If you’re a business owner, manager, entrepreneur, etc – you are a leader. That’s just how it goes. It should therefor be in your goals to become a better leader in the coming leader. Maybe you write our specific goals and maybe you don’t, but either way, you definitely want to grow as a person and leader within your organization.
Focus.com has put together an excellent list of 101 simple lessons that leaders should learn. You can print this out and focus on one every 3 days, and you’ll be set by the end of the year! The bold points are from the site, the rest is our thoughts.
1. Stand tall. Posture has a lot to do with confidence, and long-term health!
2. Take your hands out of your pockets. It gives a slight air of unprofessionalism, and can signal that you’re looking for something else to do or you are bored.
3. Stand with your arms crossed behind your back. This helps keep your posture balanced and keeps your hand out of your pockets. Two birds with one stone!
4. Make eye contact. This is professionalism 101 right here. Don’t make it too awkward, but convey that you aren’t afraid to look someone in the eye.
5. Sit up straight. To get into work first thing in the morning and put your feet up on your desk won’t motivate you. Keep them on the floor, sit up straight, and you’ll be ready to work.
6. Face the person you’re talking to. When talking to someone new, don’t just move your head towards them, move your whole body to face them. You’ll show them you’re interested and committed to the conversation.
7. Shake hands firmly. There is certainly a fine line – you don’t want to come across and over-bearing. However, few things bother many business leaders than a limp and weak handshake.
8. Always smile. Choosing to smile impacts your attitude more than you think, as well as the attitude of those around you!
9. Look your best. How you look is directly related to how you feel and to your overall confidence. It doesn’t need to be fancy, but stay a cut above slothy and you’ll feel great.
10. Walk confidently. Keep you head up, keep a manageable pace, and you’ll show you mean business.