The first step to instilling leadership skills is to understand what leadership means and how it can be used. Leadership is a concept that has been around for thousands of years, but it was not until the 20th century that people began to see its value. In fact, leadership has been defined in many different ways throughout the centuries.
Leadership is defined as “the ability of an individual person or group to influence others toward achieving a common goal” (Wikipedia). This definition clearly defines leadership as influencing others towards a common goal. In order to be considered a leader, you must have followers. If you do not have any followers then you cannot be considered as a leader because no one would know who your leader is!
When someone becomes a leader they will naturally begin to influence those around them with their new found skills and abilities. Whether they are positive or negative influences depends solely on the individual; however, there are some general rules that apply when trying to influence others into becoming leaders:
However, there are many different ways to teach leadership skills. And depending on the situation, some may work better than others. Here are some tips on how to inculcate leadership skills in your company:
Start with yourself
The first thing you need to do is take a look at your own leadership style and see what works best for you. You might find that you’re more comfortable as a manager or an executive than as someone who leads by example. Or maybe you feel more comfortable being led by someone else who has more experience than yourself. Either way, it’s important for everyone in your organization to understand where each person fits into this equation so that everyone can work together successfully as a team.
Have a vision for your organization
This vision will help guide your actions as an employee and leader. It should include a mission statement, an organizational structure and goals that the organization wants to achieve in the future.
Make sure everyone understands this vision so they know what their role is in achieving it. If there are any gaps in understanding, explain them so everyone understands their role in achieving the goal or achieving specific tasks related to achieving this goal.
Encourage employees to think independently
You can’t be a good leader if you don’t trust others or if you don’t allow them room to grow and develop their own ideas and opinions. Encourage employees to challenge each other when they feel there’s an issue with another employee, but also let them know that you’re available if they need advice on how best to handle the situation.