How to Become a Great Leader

June 13, 2017

 

Leadership is a skill essential for success, and everyone has the potential to become a great leader. Many believe that if they are not natural-born leaders, they cannot learn to become such. However, what most people don’t realize is that leadership is acquired, not inherent. In fact, it can be broken down into several key skills, which are all easily learned at a young age. In this blog post, I’ll discuss the three skills absolutely necessary to become a great leader and voice effective techniques to develop these skills.

 

One of the skills most important for leadership is communication. Leaders need to be able to speak with poise and confidence to their teams, because only this can motivate a team to be productive. There are many great opportunities available in the community to build strong oratory skills at a young age, which include speech contests, debate clubs, and local volunteer programs. In addition, another aspect of communication is being able to facilitate discussion. Positive discussion is critical to help a team bond, resolve conflicts, and generate ideas.

 

Delegation is another skill crucial for leadership. It lets the team know that their leader has confidence in them and encourages the team to be productive and get work done. Without delegation, a team is simply a group of individuals that work against each other and drag each other down. And without it, a team is not incentivized to keep working – the members’ drive will vanish and they will give up on the task at hand. It is essential for a leader to delegate tasks to their team because it will make everyone feel included, show that the leader has confidence in them, and incentivize the team to keep working.

 

The last skill necessary for leadership is commitment. Above all, leaders must be involved in the work their teams are doing – they cannot delegate to the point where they have no task left! It is absolutely essential that a leader be in the trenches, fighting alongside their team. After all, teams look up to their leaders for direction, and if a leader is not committed, how can their team be?

 

 

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