Leadership Skills Development

Before we start discussing how to develop leadership skills and build corresponding habits, let’s make it clear what skills we are talking about. Actually, what skills should we master to become competent leaders?

 The list of leadership skills below is neither extensive nor prioritized. 

  • Delegation
  • Time Management
  • Facilitation
  • Motivation
  • Active Listening
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Effective Writing

Almost all skills are interrelated. For example, Active Listening Skills include Interpreting Body Language Skills; Motivation Skills include Persuasion skills.

We will discuss each of this skills and corresponding habits in our future articles.

As I mentioned in the previous article “Formal vs. Informal Leadership”, in order to succeed as a leader, we must DEVELOP LEADERSHIP HABITS. It is obvious that to practice leadership skills we should be in a leadership position… and to get a leadership position, we need to have already developed leadership skills and habits. Does it sound like a vicious circle?

How easy is it to obtain a leadership position in the established organization without recognized leadership credibility and advanced leadership skills and habits? Based on the experience of many people I know, it is almost not feasible. Why not? Simply because these leadership positions are usually the highest paid and recognized for. That is why SUPPLY is much HIGHER than DEMAND, which in turn creates very unfavorable competitive situation for people with lack of leadership skills and credibility.

What is the solution for this problem?  You should practice leadership skills in the leadership position where DEMAND higher than SUPPLY!  The question is: how do you find those positions? My answer is there are many nonprofit organizations around you that have those positions opened. Not many people know about them, but even fewer know how to truly practice Leadership Skills participating in these non-profits. You don’t have to quit your current job to benefit from these positions. If you are a business owner, you will have a chance to improve your network and get additional credibility.

In the next article, we will discuss nonprofits in which you can develop your leadership skills and build your leadership habits.

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