[caption id="attachment_498" align="alignleft" width="300"] Leadership skills must be developed through experience.[/caption] If you've risen to a position of power and authority in your organization, you might be asking yourself, “How can managers develop leadership skills?” It would be nice if you could simply sit down with a book or an instructional video in order to attain the leadership skills you'll require as a manager. Even though there are some great resources available, however, you will never be able to develop adequate leadership skills through studying, reading, viewing instructional videos or attending classes. The fact of the matter is that leadership skills are developed through experience. As a manager, you cannot wait until experiences happen to you in order to develop adequate leadership skills. If you take this route, you will be stuck in a loop that never gets broken. Your team members will begrudgingly follow your direction, but they will do so only because you have a position and a job title that makes you superior to them. In other words, they follow you simply because you're the boss, not because they feel inspired by you. That's why you need to actively pursue what are commonly known as the five levels or stages of leadership, as described by author John C. Maxwell. As you pass through these levels, you will gain the experience that you require, and in doing so, you will gain the respect, admiration and enthusiasm of the people you lead.
The Laws of SupervisionI've talked and written at length about the three Laws of Supervision. When it comes to leadership and rising to a level where you're respected and followed for your experience and skill, it's vital to understand these laws:
- There is no such thing as employee problems – only management problems
- Your people will determine your future
- Your job security lies in your ability to perform