This model of leadership indentifies three clusters of leadership skills. Each of these clusters is divided into two to four types of skills. The result is this catalog of nine different types of leadership skills. We have used these nine types of skills to identify a total of 46 leadership microskills. The purpose of identifying specific leadership skills and grouping them into types and clusters is to flesh out the broad notion of leadership so that it is more tangible. The leadership skills in this model can be learned and practiced individually in order for leaders to build a wide repertoire of communication, group facilitation, and action-oriented skills that can be used in a wide variety of settings.
Three Clusters of Leadership Skills
I. Basic Communication Skills
II. Group Facilitation Skills
III. Leadership Skills for Action
Nine Types of Leadership Skills
Basic Communication Skills
1. Listening and Attending
2. Interpersonal Communication
Group Facilitation Skills
3. Engaging Individuals in Group Membership
4. Informing the Group with Relevant Knowledge
5. Involving the Group in Interactive Participation
6. Planning for the Group's Future
Leadership Skills for Action
7. Building a Team
8. Setting a Direction
9. Creating Action
Copyright © 1999. Jeff E. Brooks-Harris, Kevin G. Shollenberger & Jan M. Javinar. Permission is granted to copy and use this handout provided this copyright notice remains intact.
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