3 Core Leadership Skills

Have you ever known someone who thought they were leading, but no one was following them?  Pretty sad isn’t it?  The reason people are sometimes deluded about their ability to lead is that they have neglected one of the core elements of leadership.  It’s sad to watch people struggle in a leadership role because, in reality, leadership is pretty simple.

Simple does not mean “easy”; it means “less complex.”  Leadership, good leadership, although not easy, is simple.  In its simplest form it is the employment of three core skills:

  1. Casting vision
  2. Executing strategy
  3. Fostering relationships

When someone in a leadership role performs these three skills, he/she is indeed a leader.  When someone in a leadership role neglects one or more of these skills, he/she is not a leader.  Leadership is simple, but it can be hard to do at the same time.

Leadership is simple, but it can be hard to do at the same time.  Don’t believe me?  Try this exercise for a moment: consider the most effective leader you’ve ever known.  Did that person effectively make you want to strive for something more (cast vision)?  Did that person have a knack for getting the right things done (executing strategy)?  Did that person make you and the others he/she led feel valued (foster relationships)?  I’m willing to bet that you answered “yes” to all three questions.

Now consider someone you’ve known who held a position of leadership, but fell short of being an effective leader.  Did that person cast vision?  Did that person execute the strategy?  Did that person foster relationships?  You probably answered “no” to at least one of those questions didn’t you?  Why?  Because leadership is simple, but it can be hard to do at the same time.

If you take away casting a vision, you have a team of happy people with clear tasks to perform, but no passion.  People feel drained.  Without casting a vision, the environment is stale.  True leaders evoke passion in others.

If you take away fostering relationships, you will have a team of people who know what to do, will know why they should do it, but they will burn out fast because they don’t feel like anyone cares about them.  The people will feel used.  Without fostering relationships, the boss drives people rather than leading them.  True leaders make others feel valued.

If you take away executing strategy, you will have a team of people who have a lot of excitement, they will enjoy one another, but they won’t really know what to do next.  THe people will feel bogged down.  Without executing strategy, people become frustrated by inaction.  True leaders point the way and help people get things done.

Now for the hard part.  If you’re in a position of leadership, you need to ask yourself honestly, “Am I exercising all three of these skills?  Am I really a leader?”  Because if you aren’t using all three skills, it doesn’t matter what position of leadership you may hold; in reality, you aren’t actually leading.

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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