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Leadership…………..

Becoming a leader is something that many people aspire to. In my opinion, leaders are made, not born; I have never walked into a hospital nursery and seen tags on the newborn babies cribs identifying any one of them as a leader.

In a book published by the Harvard Business Review, Daniel Goleman identified the following skills that a leader should possess.

  • Self-awareness— knowing one’s strengths, weaknesses, drives, values and impact on others. This is  followed by:
    • Self-confidence
    • Realistic self-assessment
    • Self-depreciating sense of humor
    • Thirst for constructive criticism
    • Self-regulation— controlling or redirecting disruptive impulses and moods. This is followed by:
      • Trustworthiness
      • Integrity
      • Comfort with ambiguity and change.
      • Motivation — relishing achievement for its own sake. This is followed by:
        • A passion for the work itself and for new challenges
        • Unflagging energy to improve
        • Optimism in the face of failure.
        • Empathy — considering others’ feelings, especially when making decisions. This is followed by:
          • Expertise in attracting and retaining talent
          • Ability to develop others
          • Sensitivity to cross-cultural differences.
          • Social skills— managing relationships to move people in desired directions. This is followed by:
            • Effectiveness in leading change
            • Persuasiveness
            • Extensive networking
            • Expertise in building and leading teams

Leadership can be learned but it takes constant practice and self-discipline to maintain it. I truly believe that each business owner can not only survive but grow a sustainable and profitable business by learning and applying these five skills. Review this list and work on one aspect of this skill set every day.

Trust is formed by a leader’s character and credibility.

Nick J. Petra CFP  Let us walk with you in the continued development of your own leadership skills.

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