The 6 Fundamental Skills Every Leader Should Practice


Our research and experience have shown us that the best way to develop proficiency in leadership is not just through reading books and going to training courses, but even more through real experience and continual practice.

 “Learn-by-doing” experiences are crucial for a successful career. These are Six leadership skills where the practice is particularly important.

  1. Shape a vision that is exciting and challenging for your team (or division/unit/organization).
  2. Translate that vision into a clear strategy about what actions to take, and what not to do.
  3. Recruit, develop, and reward a team of great people to carry out the strategy.
  4. Focus on measurable results.
  5. Foster innovation and learning to sustain your team (or organization) and grow new leaders.
  6. Lead yourself — know yourself, improve yourself, and manage the appropriate balance in your own life.

No matter where you are in your career, you can find opportunities to practice these six skills. You’ll have varying degrees of success, which is normal. But by reflecting on your successes and failures at every step, and getting feedback from colleagues and mentors, you’ll keep making positive adjustments and find more opportunities to learn.