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How to teach others the skills necessary for leadership

ladywithpiechart.jpg Leadership skills are necessary for everyone to be successful in life but figuring out how to teach others the skills necessary for leadership can be a little tricky sometimes. Some leaders may be naturally born with the gift, but for the majority of us we need to be taught proper leadership skills. There are many types of leaders in the business world and many different ways that leadership skills can be taught. Here are some suggestions on how to teach others the skills necessary for leadership opportunities.

Qualities of a great leader
Let's first take a look at some of the important qualities of a great leader before we jump right into some ways to teach leadership skills. A great leader should have these qualities but does not have to be limited to them:

  • Self Confidence. A great leader will be confident in their abilities and talents and won't be afraid to share those with others. A great leader will also have confidence in those he or she is working with and won't be afraid to praise his team.

  • A clear vision. A great leader typically has a clear vision of where (in this case) the business is going and can communicate that vision to others. While a clear vision is important, the ability to communicate it with others, employees, co-workers, etc. is crucial to the success of the entire company.

  • Influential. Great leaders are very influential people. They have a knack for making others believe in their cause and will also make them want to join in their efforts. Because they can communicate their ideas well, others will generally flock to them and want to do what they're doing; be where they are. Leaders must posses this skill in order to get their employees and co-workers behind them.

  • Energetic. I'm not talking about a person who runs around the office all day. In fact that can become quite annoying. When we talk about energy we talk about individuals that have seen the vision and can get others excited about jumping on board. They have an energy around them that radiates to others in the office and quite often becomes contagious.

How to teach others the skills necessary for leadership
It is probably true that teaching those that are not naturally born with leadership qualities will be difficult, but it will be well worth your time and theirs.

  • A good leader will possess the skill to plan and be proactive rather than reactive. In order to teach this to others you must help them see that they each have the choice to react or not react to a situation. Everything is a choice and until they understand that they will never be able to be a proactive person. Teach them to plan ahead; plan for mistakes and things that might need correction so that when it actually happens they will be prepared and ready. They will not have to react to the situation.

  • Leaders in business have a natural "take charge" attitude. They're not afraid to get the ball rolling. Help co-workers develop that skill by giving them small opportunities to lead others and be successful at it. Most people are afraid to take charge because they're afraid to fail. Teaching others to embrace failure as a way to grow and learn will help them be more willing to take charge when the time comes.

  • Leadership most often defined through action. Leaders can have a powerful influence on others just by their example. If you lead by example others are apt to follow and learn from what you are silently teaching them.

Teaching others the skills necessary for leadership opportunities doesn't have to be difficult. It does however require time and energy to help others learn what you may have a natural gift for. It's important for everyone to learn leadership skills though in order to grow and overcome obstacles. That's how businesses grow too.

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