Writen by Dr. Laureen Wishom

As an entrepreneur, solo-preneur, or business owner you are by position a leader. As a result, it only makes sense that you strive to improve your leadership skills and get the most out of life for everyone in your sphere. Here are 10 ways to improve your leadership skills:

1. Have a clear vision of yourself, others, and the world.

Who are you? What do you stand for? What is your life's purpose? What is your business purpose? How do you want to influence others? How do you want to contribute to others? Start by answering these questions to formulate a concrete vision of yourself and your business.

2. Know and utilize your strengths and gifts.

Each of use has unique gifts that we were born with and personal strengths we have developed over our lifetime. Utilizing these gifts and strengths will assist you in being a terrific leader.

3. Live in accordance with your morals and values.

Make choices and take actions that align with your morals and values. By doing this, you will succeed almost effortlessly.

4. Lead others with inclusiveness and compassion.

The greatest leaders are those who include everyone in their sphere of influence by recognizing each person's greatest value.

5. Set definitive goals and follow concrete action plans.

You have to know where your destination is before you can map out a plan to get there. To improve your leadership skills, first set specific life and business goals with a time line that includes milestones.

6. Maintain a positive attitude.

No one respects a grumpy or negative person. Always maintain a positive attitude, it shows that you are looking at the bright side of life. People are naturally attracted to people who have a positive attitude.

7. Improve communication skills.

Great leadership skills include being able to clearly and specifically communicate your vision, goals, skills, intentions, and expectations to others. Join a toastmaster group; it is a great way to involve your presentation and communication skills.

8. Motivate others to greatness.

A leader is as powerful as his team. As a leader, you will want to surround yourself with a powerful team by assisting others in recognizing and utilizing their strengths, gifts, and potential. Remember the more your give, the more you receive.

9. Be willing to admit and learn from failures and weaknesses.

No one is perfect, and everyone has made one or two mistakes in their lifetime. The most successful leaders know that the key to success is not in avoiding falling or failing, but in learning how to get up and start again.

10. Continue to educate and improve yourself.

Great leaders continue to improve themselves in every possible way. The person who thinks he is an expert has a lot more to learn. Never! Never stop learning.

Copyright 2005 Dr. Laureen

Dr. Laureen Wishom is a contagious and ebullient person who has touched the lives of thousands through her powerful seminars and workshops. She is the Founder and CEO of Masterpiece Solutions, LLC "business consulting at its finest". This Houston and Dallas-based practice specializes in Business Development, Setup and Growth Consulting; Career, Life, and Business Coaching; Business/Life Success Training; and Empowerment/Enrichment Motivational Speaking.

Dr. Laureen is known as an electrifying motivational and inspirational speaker and a pulsating writer, mentor, trainer and strategist in the areas of non-profit development, for-profit business start-up, expansion and development, fund development, re-careering, workplace change, networking, brand identity and self-empowerment.


In my recently published novel for pre-teens, Ian, the main character, struggles to understand the difference between managing and leading. He understands that management is based upon processes, order, and controls and that leadership is more about developing the potential in others. It got kind of confusing at times.
I think that it would be a step in the right direction if we were to teach some of the management and leadership concepts to our youth at an early age. Later in life, they will enjoy the benefits, as will others.

All the best!

Eric Dana Hansen
Author of “IAN, CEO, North Pole”

February 18, 2009 at 8:23 AM  

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