What are leadership skills? What skills do leaders need to learn to be successful, effective leaders?
Before I give my answer to these questions, lets just remember that some people believe that leaders are born, not made. Others believe that qualities are more important than skills - that followers will follow a leader with the right leadership attributes, even if they don't have highly developed skills.
My view? I believe that the best leaders are committed enough to develop both the skills and the qualities of good leadership and that one can complement - even compensate for - the other. At least to some extent.
So, its really important to learn the skills of leadership. It can give you an edge over the others (who haven't bothered to put in the work that you have).
And lets also just remember the difference between skills and qualities. We learn skills. They enable us to do things that we couldn't do before. Qualities describe us as people. We can develop and improve our qualities but we do this mainly through reflection and self-determination.
The key thing about all skills - including the skills of good leadership - is that they can be learned, and improved with practice. On this site I will point you towards resources and development methods that will help you learn these essential leadership skills.
There are plenty of other lists of leadership skills, such as: