Upleveling Your Professional Leadership Skills

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Spread Your Sunshine Founder Melanie S. Griffin, Esq. recently participated in the Voices of Impact podcast with Erica Castner. As further detailed in the recording Upleveling Your Professional Leadership Skills - Episode 51, this presentation explores ways in which you can become a better leader, both in your professional and personal life.   

Throughout your lifetime you will have many failures, and that’s okay! It’s what you learn from those failures and how you implement those lessons in the future that is ultimately what’s most important. 

One thing that you can fail to do, especially when you’re younger and still learning how to navigate life, is fail to protect your time. Oftentimes, when you are trying to find your passions, you can spend a lot of time saying yes to many different experiences; as you progress, it’s important that you learn to intentionally focus on the few things that mean the most to you so that you do not further delay your dreams and goals.  

No matter what your passions may be, don’t just ask yourself if something is a great networking opportunity. Also ask questions like, “Does this help me grow? Does this align with my mission?” If the answers are yes, go for it! But, if the answers are no, it’s best to turn down the opportunity. Perhaps you can help support in another capacity, but don’t give away time to a project that does not align with your mission or what you wish to contribute to the world.  

In What Ways Can You Enhance Your Leadership Skills? 

Embrace Challenges. Leaders are typically motivated by challenges. Once you master same, though, you may become bored or complacent, causing you to be less effective. It is therefore imperative that you consistently look for ways to learn and grow. 

Accept Criticism As Truth. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to change anything about your habits. It does, however, mean that you should recognize that something you did or said caused someone to feel the way that they shared. Upon receiving the feedback, evaluate what you did and how you are leading to determine if any change needs to be made. You may realize that although your actions were unintentional, you can improve your leadership skills moving forward. In this instance, you may want to connect with a team of online reputation management profile defenders who can help you refine and rebuild your electronic presence.

Practice Positivity and Gratitude. Ask yourself what experience you want to create for those who have contact with you. Try internally channeling your favorite leader whenever you feel yourself getting off track. Stop, take a deep breath and think about how you can transition yourself back to where you want to be.  

How Can You Continue To Learn In Order To Stay On Top Of Things?  

Mentorship. This is especially important from the opposite sex. Run ideas passed your colleagues, partners, family, friends because the advice you can get from people with different perspectives can show you what you may be missing and could really transform how you might handle a situation.  

Seek Feedback. We think about what we say in one way, but the way people read, hear or think about what we’ve said can be different. You want to make sure that your message is coming across the way that you want it to come across as a leader.  

Listen To Podcasts, TedTalks, Audio Books, Physical Books. Immerse yourself in learning from others, as what they’ve been challenged with and overcome can certainly help you as well, even if they’re in a different field.  

Hopefully this has given you some insight on how to enhance your leadership skills and be the best version of you that you can be! A good leader evaluates themselves often and is continuously learning.  

To listen to this podcast in its entirety, please click here. 

Now that you have the strategies to uplevel your leadership skills, is there additional information you want to receive from Spread Your Sunshine?! We’re sure there is, so please share your ideas by emailing Melanie@SpreadYourSunshine.com or sending Spread Your Sunshine a message via Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter. We love hearing from you, as together we are strongest. 

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