Reaching your leadership potential requires developing your skills. The most successful and talented leaders, athletes, writers, artists, and business people know the importance of becoming better. A leader’s development is a journey and not a destination. No amount of success should cause a person to stop becoming a better person and leader. I have discovered 3 skills everyone should intentionally develop on a regular basis.
1. Leadership skills - It is essential to develop your leadership skills. Because if you don’t become a better leader you will hold yourself, your team, and the organization back. John Maxwell says, “Leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness.” Since this is the case, if we want to be effective then we need to become better leaders. It helps if you have a Personal Growth Plan.
2. Communication skills – Becoming a better communicator is essential when it comes to reaching your leadership potential. This is because being able to communicate to an individual and to an audience are among the most important skills every leader should have. The best part about communication is that everyone has the ability to become better at it. Winston Churchill, “Became one of the twentieth century’s greatest orators by practicing his many speeches intensively and with great precision over a period of many years.” If you want to develop your communication skills then practice and become a student of great communicators.
3. Relational Skills- I have already written about this topic in Qualities Of A Leader but wanted to share some more about this essential skill. This skill is important to have because the majority of a leader’s time is spent around other people. It allows a leader to build and have lasting friendships and relationships, which in turn produces people who are loyal and motivated. Developing in this skill requires taking the time to learn about human development, emotional intelligence, and relationship skills.
Question: What are some other skills a leader should develop?