In a rapidly changing world, leadership skills are critical to possess in order to advance in a marketing career. Technical skills will get you the job while it will be your leadership skills that will advance you in your career. While developing leadership skills is easy in theory, becoming a leader may not come naturally for others and can therefore be challenging. Thankfully, leadership skills can be learned, and with a bit of practice, anyone can become a leader. Here are three top leadership skills any marketing professional can develop.
#1 The leadership skill of building effective and high-performing teams
It is impossible to achieve great things by yourself. Good marketing leaders understand that they must rely on others with different expertise in order to achieve goals and sometimes, impossible tasks. As a result, marketing leaders spend time creating a culture of trust and accountability. With trust established, marketing leaders focus on building the right people with the right set of skills needed to create high-performing teams.
#2 The leadership skill of facilitating creative problem-solving
In a rapidly changing economic climate, marketing departments need to be innovative and flexible. In order to stay ahead, marketing leaders become facilitators of innovation by instilling creative problem-solving within teams. They do this by positively encouraging team members to share ideas, creating an environment of open and honest communication, and by curiously asking team members questions. Marketing leaders recognize that it takes a team of people with different perspectives to solve today’s complex issues.
#3 The leadership skill of communicating effectively
Effective communication is a core leadership function for any leader. When done well, effective communication can connect, inspire, and motivate members of the team. You don’t have to be amazing at public speaking in order to be a good communicator. You can earn your team’s respect and influence by simply being a good listener, being genuine, and following through with your words through the form of actions. By practicing these simple gestures in every work, other forms of communication (such as public speaking) become easier to do.
Bringing it all together
Developing leadership skills is necessary to thrive in a dynamic and complex society. While it can be challenging to do, leadership skills are not impossible to possess and can be learned by any marketing professional wanting to become a leader in any organization. These top leadership skills include: (1) the ability to build effective and high-performing teams, (2) the ability to facilitate creative problem-solving, and (3) the ability to communicate effectively. These leadership skills focus on the betterment of the group versus the betterment of the individual. Truly, marketing leadership skills help build strong teams capable of tackling big issues in modern society.