The 3 Most Important Skills If You Want to Be a Leader

Leaders don’t create followers; they create more leaders. ~Tom Peters

The success of any organization is contingent on the effectiveness of good managers and good leaders. The difference between managers and leaders is that leaders provide direction, inspiration, encouragement, and discipline; and they are very good at developing their team members. In the meantime, managers maintain the course and execute the strategy developed by leaders.

In every organization it’s important to identify managers with leadership potential and to grow them into great leaders. Potential leaders possess a skill set that, if used correctly, allows them to achieve consistent, positive results for themselves and their team.

1. It Starts from Within

Leaders manage themselves effectively and they’re comfortable with the role they play within the organization. Self-management entails a clear understanding of the impact of your behavior on the people around you. You need to manage yourself before you can start to manage the people you are responsible for. Managers who are uncomfortable with the role they play are unable to lead effectively.

2. Intuition and a Passion for People Are Essential Ingredients

Leaders can adapt their style of communication, inspiration, and management to any given group of people or type of task. Businesses employ workers with various skill levels and it’s crucial that the style of management is adapted to the level of skills within the workforce. In addition, leaders are managers who develop new leaders. Leaders are passionate about sharing ideas, insight, skills and power with those around them.

3. Communication and Support

The ability to communicate clearly and effectively is a non-negotiable requirement. Leaders create a culture within the business where information is shared freely and not withheld for personal gain. Furthermore, leaders need to be accessible and people should not be afraid to share bad news. Good leaders know the needs of the people they are responsible for, and they provide the team with solid support.

In essence, leaders create a culture where people are encouraged to take risks and learn from mistakes.

Strong leaders are an essential ingredient in any business and the development of leaders should be encouraged. Fortunately, leadership skills can be learned and managers with potential can be developed into great leaders over time.

Do you agree with this checklist? Are You a Manager or a Leader?

Larry Broughton is an award-winning hotelier and entrepreneur, CEO, Best-Selling Author, keynote speaker, and former US Army Green Beret. As Founder and CEO of Orange County, California-based broughtonHOTELS, CBS News has called Larry “the nation’s foremost expert on leadership and entrepreneurship,” while the host of Travel Channel’s hit show, Hotel Impossible, says he is, “among the top hospitality experts in the country.” His upbeat, creative approach to business and life has been featured in newspaper and magazine articles across the country and he has been a recurring guest expert on news and TV programs on every major television and cable network, including MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, CBS, and Travel Channel. Larry’s awards include: Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year®; the National Veteran-Owned Business Association’s Vetrepreneur® of the Year; Coastline Foundation’s Visionary of the Year; and Passkeys Foundation’s National Business Leader of Integrity.