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Leadership Skill Concepts

I need help with the concept of leadership skills. Please include references and experiences.

1) Define the term and concept of leadership skills.
2) Present and expand upon a minimum of three (3) skills that are necessary for an individual to be an effective leader. Support your assertions and statements with course materials and other supporting materials.
3) Discuss how these leadership skills will lead to technical competence by a leader.
4) Evaluate these skills against your own skills which are administration and finance. Develop a brief plan detailing how you will acquire and/or strengthen these skills as you progress in your future

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Hi,

While I can't write your paper for you, I can give you some input, my own experiences as examples and perhaps some research to help guide you.

1) Define the term and concept of leadership skills.

- Leadership is essentially the ability to motivate. An effective leader can motivate others toward reaching a common goal. Leaders are different than managers in that leaders inspire others to do the work needed while managers generally tend to manage the tasks associated with completing the goal.

- In my own experiences, I have been both a leader and a manager in my professional life and find that leading can be difficult. Inspiring others to get on the same page and work together toward the same goal has its own challenges. It is much easier to manage the actual tasks associated with the project or the goal than it is to get buy in from others to complete those tasks.

- A very strong, yet controversial, individual who has been used as a primary example of an effective leader is Adolf Hitler. Though the things he led his armies to do were despicable, he was able to motivate, create a sense of ownership among the armies, and instilled a strong sense of urgency to believe in his vision.

2) Present and expand upon a minimum of three (3) skills that are necessary for an individual to be an effective leader. Support your assertions and statements with course materials and other supporting materials.

- Leading by example: Effective leaders know they are always being watched and are comfortable with being looked to as a role model. Pitching in where needed, being an active part of the team, demonstrating the values and traits expected, and actually doing the work others do to understand it are all aspects of leading by example (Yoskovitz, 2007).

- An experience I've had with leading by example was when I was given a position in a middle management role to lead others who had actually been doing the job longer than I had. In order to gain respect and to effectively lead, I had to "get my hands dirty". I spent large amounts of time with each employee to learn what ...

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Overview of leadership skills, expansion on three skills needed to be an effective leader, evaluate those leadership skills. Over 1300 words, 3 references.

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