lundi 11 novembre 2013
BUILDING YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW...
There are many myths about leaders, one being that “leaders are born and not made.” The truth is, several factors contribute to the development of a leader. Obviously, the leader’s personal qualities are important, but also critical are the needs of the people being led and the objective they are pursuing. Certainly, some personality types thrive better in leadership roles than others. Even so, the good news is that leadership skills can be learned. Moreover, leadership is never a finished product; it’s an ongoing process that needs continuous nurturing and refinement : What you need to know…..
How can I be more of a leader in my job as an operations manager?
The fact that you’re in a management position means your leadership role is already established. If the people you supervise seem unmotivated or unproductive, it’s your leadership capability that may be in doubt. You or your team may need to display more energy and commitment, or you may need to think less about what you’re doing and spend more time planning how you do it. Think, too, about how your boss and those you supervise perceive you and whether or not their perceptions are accurate. Be sure to seek your boss’s input and advice.
Finding the right opportunity is important, so you may want to make it a point to tell your boss you feel ready for more responsibility. Demonstrate your readiness by proposing to lead a specific project or expand your responsibilities in a way that will enable you to take a leadership position and test your skills. Plan carefully to acquire the resources and support you will need. One valuable acquisition may be a coach or mentor to offer guidance.
Leadership capability rarely emerges overnight; it takes time and practice. The process inc ludes learning about yourself and how you respond to situations calling for leadership. Use this knowledge to evaluate what worked and what didn’t and to help plan what to do (or avoid doing) when the next opportunity arises.
I am comfortable before an audience, but will I make a good leader?
Commanding an audience is a great skill that many effective leaders have, but it’s by no means the sole contributor to their success. Leaders need to be problem solvers. They also need to possess originality and flair, confidence, self-knowledge, strong interpersonal skills, an ability to listen, an ability to create a vision, and good organizational skills. Your speaking ability suggests you’re articulate and self-confident. If you possess the other qualities too, you’re probably an excellent candidate for a leadership role.
Why can’t I translate my successful leadership role outside the workplace to my work environment?
Some experiences in our lives encourage and foster leadership; others do not. Perhaps the outside leadership role is voluntary or arose because of your passion for a project and your willingness to take charge. Your work environment might be very different, with little opportunity to show passion and even less for shouldering authority.
Examine what allows you to thrive in your outside leadership role. Understanding your motivation, the nature of the opportunity, and the support you receive from the group may help you to see what’s missing at work. Then use this information to create the right context there, too.