When it comes to leadership skills you first have to be a role model with great wisdom and integrity. You should at all times present yourself with great confidence and self-control. Lao Tzu says: Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.
After all, if you are not comfortable with yourself, how can you be comfortable when you are around other people?
Besides integrity, anyone in an executive position must first learn to understand others before achieving organizational objectives. When you seek to understand the needs of others, they will return the favor in an amazing way. Involvement of all parties in setting plans leads to harmonization of group objectives which is aided and enhanced by effective communication. Leadership skills require you as a leader to find common goals among members. This can best be achieved when everybody feels that they have contributed and not when they feel like they have been left out or manipulated.
Having leadership skills is all about service, humility and motivation. Great leaders stimulate minds and develop potentials. The strongest weapon is neither nuclear nor atomic but the will to fight. It would be much better to get a team of average qualified personnel who are eager to produce results than have a group of bored but highly qualified professionals. Information is power but to know how to use it well is super-power. They say, in exams the foolish ask questions the wise cannot answer.
One must learn to appreciate the efforts and skills of his subordinates by manner of rewards and other incentives. A person with good leadership skills does not use dictatorship, but instead he/she is full of humility and respect. Therefore leading is letting people do something you want done because they want to do it.
By Tony King