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How to Develop Leadership Skills

How to Develop Leadership Skills PhotoIn your career life, the so –called hard or technical skills can only take you so far. To climb even higher in your career ladder, you need another set of skills called the soft skills.

One of the most important soft skills that you need to develop is leadership.  Here are tips on how to develop leadership skills.

1. Take Initiative

The word “leadership” comes from the word “lead” which means “to be the first”.

Leaders do more than just what is being done by everyone else. Instead of waiting for assignments to be assigned to you, go ahead and do them.

By taking up more work, you learn more. In addition, people around you begin to see you as a leader.

2. Critical Thinking

Actually, the above heading is incorrect because it makes what is to be described here to sound like rocket science.

Critical thinking is simply the ability to foresee problems and how to avoid them. You really do not have to “think critically”.

All you have to do is to find out what others have done about a similar project.

Find out the problems they faced and what they recommended. Part of critical thinking is to consult widely both internally and externally.

3. Listen

For you to consult widely, you must think listen. As the analogy goes, you have 2 ears and 1 mouth so that you can listen more and talk less.  If you do not listen, you will not be able to get feedback from your followers.

You can develop this skill by listening more to your friends and relatives. Be sure to maintain eye contact and respond with the correct gestures as the person talks.

4. Motivation

It is the nature of leaders to inspire people to dream, learn, do and become more. Learning to motivate people is easy. You start by speaking positive words to your friend and co-worker.

Look for motivational quotes on the internet and send them to people via text or email. Part of motivation is to point out or notice progress in those around you.

However, you can only motivate if you too are motivated. You must look for ways to keep yourself motivated. In addition, your actions must show that you are motivated.

5. Discipline

Leaders set goals that are to be followed by other. To keep up with the set goals, discipline is paramount.

Discipline is the ability to stick to the set program regardless of the challenges or prevailing conditions. You can learn discipline by learning to do all the things you set to do everyday.

6. Resolving Conflict

Every leader will have to solve conflicts at some point. More often than not, conflicts occur because the parties feel that they have not been heard.

As a leader, you must learn to listen  to both parties. In addition, you must ask the parties to suggest possible solutions before giving your ruling.

7. Keep Learning

The world around you keeps changing. The only way to keep up with the changes is to keep learning. Learning can be from those you lead or from books.