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Monday, 26 January 2015

Seven Secrets to become a Successful Leader

Everyone has a New Year’s resolution they aim to stick to, whether it’s working out or learning an instrument, but do you have a professional aim this year?
Improving your leadership skills could lead to great opportunities in 2015 and beyond and leadership expert Dan Rockwell could help you take the next step in your career.

With 35 years’ experience in public speaking and 15 years’ experience as a leadership consultant, Rockwell has a wealth of inside information and often blogs about the industry. Here, he offers his seven secrets to success.

Suggest a solution, but always begin with problems.

“Every time you say, ‘It’s not that bad,’ you minimise the value of any solutions you find,” says Rockwell. “Never minimise the pain and frustration of others, even when it seems small to you.”
Stop thinking about perfection

“Don’t talk yourself out of imperfect solutions unless you have better ones,” warns Rockwell.

Taking action and improving the situation is better than doing nothing and letting 
it be idle. According to Rockwell, it’s better to talk yourself into action, rather than out of action.

He urges leaders to consider these three questions before they talk themselves out of taking action.

Will it help?

Will it harm?

What happens 
nothing is done?

Learn while you take action

“Don’t talk about it unless you plan to do something about it,” says Rockwell.

“Welcome those who point out troubles. They aren't the enemy. The enemy is talk without anything being done.”

Focus on getting people in the 
correct roles
“Successful leaders understand and influence the talents, skills, and drives of team members,” says Rockwell. He suggests providing leadership and personality assessments to gain a better understanding of what motivates your employees and find out what they’re best at.

Energising environments

In other words, be positive! “The most important thing is about the way we treat each other while we do the work,” says Rockwell. “Spend more time affirming than correcting.”

Embrace forward facing contrarians

“Conformists don’t build the future,” says Rockwell – forward facing contrarians do. “Protect them from the frustrations of others, as much as possible.”

Results don’t define you

According to Rockwell, “The road to great results is more important than results themselves. Honour behaviours that get you there.

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