How to Be a Leader in Your Industry

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After years of growing a business, you may be thinking about taking a more central place in your industry. To meet the challenge, you’ll have to inspire others, garner respect, and act like a leader. While every successful leader is different, they share several common characteristics, such as charisma, intelligence, trustworthiness, and creativity. Learn how you can be a leader in your industry by observing the following steps.

Plan and Set Goals

One of the first moves you need to make on your journey to leadership is setting a goal for your success. You need to fully understand what you want to achieve before reaching your objective. Once you know where you’re going, you can start creating a map to get there.

Every major leader has set goals to arrive at their chosen destination. Whether it’s a media campaign, a networking dinner, or an informative press release, they go through the process step by step to become leaders.

Get Training and Education

Another important aspect of being a leader is knowledge. If you know how to function in your industry, others will start looking to you for help. Take steps to reach the top by investing time in school, seminars, certification programs, and business development classes and ensure comprehensive knowledge in a chosen topic.

You should also seek out influential people in your field. Find those who are considered the best and learn from them. Read what they write, go to their lectures, and ask them questions about their success.

Your daily experience can also add to your education, as you may meet new people and overcome new obstacles, and adapt to each situation appropriately. When people see how you react to problems on a daily basis, they tend to trust your leadership much more.

Show Commitment and Passion

If you aren’t committed and passionate about your work, you will likely be uninterested in getting things done right, expanding your education, or networking with others in your field. Being a leader is hard work, and it’s not for the faint of spirit.

Likewise, showing your passion for your craft and commitment to the industry impresses others in your community and encourages them to trust you. Even if your passion extends to parts of your life that aren’t work related—like coaching a kid’s sports team—this will also exemplify the drive you have for all parts of your life. Be a leader in and out of the workplace.

Communicate to Be a Leader

Once you’re in a position of command, one of the most vital aspects of your leadership will be communication. You’ll need to define your goals to others, delegate tasks, and check in with peers and employees.

Effective communication isn’t always directly controlled, you also need to be able to listen to your team. Listen to their complaints and criticism and find solutions to every problem. You’ll become a valuable member to everyone who knows you and you’ll become approachable and reliable. People will know that they can trust you with solving difficult situations.

Lead Yourself to Greatness

When you understand what it takes to lead, you can take the first steps towards the top. Remember, success isn’t always achieved on your own—you need to work with others around you to show them your devotion and to help them on their own paths to success. That is the only way to be a leader who’s trusted and supported.

By following the above steps and understanding what it takes to become a leader, you will undoubtedly make an impact in your industry and indicate to others that you are on the rise. Whether you are new to your business or have been in the industry for a long time, it’s always a good time to reconsider your business approach and take yourself to the next level. Becoming a leader in your industry starts today!

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Guiding Your Teen to Live a Drug Free Lifestyle

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Some teens have experimented with prescription and recreational drugs without becoming addicted or suffering other negative consequences. But, they aren’t the norm. For numerous others, the addiction kicks in after the very first time they use. For these teens, drug

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Investing in Personal Development in Order to be a Better Leader

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No matter where you are in your personal or professional life, you can still learn and do more to become a better person. Investing in your personal development can help you be a better leader at work, a better spouse

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How to Take Action and Care for Your Body

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It’s quite easy to become lax when it comes to taking care of ourselves as adults. Normally, we don’t have that nagging voice in the ear telling us when to sleep or how to eat as our mother’s once did. This sad realization comes to many of us as we stand in front of the mirror after stepping out of the shower. The phrase, “What happened?” usually crosses our minds. Right there is when we make a crucial decision. Do we commit to taking better care of ourselves, or do we put it off until tomorrow? You must fight the urge to procrastinate decisions affecting your physical needs. What do you do when it comes time to take action?

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Caring For Your Parents As They Get Older

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When you are growing up, your parents are the ones that take care of you. They make sure that you have enough to eat, give you a roof over your head, and are there for you whenever you need to talk to someone who really understands and cares. It seems as if they are going to live forever – and it is hard to imagine the day when they start to slow down or need your help to cope with life.

That’s why it is so surprising when you finally realize that your parents are starting to get on in years. Perhaps they are not as agile as they used to be, or they may find it a bit difficult to handle all of the day’s challenges. When you reach this point, it is often very difficult to know what the best approach to take is. On the one hand, your parents are still your parents, so you don’t want to take control away from them. On the other hand, you want to make sure that they are safe and secure, and it is clear they might not be unless things change.

The single most important thing you can ask yourself is whether your parents are able to continue living in their own home. If they are, this is the best thing for them – it is somewhere they know, it has happy memories, and they will still feel that they are in charge of their lives. Many more people are doing this now as they age – in fact, aging in place is becoming a common trend in the US, and there are lots of resources available to help people who want to do this.

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Healing Through Letting Go

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I never thought I was a sensitive person. Practical, yes. Reasonable. Down to earth. But sensitive was not how I would classify myself. It is only recently that I have begun to realize that I am sensitive. If you are really honest with yourself we are all sensitive. What happens to us, what people say, what environment we are in does affect us. It is only when you become aware of this effect that you can gain some control over it.

At one point in my life I strove to be a robot. Emotionless, without hurt on anxiety or fear or even joy. I felt that this was a better way to live. Less painful. For a long time I succeeded to an extent. I felt nothing. I remembered nothing. You see, emotions are what make memories and without them there is nothing to anchor memories to. I have entire years of my life missing. A bad way to cope, to be sure, but one that I think many of us do unconsciously or consciously.

After finally having enough time in this manner of living a series of events in my life made me wake up. A new job with new people helped me to understand that my way of life was not normal or particularly healthy. Although I was not quite sure how to change my life I started trying to become more ‘alive’.

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Five Stories of Success Despite Adversity

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The human spirit is the most powerful force on earth. There is nothing that can hold a person back if their will to succeed is strong enough. Physical handicaps can be a setback for sure, but a man or woman with strong determination will never let a physical limitation define who they are or what they can become. Here are five examples of heroic individuals who did let the fact that they were confined to a wheelchair hold them back from greatness.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was stricken with polio in 1921 at the age of 39. He was thereafter confined to a wheelchair but strove to never let that fact slow down his political career. Roosevelt’s presidency during the ’30s and ’40s was time of unparalleled turbulence in American history. He guided the nation through the great depression, and World War II. He is remembered as one of our greatest presidents, and one of our strongest, despite his disability.

Barbara Jordan was another inspirational American politician who was struck with a debilitating disease in the prime of life. Jordan was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate, and the first southern African American female elected to the House of Representatives. Jordan suffered from multiple sclerosis that eventually confined her to a wheelchair beginning in the 1970’s but that did not keep her from a post-political career in education, or from delivering keynote addresses at both the 1976 and 1994 Democratic conventions. Jordan remained an influential political figure until her death in 1996.

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When it Comes to Exercise, Do What Makes You Feel Good

As a kid, I was never interested in sports or exercise. I did dabble in ballet as a very young girl and enjoyed riding my bike in primary school, but other than that, regular exercise was not a part of my daily regimen.

In fact, I had no real reason to exercise until a few years into college. I had gained about 20 pounds and wasn’t feeling as energetic as I once had. My sister (who is 11 years older than me) knew exactly what I was going through and suggested that I start working out a few days a week.

I have to admit, I wasn’t too worried about losing the 20 pounds I had gained, because I didn’t feel uncomfortable with the way I looked. Plus, my Body Mass Index (BMI) was still in the healthy weight range, which meant I didn’t need to lose weight. As a stranger to physical activity, I always believed that regular exercise was only for people who wanted to lose weight, but my sister helped me see the other side of exercise; the side that’s about how exercise makes you feel not how it makes you look.

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Adversity: A Shining Light

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To a certain degree, everybody experiences misfortunes that will inevitably lead to things like anxiety, fear and an overall feeling of discontent. As a result, it’s sometimes difficult for people to “let go” of these negative feelings, which in turn has a detrimental long-term affect mentally and emotionally.

In essence, people sometimes use these “misfortunes” as a tool for removing themselves even farther from what could potentially be a positive and healthy mental state. But for those of us that who’ve gone through an adversity (or adversities for that matter) and successfully overcame, you understand the power behind an inherent truth: adversity is and always should be a guidance tool.

What do I mean? Well, it’s simple – Actionable responses to adversities can result in you going in one of two directions: upwards and onwards, or regretfully downward. And although I’d like to entertain the thought that most people succeed in using adversity as a tool for moving forward, it surely does not always happen that way.

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A Lesson in Proportion

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Sometimes, the things we expect the least – both good and bad – can teach us the best lessons in life. Last month, I said to a group of 26 child leaders that in many things of our life, the important thing is not what others give us, but what we choose to take. When I said that, I did not consider the possibility of taking a lesson from others without any intention on their part.

Two weeks ago, we learned a very valuable lesson from a good friend of ours. Tom, our friend, had never planned on giving us this lesson. In fact, if it was up to him, I think he would gladly not teach us this lesson at all because of the heavy price he had to pay for it.

I hope that when you read this story, you will choose to take as much as possible from it. Remember, it is not about what I write, but what you choose to receive.

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