Berger Leadership Blog

Jul 08, 2016

The 10 most important skills for success

Berger speaking at AC 1
Speaking at NAFCU's Annual Conference last month. (Harrison McClary photo)

I know I’m preaching to the choir when I say being a successful leader requires many different competencies and skills.

To prove which competencies and skills are most important, a couple of leadership development consultants asked more than 330,000 bosses, peers and subordinates to rank the top four competencies from a list of 16 key leadership skills. After working through the results, the consultants, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, came up with a list of 10 leadership skills that are the most important for success.’s Peter Economy lists these 10 leadership skills in one of his columns. I’ve been following Peter’s posts for quite some time and have found him to be authoritative and informative. If you don’t know Peter, he’s a terrific columnist on leadership and management (The Leadership Guy). 

Here are the 10 leadership skills:

  1. inspires and motivates others;
  2. displays high integrity and honesty;
  3. solves problems and analyzes issues;
  4. drives for results;
  5. communicates powerfully and prolifically;
  6. builds relationships;
  7. displays technical or professional expertise;
  8. displays a strategic perspective;
  9. develops others; and
  10. innovates.

Peter also throws in a bonus skill, noting that successful leaders are those who champion change. “Great leaders see the changes coming on the horizon, and they constantly push their organizations to be in the right place when those changes happen,” he writes. (You can follow Peter on Twitter @bizzwriter).

The leaders I have worked for (and with) over my career reflect all 10 of these leadership skills. Any NOT on this list that you’ve adopted that have brought you success? Please share. You can follow me on Twitter (@BDanBerger).