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Leadership Keys (Series)

How do you develop as a leader?

Becoming a leader isn’t something that can be done overnight. This development takes time and effort over many years.  Throughout my coaching career, I have learned many new skills on leadership and how to lead others.  This week in the #CJJblog I am starting a two-part series on developing into a leader.  Here are some tips and tricks I have learned through my 30+ years in coaching and living.  Enjoy.

  • Lead yourself first. It all starts with you. Remember that. Each morning when you wake up, look in the mirror and ask yourself “what is my purpose?” This establishes a sense of responsibility for your actions that will show as you interact with others. How do you define success?
  • Clarify your vision. What do you believe in? What are your values? What is your personal vision? Live each day abiding by your answers to those questions. Reinforce this to others and never assume they are aware of your leadership beliefs. Also get feedback on this vision to help create a sense of unity among your team.
  • Build trust. Trust is the foundation of any group attempting to achieve success. Always remember to do what you say and say what you do. Build trust with others every single day. This is an aspect of your life you cannot slack on. When is the last time you made a sacrifice for someone to help build their trust as a leader?
  • Create an edge. Constantly grow as a person and never stop perfecting your craft. This will make it easier to help grow others and be someone they can count on. Always seek new ideas and be open to improving yourself. What is your edge that you’ve created for yourself?

March Madness has been exactly that and here in upstate New York, we are equal parts proud, excited, and shocked that Syracuse is in the Final Four. It will be an interesting weekend to see how it all plays out, but it’s truly astonishing that the Orange have made it this far.  As I enter into the summer months of my professional speaking schedule, make sure you reach out if I can be of any help to you.  Have a great week, everyone!

Life Tip #28: When people think of a person with integrity, they think of you

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