Thursday, October 4, 2018

MUST READ!!! How do I Develop LEADERSHIP Skills?

Naturally, there are lots of qualities that make someone a good leader and thousands of books have been written about this. So instead of rehashing what you'd read in any other book about management, let me give you a psychological perspective on how to become a good leader.

At its core, I believe good leadership is about two things: communication and decision-making. There are other skills you might need to pick up in a given group or organization, but these two skills are universal and will always benefit you. And they are most definitely "skills"; you can practice them just like playing the guitar and get better over time. 
MUST READ!!! How do I Develop LEADERSHIP Skills?


I'll start with communication and what effective communication entails. Honestly, this is another topic you could write an entire book about, so I'll have to offer an extremely abbreviated lesson on it. Good communication, I would argue, is mostly about active listening and truly understanding the other person. When you can get into their head and understand what they value and what motivates them, you can present your ideas in a persuasive manner and build trust with them.

To practice active listening, avoid getting distracted while someone talks to you; if you feel your mind wandering, simply return you focus to the conversation. When they're done speaking, repeat back what you've heard, and ask if you properly understand them before you offer a response. As you continue doing this, you'll get better at understanding people and then you'll be able to connect and lead them by finding mutual ground and appealing to their values.


People generally get promoted to leadership positions due to their ability to make good decisions. When you're faced with a difficult situation, and offer a good solution, people take notice and then present you with even more challenges and allow you make even more decisions. In other words, good decisions are rewarded with power and authority. It's a positive feedback loop.

Every decision you make won't necessarily be a good one, but nonetheless it's important to be decisive. When you make a bad decision, you can change your mind later. When you don't make a decision at all, your progress grinds to a halt and you're left waiting. So always make a decision; if it doesn't work out, own up to your mistake and learn from it. People will still respect you as long as you take responsibility.

After you make a decision and the scenario plays out, ask yourself 3 questions:

  1. Was this the best course of action? 
  2. Why? 
  3. What might I do next time in a similar situation? 

This self-reflection is vital because it allows you to see what works as well as learn from your mistakes. Seek expert feedback as well; others can often point out what you did wrong and offer advice for next time. And as you continue to practice your decision-making, you'll begin to notice patterns and be able to form accurate conclusions more rapidly.

Like I said, there are other factors that make a good leader, but most of them boil down to these two skills. Continue practicing them, and others will take notice and reward you.

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