Are you a leader or a follower

When it comes to business and life, are you a leader or a follower? Do you step into your powerful self, owning all of your thoughts and actions? Do you wear your heart on your sleeve, holding yourself fully accountable for YOUR passion, YOUR vision, and YOUR actions?

A good leader knows that he has something incredibly valuable to bring to the table, and he makes every effort to share those gifts with others. A good leader jumps at the opportunity to put himself out there, being vulnerable enough to try new endeavors out in the open and practice new skills while staying open to feedback.

A good leader realizes that, above all else, leadership requires one to become completely engaged in the task or idea at hand, committing 100% to the beliefs that will allow it to thrive.

Do you have what it takes to become a leader in your career? In your life?

5 Common Characteristics That Good Leaders Share:

Read through each one carefully, and access your level of leadership as it pertains to your business and your life. Build upon these skills to see a new level of leadership for yourself, and for those that would create work and personal relationships with you.

  • Self-actualization. Leaders are self-actualized. They command total control of their own creativity, time management, and problem-solving skills. Leaders are comfortable with who they are and what their purpose is. They operate with the ability to know the difference between what matters and what does not, and are often thought of as enlightened individuals. Self-actualized leaders always strive to expand and grow, and are willing to take the steps necessary to come into their highest potential.
  • Esteem. Leaders have self-esteem. They look at themselves as people of great worth, which usually causes others to view them the same way. Leadership and respect go hand in hand. Good leaders always have the respect of the people around them, in any rank or position, because they first show respect to themselves. A leader with high self-esteem feels that his place in the company, or in the world, is not to compete with others but to compliment. Self-esteem makes a leader want to see the greater good come about through themselves AND others, with only feelings of camaraderie filling the space between.
  • Social Leadership. Leaders are social people. Good leaders are great at getting others excited about their ideas and projects, creating an energy and atmosphere of “one for all and all for one.” Leadership means finding a way to get everyone around to rally around your cause, and to look for opportunities to build something amazing together. Social leaders put together teams, companies, and immediate circles that have the same level of enthusiasm and interest in achieving what they want to achieve.
  • Safety and Security. Leaders make it safe for their employees, coworkers, and supporters to feel like they can express themselves completely and do what they need to do with respectful support. Good leaders make sure everyone on their team know that they are available for advice and constrictive criticism, but that they will allow everyone to do their job with respect and minimal interference. Leaders trust the people around them to do their part and to do it well, which instills confidence and accountability throughout the system.
  • Physiological Traits. Good leaders share some of the same physiological traits, which make them rise to the top of their game. Leaders, in general, show self-discipline, a strong work ethic, and are able to learn from their mistakes. A good leader takes responsibility for her thoughts, choices, and actions. He has patience with himself and others.

These 5 characteristics of a good leader are critical to attaining the ultimate advances in business and in life. How can you bring out your inner leader?

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