December, 2019

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Develop & hone your soft skills continually

The last and third takeaway from my speech last Sunday was the need to develop and hone our leadership skills consistently if our desire is to succeed and continually excel as 21st C professionals, leaders, and/or entrepreneurs. Technical know-how and skills may take you hours or days (in some cases weeks) to understand and master.

On the contrary, developing many of the soft skills necessary to lead may take you months, if not years. What is challenging, you cannot just develop and shelf them forever. You have to constantly improve them on a consistent basis without being tired.

For example, initially, you may succeed to communicate in writing and verbally under normal circumstances. As you advance in your leadership and the more your scope increases, the more advanced communication skills you desperately need. For instance, ordinary communication competency you learned last year or ages ago 🙂 doesn’t cut it when you find yourself in a stormy situation as you deal with a thorny customer, teammate, what have you. It doesn’t help as you struggle to lead your team out of a crisis.

As you can imagine, I cannot share here with you everything you should know, tools, models, and approaches you should use to work on your soft skills to take your leadership to the next level. I encourage you to read good books, attend seminars, webinars, get a coach, and most importantly, practice what you learn.

If you are interested to check it out, I wrote a book that identified 12 soft skills that make or break your success. You can get the book from Amazon or just download the pdf version and begin reading right away:

Leadership begins with self

The 2nd takeaway from my speech on last Sunday was ‘leaders who 1st fix themselves can only fix what is on the outside of them’.

I used to think that I am a leader to fix this troubled world, other people, and institutions than myself who needed the huge fixing 🙂

Sadly, on a daily basis, we see novice to senior leaders out there who try to influence others before they do themselves, the most difficult being you will ever face. But, we cannot lead what we cannot manage.

We cannot manage what we don’t know, and that is why self awareness is the key and foundation to self management and in turn self leadership.

If you are interested to increase your self awareness and ultimately influence others, check out the first chapter of my book ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success’:

Leading a purpose-oriented living

One of the 3 takeaways I shared yesterday at the ESFP 2nd dinner gala was the importance of purpose-oriented lifestyle, to take leadership (or initiate a project or open a business) that aligns with your purpose (or your cause, passion, calling, what have you).

Be it GREAT business owners, inventors, change agents from history took leadership in the area which was very close to their heart- something they cared so much.

Those who were out to chase just money, popularity, and things like that that are nothing to do with what matters to them the most intrinsically didn’t make it, even if they made it, it didn’t last.

Ethiopian Ambassador to the US, his Excellency Fistum Arega

What about you? Are you serving where you are passionate? Are you leading a purpose-oriented lifestyle?

To learn more about the latter and read the stories of great ones from diverse cultures, generations, and age groups who led a purpose-oriented lifestyle, check out my 4th book, which provides the three pillars of GREATNESS: