7 Ideas to Enhance Your Leadership in 2021

by Kimberly on January 6, 2014

7 Ideas to Enhance Your Leadership in 2014We all know the power of leadership. Let alone through the media, we’ve witnessed that power in our own personal lives and careers, through the people we’ve encountered, or for some of us, through our very own actions. This post is for those who desire or who feel called to that great, delicate art of leadership. Here are seven ideas to help you lead and succeed in 2014.

  1. Listen to and consider others’ ideas and perspectives, even if they differ from yours. Especially when they differ. Not only do leaders stand to gain insight and learn something new, but also they demonstrate respect. Mutual respect goes a long way toward accomplishing a vision.
  2. The active listening skill is important not only in formal leadership at work. Your life is not limited only to your job and communication with your colleagues, right? This skill is valuable for having a successful personal life, warm relationships with family and friends. Therefore, we advise you to develop your listening and perception skills daily in all spheres of life.
  3. If you are currently searching for a partner, you can use dating sites that offer video and voice communication tools. Thus, you will have even more chances to listen actively to your potential girlfriend: you will see the way she moves while talking, the changes of the emotions on her face, and the tone of her voice, etc. These things will help you to understand the core meaning of her words and whether she is sincere with you. Mail order brides will have a chance to understand you better as well since your look on the screen will tell them how you feel about them.
  4. If you don't want to find a bride now but improve your relationships with your friends, listening skills will be of great help too. What you need to do is to start paying attention to the body language of your friends, their non-verbal signs of agreement or disagreement with your opinion, etc. Also, to become an active listener, you need to refrain from rushing to comment on the things your friends say, but ask more questions about their perception of a certain issue, and let them speak out.
  5. The same approach can be applied to the meetings at work, talks with your parents, and one-to-one talks with your boss. If you take it into account, your leadership will enhance a lot: you will get promoted at work, get more acceptance from your parents, etc.
  6. Make a regular habit of showing your appreciation. For some, it might be helpful to carve out time weekly on the calendar to make a quick call, or write a short note of thanks.
  7. Leaders are not know-it-alls, though, unfortunately, we’ve all met some who have taken on this role. Determine to learn something new this year.
  8. Humble yourself before others. Admit you’re wrongdoings. Apologize for bad judgment. Acknowledge your lack of skills or knowledge. Besides, everyone knows about them anyway. And people love working alongside those who serve others with humility and grace.
  9. Allow your people to win and to shine. Leaders don’t hog the attention. They know that they don’t work for the company but for the people within the company. So shine the light on others. Give them the tools, resources, and praise they need to be winners.
  10. Engage and empower others. Utilize their strengths, talents, passions, and career goals to help them succeed in the workplace. Tap into their motivations and giftings, and you’ll tap into their potential.
  11. Be positive, even in the face of adversity. Often, it’s not whether something is “realistic” or not that a goal is accomplished. Sometimes, it’s through sheer vision, determination, perseverance, and attitude. No one wants to work with a negative, critical soul. But people warm up to a leader with spirit and optimism.

So how will you demonstrate leadership this year? What should I have added to the list? Put your comments in the box below. And please pass this post along if you found it helpful. Happy New Year!

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