By Perminus Wainaina
What skills make a powerful CEO? Why do powerful leaders seem to have a way with the people they manage?
Becoming a CEO takes hard work, strategy, and dedication. However, when you become the CEO or manager of your organization, you may focus on other roles and end up forgetting the key skills you have learned along the way. Additionally, to be a successful CEO, there are certain skills that you will need to apply every day.
Which are these skills?
If you look around the industry, you’ll notice a recurrence in the skills used. Here are some of the common skills that have helped top managers and CEOs succeed. You too can use these skills to grow and become effective at your job.
When you think about it, you hold integral leadership power. When you interact with employees, managers, the board, and even clients, they all expect you to offer leadership.
As a leader, your work involves leading others. Additionally, to be an effective leader, you ought to grow leadership qualities in others.
When you’re an effective leader, you’ll be able to hone your communication skills. Additionally, you’ll be able to offer guidance to your employees, which will then result in high employee retention.
When you lead effectively, it is easy for others to follow you. This is because they can clearly see you a clear roadmap and your leadership will end up in success both for the employees as individuals and for the organization.
2. Emotional Intelligence
A study shows that if you want to succeed as a leader, you need to have emotional intelligence (E.Q) of at least 80%.
Contrary to what many people believe, it is emotional intelligence that will help you move ahead in your career – and by extension grow your organization. Many people attribute the growth of a company and the effectiveness of a leader to a high I.Q.
To help you differentiate between the two; basically, think of IQ as the level of a person’s reasoning ability. EQ, on the other hand, is the capacity to be aware of, express, and control your emotions. It is also the ability to handle interpersonal relationships wisely and with empathy.
As a leader, you might feel like you want to do everything yourself.
Often at times, you may feel like you have a better understanding of the products you deal with, and you might want to take everything from the production to the distribution stage.
However, to be an effective leader, you’ll need to learn how to delegate.
Why is delegation so important? Well, for starters, it gives the employees a perception that you trust them enough to handle the task assigned.
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Moreover, when you assign a task, you help empower the employees and help them grow skills and experiences.
Additionally, delegation frees up your time to focus on the whole picture.
Studies have shown employees are happier and relate better with their colleagues and managers when they are assigned tasks. This also leads to higher employee retention.
Recently, I met with a manager from a real estate company. We met at a networking event. He shared how he doesn’t see the need to motivate his department as they are already well compensated in their salaries.
This, however, should not be the case. You should always take some time to motivate your employees. This helps them feel as though they are a part of the team.
Furthermore, you should also take some time to interact with employees on an individual stage. This will help you see what motivates them, as well as what their aspirations are.
If you take a look at some of the greatest leaders in history, you’ll notice a trend that occurs in almost all of them. They all had a sort of ‘understudy’
Firstly, you’re known as a great leader by the legacy you leave behind. While you may have a different definition of legacy, one point remains adamant –people will always remember how you impacted their lives.
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As a leader, you should allocate time to train the employees in what the organization stands for, and the skills you have used to get where you are.
In short, who you are as a leader is going to rub off in the people around you. This could be a department you lead, or the company you’re in charge of. You can learn more about how to be an effective leader by joining our leadership training.
Perminus Wainaina is the C.E.O and Managing Partner at Corporate Staffing Services, a leading HR & Recruitment consultancy firm based in Westlands. Through personalized career coaching he assists mid-level and senior professionals get solutions to complex and challenging career issues that they are facing. Click here for more on career coaching.