There are various attributes that a leader should possess. Of these attributes, organizing tasks is one of the most important. Here, we will take a look at the importance of organizational skills in leadership.
Organizational skills play an important role in determining the quality of leadership. In the absence of a quality leader, most organizations struggle to cope up with the challenges that are being posed to them. These skills are not an inherent quality, and one needs to build them over a course of time. These are essential and help an individual become multifaceted. Let us get some more insight into the role of organizational skills in leadership.
Every organization needs a capable leader who can marshal his employees to ensure that everyone is able to do his job as per expectations. Leaders are responsible for imbibing faith in the employees that a task can be done. Let us take a historical example to stress on this. Hannibal Barca, the legendary warrior, has been known in history as someone who defied conventional warfare and took elephants over the imposing Alps to attack Rome. When he told his generals about his plan to take elephants over the Alps, they dismissed the idea saying that there was no way this could be done. To this, Hannibal Barca replied, “I will either find a way or make one”. Hannibal’s strategy worked and he caught the Romans unaware and defeated them.
This example shows the importance of effective leadership. A leader needs the support of his subordinates to accomplish a job, and he has to motivate them into believing that a task can be achieved. This can be achieved if the leader is skillful in strategic planning, innovation and decision-making. Organizational skills focus on prioritizing one’s tasks, and then working accordingly, so that these are achieved. In the absence of leadership skills, an organization can become stagnant and fail to compete with its competitors. Organizational skills are also important to portray an individual as a leader. The old adage, ‘first deserve then desire’ holds true for an effective leader. If a leader has poor organizational skills, or lacks self-management, there is a high possibility that his/her subordinates would not be able to look up to him/her as someone who can guide them in times of crisis. It is important therefore that a leader is organized, so that he/she can lead his team effectively.
Whether you are a leader or aspire to be one, it is important that you put in an effort to develop organizational skills. By constant improvement, one can learn the nuances that go into making a leader, apart from helping one to develop better interpersonal skills.
Prioritizing your Tasks
Effective leaders are good at prioritizing tasks, and this is one of the main reasons for their success. There are times when there are so many things that require your attention that you are confused as to which one should be taken first. Chances are that you may end up doing a less important work at the cost of a more important one, which can prove to be fatal for the business. As a leader, you can plan your priorities by enlisting all of them. You can then go through each one of them, and select those which you would like to accomplish immediately. Once you have prepared an order of things that you would like to do, you can then put in all your efforts and resources so that the project or an activity is finished in a stipulated time.
Today most organizations face the issue of projects not being completed in time. The job of a leader does not end with prioritizing and assigning tasks only, but he has to also ensure that his subordinates are carrying out the tasks in an efficient manner. To do this, it is necessary that the leader has an effective communication system so that the performance of the employees could be monitored. A leader can create a daily, weekly or a monthly plan, depending on the needs of the project to ensure that he is able to track the progress.
If your workspace is full of clutter, it can project you poorly in front of your subordinates. It can also cause you to misplace important files and documents which can prove to be crucial in times of need. So, it is important that you put forward an exemplary behavior so that your subordinates can follow suit. You can do this by keeping your important documents in trays and folders. Documents which have piled up over the months, and are of little significance, can be removed from your workspace and kept in a back-office. This will ensure that you have access to all important documents, and you are able to produce them when required.
Organizational skills are not only important for leaders but for all of us, as these can ensure that we are able to achieve our tasks efficiently. We hope that this article would have helped you to understand the importance of organizational skills in leadership and the ways in which one can improve these.