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Key Leadership Skills
Howard Gardner describes two main kinds of leadership: Direct and Indirect. Direct leaders are those who influence people directly as leaders of groups while the Indirect leaders influence people through their high quality or creative works. We are all have leadership abilities to some degree. The path to becoming an extraordinarily effective leader is to identify, appreciate and build your own particular leadership skills and abilities.

Howard Gardner, Ayten Iflazoglu and Branton Shearer
ExtraOrdinary Leadership!
~Inspire Your Multiple Intelligences~
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Lead with your strengths and bring out the best in others!

4 Keys to Highly Effective Leadership
_ Interpersonal:“I hear you”

_ Intrapersonal:“Listening to myself”
_ Communication:“Let me tell you a story…”
_ Inspire!“Solve complex problems & motivate!”
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Key Leadership Dimensions

Interpersonal
- Empathy
- Understanding
- Solve conflicts
- Provide support
- Motivate
- Persuade

Intrapersonal
- Self-understanding
- Build strengths & manage weaknesses
- Career selection
- Goal setting
- Self-Monitoring
- Judgment
- Emotional management

Linguistic
- Public speaking
- Clear communications & explanations
- Persuasive speech
- Debate
- Writing
- Story telling




MIDAS Scales and Subscales
Interpersonal:To think about and understand another person. To have empathy and recognize distinctions among people and to appreciate their perspectives with sensitivity to their motives, moods and intentions. It involves interacting effectively with one or more people in familiar, casual or working circumstances.
Social Sensitivity: sensitivity to and understanding of other people's moods, feelings and point of view
Social Persuasion: ability for influencing other people
Interpersonal Work: interest and skill for jobs involving working with people

Intrapersonal: To think about and understand one's self. To be aware of one's strengths and weaknesses and to plan effectively to achieve personal goals. Reflecting on and monitoring one's thoughts and feelings and regulating them effectively. The ability to monitor one's self in interpersonal relationships and to act with personal efficacy.
Personal Knowledge / Efficacy: awareness of one's own ideas, abilities; able to achieve personal goals
Calculations: meta-cognition "thinking about thinking' involving numerical operations
Spatial Problem Solving: self awareness to problem solve while moving self or objects through space
Effectiveness: ability to relate oneself well to others and manage personal relationships

Linguistic: To think in words and to use language to express and understand complex meanings. Sensitivity to the meaning of words and the order among words, sounds, rhythms, inflections. To reflect on the use of language in everyday life.
Expressive Sensitivity: skill in the use of words for expressive and practical purposes
Rhetorical Skill: to use language effectively for interpersonal negotiation and persuasion
Written-academic: to use words well in writing reports, letters, stories, verbal memory, reading / writing

How Will You Lead?

My top Leadership strengths are: _

My skills to be improved are:

Becoming an effective leader involves "lifelong learning."

Life-long learning to maximize your success means finding opportunities to use and further develop your strengths. Being effective also involves making efforts over time to build your weaknesses so they don't inhibit your progress. The creative leader also finds ways to use strengths to compensate for limitations. This planning sheet will help to guide your next steps.

1. What are my two Leadership strengths?



What educational or on-the-job learning activities can enhance these strengths?


2. What are my Leadership limitations?


What educational or on-the-job learning activities can enhance these skills?





3. Brainstorm strategies to use your strengths to compensate for weaknesses.

Leadership Style


- General Logic: practical problem-solving


- Innovation: imaginative, unique solutions & creations


- Leadership: interpersonal problem-solving & teamwork


What or position will best fit with your unique style?
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