Episode 368

Essential Skills for Inspiring Leadership

Published on: 16th April, 2024

Primary Topic: Vision in Leadership

- The importance of having a vision as a leader

- Leadership as guidance and inspiration towards a common goal

Primary Topic: Essential Leadership Skills

- Communication

- Conveying ideas, thoughts, dreams, vision, and goals clearly and confidently

- Being open to feedback and listening to other perspectives

- Confidence in Vision

- Believing in oneself and one's abilities

- Having confidence in the vision and the skills to guide others towards it

- Delegation

- Knowing team strengths and delegating tasks accordingly

- Showing trust and respect for team members by delegating

- Adaptability

- Overcoming challenges and thinking on one's feet

- Inspiring a positive and resilient attitude in others

- Empathy

- Understanding and sharing the feelings of others

- Building strong relationships based on trust and understanding

- Integrity

- Being ethical, true to one's word, and owning up to mistakes

- Inspiring trust and respect through integrity

- Decisiveness

- Making decisions confidently and promptly

- Inspiring trust through making tough choices, even if they might be wrong

Primary Topic: Continuous Development of Leadership Skills

- Emphasizing that leadership skills take time to develop

- Reiterating the importance of continuously working on these skills

- Comparing leadership development to a marathon, not a sprint

Janice Chaka [:

Hello, and welcome to The Traveling introvert. Today, we're gonna talk about vision. As a leader, you should have a vision that you are trying to get other people to follow and come along for the ride. And so being a leader is more than just about tell people what to do. It's about guiding. It's about inspiring. It's about inspiring others to work towards a common goal. And so there are multiple leadership skills.

Janice Chaka [:

Don't get me wrong, but we're gonna talk about ones that are essential for people to have, whether you're leading a sports team, a group project, or even just yourself. Skills that will help you be a leader who inspires others to follow your vision. Of course, communication, effective communication is crucial for a leader. You need to be able to convey your ideas, your thoughts, your dreams, your vision, and goals clearly and confidently to others who are listening. And also you need to listen to other people's perspectives and be open to feedback. But you also need to be able to take cues and feedback. And so the other thing is sort of believing in your vision, having that confidence about your vision and your skills and where you want people to go and what you want people to do. It's not about being loud and outgoing.

Janice Chaka [:

It's about believing in yourself and your abilities, and a confident leader will inspire others because you have faith in them and the vision that they are work working towards. Critical skill delegation. Don't try and do everything yourself. Don't assume that you know everything. Assume that you can do it quicker and better and faster. A great leader knows their team's strengths and delegates tasks accordingly. Not only does this help getting things done efficiently, but it also shows trust and respect for other team members. And, also, adaptability.

Janice Chaka [:

You are gonna face challenges, whether you're a leader or not. And how you face these challenges, being adaptable and being able to think on your feet can help you overcome these moving forward or keep moving forward or asking for help. Figuring out what to do and when to do it is really crucial. But showing others how you do it will inspire them to have a positive and resilient attitude. And something that's really important is empathy. As a leader, empathy helps you comprehend, understand, and share in the feelings of others. An empathic leader connects with The team members on a deeper level and brings sort of builds strong relationships based on trust and understanding, openness, and curiosity. And part of that will lead to sort of integrity.

Janice Chaka [:

It will show you integrity. All leaders must possess integrity. Be Janice. Be ethical and be true to your word. Always own up to your mistakes because very few times do you actually see your leaders make mistakes and own up to it. This is a great trait and letting people show it because to be successful, you have to kind of make mistakes. You have to learn things, and the only way we learn things is by making mistakes. So own up to your mistakes.

Janice Chaka [:

Take responsibility for your actions. That shows true integrity, and a leader with integrity ultimately inspires trust and respect for The from their team. And one thing that some people might find hard is decisiveness because a lot of people might want all the information before they make a decision. Well, they just need this one thing or this one other thing or we need to talk to x, y, and z. But making decisions doesn't have to be challenging. But as a leader, you need to make them confidently and promptly. Decisiveness inspires trust from your team knowing that you can make the tough choices even if that choice is the wrong choice eventually because there's only so much information you have at the time. Make a choice with the information and the data you have at the time.

Janice Chaka [:

Write it down. Write down your reasons, yes, no, why, positive, negative, and then follow through. And be decisive. So those are just really key things The leadership skills that will help you inspire others to work towards your vision. Keep working on these skills. It is not something that happens overnight. It is a marathon, not a sprint. Thank you for listening.

Janice Chaka [:

This is Janice at the The Career Introvert, helping you build your brand and get hired. Have a great rest of your week.

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The Traveling Introvert
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Not knowing what introversion was until my 30s, I feel that I wasted some of my early years by not really understanding myself. An inspiration for my business is that I want to help others understand themselves better, earlier on in their careers and their lives. Introversion is a very misunderstood area – introverts can suffer mentally and physically because people typecast them or act negatively towards them. It’s not nice to be trapped in a little box. When you label somebody, they tend to act like that label, which stops people from achieving their true potential. I don’t let being an introvert define me, I let it guide me.
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