The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. ~ Ken Blanchard
What makes a leader? Is it hard work? courage? taking risks?
Leaders have to be able to find solutions to problems and make things better while not falling apart themselves.
Being a leader means being a role model for people to follow and doing things that will help the community, your employees or even the world. The role of a good leader is to help others do their best by demonstrating specific attitudes, behaviors and skills that inspire and guide others to follow you.
Leadership has changed a great deal in the past few years.
In the past leadership was viewed as you being the expert and everyone following you. Leaders of today not only build their business but create products and services that help change the world, or at least their corner of the world.
For example, Steve Jobs built the Apple empire where the products are used worldwide. The same for Mark Zuckerberg and his social network, Facebook. He led the company to become the network that connects nearly 2 billion people worldwide.
“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face … we must do that which we think we cannot.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Leadership requires courage, confidence and communication. A good leader is passionate and committed, with a strong positive attitude. Leaders say affirmations daily to increase their confidence and leadership skills.
- I am an inspiration as a leader and a person
- I act, talk and think as a leader
Being a leader is different from being a manager.
Managers make sure the day to day things are being taken care of. Leadership is more about being confident, setting good examples and being a good listener, although there’s more to it than those qualities. Leadership skills are not just for the workplace. Your personal and social life also benefits from having good leadership skills. Are you ready to develop as a leader?
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