The 10 most important skills for success
I know IÃ¢ÂÂm 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.
Inc.comÃ¢ÂÂs Peter Economy lists these 10 leadership skills in one of his columns. IÃ¢ÂÂve been following PeterÃ¢ÂÂs posts for quite some time and have found him to be authoritative and informative. If you donÃ¢ÂÂt know Peter, heÃ¢ÂÂs a terrific columnist on leadership and management (The Leadership Guy).Â
Here are the 10 leadership skills:
- inspires and motivates others;
- displays high integrity and honesty;
- solves problems and analyzes issues;
- drives for results;
- communicates powerfully and prolifically;
- builds relationships;
- displays technical or professional expertise;
- displays a strategic perspective;
- develops others; and
Peter also throws in a bonus skill, noting that successful leaders are those who champion change. Ã¢ÂÂGreat leaders see the changes coming on the horizon, and they constantly push their organizations to be in the right place when those changes happen,Ã¢ÂÂ he writes.Â (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.Â Any NOT on this list that youÃ¢ÂÂve adopted that have brought you success? Please share. You can follow me on Twitter (@BDanBerger).