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 - Brian Tracy 


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Take a close look at the most successful leaders of businesses, organizations, families, etc. and you'll discover that there's a common core of skills that they all share. They may not excel at  the same level at every skill, but they've mastered the basics of every skill set.

So what are the skills that all great leaders have? Read on below to see what  a submitter, Jim has listed. Also, don't miss our next Excel enote "The 7 Habits of Collaborative Coaches" by Chuck Reynolds, our Chief Performance Officer

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The Top 10 Skills of Successful Leaders

1. Critical Thinking
Successful leaders all have powerful critical thinking skills. The ability to quickly survey and analyze a situation, then identify the core issues that need to be dealt with is key to business success, as is the ability to understand new issues and factors that impact one's goals and designs.

2. Creative Thinking
These leaders also have varying abilities to think, well, *differently*. They have the ability to step out of rigid mindsets so that they can explore potential new ideas that others may consider risky, crazy, or silly.

3. Listening
Great leaders are great listeners, experienced at focusing their energy to the task. This includes listening, so that when they listen, they are very focused on hearing everything that's being said, so that they can make well-informed decisions.

4. Reading
The ability to read is vital to lifelong personal and professional success. Leaders in any industry or area all tend to be good readers who are exposed to large amounts of information through reports, newspapers, white papers, books, etc. While they may not be speed readers, they are excellent at grasping the main ideas and context of the material they do read.

5. Writing
They may not write often. And they may not write a lot. But when they do, successful leaders are clear, concise, and to the point.

6. Speaking
Perhaps the most important language skill, the best leaders are also good speakers. They are able to present their ideas verbally to audiences of all types and sizes, as well as easily change their presentation style so that they meet an audience's needs. While it may not be a skill that a leader is ever completely comfortable with, she understands that if she can't speak about the issues her business faces, nobody can.

7. Motivating
Skilled leaders are superb motivators. They understand that each of us is propelled by our own personal motivations. These leaders are able to apply all of their language skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) to create powerful group goals and visions that spur people to give 110%.

8. Networking
Successful people have successful networks. They have contacts, associates, and friends in a wide array of fields who they can call on for ideas, input, and assistance. These leaders actively cultivate and grow their networks all the time.

9. Delegating
To some, this may not seem like a leadership skill, but it is. Leaders who excel are leaders who don't try to take everything on themselves. Indeed, they understand that they *can't* do everything. They easily delegate all but the most important of tasks to their employees, assistants, and networks. They create systems so that they are available to focus on the most important issues at any moment.

10. Evolving
In evaluating successful leaders, I think this is the most powerful, yet most difficult skill to master. Evolving is the ability to adapt, quickly, to the newest technologies, styles, and modes of thinking that create success. It is a skill requiring a supreme sense of self-confidence coupled with extreme humility. For leaders, it is a skill applied not just for personal success, but also for the success of their business, their workers, and their families. It provides those who can master it, the opportunity to achieve life-long success in all areas of life.

About the Submitter This piece was submitted by Jim M. Allen, The Big Idea Coach, who can be reached at http://www.BigIdeaCoach.com 

A question for you: How is your energy level ? I don't know about you, but after a sluggish winter hibernation, I find I've let my workouts slip. The result? Lower energy level. In management, it is easy to neglect our health/energy. The result? Less than desired energy and - for some - greater impatience, that at times can produce irritability.  If you are in any management / leadership / supervisory role in your organization, I doubt that you are underworked. In the current state of global competition, the mantra is "how can you do more with less?" In terms of your own performance though, in order to excel in busy demanding times, you need more energy. How can you have more energy to maintain your desired leadership impact? In all the articles I've seen (see links below) there seem to be 3 common elements that you need to consider. On a scale of 1 to 5, how are you doing in these areas? 1) Regular exercise (walk, swim, run, bike, etc.) 2) Healthy Diet ("you become what you eat"), and 3) Rest and Rejuvenation (Stephen Covey's Sharpening the Saw concept). If you will commit to addressing these areas in the next 21 days, you will be amazed at your increased energy levels.  I've recently started back to my running and working out, and getting to bed earlier, and I'm committing to more time off . What will you commit to doing to enhance your energy level? Your team depends on it. Go for it.
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Chuck  Reynolds is a Principal and Chief Performance Officer with Excel Group Development a Performance Solutions firm that assists organizations in enhancing management and team  effectiveness. He can be reached indirectly  by emailing our admin group. Insert 'ATTN Chuck' in the subject area. Visit them at www.ExcelGroupWorks.com 

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