Thursday, August 18, 2011

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How To Develop Leadership Skills

Leaders are not born, but developed. But, what exactly Leadership is? When we think of successful, high-profile leaders, we think of people such as General Colin Powell, who led the American forces during the Gulf War; or Bill Gates, the Harvard dropout who founded Microsoft and became the richest man in the world.

In your own field, you can probably name one or two men or women who are successful leaders—people who seem almost visionary and have an intangible knack for getting things right and inspiring their subordinates.

Leaders are able to define a goal, persuade others to assist in achieving that goal, and lead their teams to victory. But what is the definition of leadership? Leadership is crucial to managers in the business world, but it also plays an important role for coaches, teachers, and parents. There is not one single definition of leadership. Understanding this is the first step toward becoming an effective leader. What Is Leadership  Leadership Trends

Some common definitions or beliefs about leadership include the following:

  • A leader is the appointed head of a group, team, or organization.
  • A leader is a charismatic person who is able to make good decisions and inspire others to reach a common goal.
  • Leadership is the power to communicate assertively and inspire others.
  • Leadership is the ability to influence others.

Not one of the preceding definitions is more correct than any of the others. All of the definitions, however, agree on one common fact: Leadership involves more than one person.

You cannot be a leader without a group of people following your direction and putting their trust in you. Remember, as a leader you have a responsibility to your employees, group, organization, or team to lead fairly and ethically. The title "Boss" or "Manager" does not automatically make you a leader.

To be a good leader, you'll need to fortify yourself by keeping up with the latest leadership trends, observing other leaders (including leaders in your own chain of command and leaders in the news), and recognizing that your own unique brand of leadership will change as you gain experience.

And most importantly, you need to keep up on the latest leadership trends by reading trade publications, watching the news, and observing successful leaders in your own organization.

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