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People Skills:
Your Most Important Leadership Skill

As a leader, how do you bring out the best in people? Effective leadership relies on a blend of perspectives and skills, all aimed at bringing out the best in everyone through leadership skills, management skills and most importantly, people skills.
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3 Crucial Skillsets for Effective Leadership

Great leaders know that there are crucial skillsets to be mastered early in their career, and others that take time and experience to enhance—knowing the theory isn’t enough to be successful. I wrote about this in my last post, here. Effective leadership relies on a blend of perspectives and skills, all aimed at bringing out […]
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Defining Effective Leadership

As an executive coach, I am often asked to define effective leadership. It’s a complex topic, based on the challenges of human behavior—that varying, uncontrollable and often mysterious element that makes leading far more than following guidelines. Short answer: effective leadership compels people to follow a vision. Maybe the real question is, what makes an […]
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Lead Beyond Your Authority:
Show Initiative

I’ve been writing about how to lead beyond your authority. No matter what your organizational model, your success as a leader depends on knowing how to influence people and breed a desire to follow (as opposed to trying to mandate it via formal authority). Following a leader­—whether it’s buying in to a philosophy or supporting […]
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Lead Beyond Your Authority:
Challenge the Status Quo

When you lead beyond your authority, the toughest test you may face is challenging the system. I’ve been writing about how to lead beyond your authority in recent posts. Your success depends on how well you influence and inspire others. You see, by questioning the status quo, you insinuate that change is needed.
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Build Relationships and Credibility to Lead Beyond Your Authority

Do you show genuine interest in people, and regularly communicate how much they’re valued? If so, you’re on the right track to lead beyond your authority.
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Lead Beyond Your Authority:
Be a Worthy Leader

When you lead beyond your authority, it’s critical to demonstrate that you are consistently reliable, trustworthy and respectable. Anyone you are attempting to lead will expect this; noble leaders naturally exude these attributes.
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Can You Lead Beyond Your Authority?

Can you effectively lead beyond your authority? No matter what your organizational model, your job frequently requires buy-in from people outside your direct authority. I see it all the time: in today’s complex and dotted-line cultures influencing people who report to someone else can prove daunting—and an even greater challenge if you confuse the principles of […]
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4 Effective Leadership Skills

In Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow, New York Times-bestselling author Tom Rath and leadership consultant Barry Conchie reveal the results of extensive Gallup research. Based on their analyses, three keys to effective leadership emerge: Know your strengths—and invest in others’ strengths. Hire people with the right strengths for your team. […]
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