Gone are the days opf born leaders, now is the time of leadership skills. A portion of natural ability can of course help, but the development of soft skills is extremely necessary in the today’s work environment. Leadership talents are increasingly in demand for leading teams and going even further to bring more creativity to the workplace.
The 4 Building Blocks of Great Leadership
The development of soft skills takes time and training, developing a new skill requires commitment and ability to incorporate it into your daily habits. In order to grow the building blocks of a great leader, vision, communication, interpersonal style and decision-making skills are essential. Below you can see the importance of them.
Communication Across your Stakeholders
You don’t need to be a leader, or even have a desire to be the one, in order to develop your communication skills. The ability to communicate well can make a great impact in your career and give you advantages in the workplace. In a world full of technology, communicating using the likes of instant messengers, email and social media channels, we need to be careful to not lose our ability to truly communicate and listen the others in real life situations. Technology helps, but it is our responsibility to recognise the implications and limitations of it and, in the end, decide how to make the most them.
Part of the development of your communication skills involves being aware of your environment. This is a balanced mix between being self-aware, having interpersonal skills and organisational awareness. Almost everybody can achieve organisational awareness, but to do it you must observe and learn how the information flows, you need to familiarise yourself with the strategic direction of the company and understand companies’ culture.
Once you have mastered those 3 abilities you will be in your path to develop your leadership skills.
Part of the communication journey involves the ability to listen properly. In a busy and noisy world, we tend to lose our genuine talent to listen. These are seven steps to improve our listening skills.
- When you are listening, listen. Multitasking doesn’t work.
- Avoid interruptions.
- Aim to spend at least 90% of your time listening and less than 10% talking.
- When you do talk, make sure it’s related to what the other person is saying. Questions to clarify, expand, and explore more information are key tools.
- Do not offer advice unless the other person asks you for it.
- Make sure the physical environment is conducive to listen.
- If it is a conversation where you are required to take notes, try not to let the note-taking disturb the flow of the conversation.
How to Develop Your Soft Skills
As everything in life soft skills can also be developed through training and practise. At New Horizons Ireland we offer a wide range of Leadership and Professional courses tailored to help you in this journey. One of the paths is Communication and Interpersonal Skills, which were designed to help you improve your ability to communicate well and negotiate properly on your daily basis.
Click here to see our Communication and Interpersonal Skills list of courses.
Our Centre for Leadership and Development is divided into 5 main paths that will help you to develop your leadership skills. Leadership and Professional Development, Human Resource Management, Business Analysis, Project Management, and IT Service Management. Choose the best option to you and increase your chances in the market.
All Leadership and Development courses