3 Keys To Being A Great Leader

by | Apr 16, 2015

The importance of developing leadership skills is one of the hottest topics in the business world today. Pundits often focus on leadership because they believe you can’t be successful in business or any other area in your life unless you are a leader. There is some truth to this sentiment, as it’s much easier to rise to the top and succeed when you are able to inspire others to help you.

The difficulty is that so few of us actually are that mythical creature known as “the natural born leader”. Thankfully, leadership is a talent that is comprised of several skills, all of which you can learn and master with effort and time. Here are three leadership skills to work on developing so that you too can become a great leader.

Pursue Excellence

Great leaders tend to pursue excellence in everything that they do. While many businesses are content with average or mediocre performance, great leaders are able to inspire both clients and employees by becoming masters of their particular craft or field of endeavor.

Mastery allows them to provide a superior product or service and stand out from the crowd, drawing others to them. To become masters, they have a nearly insatiable appetite for knowledge and information, particularly in their focus area.

Great leaders never avoid or overlook opportunities to learn more about themselves, others and the world around them while they also seek ways to improve specific skills.

Reading articles and attending seminars in your field, as well as seeking ways to improve your general knowledge, will all help you to pursue excellence.

Develop Your Emotional Intelligence

One reason why a great leader is so successful in getting others to “buy in” to their vision and help them to achieve their goals is that they have a high degree of emotional intelligence. They truly understand what makes people “work”.

In other words, they take the time to get to know others on a personal level and express genuine care and concern for them. In this way they are able to use trust to build connections and networks.

The mutual trust and respect that develops between great leaders and their followers, later turns into loyalty and enthusiasm. As their emotional partnership with others deepens, it helps them to get the job done, and accomplish their goals, even in tough times.

How are your people skills? If you haven’t already done so, take some time to get to know the people that you work with, and work for, and develop your relationships with others. Having a wide network of contacts can only help you grow your business as well as grow as a person.

Simplify Your Life Both In and Out of the Office

A great leader is never satisfied with the status quo, they are constantly on the lookout for a way to improve and streamline processes, both at work and home. This allows them to save time so that they can focus on their vision of where they want to be in 5 to 10 years and what steps they will take to get there.

Great leaders simplify processes at work, by following up with those who are actually responsible for getting specific tasks done. Leaders ask their followers how they can help them to achieve their tasks and goals. They use their people skills to delegate and pair responsibilities with those who have the best ability and talent to complete certain tasks.

They seek feedback from clients on a regular basis to ensure needs are met and to gain insight into new products or services that can be developed to help improve their lives. They are ruthless when it comes to eliminating processes that waste the time, energy and resources of both themselves and their people.

Simplification doesn’t stop at the office. At home, great leaders focus on what brings them joy and builds their spirit so that they have the strength and inner peace to accomplish their goals. They either delegate or eliminate tasks that waste time or bring undo stress. They invest time in taking care of themselves and living a healthy lifestyle so that they have a strong foundation upon which to build their lives.

What steps have you taken to make it easier to get the job done at your workplace? Are there things or even people in your life that bring you undo stress and rob you of your joy?  Learn to make time for yourself each day so that you can get in touch with your inner self and learn what brings meaning to your life.

Give yourself permission to eliminate clutter: be it a wasteful process, useless objects you no longer want or need, or even people that drain you. Eliminating the clutter and distractions in your life, both at home and work, will eliminate stress and increase your energy so that you can focus and clear the way for greater joy and abundance in your life.

As you read over the qualities of what it takes to be a great leader, don’t worry if there are some qualities that you lack, or need to work on. You have the power to become a great leader and improve your life and the lives of others for the better when you make the conscious decision to begin to take charge of your life and make changes.

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