Becoming a Better Leader

Cheryl Marks Young
3 min readApr 15, 2022

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by Cheryl Marks Young

It’s true that some are born with personality traits and skills that lend themselves well to leadership roles. It’s not true, however, that the only good leaders are natural-born leaders. As Vince Lombardi once said, “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”

The skills that set good leaders apart from the pack can be learned and honed by anyone ready to put the work into developing them. Even “natural leaders,” after all, need to cultivate their potential. If you’re looking to sharpen your leadership skill set, focus on these 6 skills:

Communicating

Sure, charismatic speakers might also be dynamic leaders, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. Good leaders have the ability to clearly convey expectations and ideas. However, there’s more to effective communications than giving direction. Great communicators (and by extension, great leaders) are skilled at more than delivering a message. They are also great active listeners who ask meaningful, open-ended questions that invite discussion. (Find tips to boost your communications skills here: Communication Skills Every Leader Must Master.)

Delegation

Unless you’re running a sole proprietorship, your business is not a one-woman show. Good leaders know that busyness is not a sign of success any more than delegating is a sign of weakness. There’s more to delegating than simply handing off a task, however. Leaders must be able to identify the tasks they can hand off, and identify who on your team is the right person to take it on. They also draw on those cultivated communications skills to clearly outline expectations and requirements. (Find tips to boost your delegation skills here: Give Me a Hand: 7 Steps to Successful Delegation.)

Positive Attitude

This one is more important than you may realize. Successful teams are those rooted in the belief that they will succeed (or they’ll learn something to help them succeed on the next try if they stumble). They are teams that support one another and rally. They are productive and collaborative. Most importantly, they have a leader who cultivates that team…

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Cheryl Marks Young

Leadership & Financial Mgmt Consultant, Award Winning Author, Coffee Lover, Entrepreneur, Kitchen Chemist, Food Allergy Awareness Advocate, The Allergy Ninja