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5 Things You Need To Know About Leadership

Author: Carrie Wallis Aug 2015, Updated May 2022

Leadership is a skill that can be developed. A good place to start is to assess your current level of leadership skills. To help with this here are 10 things you need to consider:

#1: As yourself how good a leader you are?

How much influence do you carry?

Not sure?

Turn around and see who is following you. Many inexperienced leaders fail to sufficiently convey a vision to the people they lead. This creates confusion and results in people not wanting to follow you.

If you are not skilled in telling everyone which direction to head you'll have confusion and most likely get nowhere.

Worse yet, you'll have a situation where people start creating their own direction.

For some leaders, deficiency comes not from a lack of communication but from not having a vision themselves.

#2: Have a strong vision

Vision is what determines what an organization is going to try to accomplish. Without a clear vision, the organization will be pulled in many different directions. Some of these directions will cancel each other out, so even though much work will be done, very little is actually accomplished.

It is much easier to lead if you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve and your ideas are good. Even if you don't have a tremendous amount of skill as a leader, having a clear vision can help you through your shortcomings.

People want to follow someone with a plan. By having a clear vision of what you want to accomplish, you will attract followers and people who want to align themselves with your vision. Individuals realize that one of the cornerstones of success is a clear vision.

#3: Clearly communicate your vision

People want to align themselves with someone who articulates a vision--they want to join in the success. To be able to join in they need to understand where they are headed and how they can contribute

In fact, a poor leader with a great vision will achieve more than a great leader with an ill-conceived plan.

Success covers a huge number of failures. If you are successful, people will tend to forget many mistakes you make as a leader. If you are ineffective people are less likely to overlook your deficiencies in vision.

#4: Demonstrate belief in the success of the project

People want to follow someone who will lead them to success. You must be able to articulate your vision and show consistent belief that you can achieve it.

If you appear to be able to do this, people will want to follow you. If you have a track record of success, people will want to follow you. If you have a track record of failure, people will want to distance themselves from you in order to avoid your failures in the future.

If you are pushing people toward shared success, they will tend to stick with you because they are succeeding. In some cases, they may even start mimicking some of your poor leadership habits thinking they are part of the reason for your success.

Many might mistake success for good leadership skills. That is because people want to follow people with whom they can be successful.

Obviously, good leadership skills are very important. It is much better to lead with a solid vision and skillful leadership expertise.

Top tip: Just make sure that as you develop your leadership skills, you don't overlook the skills that will let you develop a vision that makes it worth it for followers to follow you.

#5: Create room for people to grow

People want to feel useful. They want to be heard. And perhaps most important of all they do not want to feel constrained or held back. So, you need to create a safe space for people to grow. Recognise that mistakes may be made, but that is how people grow. If you tie people down with too many rules and regulations, creativity becomes stifled and the result is lower productivity and poor results.

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About The Author

Carrie Wallis, Author and founder of the "From Strangers 2 Clients to Champions" client attraction system for helping professionals, has been successfully running her own business and finding clients in the online space since 2000. Over the years she has supported countless Life Coaches and Counsellors to build their own practice and find clients and loves nothing more than seeing her clients enjoy the time freedom that comes from having an automated marketing funnel in place. When she is not serving her clients she can be found chilling with her beloved family or out walking in the Australian bush.