I’d been staring at the application so long that the words were beginning to blur together. There was no way I could do this job. Not ever. It didn’t matter how much I respected the person who’d asked me. Any position that put me in leadership over other students was a definite no-no. I wasn’t a natural leader. Others were. It was just a matter of how I’d been born. Right?Wrong. I did take that job and other leadership positions after it. These experiences taught me that not all leaders are born – sometimes they’re made. Choosing to become a leader when you don’t feel like one can be one of the most beneficial things you’ll ever do. It will grow your character and give you important training for job opportunities down the road. In fact, most of us are already leading others, whether we realize it or not – even if it’s only a younger sibling who looks up to us. Leadership skills are a necessary part of life.So how do you get them? It’s definitely a process, but here are three of the most important leadership skills that you can begin cultivating right now – without one single how-to book!It’s the same with leadership. Find a friend, relative, professor, coach, or anyone else you think leads exceptionally well, and then watch them. Take into account what makes their leadership effective and how you could copy those same tactics. This could even extend to reading biographies of successful leaders in history. Believe it or not, there’s still a lot to be learned from the lives of Washington, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and hundreds of others.
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