There may have been situations where you’ve needed to influence, motivate others or drive change. This is where our skill to lead is important.

It's all about: Inspiring others, influencing, motivating others, developing others, delegating, making decisions, mentoring, negotiating

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Your leading skill

You can gain leadership experiences in many situations. 

If you’re part of a club, you may have guided and supported others to learn a new task. Or you may have been in charge of a group project at school where you assigned tasks to other people, encouraged the team and shared ideas.  

No matter how big or small, every experience will help you build your leading skill. 

Top tips on developing your leading skill

Throughout life, you’ll use your leading skills every day.  

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In general

Encouraging your teammates or bandmates at a game or concert and praising them for their efforts. 

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In school

Helping a new classmate feel welcomed by showing them around the school and answering questions they have. 

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In work

Putting yourself forward to lead on a group task, delegating work and making decisions for your team. 

Describing your leading skills to employers

Although you may not be a natural born leader, employers want to see examples of where you have had to lead or organise people. 

Think of times when you’ve: 

  • led a project or task in school 
  • played a lead role on any sports team 
  • volunteered at a local charity and took a leadership role – even in one task or for one day 
  • mentored or buddied a new classmate or team member 
  • managed to get people’s agreement when taking the lead 

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