When conveying your leadership skills on your CV or resume, it’s vital to follow this simple formula: show, don’t tell.
What does this mean?
‘Show, don’t tell’ is as simple as it sounds. If you show your accomplishments by providing specific examples, rather than telling the reader about them, you will make a much stronger impression and your leadership skills will shine.
Here is an example of an achievement that uses the ‘tell’ approach:
"I was successful at increasing efficiency".
Here is an example of an achievement that uses the ‘show’ approach:
"I Increased efficiency by 18% by eliminating redundant processes and developing workshops for staff members".
Notice that stark difference between these two achievements. The second achievement shows how the candidate was successful, while the first one simply provides a vague statement that may or may not be considered as true.
Take a look at the CV example in this guide. Notice that the CV doesn’t state that Sir Alex Ferguson is a good leader. It doesn’t need to. Instead, it shows his results. His results prove his leadership qualities beyond any doubt. Stating that he is a good leader would be redundant.
When it comes to writing about your achievements that are related to leadership, ensure to show how you achieved success. This way, you’ll come across as a strong leader who gets results.