These days, employers seek out the best among potential jobseekers to work in their organisations. They show preference for those who have evidence that they possess leadership skills that would enable them function effectively. It is not everyone that has the ability to lead because it requires certain characteristics, skills and experience. The reason why job descriptions are given is to enable jobseekers know what the employer has in mind and to attract the right person.
Leadership is all about showing the ability to lead. It is a something that we all learn and there are many factors which influence our ability to inculcate this skill in our lives. The workplace today has need of people who possess the requisite skills to drive business and help in the achievement of the goals of the organization. This is why employers seek out potential employees with such leadership qualities. Some of us learned leadership through training while some have developed themselves into becoming outstanding leaders in one area or the other. Some others have traits which seem to portray them as natural leaders.
Everyone has their own unique leadership style and need to develop on this daily. In order to develop your style, you should: identify what default leadership style you have, identify and develop your strengths, work on improving in the areas you are weak, learn from others and try something different. There are basically 6 leadership styles developed
by psychologist, Daniel Goleman which include: the pacesetting leader - they set high performance standards for themselves and those who follow them; the authoritative leader - one who controls and directs all activities; the affiliative leader - one who is able to build relationships and motivate others; the coaching leader - those who help others identify their strengths and weaknesses; the coercive leader - one who likes to be in-charge and dislikes contrary opinions and the democratic leader - one who allows everyone to be involved in decision making.
When preparing a resume, jobseekers should make sure that they include everything that may be considered as important and relevant for the position they are applying to. Your resume should highlight the areas where you might have an edge over others as this might just get you the job. Employers are interested in those areas.
Let's examine some of these leadership qualities that employers look out for in resumes.
1. The ability to communicate effectively
Most employers desire employees who know how to communicate effectively. Your resume should show the skills you have acquired in this area and how it has helped further your career. There are three categories of communication:
Verbal: the ability to use sounds and words to express oneself, sending and receiving messages using words through writing.
Listening: this is the ability to hear what another person is saying. The ability to receive and interpret what another person says in the communication process.
Written: This is most common and is used in the business and work environment.
Communication skills help you work effectively with colleagues, prepare and deliver reports, etc.
2. The ability to drive results
You should also highlight the achievements you have had in previous employment because this is an indication to the employer that you will perform on the job. They do not want story tellers but performers. You should show evidence of how strategic you have been in carrying out tasks assigned to you and what you intend to bring to the table. You may consider including awards or commendations that you have received for this in the past.
3. The ability to carry out research
Some employers desire to see evidence that you are capable of carrying out research that will assist you in your work. Remember to highlight this in your resume with evidence of what
you have done. To carry out effective research, you need to understand the research question and identify where you can source relevant information. The next step is to assess the research scope and re-evaluate the research question based on the nature and extent of information available. You would then need to select the best investigative method to adopt and then plan the steps to be taken in the research. The next thing to do is to obtain relevant information using different methods and refine the search strategy that is relevant.
4. The ability to use computers
Most employers look out for candidates that are proficient or at least have a basic understanding of the computer. In today's world, the office has become more of a paperless environment due to technological advances. You should also endeavour to highlight this skill in your resume.
5. The ability to delegate
You should also highlight in your resume the various scenarios where you were able to delegate work effectively. Employers need to see that you understand the importance of working together with others to produce results. It involves sharing responsibility with others in your team. There are 9 levels of delegation, these are: you ask others to assess a problem and you make decisions based on the facts available; you allow others to provide solutions with their various advantages and disadvantages while you decide which to apply; you allow others make recommendations with the risks involved while you make the decision; you allow others recommend what step to take with your approval; you see what step is to be taken and decide to approve or disapprove; you allow others to decide what step to take and allow them take action; allow others to take action and give you a feedback; allow others take action and revert to you only if their action was unsuccessful and allow others take action and not ask for feedback.
In order to delegate effectively, you will need to have a certain level of emotional intelligence, negotiation and communication skills.
6. The ability to think strategically
You should also highlight your ability for strategic thinking and how it has helped you accomplish tasks in previous employment. This is the ability to understand where you need to be and what you need to do to get you there and then taking the step to get there. You should be able to show clearly how this skills enabled you achieved the goals that you set out to achieve either in your personal or work life.
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