Tuesday, April 10, 2012
One question often asked is: are leaders born or is leadership taught?
Burt Nanus gives a few ideas about how leadership skills can be learned.
1. Seek leadership responsibility early and often.
2. Find a mentor or role model.
3. Develop farsightedness. Create a sense of vision.
4. Master the skills of interdependence. They're more important than the skills of competition.
5. Become a world citizen, learning the languages and cultures of others.
6. Develop personal character, integrity, and trust.
7. Seek varied job assignments.
8. Think like a researcher, develop a sense of curiosity and creativity.
9. Design a leadership job carefully, knowing their goals.
10.Have fun at what you do.
Source: Nanus B (1990) The Leaders Edge (US: Contemporary Books)