What is a leader? How does one become a leader?
These are common questions, but my approach in this short brief will focus more on some of the core competencies that leaders need to possess.
I designed and delivered a Leadership Development Program for ACEC of Tennessee in 2008 and I focused the program on 12 core areas that relate well to the engineering leadership world. The competencies and their description are shown below.
Section 1 Building Self Awareness-Knowing yourself and others
Section 2 Conflict Resolution-Methods to success
Section 3 Negotiation Skills-Learning how to Succeed and Maintain relationships
Section 4 High Performance Teams-Building and Maintaining
Section 5 Coaching-Finding ways to help others succeed
Section 6 Delegation and Empowerment-Achieving success without doing it all yourself
Section 7 Change-Coming to grips with the fact that there will always be something new to deal with
Section 8 Career Management-Learning more about where you want to go and why
Section 9 Stress Management-Enjoying the journey and being successful at the same time
Section 10 Communication Skills-Becoming more effective in getting your message conveyed
Section 11 Personal Management-Becoming more effective at managing your life and your meetings
Section 12 Strategic and Business Planning-Failing to plan may mean planning to fail
What do you think of this list? Are there any competencies you would add, or subtract?
I look forward to your input!