Steps to Becoming a Leader

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To become a leader, learn by doing, practice leadership skills, learn from other people's experiences, and read books on the subject of leadership. Consider getting feedback about your leadership skills from other with advice from a business management consultant in this free video on leadership.

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I'd like to talk to you about the steps involved in becoming a leader. Now, you can learn some leadership skills from textbooks, some from courses and other things, but much leadership is really about what you do, so you learn by doing. That, of course, means you will learn and succeed, and on occasions you will learn and fail. Perhaps, therefore, it's important to find some environments and places to learn and fail where it, where the consequences are not so important as they might be at work, so trying voluntary projects and things like that where the risks are not so high may be a good way to learn about leadership. The second thing is if you want to be really good at anything you have to practice your art. For example, I learn about leadership nearly every week through working in open mike jam sessions where you put a motley crew of people together, and try to get them to perform a piece of music. You haven't met these people before, some of them are quite different, and you have to quickly get them aligned with a goal, and it's a great way of sharpening the saw. Stephen Covey's book, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, talks about that very principle, sharpening the saw. If you want to be good you need to be prepared and get everything ready, and practice continuously, so that's what I mean by practicing your art. Thirdly, you could actually learn from other people's experience, so that others; how have they succeeded, and just as importantly you can look at great failures of leadership, because sometimes it's just as easy to reverse the lessons in what doesn't work as it is to practice the skills and and beliefs of leaders that do succeed. Fourthly, read as much as you can around the subject of leadership; particularly things like biographies where people can tell you candidly what it is that they've done to help them succeed as leaders, and even better; if they've actually failed, and and you can find out what it was that was different to success there. Lastly, get some feedback from others about how your leadership style is progressing, and what you can do to improve it. Other people know really well what you need to learn, and all you have to do is ask them and listen really carefully to what they will tell you.

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