Leadership is arguably the most important skill for an ambitious corporate professional to possess. But what about personal aptitude? What about an eye for numbers? Worldliness? Empathy? Yes all these are important, and they can each be key facets of a great leader’s larger skill-set, but we can certainly say that most corporate professionals occupy high level positions in the main because they are great leaders.
Anyone has the potential to be a leader. To become a great leader it’s important to learn to understand exactly what makes a great leader. We can say that a large part of being a great leader is an ability to take control in difficult situations. We could call this situational leadership, and it’s one of the most valuable forms of leadership that there is.
What do we mean by situations? The working day is essentially held together by successive situations. These could be positive situations, training days or group assessments, or they could be difficult situations, hostility or conflict resolution.
Obviously, difficult situations require a higher degree of leadership. Some professionals might be perfectly good at their job, but then recede when there is a difficult situation. Without leadership these situations can grow, virus-like, and threaten the health of a business.
If you feel you could sharpen up your situational learning, you could take leadership training or management training courses focused on situational leadership.