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Leadership Skills #4 - Communicating your abilities

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Communicating your leadership abilities

Your ability to lead is essential to your teams success. Strong leaders know how to guide team members to achieve organisational objectives. They inspire their team members to excel. However, to be an accepted as a lead, you must demonstrate that you are worthy of your position. To do that you must communicate who you are, what you know and who you do.

Communicating who you are

As a general rule, people mistrust leaders who are self-serving or unethical. If you want people to follow your lead, you must demonstrate honesty and integrity. You must communicate that this is "who you are" by every word and action. Don't be tempted to sidestep the truth by being evasive. Avoid unethical actions and decisions. Remember, any sign of dishonesty will damage your credibility and therefore your success as a leader.

 Communicating what you know

People have little or no confidence in leaders who are incompetent or who lack essential knowledge, so it is necessary to communicate what you know. You must demonstrate your knowledge of your own job, team members jobs and the organisation.

First, you must know what is expected of you, and ensure that you have the skills and abilities to perform competently.

Second, stay abreast of what your team members do. If possible, be personally involved in their training and coaching. But avoid micromanaging your people.

Third, know your organisation - its people, its policies, its procedures, its products and its services. Share this knowledge with team members to help them meet team objectives.

Communicating what you do

Visibly contributing to the attainment of organisational goals is another important aspect of leaders. It is difficult to inspire people to follow a leader who apparently does nothing. Communicate what you do by using your skills and abilities to help people to reach their goals and overcome difficulties.

Leaders must give practical support by providing positive, workable ideas, plans, and solutions, as well as helping to implement them. People who are supported in this way have confidence in their company and their ability to achieve, and this self-esteem keeps morale high.

As a leader you need to be able to provide your team members with vision and direction. However, they will only act on what you say if they are convinced that you are the type of person whom they wish to follow. As you work to achieve company goals, remember that your words and actions are communicating who you are, what you know and what you do.

have you read the assignment technique module?

Using the WHO, KNOW, DO principles, answer the following questions;

     a) Explain what is meant by each of the principles (3)

     b) Outline the challenges you might face with each principle (6)

     c) Explain how each of the principles could be applied within a unit environment (15)