One aspect of this importance is that all three of other core skills rely heavily on a person being solidly self-aware. If you don’t know yourself, it’s hard to really know who others are beneath the surface. The other part of the self-awareness equation is this: improving your self-awareness builds the confidence needed to step into your full leadership potential.
Leadership development is something we talk a lot about here and in the world at large. It’s a topic that’s somewhat ethereal – a lot of people can talk about it at a surface level, but if you were to ask someone directly “what are the core skills required of a good leader?” you would likely end up with a lot of humming and hawing.
If you were to ask this question to 100 different people, you’d likely get (after the humming and hawing) close to a 100 different answers.
Although this post doesn’t won’t go super in-depth on the topic (we’re going to write a series of posts that will do just that, so stay tuned!), here is what we define as the core leadership skills needed to successfully influence others:
Being called a “professional” is usually taken as a compliment. It’s a strong word for a lot of people, evoking feelings of admiration, respect and trust when it’s directed at someone.
We often look up to people who work in “the professions” – fields such as medicine, law and academia. We give those people fancy name prefixes such as “Dr.” or “Prof.” Their expertise is typically quite valued, and a lot of the time these people carry themselves in very confident, assured ways. They show up in powerful ways, and as a product of this they tend to create meaningful results wherever they go.
Whether you’re a professional by title or not, being professional is something that anyone can achieve, regardless of the field they work in. It’s a desirable characteristic, but what’s really behind this attribute is often misunderstood. Here’s a dive into what professionalism really entails.
Public speaking isn’t typically on most people’s list of favourite activities, and I don’t blame them! However, that doesn’t have to be your reality!
Speeches can be really tough to prepare for, get psyched up about, and deliver. Lots of people get stuck putting their message together, never get comfortable up on stage, or struggle to connect with their audience. This article will address these three main concerns.
Lisa Petkovsek has a lot of letters after her name, especially for someone her age. She was building a strong career in a well-regarded and lucrative field. In the end, it wasn’t enough to make her stay.
We lose track of what we imagined our lives to be. When you’re a kid, you have this grand view of how life is supposed to be, and…it’s important to go back to that and remind yourself that life can be amazing and incredible and exciting. Settling is a choice, which is really difficult to come to terms with when you’re in that place.
Lisa Petkovsek, on losing sight of what we really want to do and be in life
Despite going down a long, challenging academic and professional path, she discovered that life was just too short to be unhappy at work. A couple of years ago, Lisa came to a stunning realization: what she really wanted to do was become a career coach. This massive shift would lead her to exchanging the world of money and numbers for that of personal growth, self-discovery, and helping others create careers they could be truly satisfied with.
After attending the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching and completing their flagship Coach Training Program, she has since switched gears to become an entrepreneur. Her company, Career Balance Coaching, helps high-achieving professionals make life-changing transitions (much like her own). She recently sat down with me to discuss her previous career in finance, the tough moments she experienced including a significant decline in her mental health, and the pivot to becoming her own boss in a whole new field.