Leadership Essentials – Just leading effectively

There are three essential abilities that make it easier for leaders to be effective and successful:  Know Yourself, Take Charge und Believe in Others. These abilities are the basis for all people who lead others: executives, teachers, parents, coaches, consultants and project managers. These leadership abilities are neither tasks nor know-how nor skills. They are attitudes reflected in one's everyday behavior.


Essential Competence No. 1: Know Yourself

Leadership means influencing others and letting oneself get influenced by others. Leading becomes much easier when we have a realistic idea of the effect we have on others. This effect on others is in a state of flux because both people and their expectations change. Hence, the first essential ability, Know Yourself, comes down to the habit of constantly seeking to re-explore oneself and others. A prerequisite for this is the inner conviction of being able to define our "traits" to others only in relation to other people. Actively exploring one's own role is also part of the first essential competence. Each and every leader faces many different expectations from employees, supervisors, co-workers, clients and other persons. There are tools and methods to gain clarity about the way one wants to actively shape one's professional role.


Essential Competence No. 2: Take Charge

Leading means adopting other people's wishes in such a way that others will be happy to do the same. The easiest way of winning people's hearts for a purpose is to be deeply convinced of this purpose. The role of leaders requires them to take responsibility for their own attitude and to actively change it if needed. The essential ability Take Charge includes resolute hands-on action regarding one's own inner attitude and straightforwardly speaking to employees about one's own expectations. It is only when a leader has adopted the organization's goals that he or she can say to his or her employees: "I expect you to do..." Leaders who address their employees in this way are in a position to motivate them. With the help of conversation technique exercises, leaders get used to adopting an active, straightforward and responsible leadership style.


Essential Competence No. 3: Believe in Others

Leadership means to believe in collaboration between people so strongly that the collaboration becomes a successful one. There is an essential difference between leading individual persons and leading groups. In the case of groups, the success of the work depends on the favorable development of relationships, in which the leader him or herself is not involved. If the leader tries to settle disputes among team members him or herself, he or she will keep the group's problem-solving ability from evolving. The group will perceive well-intentioned support as an interference based on distrust. Leaders can make groups succeed by persistently believing in the group's problem-solving ability and conveying optimism even in emotional situations. For many leaders, the essential ability of Believing in Others is the most difficult competence because its most important action is non-action. Leaders can learn this kind of calmness by experiencing groups and their natural evolvement.