When it comes to hiring managers, companies make sure they do the toughest scrutiny of the applicants. One of the primary skills every company wants in their managers is leadership skills.
For every manager, it doesn’t matter if they have an MBA or, leadership skills are imperative. Managers lead teams of people with different mindsets, skills, technical expertise, and roles and responsibilities. Therefore, having leadership skills allows them effectively manage their team.
4 Leadership Skills for Managers
During the hiring process, every company examines the applicants according to different aspects of their leadership responsibilities. The number of leadership responsibilities is so extensive that it is impossible to compile them all in just one article. Therefore, this article focuses on four of the more common leadership skills companies want to see in their applicants.
1. People Leadership Skills
Every manager is responsible for managing different people under their command. With that diversity, leaders must have people leadership skills. He/she must know how to work with and lead people. They guide them to follow a specific strategy. The manager is also responsible for moving the team forward from where they left off with the previous manager. The new manager does that by leading the team to increase productivity and achieve the goals set by upper management.
2. Strategic Decision Making
Regardless of the business situation, leaders make strategic decisions in favor of the company and its short and long term goals. In good and bad times, everyone looks to the leader to make the strategic decisions. He/she makes the decisions by considering all the options and consequences. Then, after making the decision, they do everything to lead their team successfully.
3. Conflict Management
When leading people with different backgrounds and mindsets, conflicts often occur. Therefore, companies need leaders with conflict resolution leadership skills. When a conflict occurs and the leader is responsible for both conflicted parties, they cannot take the side of any one party. Instead, they weigh the priorities of the involved parties and help them resolve the conflict in an effective manner.
4. Participative Management
Instead of being a dictator in the office, leaders seek input from all parties and make the best decision for everyone involved. By seeking everyone’s input, everyone participates in the decisions so they feel it is also their decision. Companies prefer leaders with these participative leadership skills because they develop a collaborative environment. Through this leadership method, managers gain and keep the employees’ confidence. Often people are more motivated and there is an overall feeling of ownership.
There are many valuable leadership skills, but people leadership skills, strategic decision making, and conflict and participative management are some of the most important leadership skills. These leadership skills help leaders to develop a strong team that works together.
What leadership skill is most important to you? How are you trying to develop it? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!
This is a collaborative guest post from Shawn J. Wellington. Shawn is not only a blogger, but also a motivational speaker who often gets invitations from different companies for employee training. He is a graduate from the University of Westminster and now works as a blogger, writer, speaker and entrepreneur.