5 Things Influential Leaders Do Better Than Poor Leaders

How To Increase Your Leadership Influence By Doing A Few Simple Things

Being considered a leader can be a wonderful privilege, but it also comes with a certain level of responsibility.

We admire great leaders, whether that’s in business, in sports, in our communities or in our personal lives. They tend to possess certain qualities that average or poor leaders do not have.

Those qualities create a magnetic appeal and results in others readily following their lead and being influenced by them to achieve positive outcomes.

So what are those things powerful leaders have that make them more influential, appealing and persuasive?

Things influential leaders have in common

How To Learn Anything New Surprisingly Quickly

Why Spending Lots Of Time Is Not Necessary To Learn A New Skill

As we are still in the early stages of a new year, learning a new skill may be something we’d like to do this year.

One reason why people tend to stop themselves from learning something new is they believe it will require a lot of time to acquire a new skill.

In this video, Josh Kaufman challenges the popular belief that it requires 10,000 hours to become an expert or learn something new. He also reveals what the major barrier is to acquiring a new skill.



Action Step: Develop a new learning plan for the year. Identify one or two new things you would like to learn then schedule the necessary time as revealed in the video to make it happen.

Question: What is something new you would like to learn this year?

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10 Ways You Can Stay Calm Under Pressure Like Great Leaders Do

Simple Ideas That Will Make Stressful Situations Easier To Cope With

We’re all in a leadership role in some way, which usually starts with leading ourselves first.

Throughout life, we’ll have many situations where we will be tested, whether that is mentally, emotionally, physically or relationally. How we deal with those situations determines the type of leader we become, which also affects whether we accomplish what we want to or not.

The better we become at managing challenging situations, the more we will grow as a leader. Anyone can learn to deal with stressful situations if they want to. As the great Zig Ziglar said, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

Ways to stay calm under pressure like great leaders do

How To Become A Great Leader

Watch Anthony Robbins Share What It Takes to Become a Great Leader

What does it take to become a great leader? Does anyone have the ability to become a leader worth following?

Great leaders have the ability to inspire and motivate people to accomplish their goals and ambitions in life.

In this video, in response to a question asked during one of his seminars, Anthony Robbins shares his number one belief about what it takes to be a great leader.



Action Step: Evaluate how you lead yourself and your team. What is one thing you can start doing differently right now to improve your leadership abilities?

Question: What will it take for you to go to the next level as a leader?

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5 Mistakes To Avoid If You Want To Have A Big Breakthrough This Year

Valuable Things To Know If You Want To Achieve Your Most Important Goals This Year

The start of a New Year is the time when people usually set their resolutions or goals for the year.

It can be a very exciting time as we let our imagination run wild and identify what we’d like to do, acquire or experience during the year. The challenge for most people is that the initial excitement is short-lived.

We allow life and our day-to-day obligations to take priority over what matters most to us. There are some significant costs when we stop focusing on what’s important to us and they include:

  • Not feeling or operating at our best consistently.
  • Not making progress towards the things we want.
  • Having low levels of motivation.
  • Not being willing to challenge ourselves to do new things.
  • Having challenges in different areas of our lives.

The sad reality is most people keep doing the same things over and over, or making the same mistakes, which prevents them from having significant breakthroughs in their lives.

How to have your next big breakthrough

How Powerful Leaders Can Make Others Feel Safe

Watch this TED talk as Simon Sinek Explains Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

One of the most important job of leaders is to create environments where people feel safe to make mistakes and to bring forth new ideas.

When people feel safe, that’s when creativity or innovation rises, which ultimately has a positive effect on an organisation and its team members.

In this TED talk, Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why, explains why it’s vital to make people feel safe if you want to be a leader worth following.

Action Step: If you lead a team, invite your team members to watch this video and discuss how you can make your team environment safer.

Question: As a leader, what can you do to make your team members feel safe?

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5 Important Things You Need To Know When Setting New Goals This Year

What You Can Do To Set Yourself Up For A Better New Year

It’s that time of the year again when we start thinking about the New Year and what we want to do, achieve or experience.

The start of a New Year is a great time to clarify our priorities, eliminate what’s not essential, and refocus on what truly matters to us. Kicking off a year on a good note can often set us up for a great year.

There are a number of things I do at the start of each year, which includes:

It’s common for me not to achieve all my goals each year, but without goals, I wouldn’t feel a sense of progress or accomplishment. There are things I have learned that have made a huge difference in how many of my goals I actually achieve.

Goal setting ideas for the new year

Here are five things that, if applied, will increase our chances of achieving the goals we set this year. None of these ideas are complicated or difficult, however they will require a certain level of discipline to consistently apply. The rewards will outweigh the effort that’s required to apply these ideas.

  1. Don’t set new goals without reviewing past or current goals. It’s pointless to continue setting new goals without reviewing the goals we had set previously. Sometimes changes in our lives may result in certain goals being unimportant, so upon review, we can let go of those goals. Reviewing our goals can also reveal patterns of behaviour in terms of how much effort we put into achieving our goals.
  2. Ensure new goals are aligned to your overall life purpose or mission. Our goals must have meaning and purpose. And the best way to ensure that is the case is by being clear on what our overall life purpose or mission is. When our goals are aligned to our life purpose, they will inspire us to keep going when things get difficult and will be a lot more rewarding when we do achieve them.
  3. Set goals beyond your current competence. Our goals should challenge us to grow and go beyond what we are capable of doing. If we aren’t willing to stretch ourselves, then we’ll remain at our current level of competence and achievement. Bigger goals will require us to develop new skills, acquire new knowledge and form new habit or behaviours.
  4. Don’t set singular goals. In the past, I have set one-off goals, like a weight-loss goal, and when I achieved it, I found myself asking, “Now what?” If we don’t have a succession of goals, our accomplishments will be short-lived because we won’t have the next challenge or goal to focus on. For every goal we set, we must know what will happen next once we achieve it.
  5. Schedule time for your goals in your calendar. Our goals will not become a reality without some form of action. Of course, there are exceptions to this, but those are very rare. As most of us are time poor, unless we schedule time for our goals, they will quickly fade away as life happens. While it may not be necessary to focus on all our goals every week, we must allocate time each week for our most important goals.

Setting new goals can be very exciting and motivating, but that can be short-lived if we don’t apply the ideas mentioned above. If we are serious about achieving our goals this year, then we must be willing to continue doing the things that have worked for us in the past and change what has not worked for us.

Action Step: Before setting new goals, allocate up to an hour to review the ideas mentioned above and apply them to the goals you set this year.

Question: What is something else we need to know when setting new goals this year?

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How To Avoid The Mistakes You Made This Year Next Year

4 Questions You Can Ask To Set Yourself Up For A Better New Year

It is very common, at this time of the year, for people to think back on the year they’ve had and start setting new resolutions or goals.

Previously, I’ve written about how to do an end-of-year review and start planning for the New Year. I’ve also shared the common mistakes people make when setting New Year’s resolutions and how to avoid them.

As we reflect back on our year, it’s not unusual to have mixed emotions. If we think we’ve had a good year, then we may experience emotions of satisfaction, joy and a sense of accomplishment. If we don’t think we’ve had a good year, then we may experience emotions of disappointment, regret or sadness, which can affect our outlook for the New Year.

This is one of the reasons why I believe it is extremely valuable to review our year so that we can build on the things we did well and identify the things we did not do well, so that we can come up with ways to improve in the New Year.

How to avoid making the same mistakes next year

If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll know that we made mistakes during the year that cost us in some way. Our mistakes may have:

  • Prevented us from achieving our goals.
  • Affected our relationships with others.
  • Resulted in financial loss.
  • Affected our health and well-being in a negative way.
  • Reduced our motivation levels to keep moving towards what’s important to us.

To address the mistakes we made during the year, we must have a way to extract what we would like to know so that we can do things differently next year.

A simple framework for identifying what we can do better next year is called the KISS Formula. Here are the questions to ask ourselves:

  1. What should I KEEP doing next year?
  2. What can I IMPROVE next year?
  3. What should I START doing next year?
  4. What should I STOP doing next year?

These questions will help us focus on the most important things we need to know in order to have a better year next year.

As I reflect on these questions, here are some of the things I can identify.

What should I KEEP doing next year?

  • Keep doing some form of physical exercise daily.
  • Keep creating new content every week.
  • Keep reviewing each day and planning for the next day.

What can I IMPROVE next year?

  • Improve my diet and continue focusing on better eating habits.
  • Improve the quality of my sleep each night.
  • Improve how I promote and market my products and services.

What should I START doing next year?

  • Start creating more video-based content.
  • Start scheduling time in my calendar for learning and personal development.
  • Start offering live events or seminars as part of my business model.

What should I STOP doing next year?

  • Stop watching Netflix during weekdays.
  • Stop going to bed late so that I can get a minimum of seven hours sleep every night.
  • Stop avoiding making tough decisions that will move me and my business forward in a bigger way.

While there is a lot more I can add to each of the four questions, those points were examples of how we can review some of the critical things we did during the year and how we can identify what we can do better in the New Year.

Completing a review of our year will go a long way to ensuring we avoid the same mistakes and set ourselves us to have a much better year.

Action Step: Schedule between 30-60 minutes to review your year using the four questions before the start of the New Year.

Question: What is another technique that can be used so that we avoid the mistakes we made this year next year?

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How To Deal With People You Do Not Get Along With

Ways to Connect Better With People During the Holiday Season

If you are dreading meeting people you don’t like or get along with during the holiday season, then this TEDx talk by Kalina Silverman will provide some ideas on how you can connect better with anyone.



Action Step: Apply one of the ideas Kalina suggested next time you find yourself in a situation with people you don’t get along with.

Question: What was your biggest takeaway from the presentation?

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How To Be Best Prepared For The Holiday Season

5 Tips That Will Make The End of Year Celebrations More Enjoyable

The end of the year is often a good time to wind down, relax and enjoy the rewards of our efforts with the people that matter most.

It can also be a time that generates additional stress because of the pressure to be prepared for the festive season. The expectation to get or give gifts can put a lot of pressure on people financially and emotionally. Expenses made during December usually have to be paid out in full or in part the following month.

Interestingly, people are more likely to have a physical or emotional breakdown during the holiday season than any other time during the year. If we’re not careful, the holiday season can put unnecessary pressure on personal and professional relationships, and also on our health and well-being.

If we don’t have a system to manage the additional workload, the festive season could become a burden rather than being a fun time in our lives. The better prepared we are, the better experience we’ll have during the festivities.