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how to improve leadership skillsAre you a natural-born leader? Are you someone who can guide, instruct and motivate others to follow them, without even thinking about it? If not, don’t lose hope. More often than not, leadership is a practiced and perfected form of behavior and mannerisms that are continually improved throughout one’s life. And whether or not you’re aware, you’re already a leader to some degree – it may not be at work, but it could be at home, or amongst your friends, or (if we’re grasping for straws) a leader amongst your pets!

The best types of leaders have been described as those who are positive, inspiring, and who empower and develop their team. If you’re ready to take the next step in your leadership role, consider our 9 tips for how to improve leadership skills, and get the most out life and the people around you!

9 Tips On How To Improve Leadership Skills

1. Be Passionate

If you really want to know how to improve leadership skills, one of the best places to start is to be passionate about the goals of the group. Your genuine enthusiasm for the team, the project and the tasks will be contagious, and your interest and encouragement of your team members progress will make them feel appreciated and valued. Put yourself in your followers shoes: would you rather look for guidance in someone who is blasé, dismissive and unconcerned about your contribution? Or would you prefer someone who is interested, passionate and that genuinely cares? The proof is in the pudding!

2. Discover Your Leadership Style

To improve your leadership skills, you first need to understand which skills you already have; what your strengths are, and more importantly, what your weaknesses are. Only once you have this insight can you really begin to work on using your strengths to your advantage, improving your weaknesses, and perfecting your leadership abilities. Consider taking an online test to easily assess your leadership style, such as this one.
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Positive Life Quotes – July 27, 2014

Below is this week’s installment of positive life quotes.I am trying something new with the quotes this week: I am putting them in an infographic style picture. I’m not 100% sure how well this will work long-term, but I wanted to change things up a bit. Let me know your thoughts – do you like this style more than just the text quotes? Does this version make it easier to share or pin on Pinterest? All feedback is welcome! As […]Read the full article...

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Learning To Let Go

For the past few months, my four year old has been walking around the house belting out the lyrics from a certain movie featuring certain “frozen” princesses. Even my toddler joins in, although his contribution mainly consists of matching consonant and vowel blends in time with the tune. After catching myself murmuring “let it go… let it go…” along with them for the bajillionith time, I started to think about the power of those words. Learning To Let Go Not […]Read the full article...

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The Danger Of Setting Attainable Goals

I’ve written before about how important it is to set goals. I even wrote a post on making tiny habits a stepping stone for goals. The smaller and more attainable you make your goals, the greater the chance you follow through and achieve that goal. But there is a danger to setting easily attainable goals – selling yourself short. The best way to describe this is to tell you a story about myself. Setting A Goal To Achieve Late last […]Read the full article...

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Positive Life Quotes – July 20, 2014

Below is this week’s installment of positive life quotes.I am trying something new with the quotes this week: I am putting them in an infographic style picture. I’m not 100% sure how well this will work long-term, but I wanted to change things up a bit. Let me know your thoughts – do you like this style more than just the text quotes? Does this version make it easier to share or pin on Pinterest? All feedback is welcome! As […]Read the full article...

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Finding Ourselves In Each Other

Years ago, my mom and her friends held a summer solstice party, where my twelve year old self danced until the very tardy moon arrived, loving every minute of the nature-inspired celebration. The summer solstice occurred (for my area) last month, and I still delight in the fact that people all over the world take a moment to recognize what is truly an occurrence outside of ourselves. We can call it “the first day of summer” or “the longest day […]Read the full article...

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Positive Life Quotes – July 13, 2014

Below is this week’s installment of positive life quotes. As always, you can find all of the quotes in the Positive Life Quotes section of the blog. “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” ~Albert Einstein “The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret.” ~NidoQubein “Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ~Joshua J. Marine “How can something […]Read the full article...

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In Praise of Process Based Praise?

Cruising down the sidewalk on her training-wheeled bike, my daughter pedals toward me, grinning. I wave at her and start to call out “Great job!” but change it at the last minute to “Look at you, balancing on that bike!” Why the sudden correction in my praise? Does it really matter if I say “Great job!” or specify what I think she is doing well? Apparently, yes. Process Based Praise Process based praise is being held in high regard these […]Read the full article...

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What Is Your Approach To Life?

The other week as my wife and I were making dinner, the microwave shut off. Thinking a breaker flipped, I went into the utility closet to check. To my surprise, the breaker was still on. I came back out into the kitchen and looked things over. I was puzzled because everything else was working fine, except for the microwave. There was no power to it at all. I unplugged it and plugged it back it to no avail. I even […]Read the full article...

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Positive Life Quotes – July 6, 2014

Below is this week’s installment of positive life quotes. As always, you can find all of the quotes in the Positive Life Quotes section of the blog. “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson “Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.” ~Benjamin Disraeli “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~John Quincy Adams “You must have […]Read the full article...