Being a great leader is not something that comes naturally to us all and even some of the World’s most prominent leaders like Ram Chary have had to work extremely hard on their skills to become an effective leader. The good news is that even if you don’t have the perfect skill set to be a leader then you can put in the hours and grow into someone who does possess the qualities that are required to show strong and effective leadership.
Leadership skills can help in all walks of life, not only in the workplace, and those who have the qualities of a leader will often find that they get the better opportunities and of course, the better jobs. If you want to hone your leadership skills then here are some steps which you can follow.
Watch and Learn
Whilst there may be all kinds of different leaders, many of the core skills which they possess are exactly the same and you can learn a great deal from watching strong leaders. Make notes about how various people lead, make a note of what kind of style they have, are they naturally inspiring or do they seek to challenge? Why do people want to follow what they say? How do they overcome obstacle? These are just some of the questions that you should be asking yourself when watching a strong leader in action.
Practice on Those Around You
Within your family or social circle you amy already have a role that doesn’t show leadership, start trying to change this by becoming more of a leader. This will not only test the water in terms of improving your leadership abilities, but also give you a clear indication of what works and what doesn’t. Improving ay skill will only come through trial and error and leadership is no different.
If you want to be considered as a leader and have the opportunity to lead then put yourself forward for positions of responsibility. Doing this will plunge you right into the deep end of leadership and whether you think that you are capable or not is irrelevant, once you have a position of responsibility then you cannot shirk on it and it will be a case of fight or flight. If you do have what it takes to be a leader then you will be fighting to improve your skills and deliver results.
Something that not a lot of us do enough of is to analyze ourselves as to how good or bad we are at something. Friends and family are less likely to do this for you and colleagues are an unreliable source. If you want to seek to improve then you first need to understand your weaknesses and the only way in which you can do that is by taking a good look in the mirror and being brutally honest with yourself. You may find that you have been trying to improve things that you are already good at and this time could be better spent on improving the things that you are not so good at.