Although it’s a common misconception, leadership skills are not just for business owners and professionals.
No matter what you do; whether you’re a college student, a high school student, a parent, an entrepreneur, a telemarketer, a vlogger or a doctor, we all need to develop skills that are applicable and implementable in our daily life.
Here are five simple skills to live by:
It’s important to have life rules
In other words; what are you known for? When people look at you what do they think and how does that influence the way you’re perceived and perhaps liked?
I’m not saying to seek out acceptance or be needy. I am saying or rather asking, what unshakable rules do you employ in your life that define you? Are you known for being loyal? Serving others? For your skill with others? For your compassion?
Ultimately, these life rules will define you and help in the advancement of your life goals or purpose.
Communicate clearly, effectively…simply
Becoming an effective communicator means that you clearly define what needs to get done because you’ve outlined clear steps and a workable timeframe. Have your steps laid out numerically in order of importance and never forget to ask the opinion of others.
This shows that you care about what other people think and are willing include others in the decision making process.Thus, making them feel important and not the task (even though it is).
Communicating effectively means that you possess a high level of respect for other people’s time. If you say you’ll call, meet up or Skype, you need to stick to your word.
If you’re late, unless it’s an emergency, you lose your effectiveness and the only thing the people you’re attempting to communicate with can concentrate on is the fact that you’ve exemplified a blatant disregard for their time.
Build strong relationships in every crevice of your life
Let’s face it, we all need people and those people need us. People will be in your corner because they know that the foundation of your acquaintance-ship, friendship or kinship is based on more than the literal bond you share, like; blood or the fact that you do business together.
These relationships need to be layered like an onion. Even if you cry, when you cry; as nothing is perfect even in great bonds, learn to possess the heart of a forgiver.
Be willing to change, adapt and be open to new ideas
Growth has everything to do with openness and your ability to welcome new ideas. Whether you have to learn new skills for your job, business, and personal knowledge or to help your child with a project, be eager to learn.
New ideas and change frees us from the constraints of our preconceived culture we have created and introduces a new culture for our life. Accept that change is good! Change and new ideas liberates us and more importantly it helps us to think critically.
Set goals for yourself
Get good at setting reachable, but stretchable goals. Real goals are always written or typed and posted where you can see them. If you can visualize it, then you can attach a date and work towards it.
Remember that timeless saying, “Faith without works is dead,” well setting goals mean that you have put the action that’s required to achieve said goals. Set great examples for your kids, peers, friends and everyone that surrounds you.
Refuse to be known as the person who only has potential or lofty dreams because when you really mean what you say few will be in your corner. Become a staple for your words. Lead your words by your example and let your example be the life you lead.
C.T.A: Did you like this post? It would be greatly appreciated if you shared these tips with friends and family on your social networks. Let us know which of these steps work for you now and which ones you need to implement. How about any additions? Which leadership skills have you mastered to succeed?
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