So, what makes a good organizational leader? Here are just some of the key organizational leadership skills:
1. Inspires others: Whether by success or vision, an effective leader will motivate others toward a shared goal.
2. Builds relationships and develops others: An organizational leader is usually a people person who is good at cultivating connections with others and developing the potential of colleagues and employees.
3. Communicates effectively: Good communication is critical for conveying both information and inspiration.
4. Solves problems: Organizational leaders should have strong technical or professional expertise they can leverage to address issues.
5. Operates ethically: People are always looking for a hero. It’s easier to follow the lead of someone who demonstrates transparency, integrity and honesty in all dealings.
6. Innovates a strategic plan in line with an organization’s mission: This is what separates organizational leadership from leadership in general.
7. Implements goals and holds teams accountable: Driving toward success means identifying the goals that ladder up to a mission and getting people to achieve them.
8. Foresees possible challenges: No matter how well planned, the road to success will inevitably involve a few detours. Good organizational leaders are always strategizing for the next challenge.
9. Pivots as necessary: And when those challenges are unforeseen, such as the pandemic, an effective leader can pivot effectively.
10. Remaining calm amid uncertainty: In good times and in bad, organizational leaders provide clear, stable direction for others.