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Great Leadership Practices

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Whether you manage a small group or a large organization it is vital that as a leader you are able to effectively gain the cooperation of your team.

As Dwight Eisenhower said, Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

Here are seven proven practices that great leaders exhibit regularly that enable winning teams and respected leaders.

  • Acknowledge the importance of other people. The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
  • Show enthusiasm and energy. Enthusiasm is by far the highest paid quality on earth, probably because it is one of the rarest; yet it is one of the most contagious.
  • Encourage and facilitate two-way conversation. Education is a kind of continuing dialogue, and a dialogue assumes, in the nature of the case, different points of view.
  • Ask other people’s opinions? People love to be asked their opinions, and share their opinion’s.  In many cases you will find the best solution where you least expected, you just have to ask.
  • Ask questions instead of giving orders. Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what you want them to achieve and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
  • Show sincere gratitude. God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you”?
  • Give strength centered compliments. The life of many a person could probably be changed if someone would only make him feel important.
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