Here’s the truth. Leadership is hard but a necessary and worthy skill and quality to pursue. It’s so so fundamental that in a study of 14,000 businesses by the European commission among four other traits leadership was ranked in the top three traits that determines the longevity, profitability and health of those organisations that make it into the top 3% of companies in their industry.
1. Developing Managerial Effectiveness is the challenge of developing the relevant skills — such as time-management, prioritisation, strategic thinking, decision-making, and getting up to speed with the job — to be more effective at work.
2. Inspiring Others is the challenge of inspiring or motivating others to ensure they are satisfied with their jobs and working smarter.
3. Developing Employees is the challenge of developing others, including mentoring and coaching.
4. Leading a Team is the challenge of team-building, team development, and team management. Specific challenges include how to instill pride in a team or support the team, how to lead a big team, and what to do when taking over a new team.
5. Guiding Change is the challenge of managing, mobilising, understanding and leading change. Guiding change includes knowing how to mitigate consequences, overcome resistance to change, and deal with employees’ reaction to change.
6. Managing Internal Stakeholders and Politics is the challenge of managing relationships, politics, and image. This challenge includes gaining managerial support and managing up and getting buy-in from other departments, groups or individuals
Knowing that these challenges are common experiences for middle and senior managers is helpful to both the leaders and those charged with their development.
What would you add to this list?
Who do you need to become to accomplish your goals in the next 12 months?