Knowledge to change the world

At ​Dukhter Foundation​ women are inspired to lead, to advance in their careers and to give back to their communities. They learn to initiate social change, which makes them assets within their organizations and in their communities. With the skills and information they gain through these programs, these women can have an even greater impact by inspiring those around them.

skills good leaders need

There are a number of broad skill areas that are particularly important for leaders.

Understanding Leadership

Many people consider leadership to be an essentially work-based characteristic. However, leadership roles are all around us and not just in work environments.

Ideally, leaders become leaders because they have credibility, and because people want to follow them. Using this definition, it becomes clear that leadership skills can be applied to any situation where you are required to take the lead, professionally, socially, and at home in family settings. Examples of situations where leadership might be called for, but which you might not immediately associate with that, include:

  • Planning and organising a big family get-together, for example, to celebrate a wedding anniversary or important birthday;
  • Responding to an illness or death in the family, and taking steps to organise care or make other arrangements; and
  • Making decisions about moving house, or children’s schooling.

In other words, leaders are not always appointed, and leadership skills may be needed in many circumstances.

With apologies to Shakespeare, we might say that “some are born leaders, some achieve leadership, and some have leadership thrust upon them”.

what exactly is a leader?

A leader can be defined fairly simply as ‘a person who leads or commands a group, organisation or country’.

This definition is broad, and could include both formal and informal roles—that is, both appointed leaders and those who emerge spontaneously in response to events.

In recent years, considerable evidence has emerged that the strongest organisations and groups tend to permit and actively encourage each member of the group or organisation to take the lead at the appropriate point. Organisations and families with particularly controlling leaders, by contrast, tend to be fairly dysfunctional.