Top Five Leadership Skills All Effective Leaders Need

Becoming an effective leader requires us to master five essential skills; positivity, communication, self-awareness, confidence, and determination.

Positivity

Positivity characterizes most leaders; they can see the light in the darkness, find a reason to smile, to laugh, to remain passionate in the face of adversity. That kind of attitude energizes others, especially during hard times. In the workplace or in a team setting, positivity can foster a positive environment which according to a research article published in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science;

  • Increases positivity
  • Decreases stress
  • Attracts employees  

Try to stay positive even when things are looking dark.

Communication

Leaders are mostly known for their drive and passion, but it is the ability communicate effectively that is key. Having a vision and creating a vision are two different things, an effective leader knows how to speak with their peers, team members, co-workers or employees, by clearly describing what it is they want. Find the best method to communicate with those around you to increase productivity.

Self-Awareness

Knowing who you are, what your goals are and how you want to achieve them is key to being an effective leader. We all benefit from self-awareness. It will be hard achieving your goals if you don’t know what you want and how you want to get there. Make sure to always take some time for yourself and ask questions such as; what your strengths and weaknesses are, what is best for you and what isn’t. This exercise will help in gaining self-awareness. Here is an article by Life Hack about 30 questions you should ask yourself every day. 

Confidence

Girl at camp practising archery

Ever heard the saying confidence is key. I’m sure we all have, but that doesn’t make it any less true. A good leader stays self-assured even when the future looks unclear. In a team setting having a confident leader motivates everyone else. Try to stay confident in your vision and in yourself.

Determination

Armed with a vision, passion, and goal, leaders will stop at nothing to see their vision come to life, that is determination. Leaders see their projects to completion and don’t give up easily when things become difficult. Try to accomplish your goals and see your projects through to the end, unless there is a compelling reason not to.

two boys posing in a canoe

Positivity, communication, self-awareness, confidence, and determination are five simple skills that can be honed by anybody. Anyone can become a leader, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and prove to your peers, co-workers or friends that you are a leader too.

 

Written by Vimbai Chikoore