In the first of a new series about taking on new roles we look at key leadership qualities and traits and how you can become a great leader.
|Here’s a short summary of what a leader is and does.
A leader is someone who leads a team of people. They typically offer instructions, advice and encouragement to their team. Leadership abilities are highly valued and leaders can be found in almost all industries and job sectors.
Step by step
|Taking on any new role can be daunting, here’s a step by step for getting started with leadership.
1. Learn more about leadership as a topic, and the skills you’ll need.
|Find out what abilities you need to be a leader.
(Sidenote: everyone you ask ‘what makes a great leader’ will give you a different answer. Some list five key qualities, some list over 20, we’ve listed some of the most common skills that get mentioned.)
Dos and Don’ts
|Discover what to do and what not to do as an aspiring leader.
✅ Explore different leadership styles (read about that here)
❎ Assume people will follow you
|Meet the people excelling at leadership.
Anne-Marie Imafidon, Founder of Stemettes
After achieving degrees in Maths and Science remarkably young, Anne-Marie Imafidon knew more women should be in STEM. So she set up Stemettes – a social enterprise that has so far helped over 14,000 young women experience STEM. She now sits on several boards, negotiates with major companies and has an MBE for her work. (Image: Anne-Marie Imafidon)
Raj Panjabi, CEO of Last Mile Health
Raj Panjabi grew up in Liberia, moving to the US when civil war broke out. After qualifying as a doctor he returned to Liberia and, using money he got as a wedding gift, founded Last Mile Health – a nonprofit that trains community health workers. His work has significantly improved access to healthcare for thousands living in remote parts of Libera. (Image: PopTech)
|Get practical help from top organisations with these online leadership courses.
Develop your leadership qualities with the first course in the Management and Leadership program – Management and Leadership: Leading a team, from the Open University. It’s been designed to help you learn and grow crucial leadership abilities.