8 skills every leader needs

Leaders are charged with more responsibilities than they can count and there are a select few skills that every leader must have to ensure they can accomplish their goals, according to Inc.

Listed below are the eight essential skills every leader must have.

1. Leaders must be able to build collaborations and surround themselves with people who put them in the best position to succeed.

2. It is essential for leaders to provide focus and direction to their team and let them know what their goals are and how they can reach them.

3. Leaders must have the ability to call out dysfunction and resolve conflicts quickly and without too much drama.

4. Challenging the status quo is one skill that truly makes a great leader, for only those with a vision that separates their organization from all others will find success.

5. Leaders do not only provide knowledge, but never stop learning. This is what helps them understand the ever-changing business environment and ensure their organization is positioned to succeed in the present and the future.

6. Leaders must be present and available and have the ability to make their employees feel comfortable approaching them with ideas for change and innovation.

7. Establishing convictions and values creates an unshakable foundation upon which every great organization is built, and leaders cannot be afraid to openly express what they believe in.

8. It is essential for leaders to demonstrate accountability and establish this culture from the top-down.

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