These areas are key management skills, but the best leaders will also be able to turn their hand to these.
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Leaders therefore need skills in working with others on a one-to-one and group basis, and a range of tools in their armoury to deal with a wide range of situations.
Alongside strategic thinking, therefore, go organising and action planning, both essential for delivery of your vision and strategy.
Project management and project planning are also helpful skills for both managers and leaders.
Leadership skills are highly sought after by employers as they involve dealing with people in such a way as to motivate, enthuse and build respect.
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One of the first skills that new leaders need to master is how to delegate.
This is a difficult skill for many people but, done well, delegation can give team members responsibility and a taste of leadership themselves, and help them to remain motivated. There are further challenges to delegating work within a team, including balancing workloads, and ensuring that everyone is given opportunities to help them develop. Leaders and managers both need to understand how to build and manage a team.
Good risk management is also important to help you avoid things going wrong, and manage when they do.
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