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Why Public Speaking Helps to Build Leadership Skills

Public speaking ability is among the most critical, yet also the most feared, skills. But the lack of it can really impact your ability to lead a group effectively. Public speaking allows you, as a leader, to show your team what you are thinking and what direction you want to take: they will see you…

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The Keys to Strong Leadership

You can’t just talk the talk. Talking tough is not leadership. It’s bluff and it usually masks a whole host of insecurities and issues of self-doubt. Being tough: that’s a true foundation of strong leadership. This doesn’t mean being tough in the sense of coming down hard on other people, but an inward strength that…

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Why Mentoring Can Be One of the Keys To Success

Within a company, the mentorship process can help foster communication, build bonds and increase the motivation of the mentor and the mentee! Intra-company mentoring is probably one of the most underutilized processes out there but the benefits of having experienced employees mentor new or less experienced ones are numerous. Here are four reasons why mentoring…

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Essential Productivity Tips for Leaders

Working your way toward sustained success. You were not born productive or with a manual filled with productivity tips for leaders. If anything, most of us spent the better part of our youths being the opposite. Productivity is learned and if it’s a skill that you haven’t quite mastered yet, it’s not a hopeless ideal!…

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Team Communication: How to Speak So Your Team Will Listen

Not only listen, but take action, too. Team communication should be very important to all leaders. Whether speaking to a large group or a small team, there are ways you can engage with your ‘audience’ so that they will not just hear you but actively listen and even take action on what you’re telling them.…

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Leading Through Tumultuous Times

Whether changes are occurring inside the organization, or outside forces are creating conflict, the key is to accept and encourage change, rather than deflect it. Change is hard, whether in personal or work lives. There’s no other way to phrase that. It’s just hard. Change management is a discipline, in and of itself, within the…

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Team Morale: 5 Things You Should Avoid Doing

It’s easier than you might think for a leader to upset the morale of a team. If you are in any kind of management or leadership role, you know that managing different personalities and work styles can be difficult. Everyone has their little peccadillos that need to be handled appropriately. But there are things that…

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Can an Introvert Be a Great Leader?

Absolutely! Connecting introversion and leadership isn’t obvious. A lot of people assume that an introvert cannot be good at communicating, influencing, managing and inspiring. A lot of people might be wrong. An introvert, by definition, is someone who is reserved or shy, someone “whose attention and interests are directed toward one’s own thoughts and feelings.”…

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What Makes a Great Leader?

Are leaders born or is leadership learned? It’s a little bit of both, but it’s more complicated than an either/or statement so let’s look more closely at the aspects of personality that make a great leader. Why? Because one thing that IS true is that calling someone a leader/CEO/President doesn’t make them a leader. What are…

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Do You Want To Be an Exceptional Leader?

Communication is the key There are leaders and then there are LEADERS. The latter are people who are able to inspire and motivate those around them with seemingly little effort. Those who follow their direction are energized, galvanized, uplifted and electrified. These are some strong words to describe the mindset of some teams and the…

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