Given the times we are in. I feel as though we have sufferred a loss of leadership skills. Particularly when we speak to each other in social media. As a writer who someday hopes to run my own tv show, I am always studying leadership skills and took a course on conflict resolution and negotiations. Because I believe in being prepared. Not only to lead a writers room, but to lead in general.
On my blog, I will share some things I have learned. This is a good place to put it, cause I can always pull up my own advice when I need it.
No one is a born leader—everyone can develop leadership skills and everyone can benefit from using them.
First, take time to honestly analyze yourself.
Learn to understand yourself. It’s the first step to understanding others.
Consider these important questions:
1. What kind of leader am you? One who helps solve problems? A leader who helps people get along? How do others see you as a leader?
2. What are your goals, purposes, and expectations in working with any group?
Identify areas for improvement. Ask yourself these questions:
1. Do you try to be aware of how others think and feel?
2. Do you try to help others perform to the best of their abilities?
3. Are you willing to accept responsibility?
4. Are you willing to try new ideas and new ways of doing things?
5. Are you able to communicate with others effectively?
6. Are you a good problem solver?
7. Do you accept and appreciate other perspectives and opinions?
8. Are you aware of current issues and concerns on campus or in my community?
Then--after analyzing your strengths and weaknesses--take action. Devise a strategy for upgrading your skills. Here are a few strategies to consider:
1) Communicate effectively. Effective communication is dialogue. Barriers are created by speaking down to people, asking closed questions that elicit yes or no answers, using excessive authority, and promoting a culture that depends on unanimity. If your focus is winning the argument or if you react defensively to criticism, you’ll create fear of openness and hinder the organization’s growth.
Try these steps to effective communication:
2) Encourage enthusiasm and a sense of belonging. Show:
3) Keep everyone working toward agreed upon goals:
4) Get to know the people around you
5) Treat others as individuals
6) Accept responsibility for getting things done
7) Problem solve in a step-by-step way
Whether you are faced with a decision to make or a conflict to resolve, following a logical approach will help.
Ultimately, leading is both about the group. But it's also about the person you want to be. You cannot lead others unless you lead yourself first. And you lead yourself by asking questions that focus your vision, mission, your values and who you are mind, body and soul.
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