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Developing Personal Leadership Skills

Updated on September 9, 2013

Personal Leadership Skills Always Room For Improvement

The economy is feeling hardships in today's marketplace. It is touching the lives of people around the globe, making now, a good time to take a closer look at our personal skills agenda. We can all do something positive to impact change. One of the best places to start changing is with our self. Yes that is right. We might not be able to change the world's economic woes but we can make great strides in a positive way by looking at our own personal lives. One of the things each person can do to start making a positive impact in our situation is to work on developing better personal leadership skills.

Practice To Develop Better Leadership Skills

There are many ways in which to develop better personal leadership skills. The biggest factor here is practice. Practice makes perfect. The more times we try to do something the better we will get at it. Just talking about something is not taking action. Focus on the end result. You have to put in to practice whatever it is you want to learn to do better as your end result. Make the practice of improving your personal leadership skills your goal. Then put your energy in to reaching that goal.

Open Your Mindful Eyes To Improve Personal Leadership Skills

Expand the practice of positive leadership skills by thinking about how your actions are seen by everyone around you.
Expand the practice of positive leadership skills by thinking about how your actions are seen by everyone around you.

Leadership By Example

When you put positive leadership goals into daily practice you begin to set examples. This is reflected by those people you come into contact with on a regular basis. Your friends, family, children, neighbors and others who you may not even think are paying attention to what you do, are taking notice. People are paying attention to you on a small scale, on a large scale and everything in between.

Everything you do in the public eye is being watched by somebody, all of the time. You are therefore setting examples with your actions. This is how you are setting examples, and affecting everyone around you. Strive to think about how your actions are impacting others. Be mindful of what you do, where you do it, and how you do it because your actions are actually the things that are developing your leadership skills. Did you ever think about it like that?

Start Developing Personal Leadership Skills By Taking Small Actions

Below is a list of characteristics that should always be considered in your mind's eye as you seek to develop leadership skills. It would be good to think about each one of these leadership characteristics and learn ways to improve your personal behavior for each character.

Take small actions as you go about your daily agenda in ways that will bolster these values within yourself. Smile at people more. Lend a helping hand to someone without being asked. Take action. Be the leader you see yourself as being in all that you do. By taking small, conscious actions will will slowly create a habit that leads you toward becoming a natural leader. The more action you take faster you will learn to become a better leader.

Top Ten Attributes of Leadership

  1. integrity
  2. compassion
  3. humility
  4. sincerity
  5. positivity
  6. passion
  7. commitment
  8. determination
  9. confidence
  10. courage
  11. sensitivity

Integrity -Compassion-Humility-Sincerity-Positivity in Leadership

What is integrity? The dictionary calls it an uprightness of character, honesty, the state of being complete or undivided, the condition of being sound or unimpaired. I believe most would look to the key word "honest", as a basic understanding of integrity.

How does compassion fit into leadership? Compassion is a value placed on your actions. A good leader will use compassion when it is deemed forthright. Compassion is mercy toward the suffering or distress of another, with the desire to help or spare. Building and honing compassionate thought processes will help develop better personal leadership skills.

Humility in leadership is a must. Projecting a modest sense of your own merit is very important. Be humble. Most people do not like loud, boisterous or obnoxious behavior and are less likely to follow such a character.

Try your best to always be sincere. Sincerity can strengthen your leadership in times of negativity. Be mindful of hypocrisy and deceit, be faithful and loyal to the best of your ability. Always practice honesty and purpose of character.

Positivity shines light in darkness and unsteady times. Good leadership demands a positive attitude at all times. Practice being upbeat in all circumstances. A positive person can help motivate others when the going gets tough. Positivity goes hand in hand with compassion.

Leadership Skills Can Help Weather Storms


Speaking of Leadership

Passion, Commitment and Determination Build Strong Leadership Skills

These three elements of leadership are characteristics of the best leaders. These are the things that make a true leader stand above the rest. Passion stirs the blood and soul of others. It makes people want to follow. It lights the fire in other peoples spirit.

Commitment is shown by repeatedly taking actions for the same cause, reason or outcome. A committed leader will not waver from their ultimate goal. They will be steadfast and strong in their belief. A person with great leadership skills will display strong determination in trying to manifest the results they are seeking to obtain their goals.

Determination is a value placed on the character of strong leadership. It marks a leader with drive, will and undying faith for they believe.

Be Determined, Be Confident and Have Courage

Your determination shows in the way you do everything. At work or at play, determination shines quietly though for all to see. This determination is something most people will cling to. It is the thing that creates a desire to join forces. It erases hopelessness, fear and uneasiness. A determined leader will stand out amongst the average. Determination is a must factor for those who expect others to follow.

Confident leaders do not boast and brag. They walk softly, head up and eyes searching forward. They know what they are seeking and they know how to find it. Be knowledgeable in your confidence. Make sure you can back up what you act on. Be educated about any subject that pertains to the desired goal you are striving for.

Confidence and determination will strengthen your courage. Courage is a value of character that helps leaders get people to do that which they might fear. It is the one characteristic that can bring change change and acceptance when the norm is outdated. Courage to reach out, seek and find solutions when nothing else seems to work is something to employ in advancing personal leadership skills. Use your courage with care.

Leading With Love

I personally believe that leading with love in your heart will always produce a positive outcome. Love has a way of climbing mountains, breaking down barriers and making positive changes. Love has the power to carry a leader far beyond what they might have imagined as possible. Use love to help solidify the true leader you carry within yourself.

As you practice refining all of the above character values in your personal leadership skills, hold love in your heart.


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    • Jatinder Joshi profile image

      Jatinder Joshi 4 years ago from Whitby, Ontario, Canada

      Thank you for sharing this insightful hub. Enjoyed reading it.

      I believe that leadership by example is the most fundamental leadership quality - 'walk the talk'. People listen not only with their ears; communication happens in non verbal ways too.

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      I love the focus on developing these skills by practicing them every day. There are so many messages in the world that we can't change. Thank you for sharing the truth - We can become great leaders and great people!

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      Dennis AuBuchon 5 years ago

      This is a great hub full of great inspirational information. I am now following you.

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Yes, having the courage to change? To overcome the negativity of the world, and the shape it is in. Love reading positive, motivational material:) Great Hub!

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      thebellrecordsche 7 years ago

      Thank you for the advice, great hub. I have a client of mine teach leadership for a living, she's pretty amazing.

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Love this hub - very inspirational! You can definitely spot the character traits in the best, most effective leaders.

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Thanks for sharing. Great hub and comments.

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      lyjo 7 years ago

      What a positive & insightful hub, voted up, excellent reminder for all of us. Thanks for this, take really good care!

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      Raven King 7 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Excellent and inspiring! Thanks for a great hub! :)

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      Earth Angel 7 years ago

      Integrity always tops my list!!

      Thanks for a GREAT Hub!!

      Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      That is a real good lesson in every way. Thank you for a great hub.

    • C.S.Alexis profile image

      C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana


      Thanks for reading and commenting. We can all stand to improve our leadership skills and this was written as a reminder to myself as much as to share.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      I was just thinking of these words today as I unearthed an old article: humility, compassion, integrity, sincerity..

      Yes, we all have to perfect these skills.

      I love the is a great reminder. Thank you. It echoes the truth that change has to come from within.