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Enhance Your Leadership Skills

10. Demand and Encourage

A great many people aren’t aware of how much they can achieve. A leader knows how to maximize output—without overtaxing.

Are goals extremely high—but still reachable?


Remember: A true leader never asks for something she can’t commit herself to.


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9. Nobody Takes Responsibility

Responsibilities takes many forms. This is about how the leader comes across; that people feel the leader cares about them.

Do you take responsibility? Even when it would not be your job?

Remember: For leaders the blame game is never an option.

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8. Let everything go uncontrolled

Trusting doesn’t mean giving up control. The issue isn’t whether to exert control, but how to do it.

Do you trust your followers?

Remember: Trust takes a long time to build, but can be destroyed in an instant.

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7. Overlook Setting Goals Together

One goal of leading is inspiring your team to be the best it can be. Followers need to know the leaders’ objectives, and those objectives have to fit with their personal and professional goals. Leaders have to set clear directions to avoid confusion and to keep from becoming arbitrary in their demands.

Who is creating goals?

Remember: Without followers a leader isn’t a leader.

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6. Open the Lines of Communication

It’s been said thousands of times before, but it can’t be stressed enough: Good communication is vital to the success of any organization. And don’t think I am talking about sending memos or talking on the phone. Communication needs to be active, personal, and ongoing. Communication within the team must be crystal clear; as well as cross-communication between teams.

Does everyone understand you?

Remember: Miscommunication is never the mistake of the recipient.


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