is to constantly bring value to those seeking to improve their lives. Therefore we have a policy of publishing articles and materials by guest authors whom we value and appreciate. Today’s guest author is Dominika Miernik (United Kingdom).
Leadership skills are valuable for moving you through your career and into a leadership role. It’s critical to every business to cultivate leadership skills at all levels. No matter what your career situation, you can learn to develop strong and effective leadership skills.
Leadership can be characterized by skills such as:
- Sharing information with a team
- Understanding needs and characteristics of the group
- Knowing which resources to use in team development
- Coaching and counselling
- Being the example
- Planning and evaluating
- Decision making
Consider the following tips to help you in developing leadership skills:
- Initiative: act on opportunities, become a leader before others view you as one.
- Responsibility: be responsible for own objectives and set priorities.
- A “can do” attitude: solve problems, rather than to pass them on to other people.
- “Go the extra mile”: go beyond your job tasks. Do work that gets you noticed.
- Show enthusiasm: this will be noticed and you will eventually be rewarded.
- Take ownership of problems: anticipate potential obstacles, take pre-emptive action and act quickly to resolve issues.
- Make improvements: introduce positive changes to the way things are done.
- Innovative thinking: act in an innovative way.
- Learn: gain new skills that will enhance your capability.
- Observe: follow and watch others whom you feel are successful and try to imitate their style of leadership. Keep your mind open which will help you to make the necessary steps.
- Positive feedback: positive feedback is good because it allows you to observe yourself through the eyes of someone else whom you trust, so listen carefully to it and learn.
- Communicate and connect with other people: get in touch with people who know the ropes and who are willing to share a lifetime of learning.
Take actions and steps to be the leader you want to be and think how you can improve your leadership skills.
Dominika Miernik (United Kingdom)