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An important part of success in life is the ability to lead.
It is important that we not only be able to lead others but be willing to lead ourselves.
Being a good leader is more than simply being at the forefront of the crowd. A leader must act.
However, in order to become good leaders ourselves, we need to concentrate on actions rather than simple appearances.
The title of this article refers to 5 steps, but do not think of these as progressive steps like so many recipes or instruction manuals describe. Instead, think of these as 5 actions that you must take on a regular basis.
#1 Be alert to new potentials.
"Reality" is not absolute but rather subject to constant change. Think about inventors, explorers, and agents of social change who have achieved greatness. Some might simply say that certain people are successful because they are lucky to be in the right place at the right time. Maybe so, but if they hadn't had their eyes open for the opportunity, then it wouldn't have mattered if they were in the right place.
#2 Accept inspiration from wherever it comes; even your opponents.
The wisest leaders constantly study their competition. In war, politics, and business we constantly see examples of this research and reconnaissance. Too many times, many people concentrate on finding a weakness to exploit. If you want to be a leader of positive change, don't fall victim to this trend.
Instead, if you find a weakness, make sure to avoid that pitfall yourself.
#3 Learn something new and promote it in new ways every day.
This means you must continually seek to expand your horizons, internally and externally. Feed your mind with new lessons and knowledge, but constantly expand your social horizons as well. Seek out and meet new people and immerse yourself in new social situations. You never know when these new experiences will help you in your leadership role.
Personal and creative growth cannot manifest from comfort. The majority of us stay in our comfort zones because change is scary. What if it doesn't work out? What if you decide too late that you were better off where you were? These unknowns can potentially keep you so stuck in the fear of creating change, that you end up staying where you’re feeling unfulfilled.
Make it your habit to get out of your own way and take some risks. You may not win but you will at least learn.
#4 Make at least one person you care about happy every day.
If you make it a point to be thoughtful and caring for one person every day then soon this thoughtful, caring behaviour will become a habit and that habit will spread to the others around you.
Making someone else happy also feeds your own personal happiness. Just imagine how much better the world would be if we all did a little bit more to spread happiness.
#5 Offer help, even if there's no apparent advantage to you.
This means giving of your time and energy and yourself. Sometimes it will mean helping someone you don't know and sometimes it can be a very personal action.
Finally, never let negativity be your last word on the subject. If your final words are negative then no matter how hopeful you may be about the potential of a project or action, the lasting impression you give to others is one of negativity.
Accentuate the positive and you are more likely to see a positive outcome.
To become a great leader, you must make it your habit to focus on high-level tasks that will get you and your teams to that next highest level.
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