Without These Skills You Won’t Make it as an Organizational Leader – Part 1

There are specific skills that are indispensable to your success as a leader. And in this series, I will cover them. If you lack proficiency in any of these skills will undermine your effectiveness as a leader.

Since these are skills, you can learn them and become proficient at each one. You’ll have to put a little bit of effort, but when you do, you (and your team and your organization) will reap the benefit; the better leader you become, the better it is for everyone.

Although I focus on organizational leaders in this series, the skills you’ll learn also apply to other types of leaders (e.g., sports coaches). Each skill you’ll learn in this series could be broken down in “sub-skills.” In that sense, they’re more family of skills (linked to the various responsibilities of the organizational leader).

The first skill you can’t do without as an organizational leader is task management skill (or workload assignment skill). That is, to become effective as a leader, you must become proficient at task management. In simple terms, task management consists of a few key activities.

1. Define the Work That Must Get Done

As the leader, you’re responsible for your team’s deliverable. In fact, your team has specific organizational targets to mean, and you’re responsible for ensuring that your team meets them. Therefore, you must define the workload: the work that the team must carry out to reach the organization’s targets.

2. Delegate the Work Effectively

When you’ve defined the work that must get done, you must assign workloads to the various team members. That in itself is a skill; you must match each task with the “right” team member. Otherwise, the team suffers. Effective delegation is a skill.

As a general, rule you want to assign to your team members tasks that match their skill set and interests while ensuring that all team members are performing their fair share of the work.

3. Monitor the Work’s Progress

Part of your role as a leader is to ensure that your team members get their work done on time. To do that, you must monitor the work’s progress and quickly handle any obstacle and address any delays. At regular intervals, take stock of where the team is in relation to its targets.

4. Verify That the Work Meets Established Standards

As the team performs the work, as the leader, you must ensure that the work meets the organization’s standards of quality. It demands that you put in place quality assurance mechanism. The mechanism should ensure errors are caught early enough in the process to avoid damages to the organization’s reputation and any waste of resources.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.