But it takes some skill and hard work to pull off being a leader.
Chances are, you’re already leading in some area of your life, even if not at work. Whether you love leading or feel reluctance in that role, here are five skills I’ve found essential for being the pathfinder in any area of your life:
1. Practice self-reflection.
One of the keys to being a good leader is having the ability to reflect back on decisions made and look at situations, whether good or bad, as lessons.
Once you’ve done so, you can actively apply what you’ve learned. Taking mistakes or failures in stride and moving forward is an essential part of becoming a leader of integrity. Many of these lessons are useful to share with staff and strategic partners. In my case, I’ve found they often apply even to my children.
2. Be proactive rather than reactive.
Successful leaders come to the table prepared for a variety of scenarios and know how to behave when situations fall apart or don’t go according to plan. Preparedness ensures that you’re never in a situation where you can’t offer value or assist in problem solving as needed.
This is simply being proactive. If you’re in a reactive state, chances are you’re not operating from a place of calm; your emotions are leading the charge. The best decisions, however, often result from when your thoughts and emotions work in tandem.
You must always consider not only what’s favorable for the company’s bottom line but also what’s best for the team and the overall morale of the company.