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Developing your Leadership Goals

developing leadership skills

Many believe that leadership is reserved for the elect few of the world. Still others think it is a title given and nothing else. The reality is that leadership is a skill that can be learned, developed and honed. Anyone can be a boss, but it will require effort to be a leader. 

So, who is a leader? If you are a parent, you are a leader. If you have friends, you are a leader. Do you have a job? Then you are a leader. Everyone has the potential to become a leader, and at that a great leader. 

Offer feedback. Learning to provide feedback is another critical part of becoming a great leader. Feedback is often thought of as a negative thing, but providing helpful feedback is an opportunity for growth, team cohesiveness and synergy. Not only will positive feedback create better co-workers, it will help develop future leaders. While it will require nuance and practice, it is one of the best ways to improve efficiency, safety and positive growth among those around you. 

Develop emotional intelligence.  While this may not seem like a critical resource, it is an important part of every healthy leader. Consider the emotional baggage leaders are faced with every day. From the stress of leading others well, to navigating the emotional needs of customers and co-workers. Emotional intelligence will create a framework for leaders.

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Learn to listen. One of the most coveted traits in businesses are attentive listeners. Great listening skills are one of the most important skills one can develop as a leader. From following tasks assigned to them, to hearing what co-workers and customers are saying, to relaying other needs to decision makers, it is a critical tool in every leader’s tool belt. Be intentional to listen first as a leader. 

Learn to adapt. You may have run into the person that goes along with life, seemingly unaffected by change or challenges, happy to live with any situation they face in life. In reality, people are not born with this skill of adaptability, but rather acquire it. Not unlike boot camp, as people endure (and overcome) challenges, they learn the art of fortitude. This fortitude will allow leaders to adapt quickly to obstacles they are faced with on any given day. 

Leading by example. As anyone who has had a job will attest, leading by example is one of the best ways to lead. These type of leaders create a positive morale and inspire others to dive into their assigned tasks. As others see you working hard alongside the rest of a team, it will motivate them to work more productively and improve their safety and production.  

Mentor others. It has been said that there is no such thing as a self-made man. Although it may be possible to reach success by oneself, it is much easier when there are others to help along the way. People are hungry for coaching, so be intentional to find others to mentor and help them reach their goals as well. Don’t forget to give back to those around you. 

Becoming a great leader is more than just becoming successful. A great leader elevates others around them, inspires them to reach greater heights, and builds a legacy of leaders. Employers and employees alike look for great leaders. Take time to invest in yourself and your future by developing this great skill.