How To Develop Leadership Skills

Leadership is influence - nothing more, nothing less, as said by a leadership expert. In other words, leadership is a process by which a leader with his leadership attributes influences others to accomplish an objective and directs an organization in a way that makes it well integrated and rational. It’s about getting things done through people to reach certain goals.

To have the ability to lead, one needs to be a good leader and the basis of a good leadership is indigenous character and selfless service. Honored leaders concentrate on what they are, what they know and what they do. As they know that it is the followers and not the leader who decides whether the leader is a successful leader or not. If the followers don’t have trust in their leader they will remain uninspired. So to achieve success you have to convince your followers.

The question that arises here is, How to develop leadership skills in one’s self to have effective leadership. People want somebody to guide them who has a clear direction. There are no rules for leadership but there are certain skills that every good leader should have. You might be searching these skills but you never know you might have these locked inside you. You just need to explore these.

#1 One of the basic skills is to have a sense of responsibility. Being a leader you should be responsible to get the task or the job done. You should not feel that being a leader your job is just of honor; instead it’s more than that. The others take you responsible for the job being done. So, if you lead them, they will do the job but if you don’t then they may expect you to do the job or task all by your self.

#2 The second important feature is communication. Communicating seems to be such a simple thing, yet the process of learning how to communicate effectively can take a lifetime.

Communication involves two ends and it’s hard enough to get your end right. You should communicate in such a way that being a leader the message sent by you should be received on the other end in the same meaning as sent by you and not in the wrong meaning. This is because being the sender you don’t have a direct control over the making of the meaning by the receiver. So, you can just observe the manner in which the message has been taken and can adjust the next time. This is the reason effective communication plays important role.

# 3 The third skill is of relationship building. It takes a long time to understand, develop and maintain relationships. Paying attention towards your colleagues and listen to what they have to say can do this. Interacting in a powerful and positive language can also help in building cordial relationships. This can even create a comfort level among the colleagues towards you. Also praise them if you like a certain piece of work done by them. The foundation of this successful relationship is the leader’s ability to make people feel important

Therefore, sense of responsibility, communication and relationship building are the keys to a successful leadership. They play a vital role in successfully leading the people.

The eminent leadership relationship can inspire people to become more than they might have been without the relationship.


Contributing Writer: Ankita Nanda  I work as a research analyst in a stock broking company. I write articles for my company's in-house magazine on finance/economy related topics.


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