Executive Leadership Skills

January 31, 2011 by  Filed under: Management 

Possessing executive leadership skills can be extremely beneficial to ones career advancement, and can be easily obtained. It can be self-taught with a little research and resources for the more sophisticated learner or one can be formally trained by taking courses, attending seminars, or partaking in workshops. No matter how these skills are obtained, they all look good on a resume and make for a more attractive employee or business owner.

Acquiring leadership expertise can equip one to work well under pressure, build and keep team morale despite the challenges, mentor to others, and make tough decisions for the betterment of the company that most people would struggle with; however, this is only a few of the benefits.

Not everyone can be an executive leader. There are a few prerequisites that one must already possess in order to have this ability successfully. This type of role requires someone with a complex mind that is capable of performing multifaceted managerial duties. In addition, the leader must have a strong value system in regards to leadership and management, and should have the appropriate knowledge of their company, tasks, and subjects alike. One of the more important prior instincts the executive leader should have is the ability to read people and things. Knowing how to access ones surroundings and the capability of decoding body language are both examples of reading people and any good leader should be able to do both.

A good leader should also be able to detach themselves from their emotions or abnormal temperaments that might cause a disruption to the work environment. In addition, a great leader provides as well as expects a mutual respect, confidence, trust, and reliability amongst himself and his team.

The best leaders are fair and just, which gives the rest of the team confidence in their ability, and this gains them a sufficient level of respect. The employees should be able to perceive their superior as someone that they feel comfortable coming to in any given situation and a less judgmental person is the perfect candidate for that.

In order to be a good leader, one must possess all of these qualities. Once it is determined that these abilities are present, it is time to start the research for seminars, workshops, and/or schools that offer leadership courses. It all starts with a search engine and the click of buttons.

A good place to begin is with a book called “Leading at Light Speed” by Eric Douglas, a must-read leadership book revealing 10 best practices to create a high-performing organization. Also check out this leadership tools package containing over 100 high-quality tools for immediate download.

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