Skills for Living and Leading

Success in life demands quite a few skills that are rarely taught in school or trained in the workplace. Many times, these skills are learned on the go or acquired through time, trial, and error. With a little forethought, planning, and adaptability, these skills can be put to use in both professional and personal life. It just requires thinking outside the box.

1. Time management

Effective time management is one of the most highly valued skills by employers. But Time Management is not only useful at work; it is a very important skill to have in personal life too. While there is no one right way, it’s important to find a system that works for you.

2. Empathy

Being a dedicated, disciplined, and brilliant Team Leader is a wonderful thing, but if you don’t care for or empathize with co-workers and subordinates, then you are basically going to fail as a leader. Being and effective and respected leader requires listening and compassionate detachment, both are huge in developing empathy. This same skill is also required in personal life if we are to enjoy fulfilling relationships with friends, family, and spouses.

3. Self-Talk

A little self-criticism is a good thing. Often, a reality check motivates you to be a better you. However, there is a major difference between “I need to work out more,” and “I’m a fat piece of sh*t.” One helps you to recognize that you need a change in a gentle manner that seems attainable; the other deepens a limiting belief of worthlessness.

Learning to speak positively, and being aware of what you are saying, can go a long way toward raising your confidence and help you to believe that you are capable enough, strong enough, and powerful enough.

4. Asking for help

Knowing when you need help, and then asking for it, is surprisingly difficult to learn and do because no leader wants to be perceived as weak or incompetent. But in reality, doing so makes you look more, not less, capable. When you ask people for help or advice, you validate their intelligence or expertise, which makes for mutually fulfilling relationships in both personal and professional life.

5. Consistency

Consistency is vital to success in both personal and professional life. It is vital in achieving success, and vital in maintaining it. People often start to slack off when they reach the top or achieve contentment. But to maintain that top position or comfortable lifestyle, often requires us to work even more. If we have consistency, we can work smarter rather than harder.

Developing these 5 skills will go a long way in the fulfillment of workplace goals and personal desires. It takes practice… a lot of practice, but in the end, life is fuller, richer, and far more enjoyable.

Believe to Achieve!

Joe Vulgamore is a Life Coach, and Leadership Development Specialist as well as a Personal Development Author and Speaker. He works with Leaders who are struggling to sharpen their edge, perform at optimum levels, and achieve excellence. He has a proven track record of helping thousands of people from over 14 countries, across 5 continents, to make life-transformations through one-to-one coaching and workshops.

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