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Leadership Skills

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

"A leader is best when people barely know he exists when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves." - Lao Tzu

Leadership demands that individuals incorporate skills to keep the group focused on the goal. Some leaders fail to unite their followers for a particular cause, while others do. This chapter examines the skills that differentiate effective and ineffective leaders.

What are the skills that you will need as a leader?

Every time the duties and responsibilities of a leader come under focus, one is bound to ask whether leaders are born or created through a rigorous process. Being able to influence or gather people around a common goal would dictate that you incorporate some skills that may not appear unique but carry much weight as far as reaching your goals is concerned. In this case, you must investigate the following abilities.

At the end of this chapter, you will have learned about the following:

  • Obtaining as well as dissemination of information
  • Skills relating to the control of the group
  • Acknowledging and tapping into the group resources.
  • Ability to be the group
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Shared decision-making and problem-solving
  • Planning skills
  • Being an example to the group

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