You are not born a leader. People become leaders through various processes, including teaching, learning and observation. Leaders possess a specific skill set that comes from practice, application and observation over a period of time. In other words, leadership is a process, and more importantly, a commitment. Like all processes, it is a skill that takes time to develop. Rush, and you may become an ineffective or unconfident leader. Invest in the process, believe in the system and have a genuine willingness to learn and you have the opportunity to do great things.
10 SKILLS NECESSARY TO BE A COMPETENT LEADER
- INTEGRITY – having character, consistency and a commitment to always do the right thing
- COURAGE – being able to face a challenge head-on with confidence and fearlessness
- PASSION – a tremendous desire to contribute to the task at hand because of the buy-in you have
- COMMITMENT – dedicated to achieve beyond all circumstances and challenges
- EMPATHY – the genuine ability to understand another’s feelings and help them reach their full potential
- PERSPECTIVE – the ability to provide a point of view that offers solutions, yet willing to adjust if necessary
- GRATITUDE – an honest feeling of thankfulness for the genuine efforts of others
- WILLINGNESS – being prepared to act, both at planned and unplanned times, with confidence
- HUMILITY – the ability to be and act with sincere disregard to your title or position
- SELF-AWARENESS – the conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires
If you still feel confident, then the work will begin. You must be prepared as a leader to trust and serve and give those around you permission to succeed. In order for that to occur, you must be available, embrace diversity, view people in terms of their potential and challenge the unchallenged. It will be your job to raise the bar and ensure that everybody who follows understands your vision and a willingness to invest in their success.