By: Kathy Kent Toney, CEO & Founder of Kent Business Solutions
With all the leadership books that exist, sometimes it can be challenging to know which book to read next! For that reason, it can be helpful to up your leadership game through reading bite-size chunks of information.
If you’re in this boat, here are six things you can do to increase your leadership influence:
1. Expand Your Knowledge Base
It’s easy to get lackadaisical when it comes to learning. Some leaders may feel complacent and don't feel the need to grow anymore. This scenario can be the case if leaders have been in their roles for a long time. If this is the case, the best thing to do is decide to keep learning, push through the resistance, and get growing!
2. Take a Genuine Interest in Others
Great leaders show care for others and their needs, which builds emotional equity amongst their peers and those they lead. Who doesn’t love to follow leaders who genuinely care about them?
3. Be Generous
People remember leaders for their generosity, especially when their giving isn't required. And it doesn't even have to be money--gifts of time are invaluable as well.
4. Be Authentic
People can spot a fake a mile away, yet so many are afraid to be themselves, thinking people won’t accept them if they show their true selves. They’d rather put on a mask instead. The best thing we can do is be ourselves, and if the true-you has rough edges, that’s okay. We all have them. To be imperfect is perfectly human.
5. Thrive During Tough Times
We do have a choice on how we deal with hardship. It comes down to two things: either we choose to face challenges head-on, or by default, we allow adversity to eat away at our resilience and our ability to overcome. My advice? Choose wisely!
6. Embrace Servant Leadership
Have the mindset that life isn't about us. It's about serving others, bringing value to everyone we meet, and leaving a legacy.
In the end, if we can embrace these six qualities such that they become a part of who we are, our influence as a leader will grow, and who doesn’t want that?
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