Investing In Yourself: Tips On How To Develop Leadership Skills

Leadership encompasses the ability of an individual, group or organisation to “lead”, influence or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organisations. Many qualities need to be developed for a person to become a successful leader.

These include communication skills, the ability to motivate others and being able to make tough decisions. Developing leadership skills is not an easy task; it takes time, dedication and hard work.

This blog post will provide tips on developing your leadership skills so that one day you too may lead a group of people with success!

Continue reading for tips on how to develop leadership skills.

Identify Your Strengths

In order to be successful in any position, it is important to know what your strengths are. These skills can make you stand out among other candidates for a leadership position and will help ensure that you will have the necessary qualities needed when assuming this role.

To identify which areas of your professional life would best suit potential leadership positions, ask yourself questions such as:

  • What skills do I have that are transferable to leadership roles?
  • How many people report directly to me now or in the past, and what was my position at these companies/organisations?

To be successful, does this opportunity align with any of my personal goals for myself and is it something that I am passionate about?

It is important to take into account how well you will be able to work with the other team members and share similar values. Do not forget about your current responsibilities; while you may want to pursue this opportunity, it could also create a lot of stress for both yourself and those who depend on you in your role currently.

Build On Your Strengths

Once you have identified your strengths, it is time to start building on them. There are many ways to improve these skills and strengthen the qualities that will make you a good leader.

Some ideas for how to increase your leadership skills include:

  • Volunteering for projects or committees related to those areas of interest
  • Taking a training course in leadership
  • Attending a workshop on how to be an effective leader  

You can also develop leadership skills by taking on new responsibilities. For example, if you are interested in improving your presentation skills, then volunteer to sit at the front of meetings and make presentations or offer to speak up when there is confusion during staff meetings.

Develop A Plan For Success

Another way to build on your leadership skills is by developing a plan for success. This will help you stay focused and make sure that everything goes as planned, or when things don’t go according to the original itinerary, it ensures that there is something put in place so that the project doesn’t fail.

A successful leader needs to know their strengths, have the skills needed for a leadership role and know how to develop their strength and skills. One way of developing such is by getting resources from an Executive Coach and putting them into practise. To succeed, a person must also have a plan for success and understand how their strengths can be beneficial to them in this role. Therefore, put the resources into maximum use to grow your skills.

Seek Feedback And Listen To Criticism

The best way to improve your skills is by seeking feedback and listening to criticism. Asking others for their thoughts on how you can do better will not only allow you to learn from them, but it will also show that you are open to the idea of improving yourself, which shows that you have a high level of self-awareness. A good example is these women in healthcare leadership collaborating to become the best in leadership.

However, when you do ask for feedback, listen carefully and take note of what other people say. This is important because sometimes there are ways you could improve that may not have crossed your mind before.

The next time someone offers an opinion on one of your skills or points out a flaw, try not to take it personally as this can be seen as a learning opportunity.

Be Patient With Yourself and Others

When striving to develop leadership skills, it is important not to be impatient with yourself or others. This could lead you into a situation that would make your work, and the well-being of those around you suffer.

Leadership skills take time to build up, so don’t get discouraged if things seem slow at first; remember that this takes patience and a commitment to your personal goals.

You will not learn everything at once, and some tasks may take more time than others, so be patient as you continue on this journey towards leadership skills.

Practice Makes Perfect

Another step in developing your leadership skills is to practice. There are various ways that you can do this, but it’s important to remember not to overwhelm yourself with too many tasks at once.

Start by taking on small goals and gradually working up the ladder until you are comfortable doing larger projects. You also want to be sure to practice in various settings, as this will allow you to develop your skills and leadership qualities.

Another idea is to create what’s called a “playlist,” which are the tasks that you want to accomplish and practice over time. This can help keep you focused on trying new things and mastering each skill gradually rather than jumping straight into a project.

Be Passionate

To be a successful leader, you need to have passion for your work and care about the people around you. When leading others, they must know that their ideas are valued and respected. This will encourage them to get involved in projects or take on new responsibilities themselves.

Leadership skills can’t succeed without passion because this will allow you to be more persuasive, empathetic and have the drive needed when things get tough.

Find your Higher Purpose

Another way to develop leadership skills is by finding your higher purpose. Life has many ups and downs, but you must find something soon or long-term that will help keep you motivated to go on when things get tough.

This could be anything from volunteering for a charity organisation to taking up running. This will help teach you more about yourself and balance your responsibilities with what’s important in life.

The journey to success is a long one, and you must take the time to reflect on what has worked for you in the past. Remember, there are no shortcuts or quick fixes when it comes to personal growth. You can start by identifying your strengths and building them until they become an integral part of who you are. Next, develop a plan for success with goals that will help propel you forward in life.

Seek feedback from trusted sources, family members, friends or mentors and listen closely to criticism so that you may grow as well as possible without letting negativity hold back your progress. It’s also important not only to be patient with yourself but with other people too.

Deloitte Announces New Additions to National Leadership Team

Deloitte is today announcing new additions to its leadership team with Lisa Stott joining as the new managing partner for tax and legal and Jackie Henry taking over as managing partner for people and purpose. In addition, Kirsty Newman has been appointed as United Kingdom market chair.

Effective this month, Jackie will provide leadership of Deloitte’s United Kingdom people strategy and purpose agenda, focusing on inclusion and wellbeing. She started her career with Deloitte in Belfast 31 years ago and for the past seven years has been lead partner in Northern Ireland.

Jackie’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and social mobility has been a focus throughout her career, and in particular her efforts in building skills and providing access to education for people across Northern Ireland.

This includes setting up the Belfast Delivery Centre, which includes the creation of Deloitte’s BrightStart Degree and Graduate academy programmes. She has also served as people and purpose lead for Deloitte’s United Kingdom consulting business for the last two years.

In her role as market chair, effective from 1 June, Kirsty Newman will build relationships with United Kingdom Boards and policymakers and lead Deloitte’s Vice Chairs group.

Newman also serves as Deloitte North & South Europe leader of Deloitte Private and is the co-chair of Deloitte’s Global Family Office Advisory Board. She started her career with Deloitte as a tax consultant and has been a partner for over 20 years.

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Hogan Lovells Law Firm Announces Changes to Industry Leadership

In macroeconomics, an industry is a branch of an economy that produces a closely-related set of raw materials, goods, or services. For example, one might refer to the wood industry or to the insurance industry.

Hogan Lovells announces today it has made a series of planned changes to some of its industry sector leadership positions.

Hogan Lovells became a top 10 global legal services provider on 1 May 2010 through an unprecedented combination of two law firms with international credentials, United States-based firm Hogan & Hartson and European-based law firm Lovells.

Modern-day Hogan Lovells carries on the tradition of excellence established by our founders and further builds on their legacy.

Managing Partner for Clients and Industries, Ina Brock, commented: “It speaks to the quality and depth of our industry sector teams that we are able to make regular changes to the distribution of our leadership roles, and recognise our talented people.

I’d like to express my sincere thanks for all of the hard work and significant contribution of those stepping down, and wish those newly appointed every success.

I have no doubt we will continue to excel under their leadership and remain at the forefront of those industries.”

Ina advises clients on how to stay in control of the most complex cross border litigation and crisis communication matters. She has successfully defended her clients in more than 500 German court cases on all levels. She has won cases in the German Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.

Additionally, Ina has navigated clients through the coordination of more than 60000 claims in class actions and group litigation cases in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Norton Rose Fulbright Appoints New Leadership in Warsaw

Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. The metropolis stands on the River Vistula in east-central Poland and its population is officially estimated at 1.8 million residents within a greater metropolitan area of 3.1 million residents, which makes Warsaw the 7th most-populous capital city in the EU. 

Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed Grzegorz Dyczkowski, the head of its Warsaw banking and finance team, as managing partner of the Warsaw office. Grzegorz succeeds Piotr Strawa, the founder of Warsaw office of Norton Rose Fulbright who has served as managing partner since 2000.

Norton Rose is an international law firm. It is the second largest law firm in the United States and one of the ten largest in the world, by both lawyers and revenue. In 2017/18, Norton Rose Fulbright had total revenue of US$2.1 billion.

Regarding his new role, Grzegorz said: “I’m honoured to be appointed to the role of managing partner of Norton Rose Fulbright in Poland. With the support of my colleagues, we will continue to establish our practice as a leader in several areas of law: banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate and real estate.

Together with our Warsaw lawyers and by collaborating with other offices worldwide, we will enhance our reputation, nationally and globally, as a prominent law firm. I would like to thank Piotr Strawa for his contribution to the success of Norton Rose Fulbright in Poland.

Piotr has served as the managing partner for twenty years and, only because of his commitment and work, our law firm enjoys its present position and recognition.”

An Attorney-at-Law since 1998, Grzegorz joined Norton Rose Fulbright in 2003 and was appointed a partner in 2006. By effecting a change of the managing partner, the firm is also now renamed as Norton Rose Fulbright Dyczkowski and Partners, Limited Partnership.

Law Firm Names Alyssa Auberger Chief Sustainability Officer

Sustainability refers to the ability to maintain or support a process continuously over time. In business and policy contexts, sustainability seeks to prevent the depletion of natural or physical resources, so that they will remain available for the long term.

Baker McKenzie law firm has named Paris-based Partner Alyssa Auberger as its first Chief Sustainability Officer. Alyssa will be responsible for leading the law firm global Sustainability strategy which is core to the law firms overall priorities for the next decade.

After beginning her legal career in-house in the United States, Alyssa joined Baker McKenzie in Paris in 1998 and from 2016 until this appointment, was Global Chair of its Consumer Goods & Retail Industry Group. In this role, she worked closely with a number of global bodies, including the United Nations Global Compact, to heighten awareness of the importance of Environmental, Social and Governance risks and opportunities for the consumer goods and retail industry.

She has worked with the law firms lLeading practices to develop solutions for clients on supply chain transparency and claims, product lifecycle issues, and human rights and emissions reporting, in order to help them understand their impact and responsibilities across entire value chains.

Franco-American and as a partner specialised in multijurisdictional mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions and based in Baker McKenzie’s Paris office, Alyssa has extensive experience regularly advising American and French corporations, multinationals, and private equity investment funds on their acquisitions and divestitures worldwide as well as in their international expansion efforts.

Baker McKenzie has strong relationships with leading sustainability-focused forums, including the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, of which it was the first law firm member.

In 2017, the law firm collaborated with the World Economic Forum to launch the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco, which brings together leading policy makers, businesses, start-ups, academia and international organisations to collaborate for the greater good by maximising the benefits of science and technology.

The law firm became a participant of the United Nations Global Compact in 2015 and remains committed to upholding the Ten Principles on human and labour rights, the environment and anti‐corruption. Since then, it has adopted eight of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including Gender Equality, Climate Action, and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

Recently Global Chair Milton Cheng joined more than 1,200 Chief Executive Officers from companies in over 100 countries to demonstrate the law firms support for the United Nations and inclusive multilateralism by signing onto a powerful Statement from Business Leaders for Renewed Global Cooperation.

To mark the 75th Anniversary of the UN, the statement was released by the UNGC Action Platform for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, of which Baker McKenzie is a proud co-patron. The law firm also recently announced commitments to significantly reduce its global carbon emissions over the next decade and achieve aspirational global gender diversity targets, set at 40:40:20 per cent, to represent 40% women, 40% men and 20% flexible.

As well as announcing Alyssa’s appointment, Baker McKenzie reaffirmed its commitment to placing Sustainability at the core of its strategy for the coming decade, facilitating active engagement with like-minded businesses, governments, international organisations and civil society, in order to achieve shared goals for a more sustainable world.

Deloitte Announces New Audit Hires

Deloitte is a leading global provider of audit and assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax, and related services. Deloitte currently has approximately 330000 people in more than 150 countries and territories.

Deloitte today announces the appointment of Paul Stephenson and Nikki Mitchell to the roles of United Kingdom and North and South Europe Managing Partner for Audit respectively.

Paul is a member of the firm’s United Kingdom and NSE Audit executives and is a statutory audit partner to a number of entities in the financial services industry.

With over 30 years’ of experience, he has held numerous management positions within the firm’s United Kingdom Audit business, including as Chief.

Operating Officer, as well as leading the financial services audit and the graduate recruitment team. He also played an instrumental role in the launch of the firm’s school leaver programme in 2011.

Paul has provided services to multiple large, complex entities, and has a deep understanding of United Kingdom and international accounting and regulatory requirements, including Sarbanes-Oxley.

Nikki is also a statutory audit partner, as well as a vice chair, and has held a range of United Kingdom and NSE leadership roles.

This includes setting up the firm’s pursuit team following mandatory audit rotation in 2015, and Audit and firmwide client leader positions.

Nikki is one of Deloitte’s most senior partners, with over 32 years’ of experience, including 21 as a partner.

She specialises in leading large, global public company audits and transaction engagements across consumer, retail, manufacturing and support services businesses, and has led some of the firm’s most significant FTSE100 audit engagements.

Nikki also provides development support for other partners, and plays a key role in Deloitte’s women in leadership programme.

Paul and Nikki succeed Stephen Griggs, who was appointed Managing Partner for Deloitte United Kingdom last month.

The Audit appointments coincide with several other key leadership changes at Deloitte, including Pauline Biddle as United Kingdom Client & Industries lead, Daniel Barlow as United Kingdom Head of Regions, and Nico Kleyn as NSE Healthcare and Life Sciences lead.