When did you last think about leadership skills?
About 3 seconds before you clicked on this article? In general, why leadership skills are important isn’t a topic we really think about yet having good leadership skills is important in every part of our life. Leadership skills are needed when we are going through challenges and difficulties. They are necessary when we need to solve problems or make decisions.
Leadership skills play a role in how we raise our kids, deal with taking care of elderly parents and how we manage our money. As parents, for instance, we want to raise our kids to be confident, well-adjusted adults. In order to do that, we must first have the leadership skills that will inspire them to follow our example.
“Man, often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mahatama Gandhi
How leadership works in different areas of life
“Positivity, confidence, and persistence are key in life, so never give up on yourself.” Khalid
Career. Good leadership skills help you advance your career, go after the career you want and while doing so, inspire others to follow you. Skills like having humility, good communication skills and integrity all go hand in hand in pursuing a satisfying career.
Example: When you take charge of your life and the success you have in it.
Business. Owning your own business or managing a business requires many skills. Those who succeed have good leadership skills. They are taking care of their finances. They hold themselves accountable and take responsibility for their actions. They have good negotiation skills and inspire others.
Example: When others say that it’s not possible or they can’t do it and there are too many problems and you and your team come up with an idea or solution that is leadership.
Parenting. Parenting is not just about bringing a child into the world and hoping they grow up okay. It’s about guiding, leading, inspiring and showing the child the skills such as responsibility, confidence, humility, managing their time and helping others.
Example: When parents take responsibility to prepare food for kids, get kids ready for school and organise the home they are showing leadership skills.
Friendship. Leadership skills in your friendships doesn’t mean everyone always does what you want or say. Instead, it means following your own moral code and inspiring others to do the right thing. It means not criticising others for being different from yourself but accepting.
Example: When you guide, inspire or lead others to follow and do what is right instead of following the crowd, it is a form of leadership.
Students. Leadership skills are found in the way you participate in sports, clubs, participate in classroom discussions and help others.
Example: When you complete your assignments and your to-do lists each day, it is leadership.
Social: Leadership skills play an important part in your social and environmental life as well. By taking a stand against or for something, finding a solution to a problem that affects many, or by helping those less advantageous as you.
Example: Finding a way to reduce or clean pollution from your area and taking action to do it, is leadership. Another example is like when you provide your seat to an elderly person on the bus.
“I’ve learned to ignore the negative people and just be a living example of confidence and self-love.” Khoudia Diop