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Leadership types, knowledge, skills and qualities



Types of leaders:

  • General leaders (leaders at the top of the organization including executives, plant leaders, committee chairs, union officers, etc.) These leaders need to be clear on how teams are formed in the organization, the rules and boundaries associated with the power given to the teams to make decisions and solve problems.
  • Coaches (area managers, supervisors, staff experts, trainers, consultants, and other subject matter experts).These leaders provide information, materials, equipment, budget, etc. They enlighten, educate, and expand the team’s thinking.
  • Captains (peer leaders). These team leaders may be elected by their peers or selected by management based on rotation, qualifications, perfect attendance, etc. It is important that duties are clarified for captains. Captains are not straw leaders for management, but peer leaders with an understanding of the team’s operations.

Knowledge needed to be a leader:

  • Knowledge of the organization’s plans, goals, roles, responsibilities, and procedures
  • Knowledge of the organization’s rules and union contract
  • Technical knowledge associated with the work being produced by the team
  • Knowledge of the culture and politics of the organization
  • Knowledge of who to go to for what kind of information
  • Understanding of people and individual personalities

 Skills needed to be a leader:

  • Communication, especially listening skills
  • Problem solving
  • Facilitation of meetings, discussions, and decision making
  • Motivation
  • Planning and organizing
  • Presentations and speaking in front of groups
  • Time management
  • Report writing
  • Conflict resolution
  • Diplomacy
  • Presentations and speaking in front of groups
  • Time management
  • Report writing
  • Conflict resolution
  • Diplomacy
  • Networking
  • Keeping people accountable

Personal qualities needed to be a leader:

  • Honest
  • Trustworthy
  • Compassionate
  • Inspirational
  • Direct
  • Committed
  • Open to new ideas
  • Nonprejudicial
  • Respectful
  • Responsive
  • Resourceful
  • Patient
  • Creative
  • Sincere
  • Persistent
  • Fun loving/humorous
  • Approachable/unintimidating
  • Risk taking

Thoughts and exercises from Gregory Huszezo’s Tools for Team Leadership: Delivering the X-Factor in Team Excellence.


Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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