Having been involved in the business, sales, marketing, and entrepreneurship fields I have found that one transferable skill is leadership. Working to refine these skills takes commitment, focus and resilience. Establishing yourself as someone others can depend on as well as someone who can take charge in any situation is a great way to set yourself apart no matter what field you are in.

Communication

I can’t stress enough (link to blog posted on .info about communication skills) how important communication skills are no matter your role or industry. Very few jobs are done in isolation and the ability to communicate with others effectively helps improve working relationships that are invaluable to the success of a company. Crucial Conversations by by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler is a great book which provides a practical platform for improving communication. Great team communication in high stress situations further establishes the trust necessary for a developing leader.

Motivation

People work for people, not for companies. If you want a motivated group of people dedicated to your company, then lead by example. Nothing motivates employees more than seeing their boss or supervisor working right there with them in the trenches. The worst type of leadership is verbal commitment with actionless follow through. I’ve seen companies preach transparency and trust, only to do the opposite under the ruse of “what’s best for the company”. The reality is, no company can be more productive or effective than when it is satisfying and rewarding for it’s employees over the long term.

When staff sees your commitment to a company equals your commitment to them as individuals, then they will be motivated to produce results for you and the business. Again, People work for people, not companies.

Vision

Clearly articulating the big picture is important but providing a clear path to achievement is what separates dreams from vision. Actionable steps, along with the freedom for employee input and feedback allows for a vision to come to fruition. Good leaders provide framework not orders, templates not formulas. This process creates more buy in from all stakeholders and ultimately results in a shared vision everyone can rally behind.

Relationships

People prefer to do business with individuals they trust and respect. Being able to form authentic relationships is a skill that a good leader must posses. Starting with genuine interest in how you can help the other person is the best way to build a relationship. “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Razby, is a great book that can help any aspiring leader better understand how authentic relationships are the foundation for much of the success leaders enjoy.