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threatening,d nod transactions,d justd doingd thed thingd youd wantd becaused youd askedd themd to.Thed
biggestd improvementd tod leadershipd skillsd comesd fromd exercisingd empathy,d treatingd peopled
withd respect,d andd notd waitingd tod addressd employeed concerns.d Id usuallyd recommendd Jamesd
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andd mored importantly,d thosed folksd thatd workedd ford med wentd ond tod bed goodd leadersd ind theird
ownd right.d Developmentd isd importantd ford anyd skill,d andd leadingd isd nod exception.d Youd needd
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diversity,d Id wouldd suggestd theyd participated ind anyd locald organizationsd theyd could.d Volunteerd
leadershipd stilld countsd asd leadership.d Myd companyd isd veryd large,d sod wed haved corporated andd
locald inclusiond andd diversityd elements.d Id bringd myd newd supervisorsd alongd withd med tod
meetingsd andd haved themd helpd outd withd events.d Thed textbookd definesd leadershipd asd ad
complexd phenomenond involvingd thed leader,d thed follower,d andd thed situationd tod influenced
othersd ind achievingd ad goal.d Id defined leadershipd asd and actd performedd byd and individuald ord ad
groupd ofd peopled whod cand effectivelyd motivate,d andd mored peopled tod achieved thed samed goal,d
whichd isd beneficiald tod thed company,d employees,d andd thed peopled thed companyd serves.Artd ofd
leadershipd isd designedd tod teachd andd provided leadersd withd directlyd related,d easilyd appliedd
toolsd andd techniquesd thatd cand bed implementedd withind anyd corporated culture,d Thed "Artd ofd
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situation.d Thed "Artd ofd Leadership"d isd designedd tod assistd leadersd tod recognized thatd alld
situationsd mustd bed addressed,d butd notd alwaysd ind thed samed way.Afterd completingd thed self-
assessmentd Id dod believed Id haved whatd itd takesd tod leadd ind thed workplace.d Id haved scoredd highd
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workplaced ond severald occasions.d Id wasd classifiedd asd and effectived leaderd becaused Id wasd
alwaysd willingd tod listend tod myd teamd andd valued theird input.d Id haved notd hadd formald trainingd ond
beingd ad leader,d Id guessd youd couldd sayd Id amd oned ofd thosed "Bornd Leaders".Growthd andd
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growd andd developd trainingd isd ad must.Id wouldd coachd ord mentord aspiringd leadersd tod betterd
appreciated diversityd andd inclusiond byd encouragingd themd tod spendd timed withd theird teamd tod
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theird differences.d Differentd doesd notd meand bad,d itd isd justd different.d Thed textbookd saysd itd best,d
leadershipd isd widelyd arguedd andd mostd peopled disagreed ond itsd definition,d thed textd saysd itsd ad
complexd phenomenond involvingd thed leader,d thed followersd andd thed situation,d sod thatd meansd
leadershipd cand bed definedd differentlyd basedd ond dynamics.d Sod leadershipd isd thed processd ofd
influencingd and organizedd groupd towardsd achievingd itsd goals.Leadershipd isd bothd and artd andd ad
science.d Thed artd ofd leadershipd isd alld aboutd thed skilld ind deployingd thed properd tacticsd ind ad
situationd tod influenced othersd ind achievingd ad goal.d Certaind situationsd calld ford certaind measuresd
andd thed artd ofd leadershipd mayd showd youd howd tod moved andd pivotd throughoutd them;d andd notd
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combinedd structure,d organizationd andd highd adaptivityd tod bed successful.d Id cand bringd poised
andd structured andd stilld bed agile.d Leadd whend neededd andd scaled backd whend othersd strengthsd
rised tod getd thed overalld bestd resultd fromd ad group.d Leadershipd isd aboutd growing,d conceptsd
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trainingd tod bed inclusive.d Id justd completedd USF'sd DEId trainingd ind Octoberd ofd lastd yeard andd
learnedd sod muchd andd haved ad greaterd appreciationd ford diversityd andd inclusiond thatd isd neededd
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dependsd ond eachd manager'sd viewpoint.d Whatd isd mostd importantd tod thatd individual?d Thed
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aboutd leadershipd mored sod nowd thatd I'md ind management.d Id loved tod seed individualsd exceld andd
growd withind theird career.d That'sd whatd isd importantd tod me.d Id continued learningd everyday,d butd
Id alwaysd focusd aroundd waysd tod influenced andd strategized especiallyd aroundd diversityd andd
inclusion.d Thed onlyd wayd tod getd betterd atd anythingd isd tod develop.d Findd whatd isd lackingd andd
applyd methodsd tod improved thosed opportunities.Ifd Id hadd tod coachd ord mentord aspiringd leadersd
ond howd tod betterd appreciated diversityd andd inclusion,d Id wouldd explaind howd importantd itd isd tod
haved multipled viewpoints.d Everyd personsd opiniond mattersd andd youd mightd bed abled tod bed
successfuld withd justd yourd ownd viewd ford ad shortd time;d however,d tod bed mored successfuld youd
haved tod lookd aroundd youd andd graspd littled bitsd ofd informationd fromd everyone.d That'sd reallyd
thed onlyd wayd tod grow,d tod notd bed stuckd ind thed samed mindsetd andd understandd howd wonderfuld
itd isd tod haved diversityd andd inclusiond bed ad partd ofd thed workspace.
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Nod mentiond ofd personalityd traits,d attributes,d ord evend ad title;d thered ared manyd styles,d manyd
paths,d tod effectived leadership
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