Most business enterprises are more complicated than ever before. They are often larger, globalised and increasingly technologically innovative. You need to keep learning and practising your skill development to keep up with ever-changing demands. If you aspire to leadership then developing and practising the following four skills will be of great assistance to you.
1. Effective listening
Listening is an important skill to practice. It is important to listen effectively in meetings as it helps to inform decision making. It is also a sign of respect to listen to your peers particularly if you are seeking to understand the points that they are making. Having an interest in related fields will help with the listening process as you will be able to develop an understanding of the topics being discussed. That is, keep curious and keep learning are always important. For example, if you find yourself involved in discussions regarding finances then reading or learning information in a related field (such as understanding balance sheets and financial reports) would be of a great advantage to your understanding and ability to listen effectively.
2. Big-picture Vision
An effective leader should not only think about their stakeholders and the profits they make. They should also think about the interests of their employees, consumers, suppliers and all other relevant parties. As a leader, just concentrating on the basics or merely looking at the surface of issues is not demonstrating a professional approach. Effective leaders are able to forecast different scenarios with different advantages and disadvantages for interested parties. These different scenarios will need different strategies to be developed to cope with differing outcomes. Being mindful of the differing interests of all concerned parties is when leaders look at the big picture before making decisions.
3. Developing confidence
Confidence is a trait that effective leaders demonstrate. A demonstration of confidence in decision making needs to be well-founded. It involves analysis of the decision being taken to gain confidence that the decision is the right one. Being confident will assist leaders to run effective meetings and to lead their peers on the same journey that backs the decisions they have made. Looking at the big picture helps with the ability to develop confidence that the decisions you make as a leader are sound. Effective leaders have looked at different scenarios and have chosen a path based on logic and a deep understanding of what they are trying to achieve. When they are confident and back up their confidence with deep understanding, then their decisions can be trusted.
4. High business moral and responsibility
There is a saying, “With great power, there must also come great responsibility” When the decisions that you make affect people’s employment, how many materials will be used, costs and impacts on operations, you should be really careful before making such decisions. The responsibility to get things right is enormous. In the modern connected world in which we live, most people have access to the internet and can quickly make their thoughts known. If you are making decisions then you need to be aware of the consequences of the decisions that you make. You must make them responsibly. You also need to think about the consequences of the decisions you make that will affect those not directly connected to your organisation. A decision made by a leader could contribute to pollution, employees being retrenched, changes to health and well being and maybe even food safety. Effective leaders make decisions based on logic and an understanding of consequences that may follow.
After reading this article I hope that you aspire to develop your leadership capabilities. Remember, learning new skills and practising will always assist you to make informed decisions.
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