Leadership Attitude Academy Chapter Summaries
Leadership is the difference between a company that survives and a company that
thrives. Leaders are the inspiration for their teams and the glue that holds your
Human nature makes us focus on our weaknesses rather than our strengths. We
spend a lot of time working on improving in those areas, which is great if you have
the time available. Most of us don’t.
The best leaders are comfortable with both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ leadership skills. Soft
skills are vital in leadership because they are your people skills; the skills that open
communication lines, build trust and ultimately bring out the best in your team
members. Developing soft skills begins by becoming self-aware.
The motivated leader is an inspiration, silently compelling team members to follow. It
is one who understands the passions that move them to action every day, no matter
how challenging work may be.
The problem with becoming a leader is that many of us have been taught that
leadership is a solo journey. It’s not. True leaders use the talents and support of the
people around them to get the job done.
As leader, it’s very easy to allow work to dominate your life to the exclusions of
everything else. When you lose touch with your friends and family, and when you
have no time to relax, stress begins to control you.
We communicate with each other every day as a matter of necessity, but how well
do you communicate when it really matters? Great leaders polish their
communication skills far beyond active listening and concise speech.
While many leadership programs concentrate on empowering the leader, they
forget that true leaders are those who empower others. Great leaders help others to
discover their talents and use them.
Some leaders introduce and drive change, but that’s hard work because what they
are really doing is pushing change onto their teams. True leaders use their influence
to help their teams recognise the need for change, and involve them in the whole
When we talk about leadership models, we are referring to a set of different skills
and approaches to leadership that leaders call on depending on the situation they
are in. No true leader uses one style of leadership all the time.
Leadership is an evolving process. Accepting the role of leader means focusing on
continually improving your skills to help you cope with the changing needs of your
workplace and your team.
Personal development doesn’t finish at the end of this program. True leaders know
what they want to achieve with their personal and professional development and
have a plan to take them there.