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Is It OK to Play Office Politics? 3 Ways to Make It Work for You

According to the great Greek philosopher Aristotle, “man is by nature a political animal.” We are social creatures, after all—ones who possess the power of speech and moral reasoning, making us naturally drawn to cultivating political associations. Unfortunately, the word “politics” and politicking itself have gained something of a negative connotation, especially in the workplace.…

How Trust Impacts a Leader

As a leader you need to demonstrate that you’re capable and dependable. Setting and respecting boundaries, following through on your promises and being consistent, are key qualities that people look for in their leader. It is these qualities that help you gain your employees’ trust, which is essential to building a solid relationship with your…

Why We Can and Should See Ourselves as Leaders

Some people are branded as natural-born leaders because of their innate charisma, influence, conscientiousness, and ability to support others. Others are considered better off as followers in the sense that they are consistent, loyal, trustworthy, and proactive. While this is all well and good, strictly adhering to this dichotomy does limit certain individuals from reaching…

How to Become a Great Leader by Mastering Your Emotions

It’s no secret that workplaces can be incredibly stressful environments. No one experiences the pressure more acutely than leaders and managers, though. Whatever a workplace’s field or industry, it’s the leaders in them who are most often subjected to additional demands on their attention, focus, and time. All of these can and do take their…
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8 Hallmark Traits of Truly Successful Leaders

Leadership styles can vary from person to person. And while these can be vital components to what makes for great leaders, it is how they comport themselves in the position that separates good leaders from truly excellent ones. In most cases, these kinds of traits come to the fore during crises. They are also the…