People Skills for Leaders: 12 Essential Thoughts to Proficient #PeopleSkills
by Kate Nasser |
Leaders, people skills are critical to success. Yet in a demanding business pace, people skills are often last on the learning list.
Luckily leaders and teams can build proficient people skills while attending to critical business. The proficiency starts with attitude and flows into people skills behavior!
Proficient People Skills: Hold and Use These 12 Thoughts
An open mind creates phenomenal results.
Most people feel respected, honored, and uplifted by an open mind. Both in output and in morale, it produces positive results. There are some exceptions yet overall it is a winning thought. Build proficient people skills from an open mind.
Cultural awareness strengthens people skills and results.
We are global while local. Technology connects us yet we must be able to build upon that. Would you want to reconnect with people who showed no awareness of your world? Strengthen the proficiency of your people skills through learning about different cultures.
Personal integrity gives you tremendous influence.
When you own your mistakes, offer apologies with no excuses, and constantly improve your self-awareness, your people skills will naturally shine.
Teams strengthen a leader’s reality.
When we remember that our vision, understanding, and experience gains momentum with a team’s perspective, we are more likely to respect their input and collaboration. Build proficient people skills from this awareness.
Understanding people leads to influence.
Most leadership is actually influence in action. To effectively influence others — team members, customers, and even your boss — understand what they care about. Knowledge of others builds proficient people skills.
Know when your people skills naturally shine.
Complete this sentence: I am best at people skills when ____________________________. Identify when you usually interact well with others. Is it when you are happy? Confident? Relieved? Celebrating? Respected? In need? In difficulty? When is it? Capture what you do during these times and apply it across the board. Your natural pattern can build proficient people skills.
People skills deliver in tough times.
Contrary to popular belief, people skills are not a sign of weakness. In tough times you can draw on the good will you have built through people skills to deliver otherwise unachievable results. “Because of our long standing relationship, I’ll do it for you.” That’s an homage to your great people skills!
People skills are not just for extroverts.
If you are more introverted than extroverted, repaint the image you have about people skills. It is not about gregarious, outspoken, high energy behavior. People skills is stepping outside of your own perspective to understand and interact effectively with others. High extroverts have just as much adaptation to make as introverts. Both can succeed if they seek to understand.
Bonds are not bondage.
Many leaders having a driver personality crave end results not relationships. In fact, many believe that bonds with others are a detour to success and a trap that stops them just short of the finish line. Yet unless these leaders truly do everything themselves to reach success, bonds with others are the road to the finish line. Knowing the difference between bonds and bondage builds proficient people skills.
Finding fault stops progress; finding solutions ignites success.
One of the riskiest people skills moments for leaders is during a crisis or failure. That trigger voice that says: “Who’s at fault?” can bury future collaboration forever. Great people skills can guide the organization back to success and to a culture of accountability. A focus on success, not blame, can build proficient people skills.
If you overlook team problems, success overlooks your teams.
Morale matters. It impacts results. Team member people skills affect morale of the team and the results of the organization. “They are not children. Let them work it out themselves.” These beliefs cost the organization money and sacrifice success. Accept the truth about morale and you build proficient people skills.
Get over being comfortable; get versatile.
Global business success requires constant growth which means the discomfort of change. Focus on the versatility that people skills bring to your success and you will build proficient people skills!
Thoughts drive behavior and create a chain of reactions. Hold these thoughts about people skills and build valuable bonds that strengthen results.
From professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™
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Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™, delivers coaching, consulting, training, and keynotes on leading change, customer service, customer experience, and teamwork. She turns interaction obstacles into business success. See this site for workshop outlines, keynote footage, and customer results. Kate also invites you to connect with her on Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter. She welcomes your interaction!