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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

30 Ways to Be the Leader You Always Wanted to Be

Every organization needs leaders at every level. Leadership can be defined as one's ability to get others to willingly follow.  

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."— John F. Kennedy
Leadership is a continuous learning process that has to be mastered if one would like to become an effective leader.

The following are some leadership lessons I have learned from others along the way.

Respect for People
  1. Highlight several strengths or skills you see another person has and tell them.
  2. Be transparent and share personal stories.
  3. Provide regular feedback to others about their behaviors and actions.
  4. Spend time communicating with people in private.
  5. Ask about and learn what motivates other people and help them achieve it.
  6. Always give credit to those who work with or work for you.
  7. Show appreciation and say "Thank You" to others.
Personal Character
  1. Do what you say and carry through on your commitments.
  2. Be persistent and consistent.
  3. Practice what you preach.
  4. Be confident in your abilities and decisions so others will as well.
  5. Be willing to take risks.
  6. Take initiative.
  7. Let go of perfectionism for yourself and others
  8. Listen and think more than you talk.
Change Agent
  1. Encourage and promote change.
  2. Don't judge others, offer to help promote change instead.
  3. Be open minded for other people's ideas and opinions.
  4. Let others share their opinions before yours.
  5. Choose to promote someone else's idea over your own.
  6. Be Humble and willing to serve others.
Continuous Learning
  1. Teach a skill you have learned to others.
  2. Read books and articles and share them with others.
  3. Put at least one thing into action from every course, seminar, and book you complete.
  4. Start an informal regular learning time with colleagues on various topics.
Personal Productivity
  1. Keep your actions and decisions aligned with your values and goals.
  2. Say no to unimportant requests.
  3. Reduce and eliminate distractions.
  4. Set time aside for planning and strategy.
  5. Review and reflect on your progress and accomplishments.
My last bit of advice is to keep learning but start now to be the leader you know you can be with these tips above.

What advice would you share with others to be a better leader?

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