50 Tips to Make You a Better Leader


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Leadership is an art. Keeping your workers happy and maximizing their potential while attaining company goals is not for the faint of heart. We’ve compiled 50 tips that cover the mental, physical, and management aspects of being a leader.

General Leadership Tips
These tips will give you an all-around leadership boost. From leading like a child to accessing your brain chemistry, here’s how to lead well.

Here’s a list of skills you should have to be a leader.

Good leadership vs. effective leadership.

If you want to be a successful leader, crunch time is all the time.

Exceptional leaders start with why, not what or how.

Build your leadership skills on a solid foundation.

Is your company playing follow the leader?

How to get yourself out of the work doghouse.

Unlock brain chemistry to learn new leadership skills.

Leadership always has a pinch of fear–and it has to.

Lead like a child.

Redefine failure to be a better leader.

Lead first, then manage the numbers.

Rehearse dealing with distractions.

Leading and restarting business growth: Don’t just wait for someone to fix your elevator.

Why you shouldn’t hire the best and brightest candidate.

Great leaders should move to a cubicle.

Rapid change tests leaders. How do you stand?

How to get back on track when things get crazy.

Leadership and Team Building
When you’re managing a team, certain skills come into play. How do you keep employees motivated? What about dealing with excuses, or setting an example? Learn more below.

Build a competent, self-reliant team by being human.

How to create core values for your team.

7 ideas to help leverage different perspectives on your team.

Help your people perform better, and they’ll care more.

Avoid these toxic words while communicating with your team and superiors.

Having difficult conversations
with members of your team.

How to regularly acknowledge your direct reports.

What to do when your team is protecting you from bad news.

How to develop a great culture within your team.

How to keep your workers happy.

Why you shouldn’t accept excuses from your employees.

Defining Leadership Success
Before you can become a successful leader, you need to know what leadership success–let alone leadership–is.

2 things you absolutely must do to be an effective leader.

What is leadership?

What persistence has to do with leadership.

The true measure of your greatness as a leader is to develop better leaders than yourself.

What’s the mark of a great leader?

What’s the one thing leaders can do to become more successful? Nothing.

A Q&A on leading without a title.

How to tell a who-do from a guru.

You want to be a leader? Then lead.

Who do you really work for
? And who works for you?

The management uncertainty principle.

Short, useful daily quotes on leadership and business.

Mistakes to Avoid
Every good leader makes mistakes. That doesn’t make those mistakes any less painful. See what you can avoid ahead of time.

Are you mismanaging talent?

8 traits of ineffective leaders.

Ignoring unpleasant truths is often encouraged in the leadership world.

Avoid the nonsense
in leadership.

How not to implement change in your organization.

Leadership Stories
The world is full of powerful, effective leaders. Learn by example.

3 leadership lessons from the military.

Hillary Clinton’s leadership secrets.

Goldman Sachs’ leadership lesson in addiction.

Lessons for leaders from the world’s highest mountains.

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  1. Adrian Swinscoe's Gravatar Comment by Adrian Swinscoe on June 3rd, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Hi,
    Thanks for the list. Great post.

    I particularly like: Exceptional leaders start with why, not what or how.

    I would suggest that this is a lot like in marketing once we understand who are customer is, we must then seek to understand their ‘why’ – their problem that they would like solved or their need.
    Adrian

  2. Alex Kei | Posicionamiento Web's Gravatar Comment by Alex Kei | Posicionamiento Web on June 3rd, 2010 at 8:51 am

    VERY good post and Very ON TIME in my life.

    Right now I am the leader of a team of 15 and sometimes I make silly mistakes. These tips will definitely help me improve as a Leader.

    Thanks!

    Alex.

  3. Mitch's Gravatar Comment by Mitch on June 6th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks for including me in on your list; I’m honored to have helped make some small impact.

  4. Pantech Phones's Gravatar Comment by Pantech Phones on September 28th, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Thanks for the list.
    I feel like im been failing at implement changes of my bussines, than link helps me a lot

  5. Sandra ley de atraccion's Gravatar Comment by Sandra ley de atraccion on October 9th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Amazing article! I will put your adivice into practice since i am the boss of a family company! :)
    Thanks!
    Sandra

  6. Diseno Web Miami's Gravatar Comment by Diseno Web Miami on October 17th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Today there is an absence of global leaders in all areas of society. For those seeking to influence your community, your family or circle of friends I have here special tips. Thanks for posting
    Lyn

  7. Abogado penal's Gravatar Comment by Abogado penal on January 9th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    be a leader and carry the top weight is not easy, so the information is welcome and secure you a great leader. thanks for sharing.

  8. plan business's Gravatar Comment by plan business on February 15th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I agree with you, but what do you think about leadership, can we learn leadership or came naturally?

  9. pablo's Gravatar Comment by pablo on February 16th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    always is very difficult to be leader, but I think the main characteristic of a leader is listening to other people for your team

  10. Erick – Plantas Electricas's Gravatar Comment by Erick - Plantas Electricas on March 12th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    what is to be a leader?, and What implies?

    Leadership is guiding and showing the the way for other people and helping them work together to find direction. It’s getting people to cooperate and do things together. It means you can lead a group.

    Leadership is the ability to be looked upon as a role model.

    Being a leader is being able to stand up for what you believe in. It means you help to make new ideas, you don’t just follow old one.

    Leadership is the ability to lead people or represent them. It all starts with responsibility. Your actions not only affect you, but everyone you represent.

  11. olga/combatir la celulitis's Gravatar Comment by olga/combatir la celulitis on April 2nd, 2011 at 10:29 am

    thanks for your advice! I specialize in business. and the main thing in this is being a good leader!

  12. Juan – Vender Desde Casa's Gravatar Comment by Juan - Vender Desde Casa on April 4th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    The leader are born with the abilities to lead the crowd/team:

    but today the time of globalisation leaders are made in the company.

    few tips from my experience:

    1. make youself full of knowledge & information : first of all leader is the guide of team so he has to be well informed about the problems & their solutions. today business world is very uncertain so the visionary & predictable person is successful.

    2. Be the role model of your subordinates: because if your behavoiur is not professional and dedicated to your work then how you expected that things from your colleadges and juniors. so you are the pathmaker of your team.
    Thanks!
    Juan

  13. Kevin – Apuestas Deportivas's Gravatar Comment by Kevin - Apuestas Deportivas on April 24th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Is of the best articles you’ve read, very big and good marketing strategies ….

    Thanks

    Kevin

  14. Carlos – Peinados paso a paso's Gravatar Comment by Carlos - Peinados paso a paso on April 25th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    An excellent post!. Leadering is not for everyone, i lead a team of 7 awesome people, and over the years i had to refresh mi ideas on several things as a leader, i appreciate the tips you give in this post! tx, so much.

  15. Sandy caida del cabello's Gravatar Comment by Sandy caida del cabello on April 28th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Awesome article, it’s increible to see how some tips or strategies works just fine for some subjects like leading, you make this article on 2010 and one year later he same concepts are accuarete!, and in ten years from now, it will be probably the same!

  16. Lucio Boda's Gravatar Comment by Lucio Boda on June 24th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks for the list! is very difficult to be leader, but I think the main characteristic of a leader is listening to other people for your team.

    Thanks
    Lucio

  17. loros's Gravatar Comment by loros on July 28th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Fantastic article, I love the site thanks to her I learned a lot, Greetings from Spain!

  18. Jose | Biografias's Gravatar Comment by Jose | Biografias on August 6th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Everything you say is true but the best way to be a leader is not following anyone and give value to make people trust you and follow you.

    Regards.

  19. Daniel posicionamiento web's Gravatar Comment by Daniel posicionamiento web on February 9th, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Great reading, you never end learning when you are a leader. Very helpful resources, this page is going to my golden bookmarks. Thanks for sharing.

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