Eric Jacobson

Skills Leaders Need To Effectively Lead

In Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Books on October 25, 2015 at 11:15 am

I had the pleasure of interviewing Overland Park, KS-based author Leigh Branham a few years ago.  He’s the author of three best-selling books, including, Re-engage and The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave.

When asked what are the most important skills a leader should have to effectively lead, he offered this good advice:

  • Vision
  • Integrity
  • Courage
  • Authenticity

In addition, he suggests that to be effective a leader should have:

  • the ability to face and address unpleasant realities
  • the willingness to welcome disagreement and open discussion
  • the ability to open up and field tough questions
  • the balance to be both tough and tender minded
  • the ability to adapt oneself to the needs of those being led

Most important, according to Branham, is a leader should have authenticity and courage.

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