What makes a great leader? Here are three things you can do to help improve your leadership skills.

1. Become a better communicator.

Great leaders are effective communicators. If you struggle in this department, it may be time to hone your communication skills. When it comes to effective communication, practice makes perfect. I used to hate public speaking and avoided it at all cost. Everything changed when I joined Toastmasters International. Whether you’re giving impromptu comments or a prepared speech, every meeting provides an opportunity to speak in a supportive environment. Find a club near you to get started.

2. Gain confidence.

Great leaders are confident. Did you know that changing your body language can make you feel more confident?  Regardless of how you really feel, “high-power poses” can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain—tricking your brain into feeling more confident. Amy Cuddy’s TED talk will explain how. Try a power pose before your next big meeting or interview.

3. Develop self-awareness.

Great leaders have self-awareness. They understand and reflect on their strengths and weaknesses. They embrace their failures, learn from them, and know that they must do better. You can start to develop self-awareness by taking a free online assessment to better understand your personality, style, and strengths and weaknesses.

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