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4 critical leadership skills

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Moving up in your organization takes more than just serving your time. If you want to rise into a leadership position, you need to build your skills in the following areas:

1. Public speaking. If you lead a team, you will be required to present at some point, whether that is to your employees or to upper management.

2. Communication. When you can communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, you more easily influence people and gain buy-in, while also saving time and reducing mistakes and misunderstandings.

3. Conflict resolution. It’s inevitable that you will be forced to address disputes among employees. In addition, you will need to effectively manage employees’ anger, resentment or hurt feelings so that they stay motivated and engaged.

4. Negotiation. Learn to have a difference of opinion, without fighting. You need the ability to concede and compromise when it comes to a negotiation—but not to the point where you are left unsatisfied with the plan.

— Adapted from “Five ‘Must-have’ Skills to Succeed at the Workplace,” Pallavi Jha, Business Today In, http://businesstoday.intoday.in.

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