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16 Things Truly Great Leaders Don’t Do

16 Things Truly Great Leaders Don’t Do

What is leadership? It is a procedure, a process and a method of a great person who inspires and influences the attitudes, behaviors and thoughts of others.  Thus Leadership is the skill to get other people to do something significantly and leads them toward a goal.

There are few things that great leaders have in common. Their actions, that set them apart from many others. Here are a few habits of great leaders that make them unique what they do and, possibly more importantly, what they don’t do.

1. They don’t fear to lead

Great leaders are the frontrunners; they set an example and a track for their team to follow. Brave leaders always put themselves in front, demonstrating the commitment and hard work that takes them to get a glorious victory.

2. They don’t devalue their relationships

As a leader the most valuable asset is your relations with coworkers. In order to achieve a difficult goal, a great leader supports others to achieve their objectives. They don’t try and replicate anyone else, even someone with lots of captivation.

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3. They don’t change their vision

A great leader has the vision and belief that any goal can be accomplished. They don’t made amendments in their vision, they motivate and use the command and energy to get it done. A leader’s role is to raise people’s ambitions for what they can become and to use their energies to achieve most difficult goals.

4. They don’t like thinking pessimistically

The best leaders are not concerned about who is right, but what is right. They not only motivate their coworkers, but also embrace their dissenting opinions. By being proactive and positive you can enable your team to achieve greater productivity.

5. They don’t think about work-life balance

Great leaders are mostly overachievers. That means their first priority is always work; it’s what they live for. They are not easygoing, fun-loving people, irresponsible who live for the weekend. They do what they love doing, and that’s work. That’s what makes them GREAT!

6. They don’t break commitments

Great leaders keep their commitments, no matter much it is difficult or it damages. Their commitments are not subject to change. They value their words and moralities above anything else.

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7. They don’t sit in judgment of others

Brave leaders possess firm faith in themselves and they are so self-confident that they don’t feel the need to condemn those who make hurdles or failed to perform. They are confident in their skills. They don’t waste their time in sheltering complaints or resentment.

8. They don’t look at the small picture

Great leaders think big; they are bold and take challenges. They reach for the impossible and look for that next big opportunity or challenge around the road.

9. They never stop asking questions

Bold leaders look forward to new things. They’re always in search of new mysteries; always want to learn more. Through questions, leaders search for the causes behind the problem and what solutions might work.

10. They don’t say “Never”

Outstanding leaders make things possible and accomplish the impossible. “Never” is a word that is not in their dictionary.

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11. They don’t fall

Great leaders always rise with pride; they find ways to deal with the situation. Anything can be achieved with the right attitude, if you have the right team and the right person leading the troop.

12. They don’t like to be a ruler

They guide and mentor others to follow them. They don’t put restrictions on others so that they feel they are living under a dictatorship.

13. They don’t live in fear

They don’t pay attention to the negative voices in their heads. They don’t let their fear stop them from taking risks. Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning

14. They don’t shy away from change

It’s not hard to identify a good leader, as they are the one who not only live outside their comfort zone whenever needed, but motivate others to do the same. They inspire and enable others to face challenges and learn new things.

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15. They don’t care about the platform

Great leaders don’t lead a platform they lead people. They care about the people around them not things. They recognize without great endowment and enthusiasm even the best strategy will fail.

16. They don’t make the same mistakes over and over

Strong leaders accept responsibility, hold themselves accountable for their performance and learn from their previous mistakes. Consequently, they don’t repeat those mistakes again and again. Instead, they move ahead and make better assessments in the future.

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

Have you ever thought of yourself as a problem solver? I’m guessing not. But in reality, we are constantly solving problems. And the better our problem solving skills are, the easier our lives are.

Problems arise in many shapes and forms. They can be mundane, everyday problems, or larger more complex problems:

What to have for dinner tonight?

Which route to take to work?

How to fix a project that’s running behind schedule?

How to change from an uninspiring job to a career you’re really passionate about?

Every day, you’ll be faced with at least one problem to solve. But it gets easier when you realize that problems are simply choices. There’s nothing ‘scary’ about them other than having to make a decision.

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No matter what job you’re in, where you live, who your partner is, how many friends you have, you will be judged on your ability to solve problems. Because problems equal hassles for everyone concerned. And people don’t like hassle. So the more problems you can solve, the less hassle all-round, the happier people are with you. Everyone wins.

Why Are Problem Solving Skills Important?

Problem is something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with. It can be a task, a situation, or even a person. Problem solving involves methods and skills to find the best solutions to problems.

Problem solving is important because we all have decisions to make, and questions to answer in our lives. Amazing people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., are all great problems solvers. Good parents, teachers, doctors and waiters all have to be good at solving different sort of problems as well.

Problem solving skills are for our everyday lives.

How to Enhance Problem Solving Skills

Most people believe that you have to be very intelligent in order to be a good problem solver, but that’s not true.

You don’t have to be super smart to be a problem solver, you just need practice.

When you understand the different steps to solve a problem, you’ll be able to come up with great solutions.

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1. Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem

Neuroscientists have proven that your brain cannot find solutions if you focus on the problem.[1] This is because when you focus on the problem, you’re effectively feeding ‘negativity,’ which in turn activates negative emotions in the brain. These emotions block potential solutions.

I’m not saying you should ‘ignore the problem,’ instead, try to remain calm. It helps to first, acknowledge the problem; and then, move your focus to a solution-oriented mindset where you keep fixed on what the ‘answer’ could be, rather than lingering on ‘what went wrong’ and ‘who’s fault it is’.

2. Adapt 5 Whys to Clearly Define the Problem

5 Whys is a problem solving framework to help you get to the root of a problem.

By repeatedly asking the question “why” on a problem, you can dig into the root cause of a problem, and that’s how you can find the best solution to tackle the root problem once and for all. And it can go deeper than just asking why for five times.

For example:

If the problem is “always late to work”…

  • Why am I late to work?
    I always click the snooze button and just want to go on sleeping.
  • Why do I want to go on sleeping?
    I feel so tired in the morning.
  • Why do I feel tired in the morning?
    I slept late the night before, that’s why.
  • Why did I sleep late?
    I wasn’t sleepy after drinking coffee, and I just kept scrolling my Facebook feed and somehow I couldn’t stop.
  • Why did I drink coffee?
    Because I was too sleepy at work in the afternoon, not having enough sleep the night before.

So there you see, if you didn’t try to dig out the root of the problem, you may just set a few more alarms and have it beep every five minutes in the morning. But in fact, the problem you need to solve is to quit Facebook surfing endlessly at night so you’ll feel more energetic in the day time, and you won’t even need coffee.

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3. Simplify Things

As human beings, we have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be! Try simplifying your problem by generalizing it.

Remove all the details and go back to the basics. Try looking for a really easy, obvious solution – you might be surprised at the results! And we all know that it’s often the simple things that are the most productive.

4. List out as Many Solutions as Possible

Try to come up with ‘ALL POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS’ – even if they seem ridiculous at first. It’s important you keep an open mind to boost creative thinking, which can trigger potential solutions.

Coming from 10 years in the corporate advertising industry, it is drummed into you that ‘No idea is a bad idea’ and this aids creative thinking in brainstorms and other problem-solving techniques.

Whatever you do, do not ridicule yourself for coming up with ‘stupid solutions’ as it’s often the crazy ideas that trigger other more viable solutions.

5. Think Laterally

Change the ‘direction’ of your thoughts by thinking laterally. Pay attention to the saying,

‘You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging it deeper.”

Try to change your approach and look at things in a new way. You can try flipping your objective around and looking for a solution that is the polar opposite!

Even if it feels silly, a fresh and unique approach usually stimulates a fresh solution.

6. Use Language That Creates Possibility

Lead your thinking with phrases like ‘what if…’ and ‘imagine if…’ These terms open up our brains to think creatively and encourage solutions.

Avoid closed, negative language such as ‘I don’t think…’ or ‘But this is not right…’.

The Bottom Line

There’s nothing scary about a problem when you start to adapt my advice.

Try not to view problems as ‘scary’ things! If you think about what a problem really is, it’s really just feedback on your current situation.

Every problem is telling you that something is not currently working and that you need to find a new way around it.

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So try to approach problems neutrally – without any judgment. Practice focusing on defining a problem, keep calm and not to make things too complicated.

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Reference

[1] Planet of Success: Problem vs Solution Focused Thinking

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