Investing In Yourself: Tips On How To Develop Leadership Skills

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! read on for the tips.

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 (not just get rich). 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 UK 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 UK market chair.

Effective this month, Jackie will provide leadership of Deloitte’s UK 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 UK consulting business for the last two years.

Jackie Henry commented: “The last year has reminded us more than ever of the importance of putting people and purpose at the heart of our business. I am delighted to be appointed UK people and purpose managing partner. We are a people business and my priority is to put the voice of our people at the centre of our business strategy to deliver an impact that matters.”

Effective from 1 June, Lisa Stott will be the first woman to lead Deloitte’s tax and legal service line. She has been at the firm for 32 years, advising and supporting clients, and was most recently global lead for international tax and business tax advisory.

Lisa Stott said: “It is a privilege to be leading Deloitte’s tax and legal teams. We will continue to focus on our clients’ needs by investing in our capabilities and building on our recent acquisitions of Kemp Little who joined our legal team and Kerr Henderson to our pensions teams.”

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

Newman also serves as Deloitte North & South Europe (NSE) 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.

Kirsty Newman added: “I am delighted to have been appointed as market chair of Deloitte in the UK. I look forward to working with our vice chairs and partners to continue to create connections between our clients, communities and people to collectively support a UK-wide recovery.”

Richard Houston, senior partner and Chief Executive, said: “I have no doubt that the wealth of experience and expertise Kirsty, Jackie and Lisa will bring to their new positions and the leadership of the UK firm will further reinforce our inclusive culture and our purpose of making a positive impact on clients, our people and wider society.”

Hogan Lovells announces changes to industry sector leadership roles

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

Managing Partner for Clients & 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.”

Effective 1 April 2021 the changes are as follows:

  • Nicola Evans will take the reins from Charles Rix as Insurance sector lead.
  • Daniel Norris will take over from Jackie Newstead as Real Estate sector lead, and will continue to lead the global Real Estate practice area.

Norton Rose Fulbright appoints new Warsaw Managing Partner

Global law firm 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.

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, M&A 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.”

Piotr, who will continue to work with the Warsaw corporate and M&A team, commented: “Grzegorz is recognised for his experience in banking law, finance and regulated markets. Over the years with Norton Rose Fulbright, Grzegorz has established and leads a team of respected lawyers in these fields. Given his experience in management and participatory style of work, the firm’s success and development are guaranteed. I believe Grzegorz is the best candidate to head this office in the years to come.”

An attorney-at-law (radca prawny) 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.

Baker McKenzie names Alyssa Auberger as Chief Sustainability Officer

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has named Paris-based Partner Alyssa Auberger as its first Chief Sustainability Officer. Alyssa will be responsible for leading the Firm’s global Sustainability strategy which is core to the Firm’s 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 (ESG) risks and opportunities for the consumer goods and retail industry. She has worked with the Firm’s leading 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 M&A 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 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 Firm became a participant of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) 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 (SDGs), 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 Firm’s 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 (SDG 16), of which Baker McKenzie is a proud co-patron. The 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 (women, men or non-binary persons).

Alyssa said, “I am delighted to be taking on this new role and leading Baker McKenzie’s Sustainability efforts. Our clients are at differing stages of their sustainability journeys and we want to do all we can to help them achieve their ESG goals given our own depth of experience. More than 20 years ago, we established the first Climate Change practice within a major law firm, and we now offer a number of ESG Advisory services, including Sustainable Finance, Corporate Governance, Renewable Energy, Human Rights and Modern Slavery, Sustainable Real Estate and Responsible Product Sourcing.”

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.

Milton Cheng, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie said, “Collaborating with our clients to find solutions to their complex problems has always been at the core of what our Firm does. We strive to provide holistic business advice to our clients, helping them navigate their sustainability risks, as well as identify the opportunities that come with being a responsible business.”

Milton adds: “As a passionate lawyer, partner and leader within Baker McKenzie for over 20 years, Alyssa understands our Firm, our practices and our clients and I have no doubt that this knowledge will be an asset to her as she leads our Firm wide efforts with the same passion and commitment she has always shown.”

Deloitte announces new Audit & Assurance leadership

Deloitte today announces the appointment of Paul Stephenson and Nikki Mitchell to the roles of UK and North and South Europe (NSE) Managing Partner for Audit & Assurance respectively.

Paul is a member of the firm’s UK and NSE Audit & Assurance 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 UK Audit & Assurance 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 assurance services to multiple large, complex entities, and has a deep understanding of UK and international accounting and regulatory requirements, including Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX).

Nikki is also a statutory audit partner, as well as a vice chair, and has held a range of UK and NSE leadership roles. This includes setting up the firm’s pursuit team following mandatory audit rotation in 2015, and Audit & Assurance 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 UK last month.

Richard Houston, Senior Partner and Chief Executive of Deloitte UK and NSE, said: “I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Paul and Nikki as leaders of our UK and NSE Audit & Assurance businesses. These two senior leaders have extensive industry and client experience, and are well respected by colleagues across the firm. With Stephen moving into our Managing Partner role, I have no doubt they are the right people to lead our Audit & Assurance business as it transforms in the months and years ahead. I would like to thank Stephen for his leadership of the business over the past five years.”

Last month Deloitte announced a number of key changes to the firm’s UK audit governance structures, in line with the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC’s) principles for operational separation. This includes the establishment of an independent Audit Governance Board (AGB), with Margaret, Baroness Ford of Cunninghame OBE, to be appointed as independent non-executive chair, and with a majority of independent non-executive directors, including Jim Coyle, Almira Delibegovic-Broome QC and Shirley Garrood. Effective from 1 January 2021, the AGB will have responsibility for providing independent oversight of the UK audit practice.

Stephen Griggs, Managing Partner at Deloitte UK, added: “Paul and Nikki’s appointments come at a pivotal time for Deloitte, as we look towards the future of Audit & Assurance. We remain committed to audit reform and playing our role in delivering change that embraces audit quality, improves choice and restores trust. We believe that widespread change of our industry is important if we are to better meet society’s needs and expectations of the audit profession in the years ahead. I look forward to working with Paul and Nikki through this.”

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