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Webster’s Dictionary defines a leader as “a person who by example, talents, or qualities of leadership plays a directing role, wields commanding influence, or has a following in any sphere or activity or thought.” It defines leadership as the ingredients of the personality that cause men and women to follow them. I sincerely hope that you feel this book has expounded on that definition quite well.

Three of the most important characteristics of leadership are dedication, charisma and enthusiasm. It is believed that every leader possesses a charisma that leads to change and success.

Leadership begins with concern, vision, and mentorship. The many co-authors in this book are showing genuine concern for your well being. They are sharing their vision with you and offering mentorship to help you find the leader within yourself.

Six Traits that Leaders Should Possess

  1. Good Listening Skills. This is required in order to understand employee attitudes and motivators. By asking many open-ended questions, you can really get to know those whom you are leading.
    When you ask questions, you have a chance to listen, and when you listen, you begin to better understand employee motivations,
    body language and issues. Offer challenges and solutions,
    and provide credit to those who provide solid, honest replies to your inquiries.
  2. Enthusiasm. You must, as a leader, always present a positive and energetic attitude.
  3. Awareness. Be aware of non-verbal’s. Leaders must have a keen awareness of when followers are happy, frustrated, tired, or stressed.
  4. Being Decisive. Be quick and decisive with your replies. No one likes a procrastinator. Good leaders do not ponder in their decision-making; they make quick decisions to problems and find quick solutions that work.
  5. Rewarding. Because people desire more than monetary reward in their work, give them recognition and pats on the back for jobs done well. This sense of pride and self-worth is very important
    to most people.
  6. Positive Communication. Leaders must always create positive communication and feedback. This creates loyalty and a mutual exchange of ideas. When ideas are fresh, profits and productivity
    usually soar.

Making Leadership Decisions

Leaders make decisions all day long, some major and some minor. Some are bold moves, other are run-of-the-mill choices. The key is that they make them. Think of the best decisions you’ve made. You were most likely feeling confident and well-informed.

How does a leader gain the information needed? All good leaders surround themselves with a team of advisors. Even if you’re a small business owner you have your attorney, CPA, financial advisor, etc. If you’ve not yet secured your team, now’s the time.

You might have to search outside your inner circle to find the information you need, such as reading this book. If timing permits, seeking council from the authors found here is a great place to start.

The most effective leaders that I personally know tell me that they gather the necessary information, know when the time is right and base their decision on their ‘gut.’ “It just came to me and I knew it was the right direction to proceed.” They trust in their own abilities to make informed decisions and then take action!

Creating Serious Results

Success begets more success. Declare your success. It’s not bragging. It’s about reeducating your thinking. Think bigger, be bolder then your previous thought. Verbally announce your success statements out loud to the universe! You are a leader, you are successful. Be bold, “Bring it On!”

You are more powerful than the circumstances of your life. You choose your direction taking command of all your actions and decisions. The universe will respond positively.

Making sense of that feeling while you are putting that into action will increase your feeling of empowerment. Set the right goals then take the proper action.

It is about the expectation of leadership. Taking the action and having momentum, being the person of leadership that others find worthy to follow. Not only will you find leadership within yourself, others will also find leadership within you!

By Daniel Sweet, founder of the Wilopa Method of Healing

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