Some believe leadership is a gift. Others think it is possible to learn to be a leader.
For those who wish to strengthen their leadership skills, Laura Entis provides seven points to help you become a better leader:
1. Do not be scared to fail big
2. Banish self-doubt by acknowledging your accomplishments
3. Do not settle for the standard solution
4. Focus on results, not style
5. Always keep improving
6. Learn to act like an introvert and an extrovert
7. Cultivate generosity
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Do you think you’re qualified for a particular job, fit to lead a team, or entitled to a promotion because you have extensive experience and highly developed technical skills? Well, it turns out that while those things are crucial to your professional success, it is imperative that you also have great soft skills, more commonly known as “people skills.”
Jacquelyn Smith suggests 20 soft skills we need to succeed at work:
- The ability to relate to others.
- Strong communication skills.
- Patience with others.
- The ability to trust others.
- Knowing how and when to show empathy.
- Active listening skills.
- Genuine interest in others.
- Good judgment.
- The ability to persuade others.
- Negotiation skills.
- The ability to keep an open mind.
- A great sense of humor.
- Knowing your audience.
- Awareness of body language
- Proactive problem solving.
- Leadership skills.
- Good manners.
- The ability to be supportive and motivate others.
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Posted by: Maria Del Carmen Taschini Otero
Randolph Frederick “Randy” Pausch (October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) was an American professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pausch discovered he had pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis.
On September 18, 2007, he gave a lecture full of inspirational life lessons titled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams“, which became popular on YouTube (watch the video of the “Last Lecture” here). He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture on the same theme. According to the New York Times “As the video of his lecture spread across the Web and was translated into many languages, Dr. Pausch (…) became a deeply personal friend, wise, understanding and humorous, to many he never met”.
Here are a few suggestions from his lectures:
– We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand. If I do not seem as depressed or morose as I should be, I am sorry to disappoint you.
– The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who do not want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people!
– Wait long enough and people will surprise and impress you. When you are angry at somebody, you just have not given them enough time. Just give them a little more time — and they will almost always impress you.
– Being successful does not make you manage your time well. Managing your time well makes you successful!
– Delegation: No one is an island. You can accomplish a lot more with help.
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Posted by: Vincenzo Savina
Stefano Baldi is an Italian career diplomat with a lifelong commitment to innovation and creativity applied to diplomatic activities. Now that he is the head of the Training structure of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he is particularly engaged in emphasizing and experimenting with shaping the role of the XXI century diplomat.
The Dale Carnergie Training, a leader company in performance improvement, in a post on its own blog asserts that the way in which we communicate can elicit positive or negative emotions. If we don’t have the right tact or sensitivity, people might misunderstand the message we are trying to convey. An approach that combines strength and empathy can help us keep bad emotions at bay.
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Posted by: Maria Francesca Dell’Apa
What is true leadership? Can it be taught?
During TEDxESCP, Bob Davids – entrepreneur and visionary – explains the difference between leadership and management and stresses the importance of leadership without ego.
According to Mr. Davids, management implies control and if you push people you cannot predict what they will do.
Analyzing examples of famous leaders like Gandhi, he affirms that if you can lead people and get them to follow you, then you have the skills to be a leader.
But leadership is a gift and cannot be bought.
Leadership without ego is thus the most valuable commodity and the rarest in the planet.
Searching the shelves of your local bookstore (do those still exist?) or doing a search on Amazon.com would lead you to believe that to be a successful leader you’ll need to discover the keys, take the right steps, obey the laws, figure out the dysfunctions, embrace the challenge, ascend the levels, look within yourself, look outside yourself, form a tribe, develop the right habits, know the rules, break the rules, be obsessed, take control, let go of control, learn the new science, or discover the ancient wisdom. Did I say we like to over-complicate things?
I don’t think leadership should be that complicated. If you’re looking for…
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