July 18, 2016
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Leadership: When you Google Leadership you will find 5mil+ references. The top most needed and basic leadership success skills are the following. Incorporate these and you will lead well and be confident, competent and inspiring for others and yourself:
Continuous Learning – leaders never stop reading, asking, listening and learning.  NEVER.  With so much information coming at you each day, put together a short list of where you will follow and get your information:  WSJ.com; Forbes.com; Google.com/news; crib notes of new books, as examples.  Check in with your learning list every day for 20 minutes – you will be amazed at how much you will add to your own personal and professional knowledge that can be easily accessed at any time – during a conversation or writing the next business strategy.
Confident Behavior – take the time to read biographies of other leaders who up leveled their skills and made the effort to shift and change their behaviors so they could understand the strategy and the human kind needs – then acted in a way that “got stuff done” with the right people at the right time.  (note my book recommendation by Marshall Goldsmith below– it is an excellent read).
Communicate well and delegate often.  You cannot and should not assume anything.  Ask, tell, share, listen, and then delegate that which is not your best skill.  There are people who are better at skills than you are…and they will appreciate learning and enhancing their own skills while getting work done. 
Commitment creates trust.  When you are a trusted leader, you will gain the respect of those that you deal with…keep your commitments, be accountable, keep your word.
Creativity and Inspiration – create and brainstorm with yourself and others. Daily ask questions about what else is possible; what would work; how things could be done better and you will not only create more than you ever thought possible, but you will inspire others to be open to the new and the almost impossible.
Listen with your head and your heart.  Don’t ever be so far away from the realness of people that you cannot “feel” what they need.  Yes it takes time to listen, but it takes more time to clean up what was not done right at the onset. 

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”   John F. Kennedy

"Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another."   John C. Marshall
Leadership behavior is one of the toughest to understand from one’s own point of view.  What Got You Here, Won’t Get You Thereby Marshall Goldsmith is a remarkable leadership book that should be on our desk for the rest of our careers.  Goldsmith talks not only about leadership success, but what is keeping us from being successful – it is simple, powerful and direct…it is also information you deserve to know.  This book is one of the 12 that I recommend be on your bookshelf for your entire career. Click here

P.S.  Sign up for the Wednesday, July 20th "Strategies for Your Success" live call with ME. The July topic is “getting you back on track” which could be goals, weight loss, time management, branding, or getting done what is on your list.  When you sign up for the FREE monthly Wednesday call, you can also submit your questions. We will record the call, but you need to sign up so we know where to send the recording. Looking forward to you being on the monthly call. Click here to register.  
To your success,