Life has its many ironies. The more the world moved towards democracy and equality the more the need for good leaders increased, more so than they ever needed during autocratic rule of the yore. Developing leadership skills has therefore become even more imperative with teams looking for guidance and working with open-ended equilibrium at the same time. It takes courage to step out of the ordinary and guide fellow team members towards a goal which speaks of success and benefit of all.

And it takes a great leader to ensure that this journey towards the goal is enriched with creative freedom and flair, with intellectual and cognitive predominance and with equal and optimum motivation for success. Let’s take a look at some ways of developing leadership skills and enhancing the way one can strive towards success.

Developing leadership skills – Tip #1 – Vision – The first step towards becoming a great leader is to envision the goal and share this vision with the team. It is the sign of a true leader when the entire team not only shares the same goal and vision, but works in unison towards achieving it.

Developing leadership skills – Tip #2 – Listen – To guide and lead you need to speak. But before great speech should come deep understanding. And to understand what goes in the minds of fellow team members you have to be a good listener. It is this trait that will make you privy to their potential as well as their aspirations.

Developing leadership skills – Tip #3 – Motivate – Once you know which path you want to proceed on and how to bring out the best in your team, you need to motivate and make them perform to their optimum potential. Motivation leads to respect while fear leads to submission. The latter will show performance without creativity and loyalty while the former will show the best results possible.

Developing leadership skills – Tip #4 – Connect – It is your ability to connect – with the team, with the shareholders, with the clients and with the masses that makes a 360 degree leadership. The right communication, understanding and empathy are not only assets but also imperative for true success.

Developing leadership skills – Tip #5 – Delegate – Only a leader who has complete confidence in the self can trust his team to perform without undue interference. Delegation is by far the most difficult trait to develop because it is not easy to let go when you know you can do the task better yourself. But once you can, you will realize that responsibility leads to better performance and potential leaders on whom you can rely for strategic actions.

Developing leadership skills – Tip #6 – Mentor – Being a leader does not mean you only show the path and dictate the way to achieved goals. It means being a teacher, guide and mentor who encourages one to experiment, think and give full freedom to creativity.

Developing leadership skills – Tip #7 – Commit – One can identify a leader by the level of commitment that is displayed in every action, thought and performance of the individual. Unless you are completely committed, hold yourself accountable and show responsibility you cannot expect people to follow you. True leadership is not dictated but developed naturally through positive reinforcement of the self.

Gary Takacs is the founder of The CEO University is a US-based, CEO and Executive Peer Group Organization that creates opportunities for accelerated business growth and personal development  through CEO Peer Group Meetings that are CEO-led, one-to-one mentoring focused on unique business and personal challenges, and purposeful  learning events.