Leadership Skills

Become an Exceptional Leader

With persistence, you can be an exceptional leader.

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The old-fashioned view of leadership is that leaders are marked out for leadership from early on in their lives; and that if you are not a born leader, there's little you can do to become one.

That's not the way we see it now. The modern view is that through patience, persistence and hard work, you can be a truly effective leader, just as long as you make the effort needed.

The 30+ articles in this section help you develop your leadership skills, so that you can become an exceptional leader.

Start by taking our short leadership quiz to test your leadership skills. Then firm up on the leadership basics, explore the different approaches to leadership that you can use, and find out why emotional intelligence is so important in leadership.

The Browse by Category box will help you target specific leadership skills, while you can look through the list below to find interesting topics. Enjoy these articles!

General Leadership

Core Leadership Theories  
Learning the Foundations of Leadership

The Leadership Motivation Assessment  
How Motivated Are YOU to Lead?

Leadership Motivation Tools  
Increase Your Motivation to Lead

Authentic Leadership  
Being a Leader That People Want to Follow

Ethical Leadership  
Doing the Right Thing

Dunham and Pierce's Leadership Process Model  
Taking an Intelligent, Long-Term Approach to Leadership

Understanding Power

French and Raven's Five Forms of Power  
Understanding Where Power Comes From in the Workplace

Building Expert Power  
Lead From the Front

Leadership Styles

The Hersey-Blanchard Situational Leadership® Theory  
Choosing the Right Style for the Right People

Lewin's Leadership Styles Framework  
Three Core Leadership Styles

The Seven Transformations of Leadership  
Developing Your Leadership Style

The Tannenbaum-Schmidt Leadership Continuum  
Balancing Control with Your Team's Need for Freedom

Leadership Style Matrix  
Choosing the Best Leadership Approach

"Laissez Faire" Versus Micromanagement  
Getting the Balance Right

Action Centered Leadership™  
Balancing Task-, Team- and Individual-Focus

Fiedler's Contingency Model  
Matching Leadership Style to a Situation

Path-Goal Theory  
Discovering the Best Leadership Style

Six Emotional Leadership Styles  
Choosing the Right Style for the Situation

Leadership Styles  
Choosing the Right Approach for the Situation

The Blake Mouton Managerial Grid  
Balancing Task- and People-Oriented Leadership

Transformational Leadership  
Becoming an Inspirational Leader

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence in Leadership  
Learning How to Be More Aware

Developing Self-Awareness  
Understanding Yourself

The Most Beautiful Word in the English Language

The Talisman of Leadership  

I Swear by Apollo  
Leading Yourself

Leading by Example  
Making Sure You "Walk the Talk"

A Leader's Mood  
The Dimmer Switch of Performance

A Bit of Perfume  
Giving Praise

Degrees of Giving  
Being a Generous Leader

The Green-Eyed Monster  
Keeping Envy Out of the Workplace

Becoming a Leader

10 Common Leadership and Management Mistakes  
Avoiding Universal Pitfalls

Leading Equals  
Motivating People Effectively, Without Authority

Now You're the Boss...  
Learning How to Manage Former Peers

What a Real Leader Knows  
Developing Fundamental Leadership Skills

Level 5 Leadership  
Achieving "Greatness" as a Leader

The Four Factor Theory of Leadership  
A Foundation of Good Leadership

Young and Future Leaders

Leadership by the New Generation  
Bridging the Gap between Young and Old

Building Tomorrow's Leaders  
Identifying and Developing Leaders in Your Organization

The Leadership Pipeline Model  
Developing Your Organization's Future Leaders

Crisis and Contingency Planning

Crisis Planning  
Preparing Your Best Response to the Unexpected

Contingency Planning  
Developing a Good 'Plan B'

Leadership In Hard Times  
Leading – and Succeeding – in a Downturn

Jennings' Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse  
Spotting Moral Downfalls

Zenger and Folkman's 10 Fatal Leadership Flaws  
Avoiding Common Mistakes in Leadership

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