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Posted by Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President, on Friday, Jun 5, 2015
What are the core skills of a leader, and what does it mean for team building and professional development?
Being a good leader is more than technical knowledge or experience, it requires soft skills that not everyone innately has.
"It you aren't able to modify your approach to management style, to how you train your staff, to how you interact with your clients and understand their needs then I don't think you'll be able to succeed," says Bentall Kennedy SVP Cheryl Gray. "The difference between a good leader and a good manager is that a leader relies on people, a manager relies on control."
Finding people with the right skills can be a challenge. Open-mindedness and the ability to adjust is crucial, as is the skill of assessing new ideas, situations, or problems to determine the best course of action.
"I look for the ability to listen and work collaboratively with people," Cadillac Fairview VP Steven Sorenson says. "There is a team atmosphere here and it's important to tap into the knowledge base because one person can't have the intimate knowledge to resolve all issues."
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