There are some people in this life who are just bourn with inherent leadership skills and the ability to step forward and manage those around them. People for example, like David M Giunta, successful businessman and financial guru, were not born with leadership skills, but were able to use their intelligence to amass them. Around the world and in all walks of life, those with leadership skills are generally the most successful and this means that if you don’t have natural leadership skills, you really need to start working hard on ensuring that you improve. Here are some of the ways in which you can boost your leadership ability.
Educate and Self Audit
The first step is to understand what it is that makes a great leader and what kind of skills do they possess. It is only once you understand leadership and what it takes to become a great leader, that you can begin to work on your leadership skills and take them to the next level.
The next step once you have gained a solid understanding of leadership, is to perform an honest self audit to ascertain how far away you are from being a strong leader. Write down a list of the 10 key quality which leaders have and then cross reference your own abilities with this list. It may very well be that you have 50% of the qualities that make a great leader which means that you only need to nail the rest and you can greatly improve.
They say that imitation is the best form of flattery and this is something which you ought to be doing in order to improve. Everyone may have slightly different styles but the truth of the matter is that the core skills which leaders possess, are the same all over the world and if you are able to shadow someone who does leadership well, their style and skills could rub off on you.
If you are in a job where you would like to become a leader, the best thing that you can do is push to get yourself into positions of responsibility. Without ever testing yourself, it is impossible to say what kind of leader you will be and the best course of action is to jump into the deep end and see if you will sink or swim. This experience, good or and will give you a great chance to see where you are at in terms of your leadership and it will be a great learning curve for you.
Change Your Mindset
If you really want to be a great leader then it is important that you change your mindset and go in to work tomorrow as if you already are a leader. The ‘fake it ’til you make it’ ethos is not always true but in this situation it can really help you to identify which areas of leadership you need to work on.