Leadership Skills

Posted by |Feb 17, 2012|2 comments

A leader inspires his/ her followers to strive for a goal & he helps in aligning all resources for the achievement of that goal. In this process, the leader uses different skills & tactics. For example, he/she has to persuade different decision makers, motivate followers & also play the role of a negotiator when conflicts arise. Tactics refer to detailed maneuvers to achieve objectives set by strategy. Leaders use various tactics as they have to deal not only with their followers & subordinates but also with superiors & external individuals over whom they have no control.   Three basic Leadership Skills: –   A leader has to possess a wide array of skills which includes superb communication skills, excellent motivational & persuasive skills, good managerial skills like planning, organizing & controlling, outstanding conflict negotiation skills etc. But what generally differentiates a leader from a manager is the ability to persuade &...

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You Can’t Order Change!

Posted by |Oct 13, 2011|2 comments

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” -Nelson Mandela     I was recently gifted a wonderful book titled ‘You Can’t Order Change’ which chronicles the leadership journey of Jim McNerney, current CEO of Boeing. McNerney spent much of his career as a rising star and major player at General Electric, where he was one of the three finalists to replace Jack Welch. Now at Boeing, McNerney cleared up a mass of legal problems, tackled the cultural issues that allowed them to arise, rebuilt the brand, and invested in new programs that promise a long, profitable future for the company. I was quite inspired by the profound leadership insights this book had to offer. Some of McNerney’s strategies that grabbed my attention were:   1. Help your people get better through measurable goals 2. Build...

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Competency Mapping

Posted by |Oct 13, 2011|2 comments

What is competency?   Competency is the ability of a person to perform and produce tangible results. Traditionally, it was believed that if a person is educated and trained, he will produce results; but in reality we often find educated and trained people also fail to produce expected results. This leads to the quest of finding those critical things that make someone a performer as compared to others. This leads to the expression of Competency; as given by the following conceptual equation:   Competency = Attitude x skills x Knowledge   American labour institute calls it as “ASK”. This means that even a person who has the required knowledge and skills, may not guarantee performance if his attitude is negative.   What is Competency Mapping?   Competency mapping is a process to identify key competencies of an organization and a job and incorporating those competencies throughout the various processes (evaluation, training, recruitment) of the organization....

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