Developing Leadership Skills

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14th November 2022

  • Leadership can be seen as the ability to lead others towards a common goal. The difference between leadership and management is that leaders are able to inspire others to follow them and have a clear idea of where they want to take their followers. Defining Leadership

  • Three leading thinkers on development of leadership are Rensis Likert, Warren Bennis and John Adair. Defining Leadership

  • More recently, two kinds of leadership have been distinguished. Transactional versus Transformational Leadership

  • Theories of “ethical leadership” explore the importance of having core values alongside a sense of purpose. Such approaches suggest that in the context of wider political and economic uncertainty and its impact on organisations, it is essential that leaders hold to a set of principles that allow them to make worthwhile decisions regardless of the circumstances. Ethical Leadership

  • Defining leadership is important for the identification and development of leadership. Defining Leadership

  • When considering leadership within an organisation, it is relevant to consider the situation the organisation finds itself in, the type of organisation that it is, the culture of the organisation and the different levels of responsibility within the organisation. Leadership in Various Contexts

  • Before it can be developed, leadership potential must be identified. Identifying Leadership Potential

  • There are a number of tools that can be used to identify leadership potential, eg appraisals, psychometric instruments, 360 degree feedback and development centres. Identifying Leadership Potential

  • Once identified, leadership potential should be developed and nurtured as soon as possible. Developing Leadership Potential

  • There are a number of tools that can be used to develop leadership potential, eg formal learning events, work experience, coaching and mentoring. Developing Leadership Potential

  • Personal development plans are a useful method of encouraging employees to take responsibility for their own development. Personal Development Plans

  • A supportive leadership culture is important to the identification and development of leadership skills. The Leadership Culture

  • It is increasingly being realised that leaders are crucially dependent on the quality and capabilities of their followers, who must be nurtured by the leader. Followership

Summary

While leadership can come in different forms and operate at different levels, if effective it can make a positive difference for employees, businesses and wider societies. Leadership identification and development is therefore important for organisations as is creating environments that enable leaders to be effective.

This topic explores the implications of leadership at different levels and in different organisations, as well as practical issues such as how leadership potential can be identified and developed.

Employers' Duties

There are no specific employers’ duties directly relating to developing leadership skills. Employers may wish to develop leadership skills in order to:

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While leadership can come in different forms and operate at different levels, if effective it can make a positive difference for employees, businesses and wider societies. Leadership identification and development is therefore important for organisations as is creating environments that enable leaders to be effective.

This topic explores the implications of leadership at different levels and in different organisations, as well as practical issues such as how leadership potential can be identified and developed.

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