Anyone can be a leader

Anyone can be a leader, true or false? Leader itself is an interesting word. The dictionary says it’s “a person or thing that leads, a guiding or directing head, as of an army, movement, or political group”, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find that it means different things to different people.
Truly successful people understand that leadership includes many factors. There’s career leadership, sure—but also you can be a leader in the way you treat your relationships or in the legacies you leave behind. Whatever you choose, the most important thing is finding enjoyment in what you do.

Here are 7 things that you can do every single day to start building leadership excellence.

1. Seek Out New Things to Learn
All leaders understand that the second they stop learning, they’ll stop growing and being successful. More than that, however, they seek out knowledge and the opportunity to learn new things for its own sake.

2. Ask Questions—and Listen to the Answers
Good leaders understand that there’s always somebody more knowledgeable or experienced than they are, and they seek out his or her counsel, advice, and wisdom. They ask questions, but more importantly they really pay attention to the answers.

3. Look for Opportunities to Give without Expecting something in Return
Actively look for chances to help other people. Leaders understand that the rewards they ultimately receive are usually greater than what they’ve given—although that’s truly not their motivation.

4. See Things From Other People’s Perspectives
Empathy is the lifeblood of great relationships. Successful leaders understand that to get along with others, you must work to understand their perspectives.

5. Screw Up and Acknowledge It
Leaders understand that the road to success is normally paved with ups and downs. Nobody likes coming up short, but the most successful leaders take responsibility for their own mistakes and move forward.

6. Seek Out Chances to Express Gratitude
People generally like to be acknowledged and thanked for their contributions. True leaders understand this—and they make an effort to let others know they are appreciated.

7. Add to Your Plate but…Give Up on Some Things
Bring it on, add new life challenges, new experiences, new opportunities for growth. Adding new things to your life often means less time available for other things. Leaders know this, and they make the tough calls to cut some old things, to make room for the newer ones.

And the most important thing…..Spend Time With the People You Care About

You can achieve a lot in life but miss out on what living is really all about. As a leader you’ll find many of the answers you’re looking for, from your interactions with the people you love.

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