The Top Ten Ways to Improve
Your Leadership Skills
by Ronya Banks
Whether you are consciously aware of it or not, on some level you are continually
leading yourself and others. As a result, it would only make sense that you
strive to improve your leadership skills and get the most out of life for
everyone in your sphere.
If you desire to lead a passion-filled life wherein you are a positive influence
to everyone, you will enjoy incorporating the following practices to assist
you in consistently living your life as a conscious and strong LEADER.
- Have a clear vision of yourself, others, and the world.
Who are you? What do you stand for? What is your life purpose? How do you
want to influence others? How do you want to contribute to yourself, your
family, friends, colleagues, and the world? Answer these questions to formulate
a concrete vision of yourself and your world. Then, start living your life
as the leader who makes your vision a reality!
- Know and utilize your strengths and gifts.
You have unique gifts that you were born with and personal strengths you've
developed over your lifetime. Realizing and utilizing these gifts and strengths
will assist you in being a formidable leader.
- Live in accordance with your morals and values.
Making choices and taking actions out of accordance with your morals and
values leaves you with a nagging "Bad" feeling. This feeling seeping in
from your subconscious mind hinders your success in your career and your
relationships. On the other hand, making choices and taking actions aligned
with your morals and values helps you succeed almost effortlessly. People
sense integrity and will naturally respect your opinion and leadership.
- Lead others with inclusiveness and compassion.
The greatest leaders are those who include everyone in their sphere of influence
by recognizing each person's greatest value. To be one of these leaders,
look beyond the obvious and see others with insight and compassion. Many
of history's greatest leaders have admitted that they rose to the top because
another leader recognized and harnessed their potential.
- Set definitive goals and follow concrete action plans. You have
to know where your destination is before you can map out a plan to get there.
To improve your leadership skills, first set specific life goals with appropriate
timelines. Design your goals by moving backwards from the end of your life
to the present week. Then, formulate action plans you can commit to that
will get you to where you want to be.
- Maintain a positive attitude. No one respects a grumpy or negative
person. With a positive attitude you are looking at the bright side of life.
People are naturally attracted to you when you have a positive attitude.
By being positive, you will lead a happier life, as well as be surrounded
by other positive people. You will also magically attract exciting offers
- Improve communication skills. Having great leadership skills
includes your being able to clearly and specifically communicate your vision,
goals, skills, intentions, and expectations to others. This also includes
your ability to listen to what other people are consciously or unconsciously
communicating. To become a great communicator, continually strive to improve
your verbal, nonverbal, and listening skills.
- Motivate others to greatness. A leader is as powerful as his
team. As a leader, you will want to surround yourself with a powerful team
by assisting others in recognizing and utilizing their strengths, gifts,
and potential. Motivating others to their own greatness will improve the
group energy, increase the vitality of your projects, and move you forward
toward achieving your goals and vision.
- Be willing to admit and learn from failures and weaknesses. Face
it - No one is perfect, and everyone has made a mistake or two in their
lives! The most successful leaders know that the key to success is not in
avoiding falling or failing, but to learn from their mistakes. As a strong
leader, you will also be able to communicate your weaknesses to your team,
so that you and your team can appoint someone who excels at that particular
task or activity.
- Continue to educate and improve yourself. Great leaders continue
to improve themselves in every possible way. The person who thinks he is
an expert, has a lot more to learn. Never stop learning. Be receptive to
everyone's perceptions and information from around the world and beyond.
As a Mind Power Leadership coach, trainer, and speaker, Ronya Banks has
been teaching others how to become leaders and business owners since 1992.
Frequently featured in radio, magazine and newspaper articles and interviews,
Ronya helps people find the great leaders within by accessing the natural
power of their minds. Discover more of Ronya's proven leadership success secrets
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