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Leaders are not born, they develop. They are able to influence, guide and shape
the attitudes, expectations and behavior of others. Leadership is largely a
behavioral skill, so you can learn it and develop it yourself. You can become a better leader by studying,
practicing and asking for constructive feedback from your collections.
Here are some suggestions to help you develop as a leader:
1. Make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.
2. Accept responsibility at work and in professional and social organizations.
3. Volunteer for tasks. Be prepared to work hard for long periods when called
4. Develop an enthusiastic loyalty to your employer and organizations you
support. Take a pride in belonging and offer constructive suggestions for
5. Be prepared to work with little or no supervision. Make decisions and use
6. Set high standards. Leaders can be recognized because their staff produce
superior work and have a higher output.
7. Be ambitious. Stretch yourself by setting goals and objectives and work to
8. Learn the skills of people management. Take time to listen to people's
complaints, ideas and suggestions. Try counseling and helping staff with
personal as well as work-related problems. Delegate work and praise good work –
give credit when credit is due.
9. Develop team leadership skills by improving your communication and training
skills. Attend seminars and training classes and read broadly.
10. Develop your social skills. Make an effort to mix easily with different
types and races of people. Study different cultures and religions. Learn to ask
open-ended questions and to develop your listening skills. Dress suitably for
occasions. Copy peer dress habits – you will feel more comfortable and are more
likely to be accepted.
11. Keep calm in times of stress. Avoid producing stress in others and try
seeking their help to remove causes of stress. Good communication should help
remove causes of stress.
12. Make an effort to be flexible. Try adjusting your behavior to meet the
experience, knowledge and skills of others in every situation.
13. Inspire people to achieve. Expect results. Focus attention on the important
14. Delegate, giving clear directions and guidelines. Trust staff and do not
15. Accept people as they are. Approach problems and relationship¬ships as they are
at present, not as they were in the past.
16. A good leader does not others what you would like them to do unto you.