7 Must Have Leadership Skills At The Workplace

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The ability to collaborate ranks high on vital leadership skills for the 21st-century workplace. It can help develop very critical relationships and build trust in helping teams and organisations at large accomplish its goals. In a collaborative relationship, either at the individual or team level, there’s more experience created and new work cultures. Interaction means teams are better energized to attaining present and future tasks.


Listening as a leader can turn average team members into rockstars. Trivial as this sounds, a lot goes missing by not paying attention; either to spoken words or attitude. A lot of our mental state as human beings is embedded into communication skills, it’s important to pick these things as a leader to understand efficiently how to engage the team members. The goal should always be to get the work done in the best and most professional way. – Oreoluwa Boboye; Business Intelligence Lead-Jobs Ringier One Africa Media.

Mentorshipleadership skills

A famous African proverb says “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”. Mentorship is a very vital leadership skill at the workplace as only a man or woman who understands the vision of where an organisation is going can and will be willing to commit to such a vision. Whether this is in regards to short-term tasks or long-term goals, mentorship will be a very key skill to navigate the ever-changing workplace.

Influenceleadership skills

“I have the ability to influence you to change your mind,” says Rolayo Omitogun; Talent Consultant The African Talent Company(TATC). Influence as a key leadership skill involves persuasive abilities to spark and/or inspire teams and individuals to take an action. Persuasiveness and influence as skills will enable you to have all hands on deck and fully committed to attaining better results at tasks.

Responsibilityleadership skills

Ownership of your tasks is vital in the 21st-century workplace, you do not want to be perceived as incompetent or lacking a basic leadership skill such as taking responsibility. Taking responsibility and ownership of your tasks ensures you get more done with less monitoring as you don’t want to be micromanaged, earn better and stay employable and your job satisfaction will be higher. – Seyi Abiodun, Talent Scout-Stutern.

Multitaskingleadership skills

There are new schools of thought that believe multitasking can hurt one’s focus on attaining their tasks. While they make very arguable claims,  in this age of technology working with tools and having the ability to go back and forth between these tools, technology has facilitated the ability to multitask when it comes to delivery of tasks hence. Ability to multitask is important to stay employable says Abiola Adebiyi; Assistant Accountant Cheki Nigeria.

Analyticalleadership skills

Being analytical means you are astute and insightful, your decisions in the workplace are backed up by data and not guesses. Such leadership skill helps you plan and deliver team tasks and projects with greater precision, better predictability of end results. I believe it tops most leadership skills and positions an individual for better career progression says Runsewe Oreoluwa; Writer Ventures Africa.

In conclusion, it’s important to note, you’re a leader not just until you’re leading a team or organisation. If you’re assigned a task in the workplace take responsibility and leadership. This will prepare you for greater opportunities ahead both within and outside the organisation. What other leadership skills do you think are must-haves in the 21st-century workplace? We’ll like you to share with us in the comment section below.

Princewill Akuma
Princewill is a marketing maven, who is passionate about user-centric marketing. His experience spans Tech service, Recruitment, Media and Entertainment sectors across Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania. He's a career adviser, mentor, hobbyist DJ and a lover of cardio exercise with a personal record of 23.49 km. Let's connect, i'll love to hear from you.


    • In addition to CREATIVITY ,the following Leadership styles are also Paramount; The need to be PROACTIVE ,CRISIS MGT SKILLS that is, a good leader should envisage crisis and Carry out a very fast preventive and corrective measures towards it.Inform of a drill.

  1. This is good write-up. I would also like to add creativity as one of the skills needed to demonstrate a high level of leadership. Creativity enables you to perform tasks in new ways to obtain better results.

    • Yes, i agree. But that depends on what job you are handling. If you are in the business of healthcare delivery, fire service or other emergency services, punctuality is key. But where only your output is required e.g Consultants managing projects as professionals one can work from anywhere and deliver on time without the issue of punctuality. This is technology era. With technology one can even attend meetings from wherever without having to be physically present or punctual.

      • I think we should also look at punctuality in a generic term. Though you can attend meetings from any part of the world, your being able to attend these meetings from any part of the world as at when needed should be termed as being punctual.

  2. This is awesome. Going through a process right now in my job and I could definitely use some pointers. I am also very happy that Stanley added creativity to the pack. The goal for me is always to look for a better way to get the job done; better being smarter, faster and less expensive, as long as the quality of my output isn’t compromised.

  3. Great, great write up. Just like Naomi added time management which is key ,i also believe that communication should be a leadership skill.communication is vital so as to understand and be understood to enhance performance in achieving set targets and goals

  4. A Leader should be organized and supportive too. I see that a lot in my daily activities and work with people. Lack of organization can make a leader toss you back and front. A supportive leader encouraged a team to go extra mile to make the Job done excellently.

  5. This is good write-up. I would also like to add negotiation skills as one of the skills needed to demonstrate a high level of leadership. Negotiation skills enables and promote Money for value. More so, filling and documentation skills very vital

  6. Efficiency:
    Leadership must be efficient when carrying out tasks that will help achieve the goal and sustain the business. Inefficient leadership creates drag in the team. The drag created can crash the team and make goal unachievable.

  7. Wonderful write up. You are a good writer I must confess .
    I can relate with every line as they are very key factors to consider in building the right leader mindset and skills.
    The collaboration aspect is what I will refer to as synergy . It goes a long way in achieving a lot. Also attention to details. Little things matter as you can’t afford to compromise quality / company standard in all you do.

  8. Good presentation on leadership: In our Nigerian context, the ability to manage cultural diversity at work place should also be considered.

  9. I think diligence is missing as a leader in the 21st century must be seen to be diligent.

  10. leadership, as a leader you should have empathy,this very crucial while dealing with people management the topic quite helpful to young leaders thanks.

  11. Dear Princewill, the points listed are highly valid and I must commend your efforts. I think there should be a write up dedicated to the poor attitudes of certain CEO’s who stumbled into their roles by sheer luck or by venturing into a business they found successful. These species of CEO’s obviously lacking in ethics and people management,verbally and emotionally abuse their employees, pay late and sometimes do not have pension and health insurance plans for these employees.

    In the skill set listed. You should also include “Emotional Intelligence” – I think its also very important point to be considered.



  12. A leader who can appropriate priorities is commendable. Quality and purposeful leadership is highly productive.

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