9 Traits Essential to Being a Good Leader

9 Traits Essential to Being a Good Leader

If leadership is a skill that can be developed, which I believe is true, then how do you go about it?

Here are some traits that I believe are essential for good leaders, my hope is as you read through these, you picture a scenario you've had, did you exercise some of these traits? How and if not, how could you have? How did that impact their and your work, the relationship?
Think of a time a leader showed you these traits and how that impacted you. Reflection of personal experiences will help you understand why each trait is so important.

Leaders Have to be Both Democratic and Authoritative: How to Know Which Style is Best

Leaders Have to be Both Democratic and Authoritative: How to Know Which Style is Best

Have you ever been in a situation when there are differing opinions amongst the team on a decision that must be made? Whether it’s about who takes what responsibility, how to handle a client, or a policy or operational decision, there are times when all of you will be unanimous and times when you differ. How do you know when to let democracy prevail or when to make an authoritative decision that goes against the majority? When should you stand alone?

Why It's so Important to Receive Feedback on the Fly Gracefully

Why It's so Important to Receive Feedback on the Fly Gracefully

I often encourage you to give constant feedback to your direct reports, to those you are developing. It's the best way for them to learn, to have a clearer understanding of your expectations and your personal style, and it always clears the air. 

What happens when we are on the receiving end of feedback?
It's especially tough when it's in the heat of the moment or things are very busy, we tend to react rather than listen. 

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