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Developing Your Organizational Leadership Skills: 5 Strategies for 2017

Having top-notch organizational leadership skills can set you apart in today’s business world. Capable leaders are in high demand, and having relevant skills can advance your career and increase your salary. To improve your organizational leadership skills in 2017, follow these five strategies for success.

  1. Build your business communication skills. Great leaders can communicate persuasively in person, by phone, via e-mail, in small meetings and in large gatherings. To improve your communication skills, take advantage of communication development opportunities available through your company and professional organizations. Find a mentor whose communications skills you admire. Also, focus on developing good listening skills. Lastly, when speaking with others, eliminate distractions such as ringing phones and email to give your undivided attention.
  2. Deepen your understanding of analysis and strategic planning. Successful business leaders use sophisticated metrics to gauge performance improvement and to make decisions about business processes. Fluency with essential tools and technologies is critical. Make sure you know which metrics matter, how best to analyze them and what to do with the results.
  3. Develop individual and team leadership skills. The ability to communicate and collaborate strategically with co-workers and teams is a crucial skill for today’s business leaders. Successful leaders know how to influence and motivate their teams, manage conflict, gain commitment from team members and overcome resistance. Advancing your leadership skills requires careful analysis and planning. You’ll need to be able to develop your own vision of the future and to communicate it to your team in a way that inspires their support.
  4. Cross cultural barriers. With a workforce that spans the globe, today’s business leaders must be able to coordinate and manage activities across geographic, cultural and social lines. Bolster your global leadership skills by learning as much as you can about the cultural context of the people with whom you’re working. By understanding cultural nuances, you can avoid conflict and build stronger relationships.
  5. Practice ethical leadership. Great leaders set the tone for ethical behavior in their organizations not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it can boost profit as well as performance. Lead the way by adopting ethical standards and holding everyone at your organization responsible for meeting them.

By strengthening these crucial organizational leadership skills, you can deliver extra value to your organization while boosting your own career prospects.

Manhattan College’s Online Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership program helps you develop the organizational leadership skills you need to become a valuable leader within your organization. To learn more about our online degree in organizational leadership, contact our Admissions office at 855-841-2843 or request more information.

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