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Secrets of Leadership : 9 Traits of Effective Leaders

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Fear Of Failure: Symptoms, Causes And How To Overcome it

Virtually everyone in or starting a new business has the fear of failure. As an entrepreneur or freelancer you'll have... read more

How To Create A Positive Mental Attitude: 14 Ways

Have you ever imagined what would have happened if Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg didn’t have a positive mental... read more

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July 2018

Secrets of Leadership : 9 Traits of Effective Leaders

Traits of effective leaders. I can bet this has crossed your mind on several occasions. It won’t be surprising you stay up late asking what makes business leaders so effective?

 

Steve Jobs’ effective leadership took Apple to where it is. Elon Musk took SpaceX and Tesla to its heights. Likewise, Mark Zuckerberg took Facebook global and Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos made it huge.

 

“When you were made a leader, you weren’t given a crown; you were given the responsibility to bring out the best in others”. – Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric.

 

Thence looking at these successful entrepreneurs something about them jumps right at you. You realize they have the traits of effective leaders. You look at yourself and wonder if you have those traits as well.

 

Also it’s no secret that a business or an organization needs an effective leader to succeed. However, don’t beat yourself up thinking you don’t have these traits. You do. The traits are buried within, you only need to look deep within to bring them to the surface.

 

Traits of Effective Leaders

I can tell you for free that if you have the following traits be rest assured you have what it takes to effectively lead your minions.

 

  • Motivational and Self-motivated

This leader influences you and gives you a strong reason to act or accomplish something. Likewise, they are motivated to do or achieve something due to their own enthusiasm and interest, without pressure from others.

 

Traits of effective leaders

 

  • Empathy

This is the ability to understand and share what another is feeling. The capacity to place oneself in another’s position. In addition they are personable, have high emotional intelligence and very compassionate.

 

  • Visionary

An effective leader has unique and original ideas about the future. With imagination he makes wise plans for the future. Also, empowers others.

 

  • Self-reflection

Equally important is self-reflection. This trait allows you to have serious thoughts about your character and actions. It gives you the ability to combine instinct (intuition) with facts. And such leaders are willing to learn.

 

  • Dauntless

An effective leader is fearless and determined. Confident, poise, courageous and stares down the naysayers. He hangs in there even when others around him say it can’t be done.

 

  • Adaptability

Being able to adjust to new conditions no matter the circumstances. Effective business leaders know how to drive through failure and make it work.

 

  • Excellent Communication Skills

The traits of an effective leader entail the ability to write and speak in clear and simple terms without compounding issues in time of crisis.

 

Traits of effective leaders

  • Creativity

The use of imagination or original ideas to create something new that adds value. It could be in terms of product, services or the standard of operating the organization.

 

  • Ethics

This trait entails the moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour most especially in a business environment. How do you comport yourself as a leader? Are you worthy of emulation? Or do you let everyone in your fold run wild?

 

There are different styles of leadership. No two leaders are the same, but the traits of an effective leader are the same across board. These traits aren’t necessarily inborn but they can be developed. Growing these traits takes you closer to being an effective business leader.

 

Additionally it takes an effective business leader among other things to make a business succeed.

April 2018

Fear Of Failure: Symptoms, Causes And How To Overcome it

Virtually everyone in or starting a new business has the fear of failure.

As an entrepreneur or freelancer you’ll have questions such as can I finance this business, is my idea crappy, can I grow this business? And the one we all have – “will this business fail?”.

I can tell you for free I also have the fear of failure.

A freelance company commissioned me to write the website content for another company that’s just developing its website.

In excitement I went through the company’s whitepaper and other documents to have an understanding of the company. Whilst doing this fear grips me.

Crippling fear that I couldn’t put pen to paper. Thinking hope I won’t mess this up, hope I won’t under deliver and every other negative thoughts you can imagine.

I read and reread every single document I was sent for the job. Even went on LinkedIn to read up on the CEO and other key staff. Seeing their achievements scared me more and I almost turned down the job. Thence wondering what could I possibly write to impress these Masters and Doctorate holders in physics and other fields.

I remember my favorite quote and decide to take the risk.

The only thing stopping you is you. – Unknown.

Fear of failure

And that’s when it occurred to me that I actually have the fear of failure to deal with before I can do the gig.

You are probably thinking “no I don’t have the fear of failure”. Well below are signs to help you determine if you actually do or not.

Signs of fear of failure

  • Concentrating on mundane tasks

If you find yourself concentrating on unimportant tasks – procrastinating, rather than working on your project at hand, you are experiencing fear of failure.

  • Lowering your goals

If you set a goal to hit the sky then turn around to say you want to hit the roof top that’s a symptom of fear of failure. You are scared you can’t hit the sky as you first thought.

  • Lowering expectations.

Lowering your / people’s expectations of you. When there’s fear you downplay your expectations of the result you can achieve. Likewise you sell yourself short to people. Because you fear you will underperform or deliver on the job.

  • Over planning and researching

Do you over plan or over research before you take on a project? That’s a sign of fear right there. It makes you keep planning, thinking you are missing something out. When you actually aren’t.

Causes of fear of failure

  • Previous failures

Past failures can cause you to freeze in fear whenever there’s a job to be done. Because it’ll keep recurring in your mind if you don’t get past it.

  • Scared of criticism

Not everyone takes criticism well especially when it comes from loved ones. But if your reaction to criticism is extreme that’s fear rearing its ugly head.

  • Being unsure of yourself

When you constantly doubt yourself it might just be fear trying to talk you into giving up.

  • Perfectionism

If you are like me you are probably a perfectionist. When I’m contracted to do a job I go overboard to ensure I give my best. Even when the job is done and dusted I keep hanging on to it thinking it’s not yet perfect and there’s something I ought to do to make it perfect. This is a clear sign of fear of failure.

How to overcome fear of failure in business

  • Forget past failures.

Learn the lessons from your experience, forget the failure and look ahead.

  • Imagine success.

Write down your goals, better still have a vision board.

Fear of failure

If you can dream it you can achieve it . – Zig Ziglar.

  • Dwell on your wins

Create a “Win folder” on your phone, computer or where you can easily find it. Either small or big wins. And whenever fear grips you just go through this file and get uplifted.

  • Have SMART goals.

Set small goals to achieve big goals. Having a big goal is scary on its own so break it down into bits. For example rather than setting a goal to sell millions in a year break it down to sell a couple of thousands in a day.

  • Believe in yourself.

Be positive. Use mantras if you have to.

  • Keep learning.

Never stop learning. Only the dead stops learning. There’s always something new to learn.

  • Face your worst case scenario

Fear makes you think the worst will happen so ask yourself what’s the worst thing that can happen if you fail. Then face that scenario. You will realize it’s not that bad.

  • Experiment

Always see a new project first as an experiment. Simulate situations that can arise while doing that project and proffer solutions. This prepares you ahead for the real deal.

It’s normal to feel fear when you are about to embark on a project but don’t let it talk you out of doing what you have to do.

Funny thing is when I finished the job I spoke of earlier the only complaint is I overpromised on their services. I promised their readers more than they are willing to deliver. Asides that they were cool with every other thing. Let’s just say I was over excited on their behalf.

So if you can set aside your fear and go ahead, you will discover fear is just a tool to help you do better than your average.

The best line to tow with your fear of failure is to see it as your ally and not a bad thing. And if you do fail eventually – know this – failure isn’t a bad thing, it’s what you do after the failure that counts.

What’s been your experience with failure? Do share in the comments.


Grid

Secrets of Leadership : 9 Traits of Effective Leaders

Traits of effective leaders. I can bet this has crossed your mind on several occasions. It won’t be surprising you stay up late asking what makes business leaders so effective?

 

Steve Jobs’ effective leadership took Apple to where it is. Elon Musk took SpaceX and Tesla to its heights. Likewise, Mark Zuckerberg took Facebook global and Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos made it huge.

 

“When you were made a leader, you weren’t given a crown; you were given the responsibility to bring out the best in others”. – Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric.

 

Thence looking at these successful entrepreneurs something about them jumps right at you. You realize they have the traits of effective leaders. You look at yourself and wonder if you have those traits as well.

 

Also it’s no secret that a business or an organization needs an effective leader to succeed. However, don’t beat yourself up thinking you don’t have these traits. You do. The traits are buried within, you only need to look deep within to bring them to the surface.

 

Traits of Effective Leaders

I can tell you for free that if you have the following traits be rest assured you have what it takes to effectively lead your minions.

 

  • Motivational and Self-motivated

This leader influences you and gives you a strong reason to act or accomplish something. Likewise, they are motivated to do or achieve something due to their own enthusiasm and interest, without pressure from others.

 

Traits of effective leaders

 

  • Empathy

This is the ability to understand and share what another is feeling. The capacity to place oneself in another’s position. In addition they are personable, have high emotional intelligence and very compassionate.

 

  • Visionary

An effective leader has unique and original ideas about the future. With imagination he makes wise plans for the future. Also, empowers others.

 

  • Self-reflection

Equally important is self-reflection. This trait allows you to have serious thoughts about your character and actions. It gives you the ability to combine instinct (intuition) with facts. And such leaders are willing to learn.

 

  • Dauntless

An effective leader is fearless and determined. Confident, poise, courageous and stares down the naysayers. He hangs in there even when others around him say it can’t be done.

 

  • Adaptability

Being able to adjust to new conditions no matter the circumstances. Effective business leaders know how to drive through failure and make it work.

 

  • Excellent Communication Skills

The traits of an effective leader entail the ability to write and speak in clear and simple terms without compounding issues in time of crisis.

 

Traits of effective leaders

  • Creativity

The use of imagination or original ideas to create something new that adds value. It could be in terms of product, services or the standard of operating the organization.

 

  • Ethics

This trait entails the moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour most especially in a business environment. How do you comport yourself as a leader? Are you worthy of emulation? Or do you let everyone in your fold run wild?

 

There are different styles of leadership. No two leaders are the same, but the traits of an effective leader are the same across board. These traits aren’t necessarily inborn but they can be developed. Growing these traits takes you closer to being an effective business leader.

 

Additionally it takes an effective business leader among other things to make a business succeed.

Fear Of Failure: Symptoms, Causes And How To Overcome it

Virtually everyone in or starting a new business has the fear of failure.

As an entrepreneur or freelancer you’ll have questions such as can I finance this business, is my idea crappy, can I grow this business? And the one we all have – “will this business fail?”.

I can tell you for free I also have the fear of failure.

A freelance company commissioned me to write the website content for another company that’s just developing its website.

In excitement I went through the company’s whitepaper and other documents to have an understanding of the company. Whilst doing this fear grips me.

Crippling fear that I couldn’t put pen to paper. Thinking hope I won’t mess this up, hope I won’t under deliver and every other negative thoughts you can imagine.

I read and reread every single document I was sent for the job. Even went on LinkedIn to read up on the CEO and other key staff. Seeing their achievements scared me more and I almost turned down the job. Thence wondering what could I possibly write to impress these Masters and Doctorate holders in physics and other fields.

I remember my favorite quote and decide to take the risk.

The only thing stopping you is you. – Unknown.

Fear of failure

And that’s when it occurred to me that I actually have the fear of failure to deal with before I can do the gig.

You are probably thinking “no I don’t have the fear of failure”. Well below are signs to help you determine if you actually do or not.

Signs of fear of failure

  • Concentrating on mundane tasks

If you find yourself concentrating on unimportant tasks – procrastinating, rather than working on your project at hand, you are experiencing fear of failure.

  • Lowering your goals

If you set a goal to hit the sky then turn around to say you want to hit the roof top that’s a symptom of fear of failure. You are scared you can’t hit the sky as you first thought.

  • Lowering expectations.

Lowering your / people’s expectations of you. When there’s fear you downplay your expectations of the result you can achieve. Likewise you sell yourself short to people. Because you fear you will underperform or deliver on the job.

  • Over planning and researching

Do you over plan or over research before you take on a project? That’s a sign of fear right there. It makes you keep planning, thinking you are missing something out. When you actually aren’t.

Causes of fear of failure

  • Previous failures

Past failures can cause you to freeze in fear whenever there’s a job to be done. Because it’ll keep recurring in your mind if you don’t get past it.

  • Scared of criticism

Not everyone takes criticism well especially when it comes from loved ones. But if your reaction to criticism is extreme that’s fear rearing its ugly head.

  • Being unsure of yourself

When you constantly doubt yourself it might just be fear trying to talk you into giving up.

  • Perfectionism

If you are like me you are probably a perfectionist. When I’m contracted to do a job I go overboard to ensure I give my best. Even when the job is done and dusted I keep hanging on to it thinking it’s not yet perfect and there’s something I ought to do to make it perfect. This is a clear sign of fear of failure.

How to overcome fear of failure in business

  • Forget past failures.

Learn the lessons from your experience, forget the failure and look ahead.

  • Imagine success.

Write down your goals, better still have a vision board.

Fear of failure

If you can dream it you can achieve it . – Zig Ziglar.

  • Dwell on your wins

Create a “Win folder” on your phone, computer or where you can easily find it. Either small or big wins. And whenever fear grips you just go through this file and get uplifted.

  • Have SMART goals.

Set small goals to achieve big goals. Having a big goal is scary on its own so break it down into bits. For example rather than setting a goal to sell millions in a year break it down to sell a couple of thousands in a day.

  • Believe in yourself.

Be positive. Use mantras if you have to.

  • Keep learning.

Never stop learning. Only the dead stops learning. There’s always something new to learn.

  • Face your worst case scenario

Fear makes you think the worst will happen so ask yourself what’s the worst thing that can happen if you fail. Then face that scenario. You will realize it’s not that bad.

  • Experiment

Always see a new project first as an experiment. Simulate situations that can arise while doing that project and proffer solutions. This prepares you ahead for the real deal.

It’s normal to feel fear when you are about to embark on a project but don’t let it talk you out of doing what you have to do.

Funny thing is when I finished the job I spoke of earlier the only complaint is I overpromised on their services. I promised their readers more than they are willing to deliver. Asides that they were cool with every other thing. Let’s just say I was over excited on their behalf.

So if you can set aside your fear and go ahead, you will discover fear is just a tool to help you do better than your average.

The best line to tow with your fear of failure is to see it as your ally and not a bad thing. And if you do fail eventually – know this – failure isn’t a bad thing, it’s what you do after the failure that counts.

What’s been your experience with failure? Do share in the comments.

How To Create A Positive Mental Attitude: 14 Ways

Have you ever imagined what would have happened if Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg didn’t have a positive mental attitude? We won’t have Apple and Facebook as we know it.

As an entrepreneur or business person it’s very essential to possess a positive mental attitude. Because you will need it to pull through the tough times.

People will wear you out with their negative opinions. Also there’s a tiny voice in your head that will repeatedly tell you it won’t work. Hence the saying a man’s own enemy is himself.

Positive mental attitude

It’s going to be a battle between you and your mind. How do you win a struggle you didn’t prepare for? A positive mental attitude is your weapon to win this tug of war.

This is why you need to create a positive mental attitude.

As a student I had the idea to open shop selling haircare and beauty products.

Though I was already selling on a smaller scale. But I never opened shop. I chickened out because I mentally beat myself out of it.

I can’t remember if I shared the idea with my friend but over time she opened shop and was successful.

Likewise there were other opportunities that came my way which I talked myself out of. Thence costing me so much.

Eventually I realized the negative thoughts were denying me of openings and I had to overcome it.

To deal with the negativity I had to read books, articles, listen to some recordings and recite affirmations. During my struggle I came across some helpful tips which I’ll share with you.

Positive mental attitude

How To Create A Positive Mental Attitude

  • Before anything you need to believe in yourself. Write down all the negative thoughts you have and trash it.
  • Picture yourself as a success. If you can see it you can achieve it.
  • Speak positively about everything in your life for at least 24hours. About your job, business, health, future etc. Screenshot as many positive affirmation memes you can find and look at them at intervals.
  • Repeat step above at least twice a week.
  • Feed your mind with positive thoughts. It will knock off the negative thoughts. Counter any negative attitude with positive attitude.
  • Move with positive minded people. Weed off the naysayers.
  • Consciously avoid arguing with naysayers wherever you find yourself.
  • Rid your mind off obstacles you have built over the years.
  • Be thankful for everything you have going.
  • Find your own path. Don’t copy others
  • Exercise alot.Positive mental attitude
  • Relax. Take time off and just chill.
  • Be a giver. Bless people and be good to them.
  • Choose to be happy. Always consciously choose to be happy when the gloom sets in. Happiness is a decision only you can make for yourself.
  • And if you are a person of faith like myself pray and read the good book.

Conclusion

In addition years of negative thinking will not disappear in a day but if you keep at these tips be rest assured you will create a positive mental attitude.

It won’t just help you as an entrepreneur but all facets of life as you know it. Being you a product of your thoughts you need to change your mindset of you and your business.

If this article speaks to you or you have other tips that can help do drop a comment. 


Medium

Secrets of Leadership : 9 Traits of Effective Leaders

Traits of effective leaders. I can bet this has crossed your mind on several occasions. It won’t be surprising you stay up late asking what makes business leaders so effective?

 

Steve Jobs’ effective leadership took Apple to where it is. Elon Musk took SpaceX and Tesla to its heights. Likewise, Mark Zuckerberg took Facebook global and Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos made it huge.

 

“When you were made a leader, you weren’t given a crown; you were given the responsibility to bring out the best in others”. – Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric.

 

Thence looking at these successful entrepreneurs something about them jumps right at you. You realize they have the traits of effective leaders. You look at yourself and wonder if you have those traits as well.

 

Also it’s no secret that a business or an organization needs an effective leader to succeed. However, don’t beat yourself up thinking you don’t have these traits. You do. The traits are buried within, you only need to look deep within to bring them to the surface.

 

Traits of Effective Leaders

I can tell you for free that if you have the following traits be rest assured you have what it takes to effectively lead your minions.

 

  • Motivational and Self-motivated

This leader influences you and gives you a strong reason to act or accomplish something. Likewise, they are motivated to do or achieve something due to their own enthusiasm and interest, without pressure from others.

 

Traits of effective leaders

 

  • Empathy

This is the ability to understand and share what another is feeling. The capacity to place oneself in another’s position. In addition they are personable, have high emotional intelligence and very compassionate.

 

  • Visionary

An effective leader has unique and original ideas about the future. With imagination he makes wise plans for the future. Also, empowers others.

 

  • Self-reflection

Equally important is self-reflection. This trait allows you to have serious thoughts about your character and actions. It gives you the ability to combine instinct (intuition) with facts. And such leaders are willing to learn.

 

  • Dauntless

An effective leader is fearless and determined. Confident, poise, courageous and stares down the naysayers. He hangs in there even when others around him say it can’t be done.

 

  • Adaptability

Being able to adjust to new conditions no matter the circumstances. Effective business leaders know how to drive through failure and make it work.

 

  • Excellent Communication Skills

The traits of an effective leader entail the ability to write and speak in clear and simple terms without compounding issues in time of crisis.

 

Traits of effective leaders

  • Creativity

The use of imagination or original ideas to create something new that adds value. It could be in terms of product, services or the standard of operating the organization.

 

  • Ethics

This trait entails the moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour most especially in a business environment. How do you comport yourself as a leader? Are you worthy of emulation? Or do you let everyone in your fold run wild?

 

There are different styles of leadership. No two leaders are the same, but the traits of an effective leader are the same across board. These traits aren’t necessarily inborn but they can be developed. Growing these traits takes you closer to being an effective business leader.

 

Additionally it takes an effective business leader among other things to make a business succeed.

Fear Of Failure: Symptoms, Causes And How To Overcome it

Virtually everyone in or starting a new business has the fear of failure.

As an entrepreneur or freelancer you’ll have questions such as can I finance this business, is my idea crappy, can I grow this business? And the one we all have – “will this business fail?”.

I can tell you for free I also have the fear of failure.

A freelance company commissioned me to write the website content for another company that’s just developing its website.

In excitement I went through the company’s whitepaper and other documents to have an understanding of the company. Whilst doing this fear grips me.

Crippling fear that I couldn’t put pen to paper. Thinking hope I won’t mess this up, hope I won’t under deliver and every other negative thoughts you can imagine.

I read and reread every single document I was sent for the job. Even went on LinkedIn to read up on the CEO and other key staff. Seeing their achievements scared me more and I almost turned down the job. Thence wondering what could I possibly write to impress these Masters and Doctorate holders in physics and other fields.

I remember my favorite quote and decide to take the risk.

The only thing stopping you is you. – Unknown.

Fear of failure

And that’s when it occurred to me that I actually have the fear of failure to deal with before I can do the gig.

You are probably thinking “no I don’t have the fear of failure”. Well below are signs to help you determine if you actually do or not.

Signs of fear of failure

  • Concentrating on mundane tasks

If you find yourself concentrating on unimportant tasks – procrastinating, rather than working on your project at hand, you are experiencing fear of failure.

  • Lowering your goals

If you set a goal to hit the sky then turn around to say you want to hit the roof top that’s a symptom of fear of failure. You are scared you can’t hit the sky as you first thought.

  • Lowering expectations.

Lowering your / people’s expectations of you. When there’s fear you downplay your expectations of the result you can achieve. Likewise you sell yourself short to people. Because you fear you will underperform or deliver on the job.

  • Over planning and researching

Do you over plan or over research before you take on a project? That’s a sign of fear right there. It makes you keep planning, thinking you are missing something out. When you actually aren’t.

Causes of fear of failure

  • Previous failures

Past failures can cause you to freeze in fear whenever there’s a job to be done. Because it’ll keep recurring in your mind if you don’t get past it.

  • Scared of criticism

Not everyone takes criticism well especially when it comes from loved ones. But if your reaction to criticism is extreme that’s fear rearing its ugly head.

  • Being unsure of yourself

When you constantly doubt yourself it might just be fear trying to talk you into giving up.

  • Perfectionism

If you are like me you are probably a perfectionist. When I’m contracted to do a job I go overboard to ensure I give my best. Even when the job is done and dusted I keep hanging on to it thinking it’s not yet perfect and there’s something I ought to do to make it perfect. This is a clear sign of fear of failure.

How to overcome fear of failure in business

  • Forget past failures.

Learn the lessons from your experience, forget the failure and look ahead.

  • Imagine success.

Write down your goals, better still have a vision board.

Fear of failure

If you can dream it you can achieve it . – Zig Ziglar.

  • Dwell on your wins

Create a “Win folder” on your phone, computer or where you can easily find it. Either small or big wins. And whenever fear grips you just go through this file and get uplifted.

  • Have SMART goals.

Set small goals to achieve big goals. Having a big goal is scary on its own so break it down into bits. For example rather than setting a goal to sell millions in a year break it down to sell a couple of thousands in a day.

  • Believe in yourself.

Be positive. Use mantras if you have to.

  • Keep learning.

Never stop learning. Only the dead stops learning. There’s always something new to learn.

  • Face your worst case scenario

Fear makes you think the worst will happen so ask yourself what’s the worst thing that can happen if you fail. Then face that scenario. You will realize it’s not that bad.

  • Experiment

Always see a new project first as an experiment. Simulate situations that can arise while doing that project and proffer solutions. This prepares you ahead for the real deal.

It’s normal to feel fear when you are about to embark on a project but don’t let it talk you out of doing what you have to do.

Funny thing is when I finished the job I spoke of earlier the only complaint is I overpromised on their services. I promised their readers more than they are willing to deliver. Asides that they were cool with every other thing. Let’s just say I was over excited on their behalf.

So if you can set aside your fear and go ahead, you will discover fear is just a tool to help you do better than your average.

The best line to tow with your fear of failure is to see it as your ally and not a bad thing. And if you do fail eventually – know this – failure isn’t a bad thing, it’s what you do after the failure that counts.

What’s been your experience with failure? Do share in the comments.


Large

Secrets of Leadership : 9 Traits of Effective Leaders

Traits of effective leaders. I can bet this has crossed your mind on several occasions. It won’t be surprising you stay up late asking what makes business leaders so effective?

 

Steve Jobs’ effective leadership took Apple to where it is. Elon Musk took SpaceX and Tesla to its heights. Likewise, Mark Zuckerberg took Facebook global and Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos made it huge.

 

“When you were made a leader, you weren’t given a crown; you were given the responsibility to bring out the best in others”. – Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric.

 

Thence looking at these successful entrepreneurs something about them jumps right at you. You realize they have the traits of effective leaders. You look at yourself and wonder if you have those traits as well.

 

Also it’s no secret that a business or an organization needs an effective leader to succeed. However, don’t beat yourself up thinking you don’t have these traits. You do. The traits are buried within, you only need to look deep within to bring them to the surface.

 

Traits of Effective Leaders

I can tell you for free that if you have the following traits be rest assured you have what it takes to effectively lead your minions.

 

  • Motivational and Self-motivated

This leader influences you and gives you a strong reason to act or accomplish something. Likewise, they are motivated to do or achieve something due to their own enthusiasm and interest, without pressure from others.

 

Traits of effective leaders

 

  • Empathy

This is the ability to understand and share what another is feeling. The capacity to place oneself in another’s position. In addition they are personable, have high emotional intelligence and very compassionate.

 

  • Visionary

An effective leader has unique and original ideas about the future. With imagination he makes wise plans for the future. Also, empowers others.

 

  • Self-reflection

Equally important is self-reflection. This trait allows you to have serious thoughts about your character and actions. It gives you the ability to combine instinct (intuition) with facts. And such leaders are willing to learn.

 

  • Dauntless

An effective leader is fearless and determined. Confident, poise, courageous and stares down the naysayers. He hangs in there even when others around him say it can’t be done.

 

  • Adaptability

Being able to adjust to new conditions no matter the circumstances. Effective business leaders know how to drive through failure and make it work.

 

  • Excellent Communication Skills

The traits of an effective leader entail the ability to write and speak in clear and simple terms without compounding issues in time of crisis.

 

Traits of effective leaders

  • Creativity

The use of imagination or original ideas to create something new that adds value. It could be in terms of product, services or the standard of operating the organization.

 

  • Ethics

This trait entails the moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour most especially in a business environment. How do you comport yourself as a leader? Are you worthy of emulation? Or do you let everyone in your fold run wild?

 

There are different styles of leadership. No two leaders are the same, but the traits of an effective leader are the same across board. These traits aren’t necessarily inborn but they can be developed. Growing these traits takes you closer to being an effective business leader.

 

Additionally it takes an effective business leader among other things to make a business succeed.

Fear Of Failure: Symptoms, Causes And How To Overcome it

Virtually everyone in or starting a new business has the fear of failure.

As an entrepreneur or freelancer you’ll have questions such as can I finance this business, is my idea crappy, can I grow this business? And the one we all have – “will this business fail?”.

I can tell you for free I also have the fear of failure.

A freelance company commissioned me to write the website content for another company that’s just developing its website.

In excitement I went through the company’s whitepaper and other documents to have an understanding of the company. Whilst doing this fear grips me.

Crippling fear that I couldn’t put pen to paper. Thinking hope I won’t mess this up, hope I won’t under deliver and every other negative thoughts you can imagine.

I read and reread every single document I was sent for the job. Even went on LinkedIn to read up on the CEO and other key staff. Seeing their achievements scared me more and I almost turned down the job. Thence wondering what could I possibly write to impress these Masters and Doctorate holders in physics and other fields.

I remember my favorite quote and decide to take the risk.

The only thing stopping you is you. – Unknown.

Fear of failure

And that’s when it occurred to me that I actually have the fear of failure to deal with before I can do the gig.

You are probably thinking “no I don’t have the fear of failure”. Well below are signs to help you determine if you actually do or not.

Signs of fear of failure

  • Concentrating on mundane tasks

If you find yourself concentrating on unimportant tasks – procrastinating, rather than working on your project at hand, you are experiencing fear of failure.

  • Lowering your goals

If you set a goal to hit the sky then turn around to say you want to hit the roof top that’s a symptom of fear of failure. You are scared you can’t hit the sky as you first thought.

  • Lowering expectations.

Lowering your / people’s expectations of you. When there’s fear you downplay your expectations of the result you can achieve. Likewise you sell yourself short to people. Because you fear you will underperform or deliver on the job.

  • Over planning and researching

Do you over plan or over research before you take on a project? That’s a sign of fear right there. It makes you keep planning, thinking you are missing something out. When you actually aren’t.

Causes of fear of failure

  • Previous failures

Past failures can cause you to freeze in fear whenever there’s a job to be done. Because it’ll keep recurring in your mind if you don’t get past it.

  • Scared of criticism

Not everyone takes criticism well especially when it comes from loved ones. But if your reaction to criticism is extreme that’s fear rearing its ugly head.

  • Being unsure of yourself

When you constantly doubt yourself it might just be fear trying to talk you into giving up.

  • Perfectionism

If you are like me you are probably a perfectionist. When I’m contracted to do a job I go overboard to ensure I give my best. Even when the job is done and dusted I keep hanging on to it thinking it’s not yet perfect and there’s something I ought to do to make it perfect. This is a clear sign of fear of failure.

How to overcome fear of failure in business

  • Forget past failures.

Learn the lessons from your experience, forget the failure and look ahead.

  • Imagine success.

Write down your goals, better still have a vision board.

Fear of failure

If you can dream it you can achieve it . – Zig Ziglar.

  • Dwell on your wins

Create a “Win folder” on your phone, computer or where you can easily find it. Either small or big wins. And whenever fear grips you just go through this file and get uplifted.

  • Have SMART goals.

Set small goals to achieve big goals. Having a big goal is scary on its own so break it down into bits. For example rather than setting a goal to sell millions in a year break it down to sell a couple of thousands in a day.

  • Believe in yourself.

Be positive. Use mantras if you have to.

  • Keep learning.

Never stop learning. Only the dead stops learning. There’s always something new to learn.

  • Face your worst case scenario

Fear makes you think the worst will happen so ask yourself what’s the worst thing that can happen if you fail. Then face that scenario. You will realize it’s not that bad.

  • Experiment

Always see a new project first as an experiment. Simulate situations that can arise while doing that project and proffer solutions. This prepares you ahead for the real deal.

It’s normal to feel fear when you are about to embark on a project but don’t let it talk you out of doing what you have to do.

Funny thing is when I finished the job I spoke of earlier the only complaint is I overpromised on their services. I promised their readers more than they are willing to deliver. Asides that they were cool with every other thing. Let’s just say I was over excited on their behalf.

So if you can set aside your fear and go ahead, you will discover fear is just a tool to help you do better than your average.

The best line to tow with your fear of failure is to see it as your ally and not a bad thing. And if you do fail eventually – know this – failure isn’t a bad thing, it’s what you do after the failure that counts.

What’s been your experience with failure? Do share in the comments.


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Secrets of Leadership : 9 Traits of Effective Leaders

Traits of effective leaders. I can bet this has crossed your mind on several occasions. It won’t be surprising you stay up late asking what makes business leaders so effective?

 

Steve Jobs’ effective leadership took Apple to where it is. Elon Musk took SpaceX and Tesla to its heights. Likewise, Mark Zuckerberg took Facebook global and Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos made it huge.

 

“When you were made a leader, you weren’t given a crown; you were given the responsibility to bring out the best in others”. – Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric.

 

Thence looking at these successful entrepreneurs something about them jumps right at you. You realize they have the traits of effective leaders. You look at yourself and wonder if you have those traits as well.

 

Also it’s no secret that a business or an organization needs an effective leader to succeed. However, don’t beat yourself up thinking you don’t have these traits. You do. The traits are buried within, you only need to look deep within to bring them to the surface.

 

Traits of Effective Leaders

I can tell you for free that if you have the following traits be rest assured you have what it takes to effectively lead your minions.

 

  • Motivational and Self-motivated

This leader influences you and gives you a strong reason to act or accomplish something. Likewise, they are motivated to do or achieve something due to their own enthusiasm and interest, without pressure from others.

 

Traits of effective leaders

 

  • Empathy

This is the ability to understand and share what another is feeling. The capacity to place oneself in another’s position. In addition they are personable, have high emotional intelligence and very compassionate.

 

  • Visionary

An effective leader has unique and original ideas about the future. With imagination he makes wise plans for the future. Also, empowers others.

 

  • Self-reflection

Equally important is self-reflection. This trait allows you to have serious thoughts about your character and actions. It gives you the ability to combine instinct (intuition) with facts. And such leaders are willing to learn.

 

  • Dauntless

An effective leader is fearless and determined. Confident, poise, courageous and stares down the naysayers. He hangs in there even when others around him say it can’t be done.

 

  • Adaptability

Being able to adjust to new conditions no matter the circumstances. Effective business leaders know how to drive through failure and make it work.

 

  • Excellent Communication Skills

The traits of an effective leader entail the ability to write and speak in clear and simple terms without compounding issues in time of crisis.

 

Traits of effective leaders

  • Creativity

The use of imagination or original ideas to create something new that adds value. It could be in terms of product, services or the standard of operating the organization.

 

  • Ethics

This trait entails the moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour most especially in a business environment. How do you comport yourself as a leader? Are you worthy of emulation? Or do you let everyone in your fold run wild?

 

There are different styles of leadership. No two leaders are the same, but the traits of an effective leader are the same across board. These traits aren’t necessarily inborn but they can be developed. Growing these traits takes you closer to being an effective business leader.

 

Additionally it takes an effective business leader among other things to make a business succeed.

Fear Of Failure: Symptoms, Causes And How To Overcome it

Virtually everyone in or starting a new business has the fear of failure.

As an entrepreneur or freelancer you’ll have questions such as can I finance this business, is my idea crappy, can I grow this business? And the one we all have – “will this business fail?”.

I can tell you for free I also have the fear of failure.

A freelance company commissioned me to write the website content for another company that’s just developing its website.

In excitement I went through the company’s whitepaper and other documents to have an understanding of the company. Whilst doing this fear grips me.

Crippling fear that I couldn’t put pen to paper. Thinking hope I won’t mess this up, hope I won’t under deliver and every other negative thoughts you can imagine.

I read and reread every single document I was sent for the job. Even went on LinkedIn to read up on the CEO and other key staff. Seeing their achievements scared me more and I almost turned down the job. Thence wondering what could I possibly write to impress these Masters and Doctorate holders in physics and other fields.

I remember my favorite quote and decide to take the risk.

The only thing stopping you is you. – Unknown.

Fear of failure

And that’s when it occurred to me that I actually have the fear of failure to deal with before I can do the gig.

You are probably thinking “no I don’t have the fear of failure”. Well below are signs to help you determine if you actually do or not.

Signs of fear of failure

  • Concentrating on mundane tasks

If you find yourself concentrating on unimportant tasks – procrastinating, rather than working on your project at hand, you are experiencing fear of failure.

  • Lowering your goals

If you set a goal to hit the sky then turn around to say you want to hit the roof top that’s a symptom of fear of failure. You are scared you can’t hit the sky as you first thought.

  • Lowering expectations.

Lowering your / people’s expectations of you. When there’s fear you downplay your expectations of the result you can achieve. Likewise you sell yourself short to people. Because you fear you will underperform or deliver on the job.

  • Over planning and researching

Do you over plan or over research before you take on a project? That’s a sign of fear right there. It makes you keep planning, thinking you are missing something out. When you actually aren’t.

Causes of fear of failure

  • Previous failures

Past failures can cause you to freeze in fear whenever there’s a job to be done. Because it’ll keep recurring in your mind if you don’t get past it.

  • Scared of criticism

Not everyone takes criticism well especially when it comes from loved ones. But if your reaction to criticism is extreme that’s fear rearing its ugly head.

  • Being unsure of yourself

When you constantly doubt yourself it might just be fear trying to talk you into giving up.

  • Perfectionism

If you are like me you are probably a perfectionist. When I’m contracted to do a job I go overboard to ensure I give my best. Even when the job is done and dusted I keep hanging on to it thinking it’s not yet perfect and there’s something I ought to do to make it perfect. This is a clear sign of fear of failure.

How to overcome fear of failure in business

  • Forget past failures.

Learn the lessons from your experience, forget the failure and look ahead.

  • Imagine success.

Write down your goals, better still have a vision board.

Fear of failure

If you can dream it you can achieve it . – Zig Ziglar.

  • Dwell on your wins

Create a “Win folder” on your phone, computer or where you can easily find it. Either small or big wins. And whenever fear grips you just go through this file and get uplifted.

  • Have SMART goals.

Set small goals to achieve big goals. Having a big goal is scary on its own so break it down into bits. For example rather than setting a goal to sell millions in a year break it down to sell a couple of thousands in a day.

  • Believe in yourself.

Be positive. Use mantras if you have to.

  • Keep learning.

Never stop learning. Only the dead stops learning. There’s always something new to learn.

  • Face your worst case scenario

Fear makes you think the worst will happen so ask yourself what’s the worst thing that can happen if you fail. Then face that scenario. You will realize it’s not that bad.

  • Experiment

Always see a new project first as an experiment. Simulate situations that can arise while doing that project and proffer solutions. This prepares you ahead for the real deal.

It’s normal to feel fear when you are about to embark on a project but don’t let it talk you out of doing what you have to do.

Funny thing is when I finished the job I spoke of earlier the only complaint is I overpromised on their services. I promised their readers more than they are willing to deliver. Asides that they were cool with every other thing. Let’s just say I was over excited on their behalf.

So if you can set aside your fear and go ahead, you will discover fear is just a tool to help you do better than your average.

The best line to tow with your fear of failure is to see it as your ally and not a bad thing. And if you do fail eventually – know this – failure isn’t a bad thing, it’s what you do after the failure that counts.

What’s been your experience with failure? Do share in the comments.


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Secrets of Leadership : 9 Traits of Effective Leaders

Traits of effective leaders. I can bet this has crossed your mind on several occasions. It won’t be surprising you stay up late asking what makes business leaders so effective?

 

Steve Jobs’ effective leadership took Apple to where it is. Elon Musk took SpaceX and Tesla to its heights. Likewise, Mark Zuckerberg took Facebook global and Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos made it huge.

 

“When you were made a leader, you weren’t given a crown; you were given the responsibility to bring out the best in others”. – Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric.

 

Thence looking at these successful entrepreneurs something about them jumps right at you. You realize they have the traits of effective leaders. You look at yourself and wonder if you have those traits as well.

 

Also it’s no secret that a business or an organization needs an effective leader to succeed. However, don’t beat yourself up thinking you don’t have these traits. You do. The traits are buried within, you only need to look deep within to bring them to the surface.

 

Traits of Effective Leaders

I can tell you for free that if you have the following traits be rest assured you have what it takes to effectively lead your minions.

 

  • Motivational and Self-motivated

This leader influences you and gives you a strong reason to act or accomplish something. Likewise, they are motivated to do or achieve something due to their own enthusiasm and interest, without pressure from others.

 

Traits of effective leaders

 

  • Empathy

This is the ability to understand and share what another is feeling. The capacity to place oneself in another’s position. In addition they are personable, have high emotional intelligence and very compassionate.

 

  • Visionary

An effective leader has unique and original ideas about the future. With imagination he makes wise plans for the future. Also, empowers others.

 

  • Self-reflection

Equally important is self-reflection. This trait allows you to have serious thoughts about your character and actions. It gives you the ability to combine instinct (intuition) with facts. And such leaders are willing to learn.

 

  • Dauntless

An effective leader is fearless and determined. Confident, poise, courageous and stares down the naysayers. He hangs in there even when others around him say it can’t be done.

 

  • Adaptability

Being able to adjust to new conditions no matter the circumstances. Effective business leaders know how to drive through failure and make it work.

 

  • Excellent Communication Skills

The traits of an effective leader entail the ability to write and speak in clear and simple terms without compounding issues in time of crisis.

 

Traits of effective leaders

  • Creativity

The use of imagination or original ideas to create something new that adds value. It could be in terms of product, services or the standard of operating the organization.

 

  • Ethics

This trait entails the moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour most especially in a business environment. How do you comport yourself as a leader? Are you worthy of emulation? Or do you let everyone in your fold run wild?

 

There are different styles of leadership. No two leaders are the same, but the traits of an effective leader are the same across board. These traits aren’t necessarily inborn but they can be developed. Growing these traits takes you closer to being an effective business leader.

 

Additionally it takes an effective business leader among other things to make a business succeed.

Fear Of Failure: Symptoms, Causes And How To Overcome it

Virtually everyone in or starting a new business has the fear of failure.

As an entrepreneur or freelancer you’ll have questions such as can I finance this business, is my idea crappy, can I grow this business? And the one we all have – “will this business fail?”.

I can tell you for free I also have the fear of failure.

A freelance company commissioned me to write the website content for another company that’s just developing its website.

In excitement I went through the company’s whitepaper and other documents to have an understanding of the company. Whilst doing this fear grips me.

Crippling fear that I couldn’t put pen to paper. Thinking hope I won’t mess this up, hope I won’t under deliver and every other negative thoughts you can imagine.

I read and reread every single document I was sent for the job. Even went on LinkedIn to read up on the CEO and other key staff. Seeing their achievements scared me more and I almost turned down the job. Thence wondering what could I possibly write to impress these Masters and Doctorate holders in physics and other fields.

I remember my favorite quote and decide to take the risk.

The only thing stopping you is you. – Unknown.

Fear of failure

And that’s when it occurred to me that I actually have the fear of failure to deal with before I can do the gig.

You are probably thinking “no I don’t have the fear of failure”. Well below are signs to help you determine if you actually do or not.

Signs of fear of failure

  • Concentrating on mundane tasks

If you find yourself concentrating on unimportant tasks – procrastinating, rather than working on your project at hand, you are experiencing fear of failure.

  • Lowering your goals

If you set a goal to hit the sky then turn around to say you want to hit the roof top that’s a symptom of fear of failure. You are scared you can’t hit the sky as you first thought.

  • Lowering expectations.

Lowering your / people’s expectations of you. When there’s fear you downplay your expectations of the result you can achieve. Likewise you sell yourself short to people. Because you fear you will underperform or deliver on the job.

  • Over planning and researching

Do you over plan or over research before you take on a project? That’s a sign of fear right there. It makes you keep planning, thinking you are missing something out. When you actually aren’t.

Causes of fear of failure

  • Previous failures

Past failures can cause you to freeze in fear whenever there’s a job to be done. Because it’ll keep recurring in your mind if you don’t get past it.

  • Scared of criticism

Not everyone takes criticism well especially when it comes from loved ones. But if your reaction to criticism is extreme that’s fear rearing its ugly head.

  • Being unsure of yourself

When you constantly doubt yourself it might just be fear trying to talk you into giving up.

  • Perfectionism

If you are like me you are probably a perfectionist. When I’m contracted to do a job I go overboard to ensure I give my best. Even when the job is done and dusted I keep hanging on to it thinking it’s not yet perfect and there’s something I ought to do to make it perfect. This is a clear sign of fear of failure.

How to overcome fear of failure in business

  • Forget past failures.

Learn the lessons from your experience, forget the failure and look ahead.

  • Imagine success.

Write down your goals, better still have a vision board.

Fear of failure

If you can dream it you can achieve it . – Zig Ziglar.

  • Dwell on your wins

Create a “Win folder” on your phone, computer or where you can easily find it. Either small or big wins. And whenever fear grips you just go through this file and get uplifted.

  • Have SMART goals.

Set small goals to achieve big goals. Having a big goal is scary on its own so break it down into bits. For example rather than setting a goal to sell millions in a year break it down to sell a couple of thousands in a day.

  • Believe in yourself.

Be positive. Use mantras if you have to.

  • Keep learning.

Never stop learning. Only the dead stops learning. There’s always something new to learn.

  • Face your worst case scenario

Fear makes you think the worst will happen so ask yourself what’s the worst thing that can happen if you fail. Then face that scenario. You will realize it’s not that bad.

  • Experiment

Always see a new project first as an experiment. Simulate situations that can arise while doing that project and proffer solutions. This prepares you ahead for the real deal.

It’s normal to feel fear when you are about to embark on a project but don’t let it talk you out of doing what you have to do.

Funny thing is when I finished the job I spoke of earlier the only complaint is I overpromised on their services. I promised their readers more than they are willing to deliver. Asides that they were cool with every other thing. Let’s just say I was over excited on their behalf.

So if you can set aside your fear and go ahead, you will discover fear is just a tool to help you do better than your average.

The best line to tow with your fear of failure is to see it as your ally and not a bad thing. And if you do fail eventually – know this – failure isn’t a bad thing, it’s what you do after the failure that counts.

What’s been your experience with failure? Do share in the comments.

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