Leaders have a magical way of captivating a room don’t they? They inspire, motivate and bring out the best in the people around them. It’s seems inherently natural to them, something they were born with, but that’s not always the case. The traits of a leader can in fact be learned. I’ll let you in on a secret; a huge part of their success is based in confidence.
Step 1: Read, Read & Read Some More
Say you look at the daily routine of the most successful individuals on the planet, you will learn that reading is critical to their daily routine. Want to become a better leader in your industry or personal life? Start reading now. I can’t stress how important reading has become for my own self-improvement. To be a great leader, you need a great mind. LifeHack has an amazing article that outlines why you should read every single day and 10 benefits that will accompany it.
If you are truly motivated to become a better and effective leader, I suggest you check out two books in particular that helped transcend my leadership capabilities:
How To Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
Micro Messaging – Stephen Young
The first book is How-To predicated on overall personal development. It’s intended to foster prosperity, in both your relationships and your career. There is a specific section on how to become a leader that revolves around authenticity and honesty with yourself and others. The second is about body language, and how to use it to your advantage. Both are fascinating that will offer tremendous insight on your path to developing superior leadership skills.
Step 2: Coles Notes Version
Now perhaps you don’t have the time right now to read these books, no worries. I’ll give you the Coles notes version of many leadership development articles.
- Stay positive
- Be a learner
- Stay passionate
- Be a good listener
Have you ever met a super successful person with a lot of free time on their hands? Doubtful. For a driven sales person, budding entrepreneur, or single parent – leisure time can be difficult to come by. Managing one’s time is essential to overall success. It doesn’t matter how brilliant you are, if you can’t manage your time it’s going to be difficult to get anywhere. Fear not, FullContact offers some tips and apps you can use to manage your time more effectively.
Step 3: Three Major Keys If You Haven’t Absorbed Any of the Above
I could sit here and write book after book on how to develop your leadership qualities many of which you’ve probably read a million times. There are 3 very important skills which are often over shadowed by the usual:
- Be unique
- Appreciate the uniqueness of others
- Challenge yourself and those around you
Fostering an environment of authenticity will promote emotional connections with those around you, thus resulting in the growth of effective teamwork. No one has ever been inspired or motivated by a cookie cutter boss so try and strive to be viewed as a mentor and a role model. If the success of your business is your top priority, understanding the importance of teamwork through improving your leadership skills should be too.
Let’s finish this off with a little exercise. Are there any leaders that you admire; a successful CEO, captain of a sporting team? Maybe there’s even a superhero you feel exhibits remarkable leadership qualities *cough* Captain America *cough*. Leave a comment below and let us know. I could talk superheroes for days!
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