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The Skills

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

“My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.” - Steve Jobs

1. Obtaining as Well As Dissemination of Information

The importance of information in making decisions that may be considered sound cannot be gainsaid. For rational choices to be incorporated into the leadership, relevant information must be obtained. There are various methods that you could use in this endeavor.

It would be essential to acknowledge that being able to gather people around a common goal demand that you be able to communicate effectively. This is one leadership skill that cannot be compensated by any other. To begin with, you will need to share or exchange the information obtained and incorporate accuracy effectively. Three aspects are integrated into getting and giving information.

To start with, you must look at obtaining the information. You will acknowledge that individuals are apposition to altering or distorting information when giving you this information.Investigating the nonverbal behavior of the individual providing the report is a prerequisite.

It is essential to acknowledge that the individuals may not be obscuring the information intentionally. In this case, you may need to ensure that you get the information correctly. To achieve this, it would be vital that you ensure that your sources are credible. Credible sources will have a history of giving information that can be relied on.

In addition, when you are getting information from whatever source, you must take notes. Writing down the preliminary data obtained, especially the key points, ensures that you are on the right track at any time and, therefore, in a position to decide any discrepancies in the information.

In addition, you will need to repeat back the information you think the person said. It is often the case that what you hear people say is not exactly what they imply. In this case, seeking clarification on these aspects is essential. It should not be lost on you that you may have misunderstood what the person said.

It is essential to acknowledge that as much as you have control over what will be heard, the sender of information controls the content and how the data is passed to you. This calls for collaboration between both of you to enhance effective communication. Giving the sender the freedom of speech is essential in improving effective communication. Show interest in what is said, especially as far as innovative ideas are concerned. Ensure that eye contact is kept and generally be friendly.

• Secondly, you will need to focus on retrieving the information. Are many times when you will need the information in the future. It would be vital that you ensure that the information obtained is stored in a manner that will not compromise its utility in the future.

There is a wide range of mediums that you could use in this endeavor. Irrespective of your chosen medium, you must ensure that the information is safe and will keep its accuracy. The ease of retrieving the data should also be provided.

• Dissemination of the information- The information obtained and well-stored will be of no use if it cannot be given to those you intend to influence as a leader. Effective communication is essential in this endeavor; therefore, you must use all your senses when providing information.

Be clear on the information, the transition from what might appear general to specifics, and use a language everyone can understand. When giving information, it is always advisable to encourage communication in two ways. Ensure that you have synchronized both non-verbal and verbal communication.

2. Skills Relating to The Control of The Group

Gathering people around a common goal requires you to understand the group's purpose or direction clearly . The leader is expected to obtain equilibrium between the job getting done and ensuring the group's cohesiveness. To control the group, it would be vital that you confirm that you can coordinate well the capabilities of the individuals for the common goal. It would be essential to destroy destructive cliques and encourage greater participation to enhance cohesion.

When looking into this skill, you would be best placed to set the pace. This has the effect of defining the direction of the members. In this endeavor, it would be vital that you do not dominate the group but ensure that you undertake the proper observation and communicate with clarity. In addition, you would need to supply a framework that will allow the members to be initiative-takers and use their initiative.

As a leader, you must be incredibly careful to correct most mistakes. Do these without judgment and with respect while giving suggestions and not orders. Destructive criticism would be a definite no-no in ensuring you control the group. Maintaining a humble demeanor is bound to complement these efforts while ensuring cohesiveness. Accepting responsibility in case of failure or mistakes would also be imperative.

Team building

3. Acknowledging and Tapping into The Group Resources

For effective leadership, finding the resources the group bears would be vital. These are not limited to physical resources but stretch to the skills and abilities of the members. Finding the skills and capabilities of the members is imperative.

Having their skills used for the common goal not only promotes the attainment of the group’s purpose but also binds them to the group. You will acknowledge that this allows the members to learn more about the team's purpose, thus increasing their passion for the group's goals.

Once you have recognized the individual skills of every person, it would be vital that you give the positions of responsibility based on that. You must bring activities enhancing unique talents, abilities, and knowledge recognition. Being able to draw from each other’s resources enhances mutual cohesion in the group that you are leading.

4. Ability to Represent the Group

The importance of this skill cannot be gainsaid as far as rallying other people into understanding the group’s ideas, purpose, feelings, etc. This is precisely where effective communication comes into play. It would help if you taught the ability to be the group on a wide range of issues. Chances are that the group will, at one time or the other, runs into a problem. You should be able to understand the situation thoroughly and recognize the decision that was reached. This is precisely where effective communication comes into play. We know the justification for the decision and can articulate it. In this endeavor, consistency, fairness, and integrity are essential. You must be able to teach all the members' ideas and feelings to make them feel well-represented.

5. Critical Thinking Skills

As said before, problems are going to crop up over time. It is always essential that you be able to solve the issues as they crop up. This will not only affect motivating those in your group but also impact that outside. When looking into effectively solving problems, there are some stages you would need to go through to ensure that you reach a practical decision. Consider the following steps-:

• Carefully evaluate the problem- the importance of assessing the situation with sobriety cannot be gained instantly. You will need to look at all the aspects related to the problem.

These include the implications of the problem on the goal of the group and its many sides. In this endeavor, you will need to confer with others about the nature of the problem and agree on the necessity of committing to tackle it. In addition, it would be essential to look at your external or internal constraints and support.

• The second step would be to find the resources at your disposal and how to use them to solve the problem and make a practical decision. This calls for a careful analysis of all the help, including human resources, skills, ability, time, and other physical resources.

Produce and write down all the alternative solutions. You will understand that various solutions will be used to resolve the problems. In this endeavor, it would be vital that you decide on an upper limit of the workable solutions to the problem. An upper limit is determined to save time in choosing and evaluating workable solutions.

However, you must ensure that the limit is not too low to leave you with insufficient solutions. At this stage, too, it would be vital that you carefully evaluate them to decide their pros and cons. In this endeavor, it would be necessary that you incorporate all the input you can get from the team members.

This has the effect of motivating them as they feel part of the solution. From these alternatives, selecting the most practical solution would be necessary. In this endeavor, you could consider the time taken in the implementation and any possible effects.

The problem-solving procedure- producing a practical decision.

Execution of the decision- once you have selected the most practical alternative, it would be vital that you obtain the members' commitment to the implementation of the most sensible decision. In this endeavor, it would be essential to investigate the information you gathered about individual solutions.

While this solution could have come from an individual member, it would be vital that you incorporate the support and goodwill of the others to ensure that you have a practical solution.

Monitoring, evaluating, and obtaining feedback- Once you have undertaken to execute the decision, it would be essential to check its implementation to ensure it is as smooth as possible. This also helps to arrest any potential deviations from the course of action in time to enhance smooth performance.

While evaluating, you would look at the achieved goals from time to time. Any deviations from the goal upland are noted as early as possible and look as the reasons for the departure and how they could be changed. Changes could also be affected depending on the circumstances and the attained goals.

It would be important that any changes made in the implementation of the decisions come from the members to allow for more ownership of the process.

Problem-solving is the measure of the success of an individual as a leader. In this case, it would be vital that you undertake to incorporate as much communication as possible.

Acknowledge that you cannot solve the problem as an individual without the input or support of others. In this case, it would be vital that you ensure that they have ownership of the problem-solving process. This will ensure that you complete the implementation within the least possible time and using the least time.

6. Shared Decision Making and Problem Solving

To be an effective leader in the world today, it would be vital that you incorporate as much input as possible. This is unlike the days gone by when authoritarian leadership was the thing. This leadership style has become obsolete in facing the challenges of the modern day.

In the modern-day, showing authoritarian leadership would point at insecurity, which is a weakness, not a strength. It would alienate the leader as it would seem like they were looking to bolster their confidence or self-esteem while not having the necessary skills. This does not undermine that you must be firm in your leadership and decisions. It only implies that you need to teach the ideas of others in the decision-making process and ensure that the members or everyone in the team feel that their interests are safeguarded. There are assorted styles that you could make use of in this endeavor. However, you acknowledged it would help if no type is universally acceptable. Every style’s utility will be decided by the situation at hand as well as the context of the problem. Overall, you will need to set up the proper infrastructure to ensure that group participation is encouraged as well as decision ownership.

The connectivity nature of leadership

While considering this, you must find a balance between the

capability and maturity of you as an individual and that of the group.

7. Planning Skills

One thing that you will acknowledge is the continuous nature of the planning process. The main aim of planning is to enhance the group’s goals and purposes. As a leader, you will acknowledge that every decision leads to another; therefore, you will need to be always on your toes regarding planning.

As for the importance of planning, it forms the basis on which all the other skills are built by integrating many different skills like time management, conflict resolution, problem-solving, negotiation, and performance appraisal. It helps ensure the job is done correctly while keeping the group focused on the team’s goals. In addition, you will be better positioned to provide the group with providential.

With good planning, you will have improved the quality of decisions and the options at your disposal at any given stage. This comes with an enhanced outcome due to the quality of the information you get, as the decisions you make will be based on this. This reduces the possibility of deciding based on guesswork, guaranteeing that your judgment of the situations at hand is clear.

8. Being an Example to The Group

This is one of the most effective ways of influencing the group. It touches on transparency in both your private as well as your public life. It also means synchronizing your speech with what you do. As much as you can make sound decisions, they must be matched with execution. Walking the talk guarantees people’s loyalty, respect, and love. It also ensures that the group stays together while influencing your followers’ lives.

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