It’s one thing to be the manager of a department or workgroup, but it takes a very special person to be a leader. While popular sayings would have you believe that leaders are born and not made, I do believe it’s possible for anyone with desire to learn how to be an effective leader.
That said, there are a few things every good leader needs to have in order to be effective.
The first is a set of great creative skills. You need to be creative in order to generate new ideas. Being creative doesn’t mean you have to be ready to pull a new idea out of your back pocket at the drop of a hat, though. It means being able to find resources and find ways to effectively implement them in an appropriate manner.
Analytical skills are essential to your success as well. If you’re presented with a group of ideas you’ll need to be able to look at them and use a certain set of criteria to determine which ideas are good, which are not, and which merely need a bit of improvement.
Finally, the development of your practical skills is incredibly important. Your practical skills will give you the ability to take the ideas you’ve developed, implement them, and convince your team and others that they are both effective and valuable.
Put these three skills together and you’ll have the tools you need to be a dynamite leader. It will take time to perfect your skills, but in the end you’ll appreciate the effort you’ve put into developing your own leadership potential.
Mark Williams is a learning and development professional, using business psychology and multiple intelligences to create fascinating and quickly-identifiable learning initiatives in the real-world business setting. Mark’s role at MTD is to ensure that our training is leading edge, and works closely with our trainers to develop the best learning experiences for all people on learning programmes. Mark designs and delivers training programmes for businesses both small and large and strives to ensure that MTD’s clients are receiving the very best training, support and services that will really make a difference to their business.