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Use Feedback to Develop Leadership Skills

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It can be hard to hear critical feedback, especially as it relates to your leadership skills; however, honest assessment of your behaviors and skills is one of the best ways to grow and evolve. To develop leadership skills, you first have to understand where you need to improve.

Six Qualities of a Good Leader

It doesn’t matter if you’re the CEO of a company or heading a mid-level project—each and every employee at your company has countless opportunities to lead. But what’s the difference between someone who is simply in a leadership role and someone who in their bones is a galvanizing, thoughtful leader (regardless of their position)? Someone who offers such a meaningful presence could certainly be in a role like that, but the role itself doesn’t inherently make you a good leader.

Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, and You

Effective Leadership Is All About Emotional Intelligence

Who ultimately makes it to the top? Most people starting out might think it has to do with how ruthless you are (which isn’t too far from the truth), but how effective of a leader is someone like that going to be?

The Value of an Honest Leader

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When employees are asked what qualities they look for in a leader, honesty and integrity are usually found at the top of any list. Sometimes, they are listed separately, but often they are linked because a leader with integrity is, by default, an honest leader. 

Habits of Empathetic Leaders

Habits of Empathetic Leaders

Empathy is an important behavior in leaders. Being able to identify and understand another person’s feelings, motives and perspectives can help build trust and confidence within a team. Empathetic leaders usually have an easier time getting others on board with company goals and have the ability to diffuse tension during stressful situations—skills that are extremely useful in a corporate setting.

The Best Leaders are Always Learning

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Amazon is known for its Leadership Principles, a set of directives that guide everything from hiring decisions and new project development to the best way to approach a problem.1 While all 14 principles can help you become a better leader, number 5 deserves extra attention: “Learn and Be Curious.” 

The Best Leaders are the Best Learners

Resolve Tension in Your Executive Team

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It’s almost impossible to avoid conflict in any executive team. Differing personalities, viewpoints, experiences and skills make a team stronger—but can also create an atmosphere where conflict can occur. While disagreement itself is not necessarily bad, leaving issues unresolved can create tension, which can tear a team apart.

To prevent disruptive conflict in your organization, it’s important to take steps early to resolve issues. 

How to Effectively Lead During a Crisis


Organizations are constantly under threat of a crisis, either internally, like the sudden departure of a trusted executive, or externally, such as a data breach or viral negative customer service story. Regardless of the type of emergency, the best way to survive—and thrive—through a crisis is with strong leadership.

Be an Effective Digital Leader

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There’s no mistaking that our world is quickly moving to a completely digital framework. This shift is having a fundamental effect on every part of our lives including how businesses operate. To be a successful digital leader, you will need to have a strong company vision, be able to push boundaries and encourage those around you to work collaboratively.

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How to Be an Active Listener (and Why it’s Important for Leaders)

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One of the best ways to improve employee engagement is to create a corporate culture where people feel their input and suggestions are valued. To help achieve this, it’s important to be an active listener, actually paying attention to what others are saying, absorbing information and asking follow-up questions. When employees feel like they’re being heard, they’re more inclined to become invested in the success of the business. 

5 Tips to Be an Active Listener: