Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act toward achieving a common goal, directing workers and colleagues with a strategy to meet the organization's needs. To be effective, a leader has to manage the resources at their disposal. Leadership also involves communicating, inspiring and supervising. A successful leader understands people’s motivations and enlists participation in a way that marries individual needs and interests to the group’s purpose.
Assessing Your Level of Competency
This is the time to really reflect on yourself and where you are at with this competency. Ask yourself the following questions to dive deep into your self-assessment:
- Do I want to be a leader?
- Can I empathize with different types of people?
- Can I change how I communicate depending on the situation?
- Can I think critically and criticize constructively?
- Can I cope with stress?
- Am I flexible when it comes to different tasks?
- Can I handle fear and anxiety?
Building Your Level of Competency
Build on your level of this competency through the following:
- Utilize those around to the benefit of the task; without manipulation and in a way that is mutually acceptable.
- Strategize and stand back in an attempt to see a wider view of the situation.
- Communicate what is happening, and what you're wanting to happen so others can understand in detail.
- Listen to support or advice but be capable of acting without it.
- Develop your team.
- Deal with problems diplomatically and empathetically.
- Consider options without procrastinating and make decisions.
- Be knowledgeable of yourself, strengths, and limitations.
- Understand the position of others in organizational hierarchy, as well as your position and the responsibilities that comes with it.
- Be aware of personal objectives and parameters.
- Be mindful of the people around you; know their wants, opinions, and agendas. Try to understand their relationships with each other.
- Demonstrate initiative by taking on additional responsibilities.
Communicating This Competency
There are several ways to communicate your leadership skills such as:
- Cover letter
- Elevator pitch
- Class projects
- Student Organizations
Competency Tracking Sheet
To help you properly think about each skill, how to build and articulate them, utilize the Competency Tracking sheet. The document is to be used throughout your review of all the competencies.
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