Choosing to Lead

Leadership is a choice, even though we all possess the ability to lead. Perhaps you are looking to move into a leadership role, or you are in a lower-level role and wanting to move up the ladder. No matter the level, even if you are a seasoned leader, you must make the choice every day to be the best at your craft.

Leadership is not a natural skill in most of us. According to some theories, the best leaders are the ones that have a growth

mindset. A growth mindset is a belief that any skills can be

developed with dedication and hard work. That being said, it is a

skill that you can develop and acquire with time, patience, and


Leaders have a lot of influences, according to researchers,

leaders’ behavior can influence the mindset of others, the environment in which they are, the cohesion and efficacy of a group, and it can even influence the amount of conflict that is experienced in the group.

A study completed with 300,000 business leaders revealed the

following top abilities:

• Strategic thinking

• Inspiring and motivating

• Critical thinking, analyzing and problem-solving abilities

• Demonstrating transparency, integrity, and honesty

• Developing others

• Driving results

• Communicating in a powerful and effective way

• Building relationships

• Displaying technical or professional expertise

• Creating and innovating

There are also other certain qualities that all good leaders share, which includes:

• Responsibility

• Awareness

• Confidence

• Decisiveness

• Empathy

• Focus

• Honesty

• Inspiration

• Optimism

Leadership is about self-awareness – when you know what your strengths, challenge areas, skills, abilities, knowledge, etc. , then you can capitalize on them or further develop those areas where you are not as strong. In short, leadership is a daily habit, one you can work and improve upon daily.

Take time this week to check how you match up on these skills and qualities to be the best leader you can be.

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”Jack Welch, former GE chairman and CEO

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