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10 Things Thriving Leaders Need to Know

 -  12/14/12

Knowing yourself, your people and how to influence are among the most vital leadership skills needed for 2013.

Well-run, thriving organizations happen on purpose, not by accident. Therefore, leaders need to master 10 things for their organizations to thrive.

Gaining these competencies requires real commitment by leaders and their organizations -- a kind of commitment that leads to a high-performance culture, greater customer loyalty and, ultimately, a more robust bottom line.

Know yourself and your impact. Just as the saying goes, “First love yourself, then you can love others,” so it goes with leadership. When leaders understand their own strengths, challenges and their impact on the people around them, they can adjust and shift to the needs and people of the situation. Without self-awareness, few other competencies gain traction.

Know your people. Each person is motivated intrinsically and extrinsically by a variety of things linked to personal values and beliefs. Most people are motivated by genuine appreciation. Any number of factors come into play — family, money, status, challenge, team members, responsibility, etc. The leadership challenge is to discover what works for whom. Leaders can only know the answer to this by taking the time to really know their people — style, what engages, interests and motivates them to deliver the best work. Trying to take one-size-fits-all approach is a non-starter. It takes less time, but it gets lousy results.

Know your stuff. People expect their leader to have enough knowledge to guide them well. For leaders then, there are two important skills sets to have: technical and leadership. Leaders can be successful having fewer technical skills than their team when they lead well. Technical experts with no leadership skills will not be successful in a leadership role, regardless of how smart they are or how much they know about their discipline. The skill sets are opposite.

Know your organization and how to influence it. Great leaders lead through influence far more than authority or a heavy hand. To do that well, one must understand the myriad of interconnected relationships and networks at play at any one time. Knowing how to communicate, get things done and make decisions within the culture at hand will make or break a leader in his or her role.

Article Keywords:   executive coaching   leadership development  


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