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Three steps to be a better leader

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  1. Own your mistakes. Maturity and leadership come hand in hand. Take responsibility for a relationship gone bad – what was your role in the demise of the relationship? How can you improve yourself if you always blame the other person? Maxwell says that you have to grow up in order to go up.
  2. Make decisions. Immaturity keeps people on the sidelines where people are afraid to make decisions in case they’re wrong ones. Immature people protect themselves and care little for others. They fear making decisions in case flack comes back on them. You can see this happen in large companies particularly in middle management. If you don’t acknowledge your own mistakes then you have little hope of learning from them!
  3. A leader knows how to bring the best out in others. As Mother Theresa said “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” A leader knows when they’re selling to others that their offer will genuinely bring benefit to their client or customer – it’s not a question of a quick one-off sale. Leaders reap the benefits of doing good for others – and the rewards can be huge. As General Colin Powell, US Secretary of State said: “Leadership is the art of achieving more than the science of management says is possible.”

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Published on: Thursday, April 01, 2010

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