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Leadership competencies are key skills that every leader should learn and develop. For any industry or business to thrive, its foundation needs to be strong enough to allow it to develop and progress. And for that to happen, the foundation needs to be built off of good leadership. Whether you are reading this article because you are already a leader or you want to be one. You should know that any good leader would have this set of skills that we will discuss in this article.
By possessing the skills listed below, your coworkers and teammates will automatically trust you ten times more. And that won’t only improve your relationship with each team member. Still, it will also turn your workplace’s atmosphere into an efficient and friendly atmosphere. Rather than having a competitive atmosphere where not all of your team members feel comfortable or successful.
What are some key leadership competencies?
Before we get into why trust is needed in the workplace. Let’s take a minute to discuss trust as a concept of its own. People of all ages neglect the importance of trust in any interpersonal relationship, whether a formal or informal one. People don’t notice how much of a difference the presence or absence of trust has on a relationship. Trust is needed in a friendship. In a romantic relationship, a familial relationship, and even in a relationship between a teacher and their student. Now I explained all this to help you understand the point I’m trying to get across.
You won’t take advice from someone who you can’t trust their intentions. Likewise, you won’t follow the lead of someone you don’t trust. Therefore, if any leader wants to run a productive business, they need to be open and trustworthy enough. Their members won’t ever doubt their intentions and will happily follow their lead. It’s important to remember that trust isn’t easily built and that actions speak louder than words; therefore, you need to show your team members why they should trust you instead of simply telling them.
Integrity as Leadership competencies:
Unfortunately, nowadays, integrity is a trait that isn’t found in many people. Everyone seems to put up a front. Pretending to be good and decent people when all they are doing is manipulating the other person into believing that. The sad part is that these people don’t know that they aren’t good people but are posing as ones. People with integrity don’t do a good deed to get recognition for that deed or to get praised for it. A good person does a good deed because they believe that this deed will help someone out. Now I’m going to give you an example that describes people. And I’m going to need you to figure out why one person is wrong and without integrity and the other isn’t.
Person 1 donated a big sum of money to a charity. Then went back to their workplace and boasted about said donation all day long. This same person made a bad comment about their teammate’s clothes or car. Because it’s of less value than their car or clothes, they treated the building cleaner with little to no respect because their job was below them.
Person 2 helped out an old lady with her groceries then bid the building’s cleaner a good morning later that day. They helped out their team members resolve some issues.
Now person 2 is the one with integrity, while person 1 is the one without. Even though person 1 donated more money, they only did it for the praise while person 2 performed small deeds of kindness throughout the day because they wanted to do so and not for the praise. Person 2 is a better leader.
Communication is one of the most important skills a person could have in life and not just as a leader. The ability to communicate with different types of people while remaining professional is very important. The ability to express what you have to say concisely and confidently manages to get your point across. Interpersonal skills are vital to have as a leader more than anything. Not only are those skills needed to communicate with your team members to maintain a strong relationship with each of them, but it’s also needed to discuss any business deals.
Problem-solving is an underrated skill that is essential in the workplace. Many leaders dismiss this skill and deem it unimportant but then are surprised when their business fails. A leader could have all the skills mentioned above, but without this skill, their business will fall apart, and here is why. Problem-solving is needed for two major things:
A leader could have this fleshed-out vision in mind for a business that is planned with excellent precision, but then when the leader wants to implement the said vision, all goes to hell. This is because this leader didn’t count on all the human error and the obstacles they could face along the way, and therefore, they would be unable to solve any problems that popped up along the road. As a leader, you need to be prepared for anything that might happen; your backup plan needs to have a backup plan, and if that fails, you need to use your logic and problem-solving skills to get rid of the problem, or else you won’t get far in your business.
The second scenario where problem-solving skills are needed is to solve problems between team members. Some tension will inevitably build along the road between some members, whether it’s because of someone’s competitive nature or it simply could be a difference in opinion. Either way, the leader needs to find a way to solve the situation fairly with Leadership competencies.