Top 5 leadership skills Leadership skills – 1. Vision planning Knowing where you want to get to has to be in at number 1. If you are leading or managing a team or department, knowing where you want to lead it and how you envision the way it will function gives your day to day activity purpose. Many managers forget that they have a leadership responsibility as well as a day to day management responsibility. So set the vision or better still, create a vision with your team so they play an empowered part of the process. How to set a vision Leadership skills – 2. Delegation Taking on all the work yourself can be a common mistake and delegation is a critical leadership skill often underused.