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The Art of Leadership
DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP SKILLS
You don't have to be a natural
born leader to be successful.
All it takes is commitment,
practice and a little
(or a lot) of hard work.
BY SHERYL S. JACKSON
eaders aren't born, they
are made. And they are
made just like any-
thing else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to
pay to achieve that goal, or any
How many times have you heard the phrase
"natural born leader?" While this is encouraging to people who may have a personality that
lends itself to leadership, the phrase may frustrate people who are not instinctively comfortable with leadership skills and demands. The
good news, as Coach Lombardi points out, is
that everyone who wants to assume a leadership
position can do so with the right preparation and
development of the right skills.
There are several core elements of leadership,
explains Kendra Coleman, an organization
change and leadership consultant at Sheppard
Moscow in Chicago, IL. Self-awareness and
knowing your values, purpose and vision for
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goal. -Vince Lombardi
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Are You Ready to Lead?
Great Leaders Ask “why?”
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