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12 Signs You’re A Natural Born Leader Even If You Don’t Feel You Are

12 Signs You’re A Natural Born Leader Even If You Don’t Feel You Are

There is a popular saying that leaders are born and are not made. Yet how do we ascertain what is a leadership quality and what is not. It is important to be able to know what leadership means and see how we suitably fit into what it is. Here are some things you have to know about leadership and possibly, as you read, you may discover that you are one.

1. You have character

You value honesty and integrity, whether from yourself or from others. Even when pushed to do something dishonest or what you consider wrong, you will always seek the higher ground and pursue the right course of uprightness rather than bulge into the demands of your environment.

2. You can give others the credit they deserve

It could be simply by saying a thank you or by offering a commendatory comment. You are always able to give others the credit they deserve and show genuine appreciation for their efforts. You are not worried about them taking the spotlight from you, rather you are ready to shine the spotlight on them. This type of action makes you a “we” person rather than an “I” person.

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3. You are empathetic

You can relate with what others are going through. What stirs deep emotions inside you is to help others get out of their dilemma. You are able to connect with others through this and find meaningful ways to offer solutions to whatever they are going through.

4. You can seek the help of others

You are not afraid or shy to ask for support or assistance from others since you are aware of your limitations. You do know your strengths and weakness and seek people’s support in areas where you are not great at. However, what is most fundamental to you is getting the job done and you would never let ego stand in your way of reaching your goals.

5. You are attentive

You do not push others away. You are approachable; you always want to listen to what others have to say. By listening to others, you are able to learn from them and improve on any weakness on your part.

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6. You are responsible

While others step back or are afraid to act, you can step forward and take action. But it doesn’t stop there, rather, in your failures and success, you are willing to step forward to acknowledge your strengths or your weakness.

7. You are flexible

You are not rigid. You don’t you stick to one way of doing things. You can adapt and you’re willing to be open to a new set of ideas and ways of getting things done as far as it will take your objectives.

8. You have a great smile

It is not when all is well that you can define what leadership means. Rather, when you are met with obstacles and challenges, your attitude and personality is tested. People who have the leadership trait in them smile and are calm regardless of the adversity they face.

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9. You are optimistic

You see success in every challenge. You also view failure as a learning process to get better and become better. You are positive, and with this you carry a tremendous amount of positive energy in getting to your goals.

10. You respect others

You treat everyone with respect. Even when some are meant to be more important than others or when you are having a bad day, you treat others the same way regardless of situations or personality.

11. You are always willing to lend a hand

You are ready to give even without asking for anything in return. Rather than concern yourself with what you are about to get, you are focused on what the project or task will accomplish.

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12. You are genuinely clear about your goals

You are not a people-pleaser. You are not coerced by your environment. Rather, you direct your energy at goals you are seriously clear and passionate about.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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