With the job market being so competitive, it is important job seekers put themselves in positions to stand out from others. They must not only have a stellar resume, nail an interview and have great networking skills; they must also possess intangible skills-skills that can set them apart, that can make them more than just an addition to a company, but an asset. What are these skills? These intangible skills are leadership skills. As a leadership and executive coach, I am extremely passionate about leadership development. I believe everyone has the ability to be a successful and productive leader. Leadership skills include, but are not limited to: effective communication, conflict resolution, time management, delegation, negotiation, problem solving and coaching. Why are these skills so important for job seekers? Possessing leadership skills cannot only aid in your “career search campaign”, but can also show that you are more than just a “worker bee”, you have the ability to be a leader in the company. There is nothing wrong with being a “worker bee”. They are extremely important in our workforce, but the purpose of this blog is to get you to want to be a leader. Most companies would love to keep an employee as long as possible (low turnover equals high productivity). Additionally, they will feel more confident in hiring you if they know you possess leadership skills. Having leadership skills can also offer more professional opportunities. You may not be right for one position with a company, but because you have intangible skills, they may offer you another one or may even recommend other companies for you. Effective leadership goes a LONG way. It is important to remember that everyone does not innately possess leadership qualities and may need coaching, training or guidance.

Here are some tips that can help you develop leadership skills.

1. Take leadership development courses– If you are not able to hire an executive coach or enroll in school, they are a number of avenues that are inexpensive or free.

2. Find a mentor-Mentors can offer free advice and help develop you. It is your responsibility to initiate a relationship with a mentor.

3. Volunteer at a leadership conference-There are some leadership conferences that offer free admission if you volunteer at the event.

4. Research-The internet has an abundance of information on leadership development.

5. If you are currently employed, ask about your company’s leadership development program or trainings-Most companies have some sort of leadership development program or trainings in place to help their employee development these important and intangible skills.

Though these tips are extremely important, they cannot guarantee employment or promotion. Leadership development is an ongoing process. Being a leader should be everyone’s goal as it not only helps in professional settings, but also personally or socially.

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