Leadership Skills by GILC

Essential Leadership Skills: What Sets Leaders Apart?

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When we talk about leadership or leadership opportunities, we often imagine someone in a controlling position or someone who is expected to handle situations in a manner someone else cannot. So what sets leaders apart? Is leadership an inherent quality? Or is it possible for a regular ordinary man to be someone who envisions destiny? Truth be told, leaders are made, not born. And by leaders, we mean the qualities of a leader. In our current societal setup, there is an urge, a need for people who will step up and act. There is a need for people who will take social problems in their own hand and resolve matters in a fitting manner. We talk about demographic dividend, the age advantage of the working hands that we have in the context of Bangladesh. But in reality, we are not able, to be more precise, we became more complacent with this advantage. We have youths who are ready to be guided and developed into skilled manpower. But we lack the infrastructure as well as appropriate resource and funding. This is a matter that can be best addressed by the policy makers. For now, we focus on the leadership skill aspect. As we mentioned earlier, leaders are not born with leadership skills. Rather they develop them over time and experience. We will take a look at some of the best practices to develop leadership qualities as well as infuse them to others – Communication The first and foremost skill for any person to have is communicative skills. The communication skills can be diverse, be it a one to one or a group engagement. It is one of those subtleties that sets impression on the audience. The manner of communication and engagement should inspire trust among people as well promote guideline and a sense of understanding. A good communication skill helps a long way to garner followers, achieve goals and promote ideas in a way that would be otherwise impossible. Motivation As we mentioned earlier, a leader should inspire trust and confidence. To that respect, motivation is another important skill. It is expected of a leader to be able to motivate their peer or subordinates in a manner that would enhance their output and work commitment. Be it in an organisational structure or matters of national development, outcome gets determined by output. And it is incumbent on a leader to have the motivational skill to maximize that output. Work delegation Work delegation might seem like a very ordinary skill to have. After all, it’s just the process of work distribution. But there are subtle intricacies in this respect as well. Many a time, it is seen that a leader might be micromanaging everything within the organisation. This somehow not only reduces the organisational output, but also hinders the work freedom of the employees. It is necessary for a leader to understand that individual employees might have their own method of work delivery. It does not have not coincide with an established method always. Also a leader should be aware of the strength and weakness of individual employees as it will help to delegate work in an effective manner based on efficiency and experience. Positivity A leader should inspire positivity in every aspect. It’s only natural for organisation or individual venture to face issues and problems. A leader should have the right mind-set to inspire positivity, to look beyond the scope of failures and understand the lessons learned from the mistakes. A leader uses failures as a learning curve and guides everyone to maximize efforts and diligence. Trust The last one in this list is trust. It’s a no brainer that trust is like a pillar. Personal engagement and communication is built upon trust and its implications are pretty significant. It is one of those important qualities that sets any human being apart, not just leaders. When a bond of trust is established between a leader and their subordinates, it become easier to harness their true potential. Leadership qualities are not based on just these factors alone. Rather these are some of the key elements that defines a leader. Practicing them will not make an individual a leader overnight, but rather it would be a positive step towards a better future for oneself as well as others around.

Shahriar Rabab

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