People ask me... "What can I do to improve my leadership skills?"
Here's the reality, leadership is one of the toughest jobs you'll have because you have to be able to unite people who often have varying levels of commitment and get them to work as a team to achieve a common goal. Some say leaders are born, others say they can be made. I think some people have natural charisma which makes it easier but that doesn't mean you can't learn. You should read up and study the top leaders. I am constantly trying to gain an edge and grow my skills and so should you. We never stop learning.
Here's a link to a book I read recently that is top notch. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win.
Now continuing on here's my thoughts. I am a big believer that you must have the following below to become a successful leader. Without these traits, you'll fail. With them you put yourself in a great position to inspire others and forge ahead.
Energy & Enthusiasm - First off, I bring energy and excitement. I am passionate about what I do and dive in full steam. When you get excited and show passion to those around you it’s contagious. It’s hard for others to not feel the buzz of positive energy.
Positive & Optimistic vision - You need to then take that energy and translate it into an upbeat and forward looking positive message. Paint a vision that everyone can see and a path that if everyone joins in can be achieved. People do want to be part of something big that effects positive change.
Authenticity - People want someone they can relate to. They want someone who is real. By simply being your true authentic self you can truly connect with those around you and inspire people. You don’t have to be fake. Just be real. It’s that simple.
Lead by example - People rally around a leader who is willing to lead from the front. I believe you need to join in with your team or those around you and be part of the process. A leader gets into the action drives success through genuine teamwork.
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