Top 10 Leadership Skills Employers Seek For

By Kelly B. — Published February 25, 2018

Top 10 Leadership Skills Employers Seek For

Employers look for certain skills when hiring employees, especially leaders. So, unless you possess the needed skills, you’re going to have a hard time finding a job. Now, you’re probably wondering what those skills are. Well, don’t wonder too long because we’ve already got the answers.

Here are some of the core skills employers seek for in their candidates. We’re not saying you need every single one of them, but possessing most of them can be helpful. As for skills that you don’t possess, start working on acquiring them.

Communication
Employees must be able to communicate effectively, especially if they are aiming for leadership positions. Good communication is necessary for various reasons, ranging from achieving goals to simply making subordinates more productive. Another important thing to remember – listening is just as necessary. Good communicators and leaders are also good listeners. So, keep that in mind.

Teamwork
Leadership skills include the ability to work in a team as well. In any organization, teamwork is what leads to success. So, whether you’re a leader or not, teamwork is a skill that you very much need. You must be able to work with your fellow colleagues and share the workload.

Even if you aren’t part of a team, you need to be able to cooperate with other members of the organization. That’s the only way to achieve objectives.

Ethics
No employer wants someone who cuts corners or breaks rules. So, be an employee who is willing to follow the rules. Similarly, as a leader, you have to follow the rules if you want to set a good example to your juniors or subordinates.

So, be honest, professional, and responsible.

Critical thinking
Critical thinking refers to a person’s capacity to apply what they’ve observed, studied, or learned. A leader must be able to understand data/information, analyze it and break it down to find more meaning. It is necessary for developing solutions to problems.

Positivity
Leaders and employees, in general, have to be positive thinking individuals. The reasons for this are fairly simple. People with a positive attitude have been observed to overcome challenges and solve problems with efficiency. Other than that, a positive leader can establish a healthy work environment.

Creativity
Leadership also requires one to be creative. You see, you’re going to be dealing with a wide variety of challenges in the workplace. So, creative thinking or “out of the box” thinking is very necessary for success in the workplace.

Delegation
Leaders are required to do things that, pretty much, defined them as leaders. The ability to delegate tasks is one such skill. Good leaders lead by example, which means they take on a few tasks themselves. But, of course, they can’t do everything.

That’s why a leader also needs to be good at deciding who gets to do what. This means identifying the skills of each worker and allocating tasks according to those skills.

Trustworthiness
A true leader is one who can be trusted. Everybody needs to feel comfortable around them. So, be approachable and maintain integrity. Establish the fact that you can be approached no matter what.

Feedback
Leaders should be open with their employees and willing to provide constructive criticism and also, show appreciation when a job gets done well. However, draw the line between micromanagement and being helpful.

Let employees work on their own. Interfere only when correction is required.

Flexibility
Things can always change and your plans may take a different direction. Whatever the situation may be like, good leaders must be flexible enough to adapt and solve problems.

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