Leadership Skills, Actions and Behaviors
We can talk about leadership traits, abilities, values, and personalities, but there's a bottom line regarding effective leadership. Good leaders have different skills, and act and behave differently than do less effective leaders.
On this page, we'll look at leadership skills and behaviors -- the very stuff of leading.
Delegation and Leadership
No leader can do everything, and in fact delegation not only reduces the workload for a leader, but also helps develop employees, and demonstrates that the leader is willing to trust his or her subordinates.
- The Functions of Delegation
- Delegation Do's and Don'ts
- The Difference Between Delegating and Dumping
Encouraging Independent Thinking
Leadership doesn't mean doing everything, or creating employees who are "yes men". Leaders need their employees to exhibit independent thinking.
Influencing Others and Communication
The ability to influence others and communicate are primary leadership skills
- Servant Leadership: The No-Thunder Approach to Quietly Influencing Others
- Getting Information From Others - Why Is It Important
Inspiring and Motivating
A major part of leadership involves inspiring and motivating, but motivating and inspiring others doesn't necessarily mean exhorting people or being charismatic. In fact many of the best leaders are quiet and introverted.
One of the best ways to help people understand "how things are done around here" and what is important in the organization is to model it for staff.