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The five C’s of leadership

posted by Hannah on Wednesday, 16 November 2016

You don’t have to be following the US news too closely to know that Donald Trump has been causing great controversy in American politics. His divisive policies and domineering personality have turned the US presidential campaign into a full-on, however successful, media circus. Trump’s critics have been vocal about their concerns about his ability to lead the country.

The debate around the US presidency highlights the qualities that people expect in an effective leader. This blog looks at the five C’s of leadership.


US President Abraham Lincoln was known by the nickname “Honest Abe,” supposedly due to his dislike of the lying he encountered during his law career. It does stand to reason that gaining credibility as a leader is linked to being perceived as honest and reliable. You can build credibility by demonstrating the knowledge and experience required to lead successfully, as well as having a trustworthy personality.


Being a good leader also requires excellent communication skills, this means possessing the ability to listen to people as well as the ability to share ideas. These skills also relate to the capacity to negotiate when necessary and manage issues of conflict. Effective leaders work hard to build rapport and trust between the people they work with.


Demonstrating commitment to the cause or organisation you are working for will create goodwill and overall positive outcomes. Showing commitment to those around you also contributes to good relationships and, in turn, can inspire similar commitment in every level of the organisation.


To be an effective leader, you will need to display confidence. You can demonstrate this trait through both the way you conduct yourself and your actions. It is important to be aware that being confident does not mean being brash and pushy. Rather, you can display it through more subtle actions, like being decisive and having faith in your abilities.


The best leaders are often those who can think in a creative, innovative way. If you find it hard to look at situations from different perspectives, you will find it more of a challenge to lead since leaders need to be able to look at the big picture. Being creative will also help when it comes to problem-solving and making decisions.

You can improve your leadership skills by undertaking one of the management courses offered at Oxbridge – Management Level 3 Certificate QCF. These distance learning courses will help you develop the skills and techniques required for any form of leadership.

In the words of Abraham Lincoln: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”