Leadership Nuggets

"But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave." Jesus Christ (Matthew 20:26, 27 NLT)

Monday, 3 June 2013

Leadership Nuggets: Essential leadership skills

Dear leader,

This week I am starting a new series on essential skills that every leader needs to master for effectiveness. Before we get into the details of these, lets get some understanding of what we mean by 'skill'.

Skill is defined by
dictionary.com as the ability, coming from one's knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well. Having a skill in something is having the ability to do that thing well. Skills are learnt and are enhanced as you put them to use. You can lose your skill if it is not used. Skill is different from having a Gift.

Gift is an endowment of special ability or talent which is not paid for nor acquired. Your gift still needs to be developed to be used effectively. People gifted with good singing voice still go through voice training to enhance their voice and get the right skills to use their voice effectively. Your gift might be dormant if not used; the more you use it, the more skilled in it you become.

While learning a skill, you might discover that you have a natural gift or ability for it, which would make it easier to learn that skill. It is also possible for you to learn a skill that you have no natural talent for, but because the skill is necessary for you in the market place you endure the learning process. One of the greatest leaders in history King David led his people 'by the skill of his hands'. An effective leader would not depend on their natural talents alone but make a deliberate effort to develop those skills that they need as a leader to lead people and manage resources well.

One of these skill is decision making. Leaders lead by making decisions; that not only affect themselves but other people as well. The outcome of these decisions could lead to life or death, good or bad, or sometimes have no impact at all. Next week, we look at decision making as an essential leadership skill.

“Sir, What is the secret of your success?” a reporter asked a bank president.
“Two words.”
“And, sir, what are they?”
“Good decisions.”
“And how do you make good decisions?”
“One word.”
“And sir, what is that?”
“And how do you get Experience?”
“Two words.”
“And, sir, what are they?”
“Bad decisions.”
  - Unknown author

On that light note, have a great week and remember to let your light shine! Do share these blogsite with friends if it's adding to your learning experience.

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