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How to Increase Your Leadership Skills

increase your leadership skillsIf you’re a champion (and you are), then you’ll need to know how to increase your leadership skills. Whether you are a shift manager, sales manager, drilling superintendent, or business owner, all of these roles, and many others, need you to have great leadership skills and be able to use them appropriately. If you are promoted into a leadership role, you will quickly realize that you need to hone your skills or you’ll struggle in your new position.

Life has a way of elevating true champions. Just as cream rises to the top of milk, true champions rise to the top of companies, departments, projects, and committees. When that happens, old relationships fall away. It can be emotional and difficult, but it’s part of the price of leadership. Champions must be separated from the crowd before they can be elevated into prominence.

You’re Not “One of the Gang” Anymore

One of the prices that champions have to pay is being separated from the old gang. Management and managers are never friends with their employees. There is a good reason for this. If you are friends with your employees, it becomes much harder to direct and manage them, as well as to keep their respect. It becomes all the more difficult when you are elevated out of being one of the group. I won’t try to convince you that this is an easy process. Sometimes it happens naturally after you begin to immerse yourself in positive self-development materials and activities. One day you look around, and you are surrounded by positive, like-minded people.

You shouldn’t be cruel or dismissive of others, but you have to respond to the call of success. That call will always separate you before it elevates you. I have seen people elevated while trying to hang on to someone from the old days. In this case, the old friend will often trip them up. Not because they’re a bad friend, but because they’re addicted to negativity. You need to be around people who are successful and positive.

Keep A Circle of Like-Minded People

Start hanging around people more successful than you. Learn their secrets. Ask them to teach you. That’s what “separated to be elevated” means. You make a choice about the kind of influences, people, books, movies and material that you allow into your life. If you want to achieve greatness, you have to make the decision to develop a masterful team of positive, influential people that are success-driven and believe in you.

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