Effective leadership skills are more important than ever in today’s hyper-competitive marketplace.
Why? Because with more people and businesses vying for attention, effective leadership skills can mean the difference between success and failure for you and your business.
Here are the top 3 “must have” effective leadership skills that every highly effective leader needs…
#1: Highly effective leaders communicate clearly.
There is no more important leadership skill than the skill of communication.
Why? Because effective communication is the key to all the other leadership skills.
As a leader, you need to constantly ask yourself questions like:
“What do I want to accomplish?”
“Why is that important?”
“What are the steps to get there?”
“Who on my team is best-suited to accomplish that?”
Effective leaders understand the importance of clear, concise communication – both within themselves and with their team members.
#2: Highly effective leaders convey a positive attitude, even in tough times.
When the Cleveland Cavaliers were down 3 games to 1 against the mighty Golden State Warriors in the 2015-2016 NBA Finals, most people wrote them off as done.
However, LeBron James – the captain and leader of the team – remained positive, even in those bleak circumstances.
Here is a quote from Lee Jenkins in Sports Illustrated:
After the Cavs lost Game 4 of the Finals, James trudged into his house at 2:30 a.m. “You’re down 3–1,” he says, “and nobody has ever come back from 3–1. You’re facing a team that won 73 games, and you’re going back to their home floor, where they just won 54 in a row. Self-doubt creeps in.” James’s wife, Savannah, asked if he was O.K., and he responded with a dissertation about a turnaround jumper that Tristan Thompson sank late in the second quarter. Thompson never makes that shot. James believed it was a sign. The Cavaliers would surely win the game and tie the series. “This is a tough loss,” he said. “But there’s a light still shining.” He picked up his phone, the one with the Larry O’Brien Trophy as the screen saver, and sent a group text to the entire team:
“No matter how we got to this point, we’re here now. . . . We have to go to Golden State for Game 5 and we have to come home anyway. So why not come home and play a Game 6. . . . Let it go, play hard, be focused, follow my lead, and I’ll make sure you get home for a Game 6.”
The Cavaliers won Game 5… then Game 6… and then Game 7 to become NBA Champions, making history and ending a 52-year championship drought for the city of Cleveland.
Effective leaders believe in themselves and in their team members, even when the going gets tough.
#3: Highly effective leaders know their Why-To’s.
Why do you do what you do?
Is it for fame, money, freedom?
Is it to have an impact and make a difference in people’s lives?
Is it – as Steve Jobs said – to “make a dent in the universe”?
Whatever your motivation – what we at SuccessClinic.com call “Your Ultimate Why-To” – highly effective leaders know what it is, and clearly communicate that to their team.
For example, on our web site you will find something we call “What We Believe”.
You can see it here:
Some companies call it their mission statement or vision statement.
We simply call it What We Believe because we want to make it clear why we do what we do.
If you don’t know your Why-To’s, you are setting yourself up for failure – because without a strong enough Why-To, most people give up when the going gets tough.
That’s one reason why highly effective leaders don’t just do the right things; they do the right things for the right reasons.
Bottom line: Effective leadership skills can mean the difference between success and failure in your business.
Master effective leadership skills and I believe you’ll see everything flow much faster and easier in your business as well as in your life.
P.S. If you’d like to learn even more effective leadership skills, join me for this FREE Masterclass — because I’ll show you how to get unstuck, find your voice, and get rid of your head trash for good.
It’s true: You CAN have more success and you CAN live the lifestyle of your dreams.
I believe in you!
Noah St. John, Author The Book of Afformations®
Founder of Power Habits® Academy
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