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1 Leadership 12 – Skills Approach

2 Skills Approach Like the Trait Approach, the skills approach focuses on the leader. Examines skills and abilities instead of fixed personality traits. Skills and abilities can be learned therefore leadership can be learned. How is this different than the trait approach?

3 Three Skill Approach Effective leadership is the result of three skills. Technical Human Conceptual

4 Three Skill Approach – Technical Skill
Knowledge or ability in a type of work or activity. Involves an ability to use tools and techniques. Working with things Ex. Knowing how to program in a software company.

5 Three Skill Approach – Technical Skill
Most important at lower and mid level management/leadership positions. Less important in top level management/leaders. Top level leaders have to focus on other tasks and let others do technical operations.

6 Three Skill Approach – Human Skill
Human skill is knowledge about and ability to work with people. Help a leader work with subordinates, peers, and superiors to achieve common goals.

7 Three Skills Approach – Human Skill
Being aware of the perspective of others on issues. Involves creating an atmosphere of trust where employees can feel comfortable and secure. Encourage others to become involved in planning. Addresses the needs and motivations of others. Human skill must be at all levels of a group.

8 Three Skills Approach – Conceptual Skill
Ability to work with ideas Technical = things Human = people Conceptual = ideas

9 Three Skill Approach - Conceptual
Leader would be comfortable working with ideas which shape the group’s future. Create goals, and visions for the group. Can figure out paths to accomplish goals and tackle challenges.

10 Three Skills Approach – Conceptual
Most important at the top level of a group structure. When leaders do not have conceptual skill they jeopardize the entire groups chances at success. Not needed at the bottom level of a group.

11 Abilities by Leadership Level
Human Top Level Leader Conceptual technical Mid level Leader Technical Human Conceptual Technical Human Bottom Level Leader Conceptual

12 Analyzing a Structure Analyze the structure of a group or organization that you are part of. How is the organization structured I.E Leader, mid management, bottom level workers. What technical, human and conceptual skills are needed at each level?

13 Skills Model Developed out of the U.S. military to answer what specific skills do high performing leaders have? Analyzes the relationship between a leader’s knowledge and skills and the leader’s performance. Three main components of the skills model are Individual Attributes Competencies Leadership Outcomes

14 Individual Attributes – General Cognitive Ability
General Cognitive Ability – ability to process info, reason, think creatively, and memorize. These are traits you are born with. Increase to early adulthood then decline.

15 Individual Attributes – Crystalized Cognitive Ability
Intellectual ability that is learned over time. Attained through experience Only increases with age Social judgement skills, problem solving skills, comprehension

16 Individual Attributes - Motivation
Leaders must be willing to to take on challenges Leaders must be willing to express dominance and take charge of a group Leader must be committed to the social good of the group to do what is best or right.

17 Individual Attributes - Personality
Important personality traits which help develop leadership. Open-mindedness, curiosity, determination, tolerance Any trait which helps a person deal with challenges.

18 Competencies Problem Solving Skills Social Judgement Skills Knowledge

19 Competencies – Problem-Solving Skills
Problem-solving skills are a leader’s creative ability to solve new and ill defined organizational problems. Defining the problem Gather info Understand the problem Formulate plan

20 Competencies – Social Judgment Skill
Perspective taking – understanding the attitudes or point of view of others Social Perceptiveness – How others function? What motivates them? How will they react? Social Performance – ability to make others see things your way. Persuasion of others, being a mediator in conflict. Convincing others to follow your lead.

21 Competencies - Knowledge
Knowledge is the application of problem-solving skills. Ability to know how to tackle a complex problem based on relating it to similar experience. Allows leaders to develop plans based on their expertise in a given area.

22 Leadership Outcomes Effective Problem Solving – competency in problem solving leads to a result of good problem solving. Good Problem solving involves solutions that are logical, effective, and unique. Performance – Degree to which a leader meets expected duties.

23 Career Experiences Career experiences moves people from individual attributes to Competencies. Through practice leaders become competent. Leadership is learned

24 Environmental Influences
Environmental factors are things which are out of the control of the leader. Environmental factors influence possible solutions. Aging technology, low skilled team members, lack of money, may be things which are not controllable.

25 The Skills Model Individual Attributes Competencies
General Cognitive Ability Crystalized Cognitive Ability Motivation Personality Problem Solving Skills Social Judgment Skills Knowledge Effective Leadership

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