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5 Languages that the Most Successful Leaders Speak (Other than English)

5 Languages that the Most Successful Leaders Speak (Other than English)

If there’s one thing in common that all successful leaders have, it’s communication.

Communication can be broken down to multiple aspects, including verbal or non-verbal cues, but the core essence of communication is language.

You can be the best communicator in the world, but if you can’t speak the language of the person on the other side of the table, your influence and success is limited. This is becoming increasingly more important as globalization is spreading faster than ever.

To prevent you from putting a glass ceiling on your potential, and to maximize your success, we’ve broken down the top 5 foreign languages that successful leaders must learn.

1. Spanish

Leaders who speak Spanish: Michael Bloomberg, Will Smith, Paul Bulcke (CEO, Nestle)

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There are over 45 million people speaking Spanish as their first or second language in the United States, and it’s the top 3 most spoken language in the world.

Needlessly to say, learning even the basics of Spanish will improve your life personally and professionally. South America is a quickly growing market economically, and you’ll have 400 million people you can communicate with immediately upon learning the foreign language.

Luckily, there are an abundance of resources that you can check out, including free Spanish classes online or websites like Rype, where you can get unlimited private lessons online with a personal language coach.

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    2. Mandarin

    Leaders who speak Mandarin: Mark Zuckerberg, Kevin Rudd (former Prime Minister of Australia), Herbert Hoover (former U.S. president)

    If you thought there were a lot of Spanish speakers, double that in Mandarin! There’s over a billion speakers around the world and you can bet that it’s growing fast.

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    You’ve probably heard in the news the strength of the Chinese economy (the U.S. owes over a trillion dollars to China), and the opportunities that will reside in the future are limitless.

    Whether you’re a business owner, aspiring leader, or simply someone looking to expand your opportunities professionally, the benefits of learning Mandarin make the decision a no-brainer.

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      3. Russian

      Leaders who speak Russian: Regina Spektor, Ho Chi Minh, Lokesh Chandra

      This may seem unexpected, given the countless great languages that are out there. But when it comes to learning a foreign language to maximize success globally, learning Russian (the biggest country in the world) shouldn’t come as a surprise.

      For one, Russian is a very creative language. Its grammar is very close to other Slavic languages like Ukrainian, Belorussian, Czech, and even Polish. Similar to how learning Spanish can make learning French, Italian, or Portuguese easier, Russian can open up the doors to more foreign languages.

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      More importantly, because of how closed-off Russia is compared to the rest of the world, you won’t be able to speak to native Russians in English like you can with other foreigners. So, while most people can often get away with knowing just English, you’ll have a major advantage if you can speak Russian.

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        4. German

        Leaders who speak German: Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

        Welcome to the most thriving country economically in Europe. Germany is home to the biggest brands in the automobile industry, airline industry, and many more.

        The global impact it has in business, entertainment, and politics is only continuing to thrive, and the opportunities are endless.

        Not only is German a fun language to learn, but it’s quite similar to English, moreso than most people acknowledge.

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        In fact, there are many words that have the exact same spelling and meaning. Here are just a few examples:

        • abnormal
        • bitter
        • fundamental
        • global
        • horizontal
        • rational
        • sexy (;))

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          5. Hebrew

          Leaders who speak Hebrew: Natalie Portman, Ivanka Trump, Marilyn Monroe

          Ever been to Israel? If you’re an entrepreneur, then you’ve probably heard about all the excitement happening in Tel Aviv.

          Israel is at the forefront of cutting-edge technology and research. While many people there can speak English, understanding the basics of Hebrew will help tremendously if you’re looking to do business deals or seek opportunities.

          If you’re a fan of literature or religion, then it should be worth nothing that Hebrew is the oldest language in the world, and the language of the Bible.

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            What’s your favorite foreign language?

            Which of these foreign languages excite you the most? Can you already speak any of the ones we’ve listed here?

            Share with us below!

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            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

            Joe’s Goals

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              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

              Daytum

                Daytum

                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                Excel or Numbers

                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                  Evernote

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                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                    Access or Bento

                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                      Conclusion

                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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