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  1. Leadership Traits & skills APAMSA Leadership Development Module

  2. Leadership Traits & Skills Leader Traits Leader Skills • adaptable • ambitious • assertive • cooperative • decisive • dependable • persistent • responsible • self-confident • stress tolerant • intelligent • knowledgeable • conceptually skilled • creative • diplomatic • tactful • fluent in speaking • organized • persuasive • sociable Source: R.M. Stodill, Handbook of Leadership: A Survey of the Literature (New York: Free Press, 1974)

  3. Leadership Development Leadership Challenge (2) • Leadership Traits & Skills • Review the effective leadership traits & skills discussed separately in this module • Identify the 2 trait(s) and 2 skill(s) viewed as your strengths • Identify the 2 trait(s) and 2 skill(s) viewed as your weaknesses

  4. Leadership Traits & Skills Effective Leadership Traits • High energy level & stress tolerance • Self-confidence • Internal locus of control • Emotional stability & maturity • Personal integrity • Socialized power motivation • Moderately high achievement orientation • Moderately low need for affiliation Source: G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210)

  5. Leadership Traits & Skills Effective Leadership Traits • High Energy Level & Stress Tolerance • Ability to cope with a hectic schedule, unrelenting pressure, and difficult situations • Composed and calm under stress, problem-focused, confident and decisive  Strength  Weakness Source: G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210)

  6. Leadership Traits & Skills Effective Leadership Traits • Self-Confidence • Ability to influence others, take initiative and be persistent, optimistic, and decisive in a crisis • Attempts difficult tasks, action-oriented, sets challenging goals and high expectations  Strength  Weakness Source: G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210)

  7. Leadership Traits & Skills Effective Leadership Traits • Internal Locus of Control • Ability to take responsibility for own actions and learn from own mistakes • Future-oriented, proactive, believes events are determined by our actions and not by chance  Strength  Weakness Source: G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210)

  8. Leadership Traits & Skills Effective Leadership Traits • Emotional Stability & Maturity • Ability to care about other people, control own emotions, take criticism constructively • Aware of own strengths/weaknesses, focused on self-improvement, keeps high moral standards  Strength  Weakness Source: G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210)

  9. Leadership Traits & Skills Effective Leadership Traits • Personal Integrity • Ability to be consistently honest, ethical, trustworthy, and loyal to followers • Keeps promises and confidential information, sets an example with own behavior  Strength  Weakness Source: G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210)

  10. Leadership Traits & Skills Effective Leadership Traits • Socialized Power Motivation • Ability to participate, coach, and exercise power for the benefit of others • Power used to build up the organization and create team pride  Strength  Weakness Source: G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210)

  11. Leadership Traits & Skills Effective Leadership Traits • Moderately High Achievement Orientation • Ability to set challenging but realistic goals, organize tasks, perform efficiently, and take specific action plans • Desires to excel and succeed, task-oriented, solves problems, emphasizes performance  Strength  Weakness Source: G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210)

  12. Leadership Traits & Skills Effective Leadership Traits • Moderately Low Need For Affiliation • Ability to make unpopular decisions, rewards for effective performance and not for approval • Work-focused, avoids favoritism, addresses genuine differences vs. avoiding confrontation  Strength  Weakness Source: G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210)

  13. Leadership Traits & Skills Effective Leadership Skills • Technical skills • Interpersonal skills • Conceptual skills • Emotional intelligence • Social intelligence • Systems thinking • Ability to learn Source: G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210)

  14. Leadership Skills Effective Leadership Skills • Technical Skills • Knowledgeable about methods, processes, techniques, and equipment • Knowledgeable about the organization and its products or services • Requires good memory, orientation to details, rapid learning of technical material  Strength  Weakness Source: G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210)

  15. Leadership Skills Effective Leadership Skills • Conceptual Skills • Good judgment, foresight, intuition, creativity, and ability to find meaning in the face of ambiguity • Requires analytical ability, logical thinking, concept formation, inductive and deductive reasoning  Strength  Weakness Source: G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210)

  16. Leadership Skills Effective Leadership Skills • Interpersonal Skills • Knowledgeable about human behavior, feelings, attitudes, and motives of others • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively • Requires empathy, social insight, charm, tact and diplomacy  Strength  Weakness Source: G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210)

  17. Leadership Skills Effective Leadership Skills • Emotional Intelligence • Attuned to own feelings and feelings of others • Emotions cognitively managed and used to facilitate reasoning • Requires emotional maturity, self-awareness, self-regulation  Strength  Weakness Source: G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210)

  18. Leadership Skills Effective Leadership Skills • Social Intelligence • Ability to identify social requirements for a particular situation and select an appropriate response • Knowledgeable about organizational culture and power relationships • Requires social perceptiveness and behavioral flexibility  Strength  Weakness Source: G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210)

  19. Leadership Skills Effective Leadership Skills • Systems Thinking • Understands that a change in one part of the organization will affect other parts as well • Appropriate reaction to anticipated consequences can counteract these effects • Requires awareness of how different parts of the organization are interrelated  Strength  Weakness Source: G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210)

  20. Leadership Skills Effective Leadership Skills • Ability To Learn • Ability to learn from experience and adapt to change • Flexible enough to learn from mistakes, change assumptions and beliefs, and refine their mental models • Requires self-awareness, open-mindedness, curiosity, and routine feedback about strengths & weaknesses  Strength  Weakness Source: G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210)

  21. Leadership Development Summary • Leadership Traits & Skills • Certain traits & skills are positively related to effective leadership • Identify your strengths and weaknesses to better manage your leadership role • Aim to build upon your strengths and correct or compensate for your weaknesses

  22. Leadership Development Next Topic… • Leadership Roles • Our next module reviews the key roles that leaders are expected to hold

  23. Leadership Development Sources • G. Yukl, Leadership In Organizations, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, p. 189-210 • Free Management Library • www.managementhelp.org/ldrship/ldrship.htm