Sharpen Your Leadership Skills - 24 Skills for Your Success in 2013!

Shawn Kent Hayashi shares that now is the time to evaluate the skill set that will catapult you to the life you believe that you can achieve. As you evaluate the skills that you have and look to develop the skills that need to be developed to help you achieve your goals, consider the following 24 skills that are necessary for great leadership in 2013!

If you do not have a benchmark for your current job, consider the following list of 24 competencies. Think about the skills your job needs, and ask yourself which are the 1 – 3 competencies that would be most important for you to develop next to be most successful in that job.

  • Conceptual thinking
  • Conflict management
  • Continuous learning
  • Creativity
  • Customer focus
  • Decision-making
  • Diplomacy and tact
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Empathy
  • Employee development and coaching
  • Flexibility
  • Futuristic thinking
  • Goal achievement
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion
  • Planning and organization
  • Presenting
  • Problem solving
  • Resiliency
  • Self-management
  • Teamwork
  • Written communication

After you are clear on the areas you want to develop that would help you have more success in performing your job, answer these questions related to each skill:

  • What is important to you about developing this ability?
  • How will having or mastering this ability benefit you?
  • Whom do you know who is outstanding at this ability now?
  • What do they currently do differently than you are now doing?
  • How do they think about or approach this skill on the job?
  • Is there anything you realize they do not do that you are currently doing?
  • What else do you notice about the skill?
  • When might it be useful to stop doing the skill?