What leadership skills are important?
Safeera Sarjoo

What leadership skills are important?

what leadership skills are important

First published date June 22 2017 Amended date June 22 2017

According to a 2014 Global Human Capital Trends survey carried out by Deloitte, the need for leadership at all levels was one of 12 critical issues identified in their findings. 

Employees who work in various locations for Deloitte explained that leadership remains the 'number one talent issue facing organisations around the world.' 

Leadership is more than just managing people though. Transparency encourages other skills to come to the forefront, which can then trickle down within your workforce and create a productive and more positive environment. 

Here are just a few skills that leaders - and leadership training - should embody.

Relationship building

One of the most important things leaders need to recognise is that people are at the centre of all of their efforts. You cannot lead people unless you understand them, which is why a training course gives you the opportunity to learn how to build relationships and create strong communities within your business. Being able to relate and support employees will have a lasting impact and create an open working relationship that will be beneficial to you both. This also encourages transparent communication as Marcel Schwantes' article on Inc.com talks about. 

The ability to clarify your vision

Leadership training allows you to take a step back from your overall vision and examine what can be done differently to help drive you and your team to those strategic goals. You may even walk away learning how to communicate your vision and your hopes in a more effective way, which will have a lasting impression on your employees.

Being able to identify other leaders

There is no concrete guide describing what a leader looks like and as more millennials move up the career ladder, it’s important to nurture natural qualities that make them an effective leader. Good leadership training will make managers realise their strengths, teach them how to utilise that in the work place and make them understand the impact this can have on other people.

Building self confidence and esteem

As mentioned above, not all leaders are natural extroverts who naturally make their voices heard. Sometimes, it’s the quiet individuals who possess great leadership qualities and training in this area can really make a difference when it comes to building their confidence and self esteem.

Being able to influence people

Not in a negative way of course! The power of influencing those around you isn’t an easy quality, however good leaders are able to do this without it seeming like they're ordering people around. It also ties in with our previous point nicely too. Once your confidence and self esteem grows, you’re then in a better position to make your voice heard among your peers and drive the change you want within your organisation. 


If you feel that leadership training would benefit yourself or those within your organisation then why not check out the range of leadership courses we have on offer at Hotcourses?

Safeera Sarjoo

Safeera is Editor of Whatuni and a journalist from Kingston University. Always the inquisitive, her writing spans across a number of areas such as sustainability, fashion, lifestyle and now education. Her belief that you never stop learning and passionate nature has taken her to New York City as part of her degree and across the airwaves on national radio talking about the issues that matter to her.