Leadership is fundamentally how you show up on a daily basis. Whether your actions inspire others to be more, to grow and develop or reinforce current barriers.
Leadership is not management
Good management is crucial in business and in life. We need managers to plan, monitor, coordinate and organise, but this is a very different role to Leadership. Managers communicate and regulate to ensure things are done in an efficient way.
Leaders empower individuals to perform at their best in a way that is right for them.
There are many examples of excellent managers that are not leading their team or examples of leaders that have no title or people reporting to them.
What are the skills you need to develop as a leader?
There are 3 key Leadership skill sets or areas of leadership that will develop your leadership capability.
Leading yourself, leading with confidence, and leading others.
How well are you currently performing within each of these areas? Take the self-assessment quiz to find out.
Leadership Skill Set 1 - Leading yourself
Great leadership starts with self-awareness, internal strength and performing at your best as an individual.
These skills help you understand and relate to needs of others but more fundamentally they also mean that you are functioning at your best. It is impossible to develop others if you are in a state of distress or operating in survival mode.
Understanding who you are as a leader, what you stand for and your leadership style is a powerful start to your development, meaning that you have a language to communicate and inspire.
Take my self-assessment quiz to analyze your performance in specific areas of leadership and identify where you are leading effectively and where you need to develop skills further.Leadership Skills Quiz 1
Leadership Skill set 2 - Leading with confidence and presence
The next step on your leadership journey is Leadership Confidence and presence. We talk about these as if they were attributes, but although some people seem to be naturally gifted in this area they are both crucial leadership skills that anyone can develop.
Confidence is crucial in leadership as it give us the ability to make and commit to decisions, have faith in our own ability and create momentum in our leadership, career and life. Being able to covey confidence and presence means that.
My mini self-assessment tool analyzes your performance in specific areas of leadership. Complete each quiz to identify where you already lead effectively and where you need to develop your skills further.Leadership Skills Quiz 2
Leadership Skill Set 3 - Leading others
The final set of skills needed to develop your leadership capability is empowering others to find their own solutions, perform at their best and make positive change in their lives.
Leading others involves understanding how to shape behaviour through engaging and harnessing the motivation of others rather than through deciding, directing or controlling.
To development the performance of others requires an ability to meet individuals where they are at, to listen with questions rather than provide answers, to be versatile in your approach.
My mini self-assessment tool analyzes your performance in specific areas of leadership. Complete each quiz to identify where you already lead effectively and where you need to develop your skills further.Leadership Skills Quiz 3
What is leadership?
Leadership is neither innate or mysterious it is the outcome of consistently applying key fundamental skills. Leadership skills play a large role in career progression, work life balance and high performance. As the workplace becomes more collaborative, open and flexible leadership skills are crucial for your own success and the success of your team.
Leadership fundamentally is about how you show up on a daily basis. Whether your actions inspire others to reach beyond they comfort zone or merely reinforce their current barriers. Leadership is a choice that we make about our decisions and actions. We all have the ability to inspire and empower others, to be leaders. There are many different types and styles of leadership depending on who you are, what you value and where you naturally focus.