The skills and concepts in my book, Career-ology, are the foundation of leadership. Think of a great leader and rate his or her abilities on a scale of one to ten against the following skills:
- Professional networking
- Business writing
- Public speaking and presenting
- Sales and negotiations
- Organizational awareness
- Creating a personal brand
- Developing an executive presence
Chances are the leader you selected rated highly in most if not all of these skills.
You can demonstrate the qualities of a leader without having direct reports. You don’t need a title or an organizational chart either. A true leader is a person whom others will follow regardless of the authority of a title or the incentive of a paycheck. Acquiring and practicing these skills and concepts are an excellent place to begin your journey to becoming an outstanding leader.