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:
- Lead by example
- Show your passion
- Be Organised
- Take ownership and responsibility
- Communicate effectively
- Be brave and honest
- Be a great listener
- Know your people
- 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?