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10 Tips for being a leader

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Good leaders seem to be in short supply. What does it take to be a leader that
others can respect and emulate? Here are ten easy to follow tips to becoming the
leader you want to be.

1. Know yourself. Understand your strengths and weaknesses. Leaders are self-
reflective, and don't make promises you can't keep.

2. Don't be afraid to ask others for help. No one has all the answers. Reach out and
expand the knowledge base available to solve problems.

3. Invest in others. Leaders win loyalty through their generosity to others. Give and
you will get.

4. Recruit people around you who are smarter than you are. A chain is only as
strong as its weakest link. Forge the strongest possible team.

5. Learn how to run effective meetings. Find out what you have to do before, during,
and after meetings to become an effective chair and/or contributor.

6. Be prepared. Complaining is for the birds. Don't risk compromising your
credibility and authority by entering a situation without appropriate research and
advance preparation.

7. Maintain a professional tone in all written communication. Assume that every
e-mail, memorandum, and letter you write will become part of the public record. In
an age of transparency and access to information, this may very well turn out to be
the case.

8. Stay positive. People turn to leaders for inspiration and a reason to believe.
Give them the positive energy they need to keep going, no matter what.

9. Have a vision. Leaders are people who raise the bar. Keep your vision moving
forward, and think creatively.

10. It's not about you. Everyone wants to be liked, but there is little worse than
being described as "a nice person but an ineffectual leader.' Forget your ego, and
get the job done. People will admire you all the more for it.

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What is the most important leadership quality?

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