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Posted 08 September 2013 by Chris FarmerChris Farmer

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They don't teach leadership skills at college. So nobody learns leadership skills at college.

They don't teach management skills at school. And so nobody has an A. level in management skills.

Some people even claim that leadership and management skills are innate skills, and that, if you want to be a leader, then you have to be a born leader.

It is undoubtedly true that some people have a predisposition to leadership. But that does not mean that leadership and management skills are not learnable and teachable skills.

Even though it is true that some people are more musical than others, practically anyone could learn to play a key-board. They could learn to play a key-board, if they had:

  1. A sufficient desire to learn.
  2. A good method.
  3. A good trainer.

In the same way, some people have a greater degree of natural leadership and management ability but practically anyone could improve upon their existing skills, provided that they had a sufficient desire, and a good method, and a good trainer.

If you can supply the first criteria, meaning, if you have sufficient desire to learn how to improve your leadership and management skills, then we can provide the second and the third criteria, meaning; we can provide you with a good method and a good trainer.

What is the good method?

The method revolves around the fact that in order to be a great leader and manager you need a definite set of skills, knowledge and ability. There is a body of knowledge and a set of skills that are essential if you wish to perform well the function of a leader-manager.

The essential skills sets are as follows.

  1. The ability to set goals.
  2. The ability to communicate those goals in a clear, unambiguous and persuasive manner.
  3. The ability to develop practical plans of action that are capable of achieving the goals.
  4. The ability to resolve conflicts with those people who don't, or won't, act in accordance with the goals or the agreed plan.
  5. The ability to motivate yourself and give yourself the necessary confidence, self-belief, and strength, sufficient to keep you going during all the setbacks and upsets, and failures that you will inevitably experience, as you make progress towards the attainment of your goal.
  6. The ability to do the same thing for other people: meaning the ability to give others the necessary confidence, self-belief, and energy, sufficient to keep them going during all the inevitable setbacks that they will experience as they make progress towards the attainment of the goal.

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Each one of these skills is made up of a larger number of subset skills.

For example; setting goals is made up of the following subset skills.

  1. The ability to recognise the difference between a positive goal and a negative goal.
  2. The ability to reduce the goal to objective terms.
  3. The ability to recognise which goals are rationally possible and which goals are not; meaning the ability to discern the difference between a goal and a wish, or fantasy.

Let us look briefly at these three subsets.

1. The ability to recognise the difference between a positive goal and a negative goal.

It is important to understand that goals should be positive, not negative; meaning: that goals should be about identifying the desired state, not about identifying the undesirable state. Meaning: goal setting is more about the act of "achieving what you want", rather than it being about, "avoiding what you don't want".

For example: goal setting would be about deciding where you do want to go on holiday and making detailed plans to go. Rather than making a list of all the terrible holiday destinations there are on the planet; terrible places that you really don't want to go to, on holiday; and then spending time thinking about why these places are so bad, and what a terrible world it is that we live in.

For example, positive goal setting, in relation to diet, would not be stated like this: "My goal is to give up all those nice tasty foods that I really like, but I shouldn't have."

Positive goal setting in relation to diet would be stated like this: "My goal is to eat only delicious, nutritious, healthy, live foods that will give me energy".

It is important to think about what you want, not what you don't want.

It is not enough to avoid what you don't want. Avoiding what you don't want, a negative value, does not guarantee the achievement of what you do want, a positive value.

  • Not falling ill is not the equivalent of being vibrantly healthy.
  • Not being poor is not the equivalent of being wealthy.
  • Not arguing is not the equivalent of being in love.
  • Not being miserable is not the equivalent of being happy.
  • Not coming last in the race is not the equivalent of winning the race.

Set positive goals. Decide positively what is it that you do want?

Decide, exactly, what, for you, represents:

  • Winning.
  • Wealth.
  • Happiness.

2. The ability to reduce the goal to objective terms.

Now you have decided on a positive goal, now you must make the goal objective.

Meaning: how would you quantify the goal, in terms that are objectively verifiable?

For example, if you said your goal was to "become financially wealthy- to earn more money", then the question is "By how much?" Give me a number!

Another example: If you said, you wanted to "get in better physical shape": then, to reduce that goal to objective terms, then you would need to put numbers on that.

  • What weight are you now, and what is your target weight.
  • What is your current caloric intake per day, and what do you need it to be.
  • How many miles did you run last week, and how many will you run next week.
  • How many push ups can you do, right now? And how many do you think you should be able to do?

Put a number on it.

Objectification of a goal is the act of making an abstract, generalised and vague goal more tangible and achievable, by marking out in your mind something that you can measure, count and record.

It is important to be able to measure, count and record the elements of your goal, so that you are able to quantify and measure your performance, over time.

You need this data, in order to demonstrate to yourself exactly where you are, and where you need to be.

And you need to see it in black and white. As facts, not feelings. As results, not guesses.

3. The ability to recognise which goals are rationally possible and which goals are not; meaning the ability to discern the difference between a goal and a wish, or fantasy

It is important that your goals are not delusions. Please note that it is possible to waste a lot of time on delusions that seem to be "goals", but that are, in reality, not really goals.

They are positive and they are objective, but they are not possible.

For example: Isaac Newton spent many years of his life in a fruitless quest to turn base metals into gold. This was based upon the principle of alchemy; the transmutation of base metals into precious metals.

Just think of the money you could make!

Nice idea.

But the transmutation of base metals into precious metals was impossible for Isaac Newton or anyone else to achieve, because such a feat was impossible with the technology of the day.

And Newton, who is regarded as the greatest genius of all time, wasted decades of his life on numerous, fruitless quests on alchemical and mystical aims.

Don't make the same mistake of confusing your wishes for your goals.

Question for you: Is there a difference between a wish and a goal?

Answer: Yes.

Question: What is the difference between a wish and a goal?

You should spend some considerable time answering this question and decide, what will be your criteria for deciding which of your desires should be categorised as:

  1. Legitimate goals and worthy of following up in action.
  2. Not legitimate goals and therefore not worth wasting any time on it.

And it is important that you focus all your available resources on your: Specific, tangible, positive, worthwhile and achievable goals.

Now we have gone into some detail about item one, on our list of six items:. The ability to set goals.

We have yet to unpack and learn more about the other five elements that go to make up leadership and management skills:

  • The ability to communicate those goals.
  • The ability to develop practical plans of action that are capable of achieving the goals.
  • The ability to resolve conflicts.
  • The ability to motivate yourself.
  • The ability to motivate other people.

The ability to communicate those goals

We could spend days on the the topic of improving your communication skills.

The ability to develop practical plans of action that are capable of achieving the goals

We could spend days on planning skills. Planning, time management, prioritisation, delegation, preparation and practice.

The ability to resolve conflicts

We could spend weeks on how you could better avoid and manage conflict situations and poor performance interviews.

The ability to motivate yourself

How long would you like to spend on studying the issues of self-control, personal motivation, self-discipline, self-confidence, and all the components of what goes to make up a pleasing personality?

The ability to motivate other people

How much do you need to learn about affecting other people; inspiring positive action? Gaining their agreement, gaining their cooperation, motivating others, gaining the trust and respect of others so that they will willingly follow you to the goal you set out at point one.

There is always so much more to know
If you want to know more about any, or all, of the 6 elements of management and leadership, then at least decide to attend our two day leadership and management programme.

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