Management & leadership

Good soft skills are indispensable

Good leadership requires a balance in knowledge and skills. Leading is craftsmanship. It is not self-evident that ‘the best student in the class’ is automatically the best leader.

Leadership starts with personal leadership! Doing justice to yourself as a person, based on your uniqueness, your qualities, your skills, your connection with your immediate environment. But certainly also based on your ideals and desires, that is where it starts. And there is often great potential there.

One of the oldest known scriptures describing the essence of leadership is the Tao Te Ching. The text is from around 600 BC. A quote:

‘The best leaders are those who are hardly noticed by their employees.
Then come the leaders who are loved and praised.
Then come those who are feared.
The worst leaders are those who are despised.

If you don’t trust your employees, they will become unreliable. The best leaders do what they say and don’t speak too much.

When they have completed their task, their people say: “Wonderful! We made it, and all on our own!”

Developing yourself takes energy and effort and is confronting. It requires decisiveness, perseverance, sincere attention and above all time.

Nowadays, the emphasis in leadership is on actually connecting with the other.

It is not specifically the knowledge but the skills and skills that are essential. It’s not about egos, but about the importance of the team, the collective.

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