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Leadership 101: Part 2 - The Truth about Leadership

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

A leader is a dealer in hope. - Napoleon Bonaparte


Leadership is not a natural skill in us. According to research, the best leaders are the ones that have a growth mindset. A growth mindset believes any skills can grow with dedication and challenging work. It is a skill you can create and buy with time, patience, and practice. 


According to researchers, leaders’ behavior can influence the mindset of others, the environment in which they are, the cohesion and efficacy of a group, and it can even affect the amount of conflict experienced in the group. Even if only 10% of the population are natural leaders, we will all have to prove our leadership skills at one point. 


The good news is that leadership can be taught, and we hope to help you with this book. The other aspect of outstanding leadership is their ability to be involved and engaged. All the work you will be doing with this book will allow you to experience what you need to develop your leadership skills firsthand. Be mindful of that experience, and do not hesitate to use that knowledge and experience in coaching others. 


A study completed with 300,000 business leaders revealed the following top abilities:  


• Strategic thinking 

• Driving results 

• Inspiring

• Communicating in a challenging situation

• Critical thinking, powerful and practical problem-solving abilities

• Building relationships 

• Proving 

• Displaying technical or problem-solving, integrity, professional ability, and honesty 

• Creating and innovating 

• Developing others 


These skills can be developed and used in various areas of your life. The next chapter will explore the following subjects and supply a leadership skill self-assessment. 

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