L4 This code refers to content for Level 4 Leader (C Suite CEO/CFO) in leadership skills ? Leadership skills

What do they look like?

Now your leadership skills are becoming what defines you. You are giving back, mentoring, leaving your mark on the organisation's culture.

Your leadership skills are your ability to influence those around you - to inspire, guide, and support

Agile thinking/strategic appreciation - What are the landmarks?

  • Generates and owns a strategic plan and vision that integrates numerous business issues, functions and resources for effective outcomes
  • Defines and builds a corporate culture that is congruent with and facilitates the implementation of strategy
  • Understands and advises the management team in relation to business fundamentals and the position of the organisation in the wider global market and uses knowledge of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; identifies competitive differentiators to devise the strategy for the organisation
  • Displays high levels of analytical intelligence . Examines, evaluates and analyses the bigger picture while setting setting priorities and devising the way forward. Ability to see solutions where others do not
  • Uses scanning and visionary capabilities to successfully predict market trends and align organisation strategy to capitalise on market potential
  • Ability to think critically, using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problemes;shows sounds judgement and forms opinions
  • Comprehension of methods for developing an organisation's vision and strategy

Organisational alignment - What are the landmarks?

  • Develop and oversee the implementation of the strategy that ensures the success of the organisation as a whole
  • Ensure that the company culture reinforces its mission and values
  • Have expertise in organisational behaviour, management, marketing, HR and operations management
  • Ensure the initiatives and priorities of the various parts of the organisation are aligned with the strategic direction of the overall organisation
  • Drive for improvement and move in new and challenging directions by transforming the organisation through its people. Energise and motivate the whole organisation to want to change in the same direction.

Strategic networking - What are the landmarks?

  • Create innovative partnerships with outside stakeholders that create opportunities in the organisation and beyond
  • Build solid relationships based on loyalty and trust
  • Play a key role in established networks and leverage these to obtain information of strategic importance to the organisation
  • Use these networks to promote and advance the interests of the organisation

Influencing - What are the landmarks?

  • Intellectual capability to liaise at a high level with a wide and diverse range of stakeholders. Build consensus with these stakeholders and empower others
  • You project your authority and instil confidence and motivate those around you by your ability to clearly state your decision, conclusions and course of action.

Team development and leadership - What are the landmarks?

  • You inspire, lead, motivate, provide vision, keep people focussed on organisational goals and you encourage cooperation, commitment and team spirit
  • Develop high-performing teams that deliver in highly complex organisations or situations

Communication - What are the landmarks?

  • You use appropriate communications to convey the needs, strategy and direction to the organisation. This includes communication with the board, senior management and external stakeholders

Mentoring and coaching - What are the landmarks?

  • You can act as a high level mentor and sounding board providing others with direction and insights to enhance their performance and development. You incorporate coaching into your leadership style

Diplomatic sensitivity - What are the landmarks?

  • Understand unspoken messages and nuances and respond in a tactful manner being mindful of the implications including unintended consequences

Development activities

How can you get there?

Here are our suggestions for boosting your skills in the three main areas at this stage of your career.
Don't forget, many of these are FREE!

  • Keep referring to this Career Pathway template to set your goals, improve performance and identify gaps
  • Use the Chartered Accountants Ireland Career Coaching service
  • Be ever aware of your professional brand and profile and keep improving it
  • Attend leadership training
  • Consider media training
  • Work with the CAI career service to find a mentor
  • Become a mentor
  • Join a CAI Committee
  • Become involved in your District Society
  • Attend CAI Events
  • Complete CPD training in soft skills like people managment, leadership, communication skills
  • Join Toastmasters
  • Join a representative industry group
  • Coach sports teams and get involved with community organisations
  • Read relevant Leadership articles
  • Join a board
  • Volunteer for cross-functional projects
  • Develop your emotional intelligence - Complete psychometric testing to better understand your personality traits and skills

Career development support

As a member at any stage in your career from newly qualified to post-retirement, our career service is here to support you. In full confidence, we'll coach you, help with your CV, give interview preparation tips, set up mentoring, help you find a role, or to find the best staff. Call us anytime you need us on +353 1 637 7331 or email us at careers@charteredaccountants.ie. We want to hear from you.

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