The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders


If you want to become a highly effective leader – here are some habits listed by that you need to develop:

1. Take Time for Self-Reflection.

The great Napoleon Hill once said “Know what you want. Know how to get it. When you reflect on your performance, your strengths and weaknesses, the type of leader that you are, etc. you can then determine what makes a highly effective leader in your eyes.

You can also use this time to understand your company’s vision and define how your own leadership style fits in with the overall mission. Taking time for reflection will ultimately make you a better leader since self-awareness is one of the keys to success (in any area).

2. Spend Time to Reflect on Your Strengths

The best way to get better at anything, is to study it. So what are your strengths? What are the qualities that you have that help you stay focused, committed and driven? If you don’t know these things yourself, ask your staff, family members or trusted friends to share their observations on how well you do certain tasks or have certain qualities. The more feedback you have, the better prepared you will be for developing strengths so that you can use them appropriately. Here are some things to consider when identifying your strengths:

Your skills in leadership vs. your skills in other areas. One of the best ways to get better at something is to study other people who are way better than you are at it, take note of their skills and let them help you to improve your performance.

3. Study a Leadership Skill that You Want to Improve on

If there is one thing that I learned from my time in college, it’s that studying hard is the best way to get good grades in school. The same goes for studying leadership skills and habits to see what works and what doesn’t. No one is born with the perfect skill set for leadership – we all have to work at it and become better over time. If you want to become a great leader, you have to study those leaders who are already great.

If you think there’s a skill that you need to improve on as a leader, ask your employees or peers for advice. You can also review your personal notes from previous meetings or conversations with employees. The more feedback that you have, the better prepared you will be for developing new habits and skills as a leader.

4. Make Time for Relationships.

When we think of highly effective leaders, we tend to think of those who can command a room and motivate employees with their speeches or those who can plan a business strategy that makes the organization profitable. While these skills are important, they aren’t the only skills that make a leader great. A leader is also judged by the relationships that he/she has with others – from coworkers to clients and even employees. As a highly effective leader, you should be able to build relationships with anyone – this includes your board members, executives and even prospective clients.

Now, saying this might sound easy since you have to make time for everyone – but it’s not! Leaders who can’t take the time to build relationships will fail to take advantage of opportunities. And the truth is, without relationships, it’s nearly impossible to be recognized as a leader. Take time to meet with different groups for example. Once you’ve done this consistently over time, people will start recognizing you as someone who is ready for leadership and create expectations that you’ll deliver accordingly.

5. Be Empathetic and Compassionate

Maxwell This quote pretty much sums up the entire concept behind being a highly effective leader. As a leader, you should always be looking for ways to motivate your staff and people to take action, when they would otherwise not.

This means that you should show respect for what others are doing and try to understand why they do things the way they do. You can also treat people with kindness and empathy even when things aren’t going well. Showing compassion towards your employees or other stakeholders will help you to gain their trust which is something that highly effective leaders do well (in my opinion).

6. Take the Time to Ask Questions

The relationship building aspect of being a highly effective leader can sometimes be tricky. This is especially true if you are trying to develop a relationship with someone who you don’t know well. Now, when I think about trying to build relationships with people, I think about one of my favorite quotes from Abraham Lincoln. When they are able to take initiative and create their own opportunities by taking action at the right time.

7. Stay Positive at All Times

Do you want to know what highly effective leaders have in common? They are persistent, positive and motivated even in difficult situations. This is because being a highly effective leader involves being proactive as opposed to reactive. To be a successful leader, you have to help people see the opportunity for growth and you have to motivate them to take action. The way that you do this is by maintaining a positive attitude and giving people hope for the future.

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