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    10 Signs You Really Are a Leader (and Might Not Know It) 

    We often feel that to be a leader you need to be born a leader, or be drawn to leadership, or have a leader-ly position.

    We think of leadership as a title that has to be deserved or earned.

    But leaders are rarely, if ever, born. If we had to isolate a factor that creates leaders, it’s probably some combination of circumstance and persistence.

    Many, many leaders walk among us–in all kinds of people, places and positions.

    Some of the greatest leaders you’ll ever meet aren’t even aware of their own leadership.

    Here are 10 signs that you may be one of them:

    1. You have an open mind and seek out other people’s opinions. If people are drawn to you because you are open to others people’s opinions, you are a leader.

    2. You offer advice and counsel. If you find yourself advising your colleagues, and your friends are asking you to counsel them–if people seem to seek out and value what you say–then your empathy is strong and your perspective has real-world usefulness to those around you. If you often help those around you navigate their rough patches, you are a leader.

    3. People count on you. If people rely on you, it follows that they trust you to follow through and deliver on your promises. If you hold yourself accountable and demonstrate the kind of day-in, day-out responsibility that leads others to trust you, you are a leader.

    4. You’re a good listener and people confide in you. Being able to listen to others, having people speak to you frankly without worrying about who you’ll tell or how you might use that knowledge against them, are signs of strong leadership–not to mention of being a nice person. If you understand that listening is more important than speaking, and if people know they can confide in you, you are a leader.

    5. Others follow your example. The most powerful form of leadership isn’t persuasion or argument or force, but example. Whether times are good or bad, people notice who’s present, who’s effective, who’s working hard without distraction. When that person is you, others naturally follow you–and you are a leader.

    6. You insist on excellence. As Aristotle said, we are what we repeatedly do, and therefore excellence is not an act but a habit. When you are in the habit of standing up for excellence and you hold yourself and those around you responsible for quality, you are telling others that you act rather than talk, show rather than say, deliver rather than promise. If you are not making excuses or blaming others but holding up the standard of excellence and quality, you are a leader.

    7. You have a positive attitude. Positive, optimistic people make people around them happy. A positive outlook doesn’t blind you to problems or issues but allows you to seek out something good in almost every situation and to know that eventually things will be all right. It’s the kind of spirit that keeps people motivated and spreads optimism, and it means you are a leader.

    8. You treat people with respect. Knowledge may give you power, being smart may give you an advantage, but when you give respect you will always receive respect in return. If you look for the good in everyone you meet and respect them for who they are, it’s likely that they hold you in high esteem and that you are a leader.

    9. You genuinely care about others. If you spend time supporting, guiding and sharing your knowledge with those around you, giving them the opportunity to achieve success, and if you care about their well-being and do all you can to help them attain their own success, you are a leader.

    10. You are confident and passionate. Most people are always watching each other, looking for cues about how to behave. Being confident means moving with assurance, being passionate about what you believe and refusing to let anything get in your way. If you work consistently toward a cause with vision and confidence, you are a leader.

    Are you failing to see something important within yourself? Weigh yourself against these traits, reconsider what you think you know, and recognize yourself for the leader you may really be.

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    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 12:58:39 on 2018/06/10 Permalink
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    Why Some People Are Great Leaders, and Others Are Not 

    Many people call themselves a leader–but many of them fail at the actual task of…well, being a leader.

    So why do some fail where others succeed?

    The proof of leadership, its true measure, is not about being assigned, appointed to, or awarded with leadership. It is about action, not position.

    True leadership is earned, and it is earned by having an impact–a lasting influence, an effect on those around you.

    Here are seven traits of the most successful leaders:

    1. They lead with character. You have to know who you are. What makes people want to follow a leader? Why would you follow one leader to the ends of the earth but wouldn’t count on another to lead you across the street? What separates true leaders is their character–the quality of who they are as an individual person. Leadership isn’t about a designation. It’s a matter of knowing who you are and spreading your passion so profusely that others are inspired.

    2. They cultivate strong relationships. You have to know whom your important relationships are with. A common leadership mistake involves trying to lead others before developing a relationship. The stronger the relationship you have with others–the deeper, the more caring, the more connected you are–the more likely you are to have an impact. You have to learn what makes your most vital relationships tick. When you learn about the people who are important to you, you can help them fulfill their dreams.

    3. They steer with competence. You have to know what they know. The ability to understand people is one of the greatest assets anyone can develop. Learning what your people know has a positive impact in every area of your life, not only in your leadership. The biggest gift you can give your people is to learn what they know. The best leaders always surround themselves with individuals who are better than they are. They look for people who know more than they know, without feeling threatened or defensive. They look to develop their own competencies so they can influence people and make an even bigger impact.

    4. They trust their intuition. You have to know what people feel. Few things are more important or pay bigger dividends when it comes to business and leadership than getting to know how your people feel. When you do, you can understand what they’re thinking and get inside their perspective. Nothing will give you greater satisfaction or bring about more influence than being a leader who understands what people feel.

    5. They focus on experience. You have to know what they’ve done. If you want to make an impact, find out what your people are committed to. Where do they spend their time and their money? What are they passionate about? People buy into leaders who are interested in their experience, who want to know what they know. Leaders who can honestly say, “I don’t know it all, so tell me what you know” are truly influential.

    6. They take pride in potential. You have to know where they can develop. Too often, people make the mistake of focusing on their weaknesses. As a result, they spend too little time focusing on their potential. True leadership is about lifting people up, raising their performance to a higher standard, and building their personality beyond their former limitations. To have impact, you need to focus on the potential.

    7. They inspire to motivate. You have to know how to inspire them. You must be able to believe in your people to be able to motivate them. If they see your belief that they have some value, if they know they can make a difference, they will be influenced by you. People earn leadership not through their power but because they have the ability to motivate and inspire others. True leadership is not about elevating oneself but lifting others up.

    Great leaders are capable of developing these seven core elements. They know that to truly affect people, you have to influence them. If you don’t, they will not follow you.


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    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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    Additional Reading you might enjoy:


    Photo Credit: Getty Images

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  • feedwordpress 18:23:23 on 2018/06/09 Permalink
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    10 New Truths Great Leaders Know That Most People Don’t 

    Like any other field, leadership goes through trends and changes–and if you want to be successful, you need to stay on top of them. Old-school leadership is just that, and what we do today is very different. To understand leadership, you need to be able to separate historic thought from current practice.

    Help your thinking evolve with these concepts from contemporary leadership:

    1. Authenticity and transparency rule. In the age of social media, there’s no getting away with dishonesty or cover-ups. If you or your company lies, cheats, or fudges numbers, the odds that you will be exposed are higher than ever.

    2. Your brand is your reputation. It used to be that when people talked about reputation they focused on your public character and your past. Today your personal brand is your reputation–and it’s what you say and do today that defines how people perceive you. Make sure your brand represents you well.

    3. If you’re not social you’re missing the boat. As a leader you need to be able to communicate and be visible, and in today’s world that means not just being present on social media, but being savvy and having something to say. Hiding behind a closed boardroom door is no longer an option.

    4. Collaboration is the new currency. If you’re not sharing, partnering, or collaborating, you’re failing to engage in the new currency of business. The price–and it’s a significant one–will be paid by your leadership and your organization.

    5. New choices abound. Around 35 percent of the current workforce is self-employed, and the numbers are just getting larger. People are switching careers in midlife and thinking entrepreneurially. There are still a few people who take a nine-to-five job in the field they majored in, but the age of knowing you have to please a boss to get ahead is over.

    6. Interconnection means freedom. It used to be that leadership controlled the conversation. Now, with email, the Internet, and social media close at hand for so many people, the leadership of power has been replaced by a leadership of connectedness.

    7. People want a say in their future. If you try to lead with hierarchy, you will be challenged–and it’s not likely you’ll fare well. Those who seek power and love bureaucracy will find it harder to survive as organizations become flatter, which puts more accountability in the hands of each employee and even clients.

    8. Community is critical. Organizations don’t exist in a vacuum, and there is no room for dictatorship in contemporary leadership. Cultivating a community requires the kind of leadership that encourages people to work for a shared vision and a shared goal.

    9. If you don’t lean in, you’re heading out. We’re listening more to those who have learned how to lean in, to take a more active role in leadership where they did not have a voice before. to be more assertive at work and not let biases keep them from pushing forward.

    10. Set yourself apart by sharing what you know. In an information age, the person who shares the most information is seen as the expert in their field. If you are to lead you need to set yourself apart, and sharing information is a proven way to increase your sphere of influence.

    You don’t need a title to lead. Everyone can be a leader. Your capacity is no longer set by your position or title. The ability to create influence is a significant form of leadership, and it is available to all.

    In another few years we may well have an entirely new picture of leadership. Meanwhile, the people who will lead in that era are coming up behind us. What we do now is how we change the world for the future.


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    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:


    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    The post 10 New Truths Great Leaders Know That Most People Don’t appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

  • feedwordpress 14:46:54 on 2018/06/09 Permalink
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    10 Things Successful Leaders Remember When Things Go Wrong 

    We tend to think of good leadership in conjunction with smooth sailing. If you’re smart and resourceful, and you build and nurture a good team and generate good ideas, what can go wrong? A lot.

    Whether it’s a failure of planning, a bad judgment call, or an accident of fate, trouble eventually comes to every leader. And that’s when leadership really matters.

    Here are the principles that can guide you through the next storm:

    1. Positivity fuels productivity. Our reactions and moods are like a steering wheel that can move us in the right direction or take us further off course. You can choose to get caught up in the negativity of failure, or you can decide to do something positive about the situation. You always have a choice. Whatever the situation, positive energy can help you make the best of it.

    2. There’s no progress without action, and no action without risk. What failed yesterday could be a new chance tomorrow, and some of the greatest successes grew out of failures. But you will fail in 100 percent of the things you don’t try.

    3. Change is the only constant. Trust the power of change by staying flexible and adaptable. If things are not going well, make adjustments along the way. And when things go wrong, forego the quick fix. Instead, adjust your focus and concentrate on how you can do better. The power of a successful leader lies in evaluating the situation, learning from mistakes, shifting direction, and continuing to move forward.

    4. Keep your eyes wide open. Leadership requires vision. If you’re looking behind you, you’re missing what’s coming up; if you never focus clearly you’ll miss important details. Keep your eyes straight ahead and focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.

    5. Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. At the heart of successful leaders is a willingness to take risks, to leap into the abyss, a refusal to stay stuck in the status quo. The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.

    6. Be the driver. You can take responsibility, or you can blame others and lose all control. The right thing to do and the hard thing to do are usually the same. Accept the responsibility for your driving and keep your hands on the wheel.

    7. Failure is necessary. You will never hear a successful person complain about the things they’ve failed at, because they know that failure is necessary in order to meet success. The best leaders, the most successful are willing to fail and learn along the way. Interpret each failure as a lesson on the road to success.

    8. You can have results or excuses, but not both. What do you have to let go of? Who do you need to forgive? Who do you have to stop blaming? The only way to assure you’ll do better next time is by making no excuses today. Often the only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself about why you can’t achieve it.

    9. Hold tight to your beliefs and values. Failure can sometimes make you feel like you have lost your footing, but there’s always strength in the things you believe. How do successful people find the will to keep trying? Because they believe in what they’re doing and they find a place within themselves where they know it is possible. You don’t believe things because they make your life better; you believe them because you know they’re true.

    10. Persistence and determination prevail. Successful leaders know that persistence always wins. As Winston Churchill said, success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. Remember, a river cuts through rocks not because of its power at any given moment but because it has persistence over time.

    Failure will come–that much is guaranteed. But successful leaders know that where you’re standing at the moment isn’t nearly as important as what direction you’re moving in.

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    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:


    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    The post 10 Things Successful Leaders Remember When Things Go Wrong appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

  • feedwordpress 14:17:50 on 2018/06/09 Permalink
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    69 Simple Ways to Unleash Your Full Leadership Potential 

    Marie Curie once said, “We must believe that we are gifted for something, and this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”

    That something is our purpose, and our gifts hold our potential. To realize that potential, you must first understand how to unleash the power that’s already within you.

    No matter how gifted a leader you may be, you will never be truly successful in leadership until you find the traits and the skills that make you who you are and turn your potential into the force it can become.

    Here are 69 simple ways to unleash your leadership potential:

    1. Be purposeful. The purpose of life is to be useful, to be honorable, to make a difference with who you are and what you can achieve.

    2. Be of good character. Leadership is a potent combination of policy and character. But if you must be without one, be without policy.

    3. Be passionate. The courage to fulfill your vision, live your values, and set higher standards comes from passion, not position.

    4. Be wealthy. The successful person is the person who is much, not the one who has much.

    5. Be motivated. Stay close to sources of inspiration but be insightful enough to motivate yourself from within.

    6. Be considerate. Great leaders are considerate because they know how hard it is to change themselves, let alone try to change others.

    7. Be attentive. Be attentive when someone is speaking. Give your full attention, and don’t become distracted with yourself or something else.

    8. Be sharp. Don’t necessarily avoid the sharp edges; sometimes they’re necessary.

    9. Be emotionally intelligent. Those who hurt can instruct; those who understand can grasp. Those who are emotionally intelligent can lead.

    10. Be bold. The boldest things in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.

    11. Be present. Life is in session–are you present?

    12. Be authentic. Authenticity is the alignment of head, heart, and mind– thinking, feeling, and doing the same thing–consistently.

    13. Be responsive. Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it. You always have a choice.

    14. Be coachable. Don’t close off opportunities to learn just because you think you know enough. Let every encounter be a learning lesson. The moment you close yourself off is the moment you stop learning.

    15. Be trustworthy. Honor your commitments; always do what you say you will do.

    16. Be a listener. The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to be silent and listen.

    17. Be courageous. Never back down from a challenge; find your courage to be brave.

    18. Be encouraging. Encouraging others leads to great leadership.

    19. Be organized. Make a place for everything and keep it there.

    20. Be compassionate. It’s a necessity, not a luxury.

    21. Be committed. There is no abiding success without commitment.

    22. Be strong. You’re already much stronger than you think.

    23. Be enthusiastic. Approach all you do with excitement, and bring that same energy to everything you do and everyone you meet.

    24. Be altruistic. Try to become not a person of success but a person of value and meaning.

    25. Be productive. Productivity never happens by accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence with focused effort.

    26. Be cooperative. Life is possible because we have each other.

    27. Be genuine. Genuine grace speaks for itself what no words can express.

    28. Be empathetic. Learn to see things from others’ perspectives. It’ll let you understand people better, resolve conflicts, and develop meaningful connections.

    29. Be assertive. All those who say you can’t? Show them that you can.

    30. Be loyal. When respect is earned, trust is gained, and then loyalty is returned.

    31. Be persistent. Plan purposefully. Proceed passionately. Pursue persistently.

    32. Be courteous. Practice good etiquette, because it’s hard to have success without courtesy.

    33. Be patient. Most things come at the right moment.

    34. Be faithful. Believe that everything will fall into place.

    35. Be approachable. If you see someone you don’t know, take the first step to know them.

    36. Be fair. You cannot be fair to others without first being fair to yourself.

    37. Be confident. You can succeed at virtually anything if you have confidence.

    38. Be caring. Show concern for those in need. Don’t wait for others to ask for help; be the one who jumps in.

    39. Be accepting. Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be appreciation.

    40. Be kind. Kindness is one of the greatness gifts you can bestow on another.

    41. Be forgiving. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.

    42. Be moral. Our ethics are the fiber of our deepest selves.

    43. Be dependable. Be there for others when they need you.

    44. Be sincere. The most deeply felt emotions are the hardest to express with words.

    45. Be curious. Seek out new opportunities and adventures.

    46. Be spontaneous. Life is a series of natural, spontaneous occurrences–don’t resist them but embrace them.

    47. Be understanding. It’s the source of compassion.

    48. Be memorable. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.

    49. Be calm. Remaining still in chaos helps us understand that things can happen in a different order than the one we have had in mind.

    50. Be adventurous. Leadership begins at the edge of your comfort zone.

    51. Be honest. Tell the truth, no matter how much it hurts.

    52. Be humble. We’re all here to serve one another.

    53. Be independent. Those who learn how to manage life on their own are those who don’t impose on others.

    54. Be intuitive. Follow your gut and learn to trust it.

    55. Be respectful. Seek to understand others before you seek to be understood.

    56. Be vulnerable. Vulnerability is the new strength.

    57. Be resilient. You are not what happened to you; you are what you choose to be.

    58. Be flexible. It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but those that are most flexible and adaptable to life.

    59. Be mindful. You will draw to you that which you most persistently think about.

    60. Be magnanimous. For every time that people do you wrong, be ready to forgive and forget.

    61. Be self-actualized. You can best know others by knowing more about yourself.

    62. Be solution-oriented. One of the tests of leadership is having the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.

    63. Be energetic. The world belongs to those who get up and move around in it.

    64. Be focused. Set a goal and stay on it until you get measurable results.

    65. Be helpful. Offer your help to people who don’t even ask for it.

    66. Be an investor. Invest in your future by believing in yourself.

    67. Be grateful. Seek opportunities to express thanks in word and deed.

    68. Be thoughtful. Make it a habit to consider others in your decisions and actions, for they affect other people.

    69. Be the leader. A leader is someone who is able to inspire others to be bigger than who they are.


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    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:


    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    The post 69 Simple Ways to Unleash Your Full Leadership Potential appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

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