What is actually leadership and what latest leadership skills are needed in the workplace?
Leaders are those who inspire others to achieve great things. They lead by example, motivating people to work toward a common goal. Leaders make sure everyone understands what needs to be done and how to accomplish it. They manage the process of delivering the vision, coaching, and building teams so that everyone involved is working toward the same goals. Leadership involves making sound- and sometimes difficult- decisions, creating and articulating a straight vision, establishing simple goals, and providing the team members with the knowledge and tools necessary to accomplish those goals.
Why is it important to learn Leadership Skills?
Leadership is one of the most important qualities required in today’s workplace. In fact, according to research conducted by LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking site, nearly half of job seekers say that the ability to lead others is the single most important skill they seek out in potential future bosses. In addition, about 70% of employees believe that effective leadership makes a difference in their career growth and development. As such, it’s no surprise that many companies now offer training programs focused on developing the necessary leadership skills needed to succeed in the modern workforce.
Great leaders are critical. They drive strategy and empower teams to execute on a shared vision. But great leaders don't just build strong teams; they're also good coaches and mentors.
Characteristics of a Strong Leader That Builds Great Teams
There are five key characteristics that define effective leaders:
Visionary – A leader must have a clear idea of what he wants his organization to look like in the future. He needs to be able to articulate the vision clearly and effectively communicate it to employees and stakeholders.
Communicator – Leaders must be good communicators because they are responsible for communicating the vision to others.
Change Agent – Great leaders are change agents because they are constantly looking for ways to improve processes within their organizations. They are willing to take risks and try new things.
Influencer – Leaders must influence others to help them reach their goals. They must persuade people to believe in their ideas and act upon them.
Coach – Coaches lead by example and encourage their teams to strive for success. They provide feedback and guidance to ensure that everyone is working toward common goals.
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