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If Not a Born Leader, Acquire Leadership Skills to Lead

Gone are those days when leaders used to be born with leadership skills. The world of business is so viable and riveting now that it can turn an ordinary man into a leader. As the stakes in businesses are too high, the organizations are willing to create leaders that offer a competitive edge.

In this article at IT Managers Inbox, Sam Grier suggests that leaders can be developed if they are committed to developing the skills required for the role.

The Shortcut

Leadership skills are a treasured asset to move up the success ladder. Most of the organizations see leadership as the role of upper management only. But it is an equally pivotal fact that most of the upper management leaders took the junior experience first to reach that level. So, here are few leadership skills you need to acquire if you aim to take on a leadership role:

  1. Communication Skills: It is a combination of the three most essential skills of speaking, listening, and writing. To become a notable leader, you need to clearly communicate your thoughts to the team by right speech, clear instructions written on emails, and by giving adequate attention to the team’s concerns and suggestions.
  2. Result Oriented: The leaders set goals and determine priorities that lead to desired outcomes. To turn into a result-oriented leader, understand your organization’s goals and lay out a plan to reach there. With an action-oriented attitude, execute the plan with constant communication and feedback of the team.
  3. Clear Vision: Leaders need a clear vision that they can share with the teams. They must delegate responsibilities while remaining accountable for it. Moreover, they must influence others, not by rules or force, but by persuasion.
  4. Team Orientation: For IT projects, only a team-oriented leader can deliver the desired results by forming a team of assorted skilled professionals. The team-oriented leaders can dig deep to find those who are efficient enough to bring them onboard to meet a common goal. So, now you know what more you need to do to become a leader.
  5. Influence or Persuade: This is one of the most essential skills needed to lead in an organization. IT leaders need to sell their ideas to the teams before upper management. So, if you have a project or initiative that you want to be successful, you need to persuade others to extend their helping hand to you.

The author further suggests that sometimes situations turn blue and no one is willing to take the lead. Hone your skills in the above-mentioned areas to step up and make a mark. Click on the following link to read the original article:


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