5 leadership skills your employers are looking for

5 leadership skills your employers are looking for


Your degree is preparing you with job-ready skills for your industry. But what specific skills do employers want you to have? Leadership. Employers want to see that you can be a strong leader in the workplace.

So, here are five leadership skills you should be developing while studying, to boost your employability:

1. Working with others

Working with others is an important skill to have in any environment or job. It requires clear communication, knowing how to resolve conflict and the ability to collaborate on tasks. Knowing how to work well together can speed up and shorten the workload, which benefits everyone!

2. Showing initiative

Prove that you are willing to go the extra mile to do something or pioneer a more effective way of working. It shows dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism – all traits an employer will be impressed by.

3. Adapting to change

Having the ability to adapt to change shows your resilience and perseverance. It means you can lead a team through any circumstance successfully, even if the result isn’t what you wanted. It also requires acknowledging that you need help and knowing how to reach out for it.  

4. Motivating others

One of the greatest leadership qualities to have is being able to motivate yourself and others to achieve the goals your employer sets. Without motivation, work won’t get done and you won’t be of much help to your employer.

5. Positivity

Positivity does not go unnoticed. Being positive in work will make a huge difference in your productivity and in the lives of the people you work with… because like a yawn, a smile is contagious. 

Employers want to see that you have these leadership skills. If you already practice some or all of these skills, you are on the right path for your career! If not, you can learn how to develop them with STRIVE.  

STRIVE is a leadership program available to all CSU students where you can learn how to be a great leader with these skills and much more through short modules that are free, online and self-paced!

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