3. Lead Others
Finally, it is essential for leaders to have exceptionally strong interpersonal skills—otherwise, they are not actually leading anybody. Interacting with and persuading others is both an art and a science, and it includes:
Understanding others. The first step to being able to influence or persuade anyone is to understand them. You need to understand what drives people’s desires, fears, needs, wants and why they react the way they do in a variety of situations. You need to be able to see a situation from perspectives other than your own.
Motivating others. The easiest way to get anybody to do anything is to make them want to do it. The key to motivating anybody to do anything is to speak in terms of their needs and wants. Communicate how this task will benefit them — i.e., “what’s in it for them.” Also, never order someone to do anything. Coercion is not leadership.
Empowering others. This is why people will follow some leaders to the ends of the earth. Empower your team to reach for their highest potential and to believe in themselves (by your believing in them first). If you could be the one to show somebody the person who they were born to become and help them get there, I guarantee that person will be with you for a long time.
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