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Do You Have the Soft Skills to Be a Great Leader?

Individuals advance in their careers when they conquer new skills and drive goal achievement. However, when organizations look to their workforce to identify future leaders, they also look for soft skills. Leaders must be able to drive decision-making efforts motivate their teams, and that can’t be accomplished with academic degrees or certifications; nor can it be achieved with an authoritarian, “Do as I say because I’m in charge” type of style.

If you want to become an effective leader, you’ll need to exhibit an array of critical soft skills including these three key traits:

The Great Communicator

Leaders must be able to communicate verbally and in writing with people above them, below them, and with their peers. They also have to communicate effectively with people outside of their own departments who may not understand the jargon or the technical references of those “in the know.”  Strong leaders are able to be direct and concise, while also demonstrating compassion and understanding.

The Savvy Influencer

Leaders bust be able to influence those around them. Whether they are attempting to set a good example for their team, sway other department heads to their way of thinking, or they are entrenched in budget negotiations, leaders have to understand what it takes to create that influence. Success is most often found with a soft touch and a bit of empathy, rather than chest thumping or strong-arm tactics.

The Humble Teammate

Humility is a critical soft skill for anyone who hopes to become an effective leader. Those who take all of the credit when things go right (and pass on the blame when things go wrong) will only alienate those around them. Great leaders know that they are a part of a team, and as the old saying goes, “There is no ‘I’ in ‘team.’” Check your ego at the door and give others their opportunity to shine.

If you want to learn more about how you can become a more effective leader and motivate your team, contact Vector Technical Resources today.  Our experienced, professional recruiters in the Washington, DC area can help you locate managers who have a successful track record of motivating teams, and we can help you enact programs to help strengthen your current management team, as well.