Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. – John F. Kennedy
Continuous personal development and learning is a necessity for all leaders. A great leader acquires excelling personality traits which attract success towards him. Leaders are made, not born. Behavioural theorists believe that one can become a leader through learning and observation.
Leadership skills can be learned by training, experiences and practice. To be a successful leader, you should start by working on different skill sets and personal development goals for the year ahead. Here are top 5 personal development skills that leaders can integrate in their life and work:
- Strategic Thinking
Improve the ability to see the bigger picture. Start by changing your mindset and developing the ability to think strategically. Successful leader think, act and influence others in different ways that promote the success of the organization.
Shift your leadership style away from always directing and telling others what to do. Start by guiding and developing your staff with empathy. A great leader inspires and help his/her staff find their light and maximise their personal and professional potential.
- Active Listening
Paying attention shows others that you value what they have to say. Use active listening, open-ended questions and eliminate distractions that could draw focus and get in the way of your ability to listen. And start engaging in conversation with meaningful input.
- Time Management
Prioritise, delegate and use resources to manage your time better. Build a schedule that is adaptive and guides you towards using your time effectively and efficiently. Setting the right priorities and making realistic plans helps to create more time for yourself.
- Effective Communication
Communication is an essential factor in the success for yourself and your company. Learn to identify your most effective strategies to improve outcomes through positive verbal and non-verbal communication. Being a communicative leader, you gain the power to get more results and become more effective.
Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is part of what makes you a good leader. Being an all rounded leader with total mastery isn’t necessary to be great, a willingness to learn and grow are what sets you apart from others.