Tag: skill improvement

New Year, New Leadership Skills

A new year brings new challenges but it also brings new opportunities – especially new opportunities to better yourself. Each of us, as leaders, is constantly striving to find how we can be better and more effective in our leadership. On the Leadership Training blog today, author Scott Seroka posted regarding four great ways we

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Practice Makes Perfect

We’ve all heard this before – “practice makes perfect”. Usually the adage is applied to playing an instrument or a sport or something of that nature. But have you ever applied it to your people skills as a leader? Leadership skills, like athletic or musical skills also need to be honed. In a post on

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Taking Ownership

A certain element of leadership has really been on my mind today. The element of taking ownership not only of your mistakes but of your problems. Too many times we push our problems onto others and blame the situation on something they are doing. In some cases, it may be a problem that is a

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What Motivates You vs. What Motivates Me

We are all motivated by different means. Yes, there will frequently be some overlap but the combination of factors is fairly customized to each individual. As a leader, figuring out the perfect motivation is a skill. In a blog post today on The Recovering Engineer, motivation types were discussed. One prevalent model for motivation is

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Leadership Skills: Presenting

In today’s post I will review an article that resonated with me because, frankly, I have a presentation to give this week and it’s making me a bit anxious. Reading this article gave me some great tips on how to master this inevitable occurrence that we come across as leaders – the dreaded presentation. On

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Strength in Building Leadership Skills

We all know that gaining a skill takes work but it is that work that can make us the most successful. In her article on Insider’s Circle, Meredith Bell shared some insight in the strength that is necessary to be an effective leader and entrepreneur. You need to be strong as a person to make

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The Four Communication Skills Leaders Need Most

I have finally dragged myself back to reality and off of vacation and I have to share this great article I just found from Alan Weiss on his blog. Weiss shares the story that is probably pretty familiar to most of us of a server messing up our order simply because he/she wasn’t listening. In

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Sticking to the Facts

How many times have you assumed the reason behind someone else’s actions? I know I do this all the time but, in reality, how do I know what they are thinking or what their motives are? I don’t. But I do know how their actions affect me. In Bill Stinnett’s latest post on the Leadership

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How Many Leaders are Really Effective?

If you are reading this blog, chances are you are looking for ways to be a more effective leader and improve your leadership skills. But what percentage of leaders are really doing that? As pointed out in a great article I read today on HR Magazine.com by Helen Giles, we are constantly told what it

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Questions: Do They Help Leaders?

in·ter·ro·gate [in-ter-uh-geyt]  verb  – to ask questions of (a person), sometimes to seek answers or information that the person questioned considers personal or secret. How often do you refer to asking questions of your employees as an interrogation? I know I don’t because to interrogate tends to have a negative connotation and I do not

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