Do you have a heart? A brain? Eyes? Mouth?

Then I say you have everything you need to be a leader.

Are you willing to accept yourself and others? Can you help someone else do the same?

When you take the time to discover and develop the gifts and talents you’ve been giving, you open yourself up to helping others do the same. When you use these gifts, you become more confident. Confidence draws others to you, which allows you to help them grow.

Do you enjoy others? Do you appreciate their differences? Real leaders recognize the need for a multi-layered team. Each person adds a unique point of view and skill set. It’s not a competition. It’s about creating a desired outcome.

Can you develop a positive attitude? We all have bad days, but do you have a bad life? The way you think determines the way you look at people, the way you talk and the way you do your job. Positive attitudes draw positive expectations.

Cultivate your creativity. See things differently. Appreciate beauty in all things. It’s up to you to get the most out of every opportunity or environment you encounter. Create your own opportunities and create the change you seek.

Our greatest glory is not in failing, but in rising every time we fail. Every success if built on a failure. Can you recognize that failure is not the end? That it isn’t defeat? You have to cherish each learning lesson.

Are you clear on your values? Do you have a set of moral or spiritual values you believe? Do your actions meet those beliefs?

Leaders set goals and make a plan. You can’t reach a goal without them. Where are you going? Where are you now? How do you move to the next level? Ask yourself everyday if what you are going is making a positive difference and moving you forward with your plan.

Real leaders are visionaries. Do you see possibilities? Do you see hidden gifts in other people? To be a leader you need to dream.

With a willing attitude and an open heart, we’re each closer to being the kind of leader that can inspire great change and motivate others.

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