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Why Some Leaders Are More Admirable Than Others

Why Some Leaders Are More Admirable Than Others

The term ‘leadership skill’ is not a new term for any of us. Leadership does not have a singular definition, but it is easy to identify someone who is referred to as a leader by examining how they approach life.

An individual with good leadership traits can easily influence others’ decisions. To become a successful leader, there are different types of leadership skills you need to know.

These skills are applicable to anybody, whether it is becoming the chairman of a company or becoming a father for a family. Below are different types of leadership skills.

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1. Building trust with the people around you is hard but important.

Trust building is a very important leadership skill, as this shows the leader’s competence level. Convincing someone to trust you is not an easy task, as a lot of people have different perceptions of others. For you to achieve this skill, you need to be open to people around you and always welcome their ideas. Make sure you handle situations fairly and always ask people how they feel about certain circumstances.

2. You need to know how to communicate with others.

Communication is very important in life and is among the most important traits for any leader. The way you communicate matters a lot, as you will either gain respect or damage relationships depending on the approach. As a good leader, you need to use appropriate language and tone depending on the situation. It is important to cater different communication strategies based on the audience you are communicating to.

3. A good leader cooperates with others and doesn’t bark out orders.

Cooperation is very important when it comes to coordinating individuals within groups, teams, or departments. If the leader cooperates with other team members, it will boost both collaboration and success. In addition, the work will be completed a lot more efficiently when the team members leverage each other’s skill sets.

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4. It is so crucial to know the ways of managing risks.

As a leader, you must know how to manage risks. For every project you will be doing within your team, always brainstorm potential risks and write them down so you know how to take action. Based on the trust you have within your team, always tell them to report any potential risks that may arise. It is also important to draw information from different sources so that a comprehensive solution may be reached.

5. You need to understand the issues in order to resolve them.

Upon hearing any issues, it is vital to understand the issues thoroughly and to look for ways to resolve them. To solve the issue at hand, you will need to gather ideas from other team members and identify the different perspectives. This simply means that you maintain an open mind when formulating conclusions.

6. You should focus on finding the solutions.

As a leader, you need to let your subordinates know that there is always a solution to a problem. You need to be a problem-solver and build trust between you and your team members. Make use of the information you have gathered and continue to develop solutions for potential long-term risks.

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7. Influence others with your trust and charm.

As a leader, you are the primary individual to directly influence the decision of your subordinates. Always persuade them by presenting your point of view in a democratic way. By building relationships with each individual, it is easier for them to gain your trust and makes them more comfortable with providing any input.

8. You aim to inspire people.

Good leaders inspire their subordinates. Always be ready to share your values with those around you. Let them know that you welcome new ideas. To achieve this, you need to show people that you trust them and are capable of succeeding in any given task. Always share successful stories with others, as this will empower your team members to work even harder.

9. You also need to develop people and help them grow.

As a leader, your subordinates have the expectation that you will help them grow. They will respect you when you provide them with professional growth. Always offer coaching, regardless of the skill level of the team member; but, remember to be positive and encouraging – even negative situations have a positive side.

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10. You constantly find ways to improve.

An important skill set of a leader is their ability to improve the circumstances of any given situation. First, you need to improve yourself as a leader, as well as your presentation around others. Exceed the expectations of your job by doing things beyond your job description. This will show that you are capable of improving the overall work environment. By inspiring others and remaining diligent, you are ultimately changing the lives of families, friends, and those around you.

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Last Updated on October 15, 2019

Is Procrastination Bad? The Truth About Procrastination Revealed

Is Procrastination Bad? The Truth About Procrastination Revealed

Procrastination is very literally the opposite of productivity. To produce something is to pull it forward, while to procrastinate is to push it forward — to tomorrow, to next week, or ultimately to never.

Procrastination fills us with shame — we curse ourselves for our laziness, our inability to focus on the task at hand, our tendency to be easily led into easier and more immediate gratifications. And with good reason: for the most part, time spent procrastinating is time spent not doing things that are, in some way or other, important to us.

There is a positive side to procrastination, but it’s important not to confuse procrastination at its best with everyday garden-variety procrastination.

Sometimes — sometimes! — procrastination gives us the time we need to sort through a thorny issue or to generate ideas. In those rare instances, we should embrace procrastination — even as we push it away the rest of the time.

Why we procrastinate after all

We procrastinate for a number of reasons, some better than others. One reason we procrastinate is that, while we know what we want to do, we need time to let the ideas “ferment” before we are ready to sit down and put them into action.

Some might call this “creative faffing”; I call it, following copywriter Ray Del Savio’s lead, “concepting”.[1]

Whatever you choose to call it, it’s the time spent dreaming up what you want to say or do, weighing ideas in your mind, following false leads and tearing off on mental wild goose chases, and generally thinking things through.

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To the outside observer, concepting looks like… well, like nothing much at all. Maybe you’re leaning back in your chair, feet up, staring at the wall or ceiling, or laying in bed apparently dozing, or looking out over the skyline or feeding pigeons in the park or fiddling with the Japanese vinyl toys that stand watch over your desk.

If ideas are the lifeblood of your work, you have to make time for concepting, and you have to overcome the sensation— often overpowering in our work-obsessed culture — that faffing, however creative, is not work.

So, is procrastination bad?

Yes it is.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’re “concepting” when in fact you’re just not sure what you’re supposed to be doing.

Spending an hour staring at the wall while thinking up the perfect tagline for a marketing campaign is creative faffing; staring at the wall for an hour because you don’t know how to come up with a tagline, or don’t know the product you’re marketing well enough to come up with one, is just wasting time.

Lack of definition is perhaps the biggest friend of your procrastination demons. When we’re not sure what to do — whether because we haven’t planned thoroughly enough, we haven’t specified the scope of what we hope to accomplish in the immediate present, or we lack important information, skills, or resources to get the job done.

It’s easy to get distracted or to trick ourselves into spinning our wheels doing nothing. It takes our mind off the uncomfortable sensation of failing to make progress on something important.

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The answer to this is in planning and scheduling. Rather than giving yourself an unspecified length of time to perform an unspecified task (“Let’s see, I guess I’ll work on that spreadsheet for a while”) give yourself a limited amount of time to work on a clearly defined task (“Now I’ll enter the figures from last months sales report into the spreadsheet for an hour”).

Giving yourself a deadline, even an artificial one, helps build a sense of urgency and also offers the promise of time to “screw around” later, once more important things are done.

For larger projects, planning plays a huge role in whether or not you’ll spend too much time procrastinating to reach the end reasonably quickly.

A good plan not only lists the steps you have to take to reach the end, but takes into account the resources, knowledge and inputs from other people you’re going to need to perform those steps.

Instead of futzing around doing nothing because you don’t have last month’s sales report, getting the report should be a step in the project.

Otherwise, you’ll spend time cooling your heels, justifying your lack of action as necessary: you aren’t wasting time because you want to, but because you have to.

How bad procrastination can be

Our mind can often trick us into procrastinating, often to the point that we don’t realize we’re procrastinating at all.

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After all, we have lots and lots of things to do; if we’re working on something, aren’t we being productive – even if the one big thing we need to work on doesn’t get done?

One way this plays out is that we scan our to-do list, skipping over the big challenging projects in favor of the short, easy projects. At the end of the day, we feel very productive: we’ve crossed twelve things off our list!

That big project we didn’t work on gets put onto the next day’s list, and when the same thing happens, it gets moved forward again. And again.

Big tasks often present us with the problem above – we aren’t sure what to do exactly, so we look for other ways to occupy ourselves.

In many cases too, big tasks aren’t really tasks at all; they’re aggregates of many smaller tasks. If something’s sitting on your list for a long time, each day getting skipped over in favor of more immediately doable tasks, it’s probably not very well thought out.

You’re actively resisting it because you don’t really know what it is. Try to break it down into a set of small tasks, something more like the tasks you are doing in place of the one big task you aren’t doing.

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Procrastination, a technical failure

Procrastination is, more often than not, a sign of a technical failure, not a moral failure.

It’s not because we’re bad people that we procrastinate. Most times, procrastination serves as a symptom of something more fundamentally wrong with the tasks we’ve set ourselves.

It’s important to keep an eye on our procrastinating tendencies, to ask ourselves whenever we notice ourselves pushing things forward what it is about the task we’ve set ourselves that simply isn’t working for us.

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