What Leadership Skills Should Your Organization Develop?

Whether an office manager or a senior executive, great leaders need a foundation of soft skills to help them positively influence the behavior of co-workers and team members. Below are the essential leadership skills.

  • Listening: This is the ability to redirect your focus from yourself to others and actively work to understand their needs. Leaders have to be great listeners because this helps them build trust with their team.
  • Loyalty: Good leaders put the success of their team first. As Arnold H Glasow said, “A good leader takes little more than his share of the blame and little less than his share of the credit.”  
  • Respect: An essential trait of effective leadership is communicating and acting with respect and integrity. This helps establish a leadership style based on working together instead of giving orders.
  • Reliability: If team members perceive their manager as a reliable partner who is always on their side, they will be more motivated.
  • Initiative: Leaders have to be proactive—to set direction for the team, to work towards meeting the company’s goals, to anticipate problems and suggest alternative solutions.
  • Passion: A great leader is dedicated to the success of the team, understands what motivates them and knows how to encourage them to be at their best.
  • Enthusiasm: Leaders need to be positive, energetic and encourage others to adopt the same attitude. This helps get buy in for their ideas and motivate workers to come up with creative solutions when working through a difficult problem. 
  • Accomplishment: Being a great leader means being an example to the team, always coming up with new solutions and testing every possible option before saying that something can’t be achieved.
  • Strategic thinking: Leaders should be able to step back from the daily grind, connect current tasks with long-term goals and focus on the results, not the process.
  • Support: A great leader should be readily available to answer any questions and resolve any issues employees might face. 
  • Honesty: To be successful, leaders have to learn to be authentic and adopt a “what you see is what you get” attitude—consistency between words and actions.