Leadership skills is about guiding executives to make thoughtful decisions about their organization's mission and goals. It includes properly allocating resources to achieve those goals.
Leadership skills include the ability to delegate, inspire and communicate effectively. Other traits include honesty, confidence, commitment, and creativity.
A good leader:
Inspires and motivates others. He does ‘walk the talk’ i.e. he first does himself what he expects from others.
He/she displays high integrity and honesty.
Solves problems and analyzes issues.
Drives for results. They make things happen. They have the perseverance to get things done.
Communicates powerfully and uses different methods of communication like one-to-one meetings, team meetings, email communication, chatting, informal chatting outside the office.
He/she is less aggressive or passive and more assertive.
Knows the human side of the teammates. He/she knows about the challenges and difficulties they face on the job and tries to help them. A good leader also knows what personal life challenges a team member is going through and empathize with the member and tries to reduce his/her professional burden at the time of family crisis.
Builds on their technical and professional skills over time.
Carries a long-term vision of the future.
They develop others. Just as they work to continuously develop and build their own technical and professional expertise, the best leaders set aside time to develop their work force. They look for the most promising employees and provide them with the training they need to become their company's next generation of great leaders.
They like to innovate. The ability to innovate is a key skill for every great leader.