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How important are leadership skills?

Leadership Skills….we hear so much about them these days. How really important are they? Well, research is solid on the fact that leadership is very important. From follower job satisfaction to higher organizational performance, leadership skills have been linked to a number of positive relationships in the workplace. If we know how important leadership skills are, then why is it that many of our organizations do not invest in leadership training? Many people believe that leadership skills are innate and that people are born with them. These people feel that leadership skills are not skills that can be or are needed to be taught. They believe you’ve got them or you don’t.

Organizations that recognize the importance of leadership skills and invest in training personnel are more successful, equipped with happier employees, and are making a positive social impact in our communities. Leadership skills, in fact, can be and should be taught in today’s workplace. Not all people are exposed to the level of leadership that is needed in order for positive change and success. It is time for organizations to invest in building leadership capacity with all employees.

There are a number of leadership theories, leadership books, leadership styles, and leadership experts. Training employees in leadership skills has never been more effective and efficient. With technology, organizations can offer leadership training in various venues. No longer can the boss claim there is no funding for leadership training. It is time that employees demand the investment of training in a skill that will have potential industry changing effects.

The job of a leader is to motivate the followers to work toward an agreed upon goal. However, before the leader can even begin the motivation process, a number of skills must be fully developed. The organization’s leader must be able to build relationships with others using leadership skills such as listening, empathy, persuasion, etc.

Leadership is a complex role that requires skills that place organizations, families, groups, etc. in a position of success. The process of becoming a great leader is never ending. Continued education and professional development will allow leaders to be up to date with knowledge that will help organizations achieve goals and experience success. In order to improve your leadership skills, consider the tips that follow:

· Demand training in leadership skills

· Attend seminars on leadership and business strategy

· Read, read, read

· Never stop learning

Baggerly-Hinojosa (2010). Are You a 10? USA: Lulu Publishers.

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