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When you think of a powerful female leader – the words passion, strength, and wisdom likely come to mind. Whether women are breaking gender norms in a male-dominated industry or simply asking for the raise they deserve, female bosses everywhere are breaking the glass ceiling.

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is leading the pack. As the youngest female to be elected to Congress, she’s made a name for herself. Despite becoming a figurative political punching bag, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez moves through with class and determination. She isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in and doesn’t let anyone slow her down. Even with what feels like constant criticism from her opposers, AOC stays focused on her goals, representing her people and fighting towards her goals.

Most notably she’s not scared to use fear as a tool: “I’ve used fear as a guiding light instead of a reason to turn off…Fear tells us how to grow. Fear, like a lot of discomforts, forces us to choose: ‘Do I do this, or not?’”

Alexandria is a wonderful role model for women and people everywhere, and we can’t wait to see what life lesson we learn from her next. Check out 10 boss lady lessons we can learn from AOC put together by Hola. Get inspired and motivated to do something awesome.


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The ability to think creatively is essential within all areas of life. Creative thinking allows us to conjure up new, innovative ways of doing things, and this has proven to have a strong impact on business results. An obvious component of marketing and design, creativity spans beyond departments like these, well into internal strategies. For example, thinking with our creative caps helps sales and marketing campaigns, helps foster a unique company culture, and ultimately helps drive sales. So how exactly do we channel creative energy?

Invaluable created this neat visual that outlines how to harness creativity in the way that Salvador Dali did. Undoubtedly known for his quirky, relentless imagination, Dali was able to channel unique approaches to creativity and translate these skills into a successful, notable career. Find inspiration in his ways of thinking creatively, and utilize the below six creative lessons on success from one of the most creative minds to ever walk this earth.

How to Harness Creativity

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As consumers, we’re pretty aware of constant deals and promotions that target us so accurately it’s almost scary. For example, have you ever been online shopping and left an item in your wishlist or cart, and a day later received an ad and/or discount for the same item?

It’s no coincidence.

Companies artfully integrate offers and deals into their marketing strategy in order to boost sales. Recent studies show that 68% of consumers say digital coupons build brand awareness, while shoppers who use coupons spend 37% more than their counterparts. It’s clear to see how even the smallest push toward making a transaction can drastically affect purchase behavior.

As a business owner, you can and should take advantage of this opportunity — especially if you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner seeking to break through the clutter that bombards consumers.

You may be wondering how offering discounts leads to greater ROI and profits. It does seem counterintuitive, however, the idea is that consumers will end up spending more than they would have without the deal. Therefore, your business has more money post-discount than it would have had without it.

Our friends at Wikibuy created the neat infographic below detailing 15 ways that you can use offers and deals to promote sales.

Please include attribution to wikibuy.com with this graphic.

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Employees are your most valuable asset, and if you want your business to thrive, you need to find and hire top talent. However, despite the different channels that you can use to identify and get in touch with the right people for the job, it can’t be denied that there are various challenges that you’ll have to overcome during the process.

Given that millennials are currently the largest generation in the labor force, it’s clear that you need to adjust your recruitment process to appeal to them. Here are a few strategies that you can incorporate into your current hiring process.

Create a Sense of Purpose

Although this generation has been frequently maligned for their alleged laziness and entitlement, making a social impact and having a sense of purpose is very important to them. That’s why they’re attracted to companies and brands which promote some kind of social awareness.

A job which puts food on the table is ok, but millennials want more than that – they would like to contribute to your company’s growth with their skills and expertise and it’s essential to show them how to do that.

A big, fat paycheck and cool perks won’t be the only reason why a talented and hard-working millennial would find your job offer appealing, so make sure to mention your company’s mission and values in your job description, as millennials want to find meaning in their work.

Personalize the Experience

Personalization is all the rage in every industry, and millennials, who expect their purchasing experience to be highly tailored and personalized, want the same from the recruitment process.

You can see whether they’re the right fit for your company and win them over by conducting the interview at the office where they would work. This will allow them to get a test taste of what it is like to work for you and get a glimpse of the work environment that they will potentially be a part of.

Ask them a lot of questions, and let them do the talking. Active listening is essential for learning as much about them as possible. Plus, being heard is something that they highly value, and it would send a positive vibe if you give them the time of day and hear what they have to say.

Include Your Team

It’s a good idea to include your team in the recruitment process and have them interview your candidates. First of all, they are the ones who will be closely working with the new member of the team. Don’t forget that it’s them who’ll mentor the new hire, show them the ropes, and train them until they’ve gotten the hang of everything, so it’s important that they participate in the selection process.

Besides that, this approach will show your current employees that you value their opinion, and that’s something that will definitely present your leadership in a positive light.

Needless to say, your millennial candidates will notice and appreciate the way you treat your employees and that will undoubtedly appeal to them.

Offer them an Opportunity to Build Their Personal Brand

Millennials are keen on personal growth, and they want a job that will help them develop their professional skills and expertise.

According to a Gallup report, 59% of them mention opportunities to learn and grow as extremely important factors when it comes to applying for a new job. This is why you need to let them know that they won’t be stuck in a dead-end job if they decide to work for you. It’s essential that they understand that they’ll have an opportunity to learn new things and build their personal brand.

Get Creative With Benefits

Essential perks are a must, which means that minimum healthcare, dental, and retirement plans should be a regular part of your employee benefits package.

As you know, tech giants like Google and Apple have earned their reputation as the most desirable companies to work for with their generous employee perks such as gyms, free snacks, and spa centers on campus.

Not many companies can afford such luxuries, but luckily, there are other ways to attract millennial employees. For example, the stat saying that 78% of millennials are more likely to spend their money on a desirable experience instead of a desirable thing speaks volumes about their mindset.

In other words, you don’t have to offer expensive material things if you want to appeal to them – telecommuting and flexible hours could be just what will make them happy. This flexibility which allows them to plan their schedule and spend more quality time with their loved ones could mean more to them than other perks.

It’s also a win-win for both parties because studies show that working from home positively affects productivity, which means your company will benefit from this perk too.

Millennial employees might be demanding in terms of what they expect from their job, but that’s actually good for your company because they’re ready to commit and work towards your shared goals. That’s what your recruitment process should reflect in order to attract and keep them.

It would be best to create an in-house recruitment process that works for you and invest in an in-house piece of software for that process. That way you’ll have your applicants’ resumes and other important information in one place so that you can study them and effectively personalize the recruitment experience.

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Let’s talk money goals. What are yours?

If you have a big, audacious financial goal, it can seem overwhelming — maybe you’re wondering how you can keep yourself motivated, or how to tackle the goal in the first place.

What if there’s a fun way to do it that also gives you the opportunity to unleash your creativity?

 

Visual Goals FTW

Yup, I’m talking about turning your goals into a visual masterpiece. Aspiring Rembrandt or not, being able to see your goals can increase your chances of achieving them.

Whatever your goal is, achieving the dang thing can see scary. I know when I had a goal to save for a down payment on a house, I had no idea how I was going to set aside tens of thousands of dollars. However, creating a visual goal serves two purposes — you see the tangible effects of your goal and break it down in a realistic way. It’s like eating an elephant: you eat it one bite at a time.

What do I mean by visual goals? Simple: you’re creating a way to track the progress of your goals alongside the overall goal. There is a myriad of examples online, like debt payoff charts you color in, or coloring pages for savings goals.

Let’s look at an example: you decide you want to set aside $10,000 to replace your roof. You can create a large poster replica of your home and draw roof shingles where each one represents $100 towards your goal. Every $100 you set aside, you get to color in one roof shingle.

Or let’s say you want to save $2,000 for your next family vacation. It can be hard to imagine with bills to pay off and everyday expenses piling up. Instead, break it down starting with a drawing of your dream spot. How about $5 or $10 dollars here and there? Soon, those $5 or $10 dollars will stack up — and you’ll get a buzz every time you color in another palm tree on the picture of an island you drew to represent your dream vacation.

Sound silly?

Get this: People who write down their goals are 33% more likely to achieve them. Visual goals can absolutely help you work towards them.

 

Turn It Into a Game

Setting visual goals can be fun because it gamifies the saving journey.  Make a cool poster or a chart that you keep in your where you see it every day, you want to fill it up or have it all colored in. Every time you pass by you’ll think, “How can I color in that flower petal faster?” or, “OMG only $300 until I get to color that bike tire in!”

Even creating the visual goal tracker can be a game in and of itself. First, you’ll need to think about what you want it to look like and then find a way to break it down into parts you can color. It’ll also force to you crunch numbers to see what the final goal amount is, and what each milestone will be. (And determining reasonable benchmarks! As in, if you’re looking to pay down debt, what’s more realistic: $50 or $100 increments?)

Ultimately, you’ll start to think of money as something other than a source of worry. Come on, you’re coloring in a poster or creating a piece of art. It’s not just about being good or bad with your money, it’s about finding a fun way to track your accomplishments as you work towards your goals.

I’m Convinced. How Do I Create One Of These Things?

There’s no right or wrong way to create a visual goal. As long as you make it clear what your overarching goal is and breaking it down in increments, let your inner Picasso shine!

For example, Amy Jones from Map Your Progress creates posters of swirls that join together to form one large image. If you use one of these or something similar, each swirl would represent part of your savings or debt slaying goal. Your overall goal is achieved when the whole thing is colored in.

Start by determining what your goal is — get specific in the dollar amount. Maybe you have credit card debt to pay off, or you want to set aside money for your 10th-anniversary trip. Once you determined the total amount, break it down into smaller chunks. For example, if you’re setting aside money to pay off $5,000 worth of credit card debt, divide that amount by 50, so each part of your visual goal represents $100.

Not into coloring inside the lines? Get as creative as you want.

Here are some examples to get your artistic juices flowing:

  • Build a Lego castle and as you pay down your debt, take out one block until it’s demolished.
  • Print some cute labels and stick them onto a bunch of jars. As you fill them up with literal cash (or use something like buttons to represent the money), change the labels or screw on a lid to indicate that jar is filled.
  • Create a large thermometer (like the ones you see for charities when they set donation goals) and set it on an easel in your kitchen for your family to see.
  • Create a spreadsheet in your planner or bullet journal — there are TONS of templates out there.
  • Use a wall in your home and great an image using sticky notes. Take down a sticky note until it’s all gone!

You know you have the drive and the determination. Now go attack those financial goals.

This post was originally published at HiCharlie Blog

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When it comes to bad situations, preparation is key. Knowing what to do and how to react in a multitude of potential circumstances can be the difference between giving up and getting up. For example, understanding how to deal with a layoff before it occurs means you will be able to deal with the unfortunate reality and bounce back.

It’s important that you take enough time to react to your job loss in a healthful manner without taking too much time. You must pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start looking for work sooner rather than later. A large amount of time between jobs is a red flag for potential employers, and you don’t want to give them any reason to dismiss your application.

After assessing your finances, you may even want to consider part-time work in the interim to ensure that you can pay your bills. While navigating the stresses of being laid off and searching for a new job, it’s crucial that you take care of yourself (physically and mentally) as well as keep a positive outlook.

Of all the ways you could handle a layoff, Turbo describes the nine best things to do in the fun graphic below. These will help you effectively manage the situation and begin the search for a new job.

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If your team doesn’t work like a well-oiled machine, you won’t get much done. It’s easy assigning tasks to individuals, but things can get complicated when multiple personalities try to work together. Yet, most projects and tasks require a team of people who fit together like puzzle pieces. The results are much better, people are less stressed and more productive, and the workload is easy to carry.

Most business owners assume that their employees will gradually become a team on their own. This couldn’t be harder from the truth, though. Employees usually like to keep to themselves or don’t know how to engage in team building activities. In other cases, they don’t see them as important or relevant. This is why it’s important not to force them, but to make things interesting. Creativity in the workplace is always a plus, and your choice of team building activities should show that.

1. Explore a new place

If you want to see your team in action, take them somewhere where they’ve never been before. There’s no better way to test how people think and act than in a completely unfamiliar environment.

Exploring together will give them the perfect chance to see how each of them thinks and acts. They’ll all have an equal start, thus making them bond and take control of the situation together instead of pinning them against each other.

2. Go to a sports game

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There are surely some sports fans around the office. After all, sports culture is widely spread across the world, meaning that you’ll easily find a local team to support and a local game to go to. What better way to show your workers what team spirit looks like than at a sports game?

What’s more, it’s bound to give them something interesting to talk about. Those who know more about sports will be able to share their knowledge, thus bringing everyone closer.

3. Take a cooking class

What’s better than stepping out of the work environment and doing something creative? Cooking is a great group activity and will encourage your team’s creativity like nothing else. It will also give them a common skill, making it easier to talk in the office.

Cooking is something where they have to think outside the box to create something tasty. The same skill set can be transferred to projects where their creativity will be the star of the show.

4. Do something touristy

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People always seem to be too embarrassed to do something touristy in their own city. As if the fun activities are just there for the tourist. There’s no shame in taking pride in the city you live in. Make your team realize this by taking them to the tackiest tourist attraction in your town.

For added fun, you can all pretend to be actual tourists. This will let them step out of the ordinary and see each other and the town in a way they haven’t before. That’s a great way to encourage seeing things from different perspectives- a skill that will be crucial for team projects.

5. Scavenger hunt

You can divide your team into groups of two or three people and send them out to do various tasks. Make the scavenger hunt as silly or as serious as you want. The winning group can even get some kind of reward, like a gift or lunch certificate.

This method will give your team a chance to bond individually, while also providing some competition. A little healthy competition is great for motivation and productivity, so you might as well give it a shot.

6. Winner or loser?

This game makes your employees focus on the positive things in negative situations. You should divide them into pairs and then have one person tell something bad that happened to them to the other. The other person needs to discuss the positive aspects of the bad situation and make the first person see that not everything is so bad. Then, they switch roles.

Here, your employees will get to be vulnerable with each other, thus allowing them to feel for one another and build trust.

7. Solve a puzzle together

If you want to see people working together, throw them in a room together and lock the door. Escape rooms are excellent fun, but also make your team think and work together. They’ll get to see how each of them thinks, and they’ll realize everyone can contribute in a certain way. It’s much easier to work on a project with someone when you’re aware of how they operate.

They will surely encounter some issues along the way, but they’ll have to work together to solve them. This is the thing that will push them closer, regardless of if they manage to solve the puzzle or not. The real point is to make them see each other as people and teammates, not competition.

8. Volunteer

There’s absolutely no reason you and your team shouldn’t help your community. Volunteering as an office can remind individuals that they’re part of something bigger than themselves. They belong to their community and it’s their job to care for it. This feeling can easily be transferred to how they feel about the office.

What’s more, it will allow each of them to see the others in their best light. As well as that, the others will see them doing their best, too. This can help remind people that everyone has virtues; a very important lesson for later, when the going gets tough and things start to crack. Your team won’t give in to negativity, but will instead do their best for their work community.

9. Make memories

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The best way to make sure your team sticks together is to give them a strong and cherished memory. Give them something that will last and remind them of how good it felt to work together, even when they seem to forget. Why not make it fun, too? The most awesome thing you can do for your team is to opt for backdrop hire.

Then, you can have fun with taking office pictures together, changing outfits and the background, and being as silly as possible. When people laugh, they bond. The best part is that you can frame and hang these pictures around the office, thus inspiring smiles and reminding your team of how much fun they had every time they walk past a picture.

10. Karaoke

Another way to inspire fun and creativity around the office is to organize a karaoke night. When people are in a non-working environment, they’re more relaxed and more open to socialization. This means that it’s also going to make it much easier for them to make friends and bond with each other.

Organizing karaoke gives everyone a concrete reason to come party. Just going for drinks can be pretty vague and make them feel awkward, especially if they don’t know their colleagues too well. Karaoke also means that everyone is in the same boat. I.e. it will be fun to do something a little embarrassing because everyone is doing it. They can all laugh with each other, instead of at each other.

Conclusion

Team building is an essential part of working in any healthy and productive environment. It may be hard to get your employees to participate in the beginning, but once they see how fun and entertaining team building can be, and how fulfilling it feels to be part of a community, they’ll gladly participate and enjoy every minute of work.

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Whether it’s in our personal or professional lives, there is certainly no shortage of female role models to look up to. Despite facing tremendous obstacles and discrimination in the workplace, women have trailblazed industries to start their own businesses and become influential leaders of top companies.

If you’re hesitant to make your next career move or personal growth jump, look to these empowering women for advice on owning success and overcoming failure. These empowering quotes from leaders like Sheryl Sandberg and Michelle Obama share insights on embracing our strengths and inspiring passion. Self Lender gathered advice from successful women in business, technology, research, entertainment, and philanthropy to cover:

  • Success
  • Failure
  • Motivation
  • Leadership
  • Money
Quotes About Success

  • “We need to get women to the point where they aren’t apologizing. It’s time to take ownership in our success.” – Tory Burch, Fashion Designer, and Businesswoman
  • “When I was younger, I was a bit of an achievement addict, viewing success like a ladder. I loved the high of climbing to the next rung to get a new title or raise. Today, I look at it more like a mountain with lots of beautiful peaks and valleys that are all totally worthy of my time.” – Michelle Lee, Editor-in-Chief, Allure Magazine
  • “It’s easy to kill an idea with a no, but the smartest people in the room learn how to say yes and make it work.” – Lisa Gersh, CEO of Goop
  • “Be creative, not perfect. I’d rather an entry-level employee suggest a disruptive idea…then try and be organized in a boring spreadsheet.” – Whitney Wolfe, Founder and CEO of Bumble

  • “I think success needs to be defined on your own terms. If you look to outside sources (friends, media, the internet) for constant validation, you will never feel fulfilled.” – Jaclyn Johnson, Author, and CEO of Create and Cultivate
  • “You can do anything you want, just not everything. Pick what you want, work harder than most to get it, and believe in yourself.” – Daina Trout, Co-founder of Health-Ade Kombucha
  • “Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live” – Mae Jemison, Engineer, and NASA Astronaut

 

Quotes About Failure

  • “Do not be afraid! Do not worry about fear of failure and fear of what others think.” – Bola Sokunbi, Clever Girl Finance
  • “When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail and both are equally important.” – Ellen DeGeneres, Comedian, and TV Host
  • “Failing is a crucial part of success. Every time you fail and get back up, you practice perseverance, which is the key to life. Your strength comes in your ability to recover.” – Michelle Obama, Former FLOTUS
  • “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” – Brené Brown, Research Professor

  • “I think it’s great to be flawed. I am hugely flawed, and I like it this way. That’s the fun of life. You fall, get up, make mistakes, learn from them, be human and be you.” – Priyanka Chopra, Actress, Singer, and Film Producer
  • “You won’t know until you try. Create without fear. If you mess up, who cares? You learn and move on.” – Michelle McHargue, Talent Partner of Cowboy Ventures
  • “Most of the reason we don’t do things is because we’re afraid to fail. I just made a decision one day that I was not going to do things in my life because of fear.” – Sara Blakely, CEO of SPANX
Quotes About Motivation

  • “Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.” – Tina Fey, Actress, Comedian, and Writer
  • “I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger” – Serena Williams, Professional Tennis Player
  • “Whether you work for yourself or others, there will be moments when you feel unhappy or stuck. You can’t control everything around you, but in those moments, remind yourself that you are powerful and that even small, strategic moves can create big shifts for the better.” – Trae Bodge, Lifestyle Journalist, and TV Commentator
  • “Even if your dream seems unattainable, you can achieve it if you stay focused, driven, and diligent.” – Rebecca Minkoff, Fashion Designer

  • “I learned to push the envelope when it comes to asking questions or making requests. And if you hear ‘that’s not possible,’ then to ask ‘what is possible,’ instead of just saying thank you and leaving.” – Emily Weiss, Founder of Glossier
  • “It’s really hard to start a business if you don’t care about it. At the margin, when it’s 2 am, it has to be that passion that pushes you forward.” – Katrina Lake, Founder of Stitch Fix
  • “Remember that your time is your most valuable asset, so think about if what you’re doing is really what you want to spend your time on, think about if it’s getting you to a place that you want to go in the long run. If it’s not, go do something else.” – Shan-Lyn Ma, Co-founder of Zola
  • “If you’re not where you want to be in life, don’t get discouraged. Remember where you are is not your destiny.” – Sharita Humphrey, Financial Educator
Quotes About Leadership

  • “A true diva is graceful and talented, and strong, and fearless and brave and someone with humility.” – Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Singer and Songwriter
  • “You need to have unbound enthusiasm for what you’re building. Energy is contagious, so your team and everyone you interact with feels it.” – Tyler Haney, Founder of Outdoor Voices
  • “People respond well to those that are sure of what they want. What people hate most is indecision. Even if I’m completely unsure, I’ll pretend I know exactly what I’m talking about and make a decision.” – Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue
  • “When you exude confidence, others will naturally follow you. Once you have built that self-confidence, make it your priority to lead by example.” – Kendra Scott, Fashion and Accessories Designer

  • “Just because you are CEO, don’t think you have landed. You must continually increase your learning, the way you think, and the way you approach the organization.” – Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
  • “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” – Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM
  • “It’s hard to juggle being a businessperson with being a creative person. You have to organize yourself.” – Vera Wang, Fashion Designer
Quotes About Money

  • “The most important aspect of keeping your money is being aware of how much of it you are spending.” – Tiffany Aliche, The Budgetnista
  • “Financial independence is about more than dollars in the bank…it’s about you living your best life now and replacing the ‘have to dos’ with the ‘get to dos.’” – Naseema McElroy, Financially Intentional
  • “Money follows art. Money wants what it can’t buy: class and talent. And remember, while there’s a talent for making money, it takes real talent to know how to spend it.” – Candace Bushnell, Author and TV producer

  • “A big part of financial freedom is having your heart and mind free from worry about the what-ifs of life.” – Suze Orman, Author, and Financial Advisor
  • “Life-fulfilling work is never about the money—when you feel true passion for something, you instinctively find ways to nurture it.” – Eileen Fisher, Clothing Designer
  • “Rarely is happiness about the materialistic items. Those are awesome to have and money is something you need to sustain yourself, but for me, I’ve realized money doesn’t make someone happy.” – Ellen Bennett, Chef, and Founder of Hedley & Bennett

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To achieve cohesive success, it’s crucial to know how to communicate successfully with coworkers. While everyone has different strengths, it’s likely that those that are working well in certain positions fall into a particular communication style.

By being able to assess the communication style of each employee, you will have a better chance of “speaking their language” when you are trying to communicate and discovering how best to delegate tasks to that person.

The four conversation styles are said to be:

  • Analytical Communication Style
  • Intuitive Communication Style
  • Functional Communication Style
  • Personal Communication Style

While individuals will likely lean toward one or the other, for a manager or executive, it is useful to be as versed as possible in all four styles. Ultimately, considering communication style when coordinating interactions, particularly within teams, can be extremely useful.

Analytical Communication Style: If your team member speaks mostly in metrics and solid data, then they likely appreciate this same conversation style to be reciprocated. This means less in the way of small talk or speculation and more discussions on precise ways concepts can be backed up concretely.

Intuitive Communication Style: It is important to give someone who is more intuitive the latitude they need to dream and innovate. While they may not initially know HOW something will be accomplished, someone who speaks in this style can be persuasive and savvy when it comes to the evolution of the industry.

Functional Communication Style: These are the people that thrive when put in charge of meetings, deadlines, and milestones. Allow them to take charge where applicable. At the end of a meeting, for example, this person might go back over everything that was discussed and create action steps for all the team members. This is an invaluable skill that you will want to foster in a teammate.

Personal Communication Style: When clients need to be handled or customers need to be listened to, the personable person will be your best agent. Give them tasks that are less about metrics and more about networking and it will be a recipe for success.

The visual below from Nextiva gets more in-depth the concept of conversational style in the workplace, but basically, it’s important to use the concept to aid you when considering who to hire or how best to distribute tasks and craft teams.

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One of the biggest misconceptions about leadership is the idea that it’s, somehow, a trait and not a skill. You see, while it is true that this comes more naturally to some, great leaders are not born, they are made. There are certain abilities, that make one into a great leader and these skills can be worked on and improved in order to boos one’s leadership skill. With that in mind, here are several tips to help you become a much better leader.

1.     Start caring more

Everyone would agree that a true leader is charismatic. That being said, Robert Breault once stated that charisma is nothing more than a fancy name given to the knack of giving people your full attention. He also said that it’s not just about saying hello, it’s dropping whatever you’re doing to say hello. In other words, you need to show interest in what your subordinates are saying and doing. The easiest way to do is to master the art of active listening. Nonetheless, it’s also incredibly important that you memorize what they’re saying. Pretending that you’re paying attention is both insulting and inefficient. It will be figured out next time you’re unable to recollect the content of your last conversation.

2.     Show passion

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This particular aspect is something that simply can’t be faked and it is, also, something that you just can’t do without. If it becomes evident to your team that you aren’t really trying that hard, it will be quite hard to expect them to do the same. Fortunately, passion is a concept closely related to motivation. There are a lot of tips and tricks to help yourself get motivated to work hard, regardless of your mood.

3.     Find professional assistance

The next thing you need to do is find professional assistance, in the form of a mentoring program, course or an organization providing these services. A plan, curriculum or a program can make your acquisition of skill-relevant knowledge more systemic and, therefore, much more effective. This is why experts behind The Impossible Institute split this into thought leadership, leadership development and leading change. These three methods are there to ensure you get the result you need.

4.     Put your staff first

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One of the biggest mistakes that a leader can make is to put their clients before their own staff (every single time). No, the customer is not always right and by taking their side when they’re clearly wrong, your team will feel betrayed, undervalued and outright neglected. Instead, you need to put your staff first and show them that they have your full support and protection. This will make them both trust and respect you, which are the two most important things for inspiring loyalty.

5.     Don’t hold a personal grudge

Remember to let things go. Sure, office conflicts occur for various reasons and every single one of your employees is bound to make a mistake at one point in their career. It’s all about your ability to let it go and not think about it or mention it past one point. Holding a grudge will create an unpleasant atmosphere and portray you as unprofessional and biased in the eyes of your employees. By showing that you can forget and forgive or just get over things, you’ll also show that you’re a much bigger person than some of your employees expected you to be.

In conclusion

As you can see, by just following these five suggestions you would become a much better leader. Nonetheless, doing so takes more than just a resolution. It takes active training and continuous effort to develop, hone and implement these skills into your patterns of behavior. Still, those who want to become great leaders don’t really have a choice on this matter.

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