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7 Keys to Becoming a Better Leader – Part 2

By Catherine Rocheleau on Apr 25 2011 • Filed under Business

Become a better leader in 7 steps.

In Part 1 we examined the first two keys to stronger leadership – Know your strengths and limitations, and Be authentic by living in accordance with your morals and values.

As Zig Ziglar once said, "You cannot perform in a manner inconsistent with the way you see yourself."

This month we will examine the next three keys to becoming a strong leader:

3. Learn from your missteps

Experience reminds us that we are not perfect. We are human and subject to hurdles and challenges, setbacks and disappointments. Sometimes the obstacles or disappointments occur due to our own failures or weaknesses.The best leaders recognize that success is not achieved by avoiding failures; instead it is achieved when we learn from our mistakes and missteps.

Albert Einstein said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

Einstein’s statement is very insightful and a good reminder that we must take risks to move forward and learn.

A strong leader is able to not only recognize their failures and weaknesses, but they can also tell others about them, and gain the support and input of others who do extremely well in these areas. Remember, a good leader doesn’t do it all. They know who, what, where, when, and why they should delegate and how to achieve desired outcomes.

Good leaders also recognize their successes and learn from them. Remember, individual wins allow you to move forward. When learning from your missteps, don’t be afraid to take a chance or you will be stuck!

4. Embrace inclusiveness and compassion

Have you ever found that doors opened or opportunities came your way because someone else recognized your potential and gave you the opportunity to step up to the plate? As a leader, it is important to keep your eyes open to the potential and insights of others and what they have to offer. Recognizing and harnessing the value of others is a unique trait of a leader. When a leader embraces the skills, abilities and insights of others, they also learn a lot about themselves.

Is showing compassion a weakness? When you show compassion, your authentic self shines through. Compassion involves listening, and demonstrating you care. Like any skill, it has a right and wrong time, and although if it is over-used it can become a weakness, don’t let that stop you. Compassion allows you to connect with others in a meaningful way.

5. Be positive

Let’s face it, nobody wants to follow someone who grumbles or has a negative disposition. Instead, people want to interact with, and are more willing to follow, someone they respect and can relate to – a person with a positive frame of mind.

A positive mindset also opens the door to new ideas and new opportunities and it enhances our creativity. Have you ever had a day that just seemed to be such a dream – things moved forward, you connected with your team and hiccups were easily solved? How did you deal with obstacles? How did you feel? What were you thinking?


Next time, we will examine the final two keys to leadership: communication and life-long learning.

For Part 1, and the previous two keys, click here.

For Part 3, and the final keys, click here.


3 Comments

  1. once we know ourselves better we become the painter of our destiny…..a leader to lead our mind first and then other’s…….

    • Hermant I agree, a good leader understands themselves (strengths and weaknesses) and others in a way that they are able to cause momentum toward their goals and vision. If you don’t understand yourself, its hard to gain the clarity one needs to lead others. Check out part 3 for the last two keys.

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