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January 2009


Leadership and Empowerment

Every company needs good leaders.  In fact, we all have what it takes to become an effective leader.  All it takes is personal choice and consistent practice.  Once you are a leader, then you can help others to become leaders.

Want to become a leader?  Want to empower others to lead?  Try these strategies.

Key Strategies

1. Recognize Your Strengths

Everyone has at least one thing that they do well, of which they are proud.  What are yours?  What are they for those around you who you need to empower?  What are your strengths? 

Make a list of your strengths.  Then make a list of strengths for those who look to you for encouragement.

2. Use Your Strengths To Help Others

Its not enough to have strengths if you keep them on a shelf, or only use them selfishly.  If you want to be a leader then you have to use your strengths to bring out the best in others.

Make a list of how you do or could use each of your strengths to bring out the best in others.  Empower those around you by sharing with them how they do and could use their strengths to bring out the best in others.

3. Focus Only On Strengths

Forget about weaknesses.  If you can't forget about them, then turn them into strengths.  Sound difficult?  It isn't.  Following Tony Robbins teachings, when you have a preconceived negative impression and you want to overcome it, simply choose to believe the opposite.

Or find a role model who displays the strength that you want to develop.  Ask them to teach you how they do it.  Real leaders are happy to teach others how they do it.

4. Use The Spiderweb Approach

Every strength you have is connected to several other potential strengths within your personality.  Its as if it were the center of a spiderweb, with threads reaching out to connections with other strengths.  If you focus on developing the central strength, then the surrounding potential strengths grow.

If your strength is listening, then connected potential strengths might be: empathy, communications skills, wise advice, problem solving, and conflict resolution.  Each of these might be seen as areas of weakness at first, but if you focus on using your strength (listening) then the others grow into strengths as well.

5. Act

Take every opportunity to improve your leadership ability.  Use your strengths, teach them to others, help others recognize and use their own strengths.  Do it every day.  Persist.



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