21st Century Leadership Skills – Defined

A 21st Century Leader understands that if you want engaged employees, you must develop the individual.

It is this understanding that leads the 21st Century Leader to a focus on self. Not a selfish focus – but a focus on self for the benefit of others.

The Brunson Level II Coaching Program and the Brunson Leadership Development Program for Groups focus on the following key skills for Leadership effectiveness and organizational impact:

7 Skills for Leadership Confidence

Personal/Professional Growth Management Skills
Personal study and professional application is a must for you as a Leader in the 21st Century. How well you self assess and act on that assessment determines the quality of the goals you set and the effectiveness of your action plans. The impact you deliver is dependent upon how you integrate Leadership behaviors and implement on your strategies.

Communication and Connection Skills
How skillful a Leader communicates is a major factor of credibility. You must consistently communicate well one-on-one and in group settings. As Leaders, it is imperative that our communication is consistent and credible. We must be able to consistently create safety for dialogue and confidently confront issues. You approach performance management and succession management as key areas for consistent communication.

Messaging Skills
You are the message. Your Brand is the succinct version of that message. It takes constant awareness for you to build Brand awareness and representation. Your Desire & Intent as a Leader is very important to those you lead. It is critical to your success, and the success of others, that you are skillful in creating and articulating a clear vision. The 21st Century Leader is also becoming skilled at using the concepts of Story in communication, connection, and message.

Networking Skills
You must network. Your time networking should be intentional activities around career connections and collegial support and should be split 50/50 between the two.

Giving Skills
Part of your authentic growth is helping others grow authentically. Effective giving, to both individuals and to the community, is most congruent when cross referenced with your Brand.

Collective Facilitation Skills
Designing and facilitating effective meetings is one of your best opportunities to communicate credibly. Learning the skills of a neutral facilitator is a must for 21st Century Leaders. These skills help lay the foundation for true alignment and collaboration.

Storytelling Skills
Story is a powerful tool used to engage others in designing a better future and in creating an understandable connection with meaningful action in the present. Storytelling is artful narrative applied to bring people together as a result of individualized interpretation of the story.

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About Jeff Brunson

In this whirling 21st Century the individual needs to embrace the authentic self and confidently leverage the energy and power found there. As we entered the 21st Century, I became more concerned about what leaders like you needed for successful influence and personal fulfillment. As we move deeper into this challenging 21st Century, I’m more convinced than ever that the core of my work is in helping individual leaders remember who they are − a trueness. It is about confidence found in your authenticity.

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