Are you a leader?

I recently stumbled upon The “Instigator Blog” and an article entitled “10 Essential Business Leadership Skills” by Ben Yoskovitz. The opening question was “Are you a leader?” This grabbed my attention as I am always interested in putting this to the test.

In my opinion, there are those who lead, those who call themselves leaders because of their position in the hierarchy and those who are simply not cut out to be leaders. That’s the natural order of things and it is OK to be in any one of those roles.

Yoskovitz’s article mirrored this thought pattern so I read on. He listed 10 key business leadership skills that he says you will need to succeed as a leader. I will leave it to you to read his reasoning behind each item on the list but I have recreated the list here since it all makes good sense to me:

  1. Lead by example
  2. Show your passion
  3. Be Organised
  4. Delegate
  5. Take ownership and responsibility
  6. Communicate effectively
  7. Be brave and honest
  8. Be a great listener
  9. Know your people
  10. Be a follower

Of all 10 items above, the one I find most interesting is number 10, “Be a follower.” To me this is about letting go and allowing the value in each and every member of your team bubble to the top. I often find myself inspired by the open, honest, creative, and problem solving capabilities of my team and I have learnt to follow where they take me because I know that every one of them is aligned with our common vision for the future.

Do you agree with these skills being necessary to succeed as a leader?

What would you add or take away from the list?

Which item particularly resonates with you?

About Peter Borner

Peter is an entrepreneur and successful business leader. Currently leading a consultancy firm specialising in technical diligence for M&A and advising global firms on IT consolidation and migration to consumption based costing through the use of Cloud Technologies.

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From what I have studied these 10 points always comes up as essential leadership skills. They might be phrased differently, but the essence is always the same. From my experience I would like to add the skill of being able to switch between long term and short-term thinking. I think that relates to your thoughts of being aligned with a common vision for the future, a long-term approach. Short-term thinking is also essential as situation might require you to take immediate decision. Being able to focus on both is a skill that I believe is important to leaders. Many leaders today micro manage. Therefore point 4, delegating for them is hard as they often want to intervene in work tasks and projects. They also tend to almost entirely act in the short-term by addressing their concerns with their employees regularly.  Being a follower is for me being aware of the knowledge and skills your employees possess. A leader can learn a lot by simple trying to follow some of their employees. Thank you Peter for the article