I recently had the opportunity to participate in a week long leadership conference sponsored by the Leadershape Institute (If anyone has a chance to participate in one of their workshops go for it It is a life changing experience) Amongst the many things I learned three things stuck out to me the most Firstly being loud and outgoing doesn’t necessarily make you a better leader We tend to associate leadership roles with being outgoing energetic and able to command some form of respect What does this mean for those who are naturally more reserved? The introverts of society? We don’t see them as having the qualities to lead It is important to understand that being a leader is not about being able to bark out orders or raise your voice to get things done To me leadership is about having a vision and having the ability to work with others in order to achieve that vision Being a leader is not about commanding attention by way of being out there You can also be mellow and be a good leader Various personality types bring different skills to the table While some people might be able to make quick decisions and jump right into things (not a bad thing) others might take more time to try to see the bigger picture before committing to something (Again this also is not a bad thing) Personally I believe that being a leader has more to do with your values and work ethic than your personality The second important thing I took from the conference is that you have to be ready to step out of your comfort zone Sometimes your role as a leader will challenge you to try out new experiences You have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone to gain new and different experiences Having courage gets you started you just have to be willing to follow through Finally I learned the importance of integrity I would say that this is the most important thing to consider as a leader A good leader should be someone whose actions are in line with their values (Assuming your values don’t promote hate or harm) You don’t want to be the type of person that says one thing and does another People will not trust you No matter the situation you have to be willing to act in accordance with your values As I learn from my time at the Leadershape Institute always choose the hard right over the easy wrong

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