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Want to be a leader? 3 simple ways to act like one

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leaderBeing a successful leader is about equal parts skill, intellect, inherent talent—and how you’re perceived.

Here are a few simple ways you can adjust your approach, and boost your perceived authority and credibility amongst leadership, and the teams you manage.

1. Beef up your listening skills

How much coaching have you received on active listening, and how much time do you dedicate to improving your listening skills? If you’re like most leaders, your response is probably “very little”—if ever.

Active listening skills are a hallmark of leadership potential, but very few people really know how to do it—or get what it’s all about.

Active listening goes far beyond the auditory, or even the obligatory nod of the head to cue interest. It’s not about speaking less, or letting employees do more of the talking.

Active listening requires receiving what another person shares or proposes completely free of judgment, without your preconc...(register to read more)

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