This year we are dedicated to helping you develop your leadership qualities. Whether you lead a team as part of a larger organisation, lead your own business, or lead in your home, we believe that these qualities are worth nurturing.
Your leadership qualities will enable you to get the most from yourself and nurture these qualities in others, so that you can be the leader you are meant to be and have the career and life you deserve.
So often when we receive constructive feedback it is focused on improving these qualities, but no one tells you how to develop them. You are expected to muddle through or just know. This can be frustrating, demotivating and disheartening.
Help is at hand, as each month we will focus on one of these qualities. We’ll share our thoughts, experience, resources and events with you, to develop these qualities in a way that fits with your life and work. How does that sound?
Here are 12 key leadership qualities that we will focus on:
I am sure you’ve heard the saying, ‘if you don’t know where you are going, how can you get there’ This is at the heart of getting your vision right. We can’t get to our destination without telling our sat nav. the location we want to reach, so why then do we expect to do it in other aspects of our life?
I don’t think we talk enough about or value humility in the way we should. I didn’t expect to be quoting the urban dictionary but’s its definition of humility resonates with me. ‘True humility is to recognize your value and others value while looking up. It is to see there is far greater than ourself into who we can become, who others can become, and how much more we can do and be.’
Courage looks different depending on who you are, it could be that you want to take the courage to make a big leap in your career, but it could also be standing up or speaking up for what is right, or following your heart. We will share how you become brave.
One of my favourite sayings is “confidence comes after the act, not before.’ We can’t wait to be confident; we must take action in order to become confident. I also think that we must have deep knowing that failure isn’t a destination, but a stop off on the journey. Confidence can be developed, to do so fear must become your friend.
Authenticity is a word that is overused these days when it comes to leadership. This idea of showing your real self to others, is only possible when you know yourself. It took me a year long coaching programme to begin to know myself and peel the mask off that I’d been wearing in work and life. Not everyone has the luxury of attending training so we will show you how.
Most of us take pride in our ability to multi-task, you may be eating lunch, chatting to a friend and glancing at this article at the same time, but how is that serving you? The ability to focus is a doorway into ‘flow’ and when we are in flow we achieve our best.
Keeping your promises and commitments to yourself is often more challenging than when committing to others. Sadly, responsibility and ownership are often lacking in our leaders. We’ll explore how we can role model accountability and use it to make a positive difference, leading ourselves and others to success.
In research on leadership, integrity is consistently rated as one of the most important character traits of a respected leader. We will explore how you can role model integrity and develop trust, gain support and achieve your goals.
American inventor, Thomas Edison said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Resilience (or resiliency) is our ability to adapt and bounce back when things don’t go as planned. Resilient people don’t wallow or dwell on failures; they acknowledge the situation, learn from their mistakes, and then move forward. This month we’ll share our top tips on how to bounce forward from setbacks.
Followed by: Perseverance, Positivity & Inspiring Co-operation in the subsequent months.
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