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Becoming a Better Leader

Leadership is a useful and important skill to have. You may be faced with a situation where you have to lead others. For those who have barely had any experiences to lead, it can be a difficult thing to do. Being a good leader is no easy feat, but it can be done through practice and dedication.

From my experiences leading others and from observing others who have led me, I realized that keeping in touch with those who work for you is crucial. Constant communication between a leader and his/her subordinates can help keep everyone on the same page. Reaching out to each individual to address questions or concerns can be of great assistance to those individuals, and can leave a lasting impression on those you end up helping.

When you’re a leader, you want to serve as a role model and set good examples for others. You want to act in a way that inspires people to follow you and incorporate your positive traits into their lifestyles. You also want to be genuine and honest. You want to be authentic and open with others, so that people can feel that they can trust you.

When you’re a leader, you’ll inevitably have to handle and manage different opinions and expectations. Developing your negotiation skills can be helpful for you when it comes to this. You have to be willing to respect others’ viewpoints and judgments, as well as be open to all ideas. At the same time, you have to still be strong enough to make a decision or help reach a compromise. Once you’ve made your decision, you should stick by it and hold accountability for it. In the case that your decision doesn’t work out, you should be ready to own up to your mistakes, rather than running away from them.

Being a good leader requires discipline and hard work. Although it may not be the easiest role, it can be the most rewarding role if you’re willing to put in the effort. For more tips on becoming a better leader, you can read this article:

You can also watch this TED talk discussing how great leadership starts with self-leadership:

-- BitterSweet Coaching Guest Writer


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