How to Develop Leadership Skills
The leader inside you, often needs some encouragement and support from your side to show-up itself. Many people take-up personality development or similar such courses and try to enhance the leadership skills within.
As we take an overview of how to tackle certain situations as a leader, it will also help you develop your leadership aptitude. We have all been given certain responsibilities at some point of our life, they might not have seemed like some enormous tasks back then, but your test began from there. For instance, give a thought to, how you handled the following situations in your life:
- When your mom sent you out to buy a loaf of bread or some grocery, for the first time?
- The first time your teacher asked you to share your summer vacation experience.
- When you were asked to take care of your little cousins?
- When you took out your bicycle on the road for the first time?
You might not remember all these first-time cases, unless something really dreadful or funny took place. But it surely makes you recall how did you carry out these tasks in general. Actually, there lies the answer!
Now let us take on certain issues and fathom how should a leader tackle them:
1. Handling Disagreements
Never show your aggression when there is a conflict, either between two subordinates or between you and others. Just remember it is a simple difference of opinions. It can always be solved if tackled discreetly. And that is exactly what a leader does, he never loses his temper rather helps other stay in control.
2. Helping Others Achieve
It’s not solely your accomplishments that counts. As a leader you have a whole team to progress along with. Therefore you have to encourage each teammate and even support them in working on their problems.
When you hit the road for the first time on your cycle, there were vehicles overtaking from one side and approaching from the together. What did you do then? In fact you encouraged and assured yourself, that you have the ability to do it. The same formula has to be applied every time, but for your colleagues now.
3. Problem Solving Attitude
Are you able to provide solutions or do you end up getting tensed and panicking, when confronted with issues?
Well! It is not entirely in your hands to prevent going into a hysteria. Many of us do, but your talent lies in overcoming that stage as soon as you can and support others in finding the key to get out of the trouble.
4. Proficient Communicator
This is indeed the most crucial role that a leader has to play. Let’s take one more situation from the above instances:
When you go to a store to buy something, are you able to explain clearly and specifically what your requirements are, to the keeper? If you have to clarify things to him again, then you certainly need to work on your communication skills.
Similarly, your words should not be misinterpreted nor should you sound authoritative. Be diplomatic and suave, it is the best strategy but put your foot down whenever the need arises.
As a leader earning respect is important but that should come because of your talent and influence, not with command and domination.