Skill & Talent
as a leader - sometime the key factors are refered to as SKA, standing
for Skills, Knowledge, and Attitude. Based on what I have experienced with hundreds of leaders, here is
how it breaks down.
would like to say you can
learn anything, but the fact remains that you cannot. Some of
us have more aptitude than others. Thank nature, or thank
nurture, I dunno.
Consider an athlete
who has the finesse and coordination to place a perfect lob or position
a key pass. Muscle memory is a factor, but there is something
deeper that we cannot harness. The natural.
I cannot help you attain this. If, however, you are sure you
are capable naturally and are not deploying it well, see the other
factors at play in the Tao model and address those that are actionable.
The next one is a good example.
there are things we can learn. Enter the training and
education activities so intertwined with our leadership
position. Lifelong learning should be something you have
resolved yourself to. You may be hard-pressed to find a good
leader that would admit he has stopped learning.
you are in a corporate world, your training or HR department probably
lays out for you a map of requirements for growing professionally.
If you are on your own or in
small business, this it your responsibility. Better have a road map for
the education that will build your career. Look for balance in
interpersonal development as well as technical. As you go up
the ladder, the people skills get more critical.
a technical environment? See the Techie
to Manager tools
for adapting those hard skills to ones that resonate more with people,
Deployment of Tools &
can send you to training, but I cannot make you use it.
what you have learned is an entirely
different skill set.
It takes feedback.
And somewhere in there it is fine
to have a little fear of failure. Chances are you will not
implement your newfound education flawlessly right off the bat.
may sound like CD skipping, but consider the value of coaching
working on your implementation.
Yeah, I actually said that.
there is more to it than that ... The way I see it, attitude
is a symptom
of the other key factors. So when you get the others in line,
the attitude will often folow naturally.
thing you can do - keep a check on it. You may send messages
about your attitude without knowing it. Use your feedback
channels for this.
To visit the other 2 aspects of exceptional leadership: Self-Awareness
and Reinforcement, click below.