The 6 Leadership Skills
Every Building Trade Business Owner Should Know
pointed to six leadership skills that are particularly important. These are not
mysterious and certainly aren’t new. However, the leaders we talked with
emphasized that these fundamental skills really matter. Aspiring leaders
should focus on practicing these essential basics:
Shape a vision that is exciting and challenging for your team (or
Translate that vision into a clear strategy about what actions to take,
and what not to do.
Recruit, develop, and reward a team of great people to carry out
Focus on measurable results.
Foster innovation and learning to sustain your team (or organization)
and grow new leaders.
Lead yourself — know yourself, improve yourself, and manage the
appropriate balance in your own life.
No matter where you
are in your business, you can find opportunities to practice these six skills.
You’ll have varying degrees of success, which is normal. But by reflecting on
your successes and failures at every step, and getting feedback
from colleagues and mentors, you’ll keep making positive adjustments and find
more opportunities to learn.
Eventually, as you
progress, you’ll reach a level of capability in these areas such that you’ll
start seeing results: you’ll successfully make things happen through the people
who work for you on your team. As you succeed, these results will begin to
build upon one another. You’ll have become a leader, capable of rallying an
organization of people around a meaningful collective goal and delivering the
results to reach it.
Adapted HBR Oct 2018 Ashkenas &