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skillsf learnedf overf timef tof reachf goalf orf objectivesf togetherf inf anf effectivef manner.f
Providingf directionf inf af wayf thatf isf clearf andf concise,f tof achievef goalsf orf deadlinesf inf af
timelyf manner.f Whenf problemsf orf issuesf arise,f findingf solutionsf thatf aref constructivef andf
havef af positivef outcomef forf all.f Oftenf timesf wef hearf off managersf whof directf employeesf
basedf onf whatf theyf want.f Tof bef effectivef atf leadership,f itf isf importantf tof lookf atf thef desiredf
results,f assessf thef toolsf orf personnelf neededf tof accomplishf thef taskf andf getf thef correctf
resources.f Oncef thef basicf resourcesf aref establishedf providef clearf expectationsf withf goalsf
andf accountability.f Gatherf thef teamf frequentlyf andf providef opportunityf forf allf inf thef
group/teamf tof havef af chancef tof presentf ideasf andf findings.f Peoplef whof feelf appreciatedf orf
partf off af teamf tendf tof bef moref productivef andf enthusiasticf inf groupf setting.
If wasf genuinelyf surprisedf thatf If scoredf fairlyf highf inf leadershipf skills.f Forf yearsf If havef
alwaysf saidf If amf notf af leader.f If wouldf ratherf dof workf behindf thef scenesf andf contributef tof
thef teamf overall.f Lookingf backf overf thef lastf fewf yearsf inf myf currentf position,f If nowf seef
thatf If havef beenf mentoringf otherf teamf membersf andf sharingf experiencef andf knowledgef sof
othersf canf excel.f If havef alwaysf saidf wef aref allf inf thisf together.f Justf lastf week,f thef
Purchasingf Managerf forf myf divisionf askedf iff If hadf everf thoughtf off beingf mentoredf forf
leadershipf asf shef believedf If hadf qualitiesf andf characteristicsf off af leader.f If didn'tf thinkf muchf
aboutf itf untilf If tookf thef assessmentf .If believef thatf leadersf whof havef takenf timef tof developf
andf growf skillsf dof makef betterf leaders.f Learningf neverf trulyf stops.f Inf additionf tof basicf
knowledgef aboutf thef workf hef orf shef does,f basicf skillsf andf principalsf changef overf time.f
Newf techniquesf aref introducedf thatf facilitatef equityf andf inclusionf alongf withf ideasf onf howf
tof keepf peoplef engagedf andf providef effectivef leadershipf inf af changingf society.Tof
effectivelyf mentorf equityf andf inclusionf inf leadershipf youf havef tof leadf byf example.f Peoplef
comef fromf allf differentf backgrounds,f cultures,f skillf setsf etc.,f andf itf isf importantf tof treatf
eachf onef thef same.f Embracef thef differencesf off everyonef andf workf togetherf asf af team.f
Whenf adversityf arises,f itf needsf tof bef addressedf sof itf doesn'tf growf intof hostilityf orf anger.f
Finally,f If thinkf thatf eachf personf onf af teamf shouldf feelf theyf aref beingf treatedf thef samef andf
thatf theyf aref appreciatedf forf whatf theyf bringf tof af team.f Personally,f If wouldf definef
leadershipf asf thef abilityf tof demonstratef myf passionf forf af groupf orf causef andf inspiref othersf
tof notf onlyf feelf thef samef wayf butf tof workf forf thef samef purpose,f mission,f orf visionf forf thatf
groupf orf cause.f Leadershipf isf definitelyf anf art.f Inf orderf tof inspiref anf individualf andf thenf af
wholef group,f youf havef tof bef ablef tof relatef tof peoplef andf drawf themf inf tof payf attentionf andf
thenf seef yourf passion.f Peoplef understandf andf seef thingsf inf manyf differentf levelsf andf ways.f
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presentations,f speech,f orf evenf theatrical.f Itf justf dependsf onf thef situationf andf groupf type.f
Butf tof bef ablef tof dof thisf isf definitelyf anf art.
Reflectingf onf thef self-assessment,f If believef If dof havef whatf itf takesf tof bef af leader.f Inf fact,f
If havef probablyf beenf doingf itf forf manyf years.f Thef thingf isf If dof notf seef leadershipf asf beingf
inf chargef orf thef "one"f withf allf thef answers.f If havef beenf leadingf myf children,f myf family,f
myf churchf groups,f andf evenf inf thef workplace.f Butf notf becausef If soughtf tof bef thef leader,f
justf becausef If caref aboutf peoplef andf wantf thef bestf forf themf andf whatf If amf passionatef
about.f If lovef myf kidsf andf amf passionatef aboutf helpingf themf bef thef bestf theyf canf bef andf
respectf others.f If alsof learnf fromf myf mistakesf andf dof notf hidef themf fromf thosef aroundf me.f
Itf helpsf inf thef growthf andf beingf anf example.f Wef definitelyf needf growthf andf developmentf
tof becomef moref inclusivef leaders.f Iff wef dof notf grow,f wheref aref wef leadingf themf to.f Tof
leadf wef havef tof keepf walkingf orf everyonef followingf willf stopf whenf wef do,f iff thatf makesf
sense.Inf orderf tof mentorf aspiringf leadersf tof appreciatef diversityf andf inclusion,f If thinkf youf
wouldf havef demonstratef itf inf yourf leadershipf traits.f Youf wouldf havef tof makef suref itf isf
understoodf thatf inf yourf group,f everyonef isf onf thef samef teamf andf respectf isf givenf sof itf isf
expectedf tof bef received.f Whenf situationsf arisef forf learning,f itf shouldf bef handledf asf af
growthf opportunityf andf bef handledf asf discretelyf asf possible.f Nof onef appreciatesf beingf
calledf out.f Again,f iff youf givef respectf fromf thef leadership,f itf willf flowf throughf andf thef cyclef
willf continue.f Thatf isf af leadershipf calling.f Leadershipf isf af savvyf concoctionf off interactionf
thatf compelsf othersf tof actf inf af certainf way,f whichf includesf clearf communication,f
motivation,f andf settingf thef tonef andf directionf forf variousf situations.
Thef artf off leadershipf flourishesf onf thef abilityf tof workf wellf withf othersf inf differentf
capacitiesf tof achievef goals.f Thatf isf hardf tof dof iff youf despisef teamworkf orf feelf likef youf
workf betterf alone.f Immersingf yourselff intof af groupf projectf wheref youf aref notf thef leaderf
butf havef tof bef committedf tof thef outcomef givesf youf af betterf understandingf off notf onlyf
helpingf othersf accomplishf af goalf together,f butf additionallyf whatf skillsf aref necessaryf tof earnf
thef rightf tof leadf af groupf withf thef supportf off thef subordinatesf andf givef themf thef confidencef
tof completef thef task.
Accordingf tof thef survey,f If amf moderatelyf positionedf tof bef af leader.f Oftenf timesf If stepf backf
fromf leadershipf roles,f becausef althoughf If amf confidentf aboutf thef goalf andf howf tof reachf it,f
If strugglef withf beingf charismaticf enoughf tof compelf peoplef tof followf myf leadf withoutf
affectingf asf af dictator.f If highlyf questionf myf ownf directionf andf If amf generallyf af
perfectionist,f changingf directionf onf af whimf iff If seef af betterf pathf tof achievement.f Thatf canf
bef confusingf forf othersf andf ruinf myf credibility.
Anyonef canf benefitf fromf leadershipf growthf andf development.f Youf mayf bef calledf onf tof bef
af leaderf withf nof noticef andf needf tof pullf offf af heftyf goal.f Thisf trainingf canf helpf youf
communicatef thef needsf off thef projectf orf taskf tof bef completedf inf af veryf succinctf andf easyf
tof understandf wayf sof thatf youf immediatelyf getf thef helpf youf needf fromf thef rightf peoplef
withoutf wastingf timef puttingf peoplef tof workf justf forf thef sakef off teamwork.f Youf havef tof bef
ablef tof identifyf strengthsf inf othersf andf utilizef themf tof thef advantagef off thef team.
Communicationf isf key.f Understandingf thef strengthsf off yourf teamf andf communicatingf needsf
tof themf efficientlyf willf savef timef andf createsf efficiencyf withf thef rightf peoplef workingf onf
thef rightf things.f If definef leadershipf asf havingf thef skillsf andf abilityf tof lookf outf forf thef healthf
andf welfaref onf theirf peoplef they’ref inf chargef of.f Leadershipf mustf bef willingf tof providef
growthf inf eachf individualf andf havef themf strivef tof bef thef bestf theyf canf be.f Leadershipf
meansf youf mustf setf thef examplef andf leadf fromf thef frontf andf placingf yourf pridef asidef andf
bef willingf tof getf yourf handsf dirtyf andf neverf askf anyonef tof dof anythingf thatf you’ref notf
willingf tof dof yourself.f Leadershipf isf buildingf af teamf tof accomplishf thef overallf goal.Somef
methodsf thatf comef tof mindf tof thef extentf thatf leadershipf inf artf isf beingf flexiblef andf ablef tof
communicatef andf beingf ablef tof assistf peoplef regardlessf off thef timef orf issue.f Anotherf wayf
isf alwaysf soughtf improvementf throughf trainingsf andf mentoringf programsf tof bef anf effectivef
leader.f If agreef withf thef self-assessment,f andf If knowf thatf I’mf readyf tof leadf inf thef workplacef
duef tof havingf thef experiencef off beingf af leaderf withinf thef militaryf andf workplacef inf thef
past.f If havef obtainedf thef knowledge,f training,f skillsf tof bef af leader.f If thinkf peoplef needf
growthf andf developmentf tof becomef inclusivef leaders.f Duef tof thef changesf today,f leadersf
needf tof bef ablef tof adaptf andf applyf thosef skillsf tof helpf theirf peoplef growf onf thef jobf andf inf
theirf personaf life.Diversityf isf veryf importantf forf leadersf tof understandf thef historyf andf
backgroundsf off allf thef differentf culturesf thatf canf bef usedf asf af positive.f Diversityf bringsf
differentf mindsetsf andf ideasf tof accomplishf missionf andf teamf goalsf thatf mayf havef notf beenf
thoughtf of.f Ourf organizationf hostf af diversityf inclusionf seminarf eachf monthf tof celebratef
differentf culturesf tof providef awarenessf thatf hasf beenf successful.f If definef leadershipf asf
havingf thef skillsf andf abilityf tof lookf outf forf thef healthf andf welfaref onf theirf peoplef they’ref
inf chargef of.f Leadershipf mustf bef willingf tof providef growthf inf eachf individualf andf havef
themf strivef tof bef thef bestf theyf canf be.f Leadershipf meansf youf mustf setf thef examplef andf
leadf fromf thef frontf andf placingf yourf pridef asidef andf bef willingf tof getf yourf handsf dirtyf andf
neverf askf anyonef tof dof anythingf thatf you’ref notf willingf tof dof yourself.f Leadershipf isf
buildingf af teamf tof accomplishf thef overallf goalf .Somef methodsf thatf comef tof mindf tof thef
extentf thatf leadershipf inf artf isf beingf flexiblef andf ablef tof communicatef andf beingf ablef tof
assistf peoplef regardlessf off thef timef orf issue.f Anotherf wayf isf alwaysf soughtf improvementf
throughf trainingsf andf mentoringf programsf tof bef anf effectivef leaderf .If agreef withf thef self-
assessment,f andf If knowf thatf I’mf readyf tof leadf inf thef workplacef duef tof havingf thef
experiencef off beingf af leaderf withinf thef militaryf andf workplacef inf thef past.f If havef obtainedf
thef knowledge,f training,f skillsf tof bef af leaderf .If thinkf peoplef needf growthf andf developmentf
tof becomef inclusivef leaders.f Duef tof thef changesf today,f leadersf needf tof bef ablef tof adaptf andf
applyf thosef skillsf tof helpf theirf peoplef growf onf thef jobf andf inf theirf personaf life.Diversityf isf
veryf importantf forf leadersf tof understandf thef historyf andf backgroundsf off allf thef differentf
culturesf thatf canf bef usedf asf af positive.f Diversityf bringsf differentf mindsetsf andf ideasf tof
accomplishf missionf andf teamf goalsf thatf mayf havef notf beenf thoughtf of.f Ourf organizationf
hostf af diversityf inclusionf seminarf eachf monthf tof celebratef differentf culturesf tof providef
awarenessf thatf hasf beenf successful.f If definef leadershipf asf thef abilityf tof directf individualsf
andf groupsf off employeesf inf dedicatedf environments,f formf af cohesivef bondf tof learn,f growf
andf collaboratef withf eachf other.Tof thef extentf thatf leadershipf isf anf art,f whatf methodsf comef
tof mindf forf improvingf one’sf “artf off leadership”f now?f Af greatf leaderf willf adaptf andf usef
methodsf tof influence,f engage,f coachf andf communicatef effectivelyf tof achievef goals.f
Throughf continuedf usef off thesef techniques,f leadersf willf increasef theirf confidence,f listeningf
skills,f planf appropriately,f andf createf af supportivef workplacef environment.f Afterf thef
assessment,f myf belieff thatf If havef whatf itf takesf tof leadf inf thef workplacef inf good.f If dof feelf
thatf everyonef hasf af levelf off skillsf thatf setf themf apart,f andf withf increasedf learning,f youf canf
developf intof af greatf leader.If thinkf entryf levelf andf seasonedf peoplef needf growthf andf
developmentf tof becomef moref inclusivef leaders.f Teachingf skillsf tof becomef inclusivef involvef
understandingf howf thef differentf traitsf off ethnicitiesf workf tof collaboratef andf completef tasksf
asf onef entity.f Educationf isf thef perfectf toolf tof coachf orf mentorf aspiringf leadersf tof betterf
appreciatef diversityf andf inclusion.f Myf currentf employerf hasf createdf anf Equity,f Diversity,f
andf Inclusivef (ED&I)f committee,f tof teachf employeesf thef valuef off diversityf andf
inclusiveness.f Learningf howf ethnicitiesf andf theirf historicalf traitsf aref adaptedf helpsf tof
appreciatef howf diversityf andf inclusionf enhancesf thef workplacef environment.
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