3 Leadership Development Tips to Help Bring Out the Leader in You

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This is a guest post by Dale Carnegie Training, a company founded on the principles of the famous speaker and author of one of my classic favorites “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” Today, the company offers leadership training to help businesses and individuals achieve their goals.

As the year comes to an end, now is the perfect time for business professionals to reflect on the past year, review what they did well, and determine what skill set areas need improvement. One skill that every businessperson should possess is leadership. Great leadership qualities are a key to success and allow people to be able to take charge of situations to ultimately get the job done. No matter what field you are in, having good leadership skills is critical to your success. Use the following tips and insights from Dale Carnegie Training, one of the leaders in leadership training, to help bring out your inner leader.

 

Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic. –Dale Carnegie

 

Work on Your People Skills

One skill that is often overlooked in the business world is people skills. More than just being social and likeable, people skills allow you to understand how to deal with other people in an efficient and positive manner. This skill can ultimately help leaders win business simply by creating positive experiences for people with whom they interact. People skills are also extremely important in resolving conflict and can help leaders keep team members motivated and engaged at all times. By learning how to interact with others in an effective way, you will be able to better collaborate with your team to ultimately reach company goals.

 

Our thoughts make us what we are. –Dale Carnegie

 

Communication is Key

In order to effectively lead, one must become an expert in communication. The way people communicate can instantly cause a positive or negative reaction, which can greatly affect the outcome of any situation. Leaders should be able to inspire others while also remaining confident and professional.

Good listening skills are also a big part of effective leadership and communication. By listening to those around you, and keeping the lines of communication open, you will have a better understanding of the wants, needs and ideals that are critical to fostering a successful environment.

 

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain-and most do. –Dale Carnegie

 

Invest in Leadership Training

For some, being a leader comes naturally. However, most leaders could greatly benefit from management training programs to help them develop and fine-tune these skills. Look for leadership development learning opportunities. Whether you find a seminar offered through your company, or opt to take an online course on your own, these seminars can be extremely beneficial and can help improve communication and interpersonal skills. Leadership training can provide useful tips, insights and valuable hands-on experience. Even if your company doesn’t offer training opportunities, make it a point to find training opportunities for yourself and be proactive about your leadership.

 

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

As I reflect on this past year, I am full of gratitude.  If I’m honest, some of that thankfulness is because the year is over because there were some difficult moments.  And yet, I’m still so grateful for the gift of life, for friends and family, and for those who have made a tremendous impact on me.  Mistakes, successes, failures, lessons, gifts, books, lyrics all blend together to prepare me for the year ahead.

Take time and listen to my gifted friend Michael O’Brien sing “Have Yourself a Blessed Little Christmas.”  I wish all of you a coming year full of blessings, friends, gratitude, and peace.

49 Christmas Quotes and Sayings

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For all of you celebrating Christmas, here is a collection of quotes and sayings to make you laugh, think, or remember. For those not celebrating Christmas, you may still enjoy some of the thoughts and sayings here.  Enjoy the season!

What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day. –Phyllis Diller

 

Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas. –Johnny Carson

 

I stopped believing in Santa when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph. –Shirley Temple

 

The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world and people keep sending it to each other. –Johnny Carson

 

We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup. –Buddy the Elf

 

Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year. –Victor Borge

 

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note saying: “Toys not included!” –Bernard Manning

 

A good conscience is a continual Christmas. –Ben Franklin

 

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly Merry Christmas. –Peg Bracken

 

Pets, like their owners, tend to expand a little over the Christmas period. –Frances Wright

 

One of the nice things about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with a present. -Unknown

 

Love the giver more than the gift. –Brigham Young

 

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. –Harian Miller

 

That’s the true spirit of Christmas: people being helped by people other than me. –Jerry Seinfeld

 

The real Santa Claus is at the mall. –Lemony Snicket

 

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. -Charles Dickens

 

Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves. –Eric Sevareid

 

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly. –Andy Rooney

 

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. -Normal Vincent Peale

 

Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. –Charles Schulz

 

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value. Charles D Warner

 

The only blind person at Christmastime is he who has not Christmas in his heart. –Helen Keller

 

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men. -Luke 2:14

 

There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. –Erma Bombeck

 

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. — Calvin Coolidge

What I Learned On the Way to 200,000 Twitter Followers

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Slightly over two years ago, I decided to join Twitter.  I didn’t have a blog.  I wasn’t on Facebook (I’m still not really, but that’s the subject for another time).  I wasn’t a celebrity.

About a month after joining Twitter, I launched this blog in December of 2011.  Leadership Insights is now two years old.

Learning from Others

Learning how to use Twitter was my first goal.  All around me were experts.  My friend and best selling author and social media expert Michael Hyatt was encouraging me to join.  For some reason still unknown, his Twitter feed was embedded into my desktop even without me joining the service.  I was able to see him Tweet for months.  Many of those tweets made no sense because they were replies, but I learned by watching.

Then I attended a Preds game with another friend, best-selling author Karen Kingsbury, and her family.  Karen graciously sat with me, walking me through the ins and outs of Twitter and how she used it to connect with her loyal fans.  I think I was looking at her phone more than the ice during that game because I don’t even recall who won.

Yet another best selling author friend came to visit Nashville, and I sat with Margaret Atwood at dinner and received another tutorial.  Her use of Twitter was vastly different, and so I began to see how personal style was important.

That was the first few weeks, but many others with huge numbers of Twitter followers started to give me advice.

Jumping In

I began to blog and wrote a post on Why You Shouldn’t Avoid Twitter Any Longer; later I wrote 13 Tips for Twitter Effectiveness. Last year, I even wrote a note to Santa for my Twitter wish list.

Never did I think I would be near 200,000 followers in just over two years.

You think, well, sure you had all these amazing friends and that’s how it started.  I thought that, too.  After several friends with many followers sent notes to “Follow @SkipPrichard,” I thought I would be on the way.  The reality was that it barely moved my numbers.  Then, after a month or two, my followers started dropping.  I would get to 300, then go backwards.

Finally, I decided to not think about it.  My goal was not numbers but to really use the service to connect with others, to share, and to learn.

Random Learning

A few things I learned along the way:

You will get out of it what you put into it. The best way to learn is by jumping in.

Be yourself. 

Decide: What’s your purpose? What do you want to get out of it? You may just want to watch and listen.  You may want to share or meet new people.

Upload a picture.  Don’t be an egghead!

Have a follow-back policy.  Are you going to follow everyone back?  Be highly selective about who you follow?  It’s up to you.  Remember you can change your mind later.

Make sure your bio reflects your purpose. Make it clear why people should follow you.

Follow people you’re interested in.

Watch out for spammers.

It’s a resource.  Once I was in a camera store trying to decide what to buy as a gift.  A quick message to my friend and world class photography instructor @SkipCohen and I had my answer. Another time I was in New Orleans looking for some good gumbo. Ten minutes later we were in a restaurant ordering the best gumbo in the city.

Learn.  So many opportunities to learn.