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Leadership: 5 Steps to Becoming a Great Leader

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When I stumbled into my first leadership role, almost 20 years ago, I had absolutely no clue what to do and got paid for it! I admit, I was a classic case of fake it until you make it; interestingly today you can find a lot of self-help gurus advocating just that approach. Historically great leaders came from all walks of life. Other than physical characteristics (Vikingsā€¦), leadership in the past often depended on advantages in skills and knowledge combined with character. Fortunately, most leaders are made, not born making leadership a skill you can acquire. The basis for leadership is that you possess current skills and knowledge in your area of expertise, without those people will not respect you. The third characteristic mentioned above is character, a combination of multiple personality traits, and the only one not easily acquired.

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