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The Art Of Leadership

Art is infinite. An artist never reaches a point of complete mastery. The skill of an artist is in constant development, evolving and transforming, adapting to the moment, and becoming fluently versatile to experience or achieve a brilliantly authentic outcome.

Leadership is an art.

Leadership, like all arts, takes patience, practice, and persistence. The art of leadership is exhibited by modeling the way, inspiring a shared vision, fostering an environment of innovation, guiding others toward their excellence, and encouraging the celebration of success.

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To new leaders, these artful behaviors can seem daunting and vague. However, the art of leadership can be taught to new leaders by helping them build five key fundamental skills early in their careers that will allow them to adapt successfully and become versatile to any given challenge. Take time to teach new leaders foundational skills, and watch them achieve and succeed beyond unthinkable limits.

Five Foundational Leadership Skills:

  1. Determine values: Help new leaders identify what they stand for personally and professionally. Facilitate them through a discussion that will guide them toward articulating their top three values. New leaders must understand who they are and what they stand for before they can effectively model the way.

  2. Articulate vision: Teach new leaders how to describe the future. A new leader needs to learn first how to identify where they are headed and secondly be able to describe their vision clearly and with conviction to inspire other

  3. Seek ways to foster personal growth: Encourage new leaders to seek ways to grow personally. Hold them accountable for following through on continuous learning opportunities. Advancing their education or reading the latest leadership books, choices are limitless.

  4. Learn to partner: Teach new leaders how to identify the strengths of others and how to align themselves with those who have talents they may not have. Learning to partner fosters collaboration and respect and diminishes the desire for silos.

  5. Share wins: Ask new leaders to share their successes with others frequently. Meetings, emails, or networking sites are great avenues new leaders can use to communicate personal or team wins. Professionally sharing wins helps highlight new leaders’ strengths and build confidence!

Gina Kellogg-Gardner, MAOL, wrote this post

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