Discovering the Leader Within: 10 Key Leadership Lessons

Artika Tyner Posted by Artika Tyner, Author, Professor.

Public Policy Professor and Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the University of St. Thomas, Leadership Author, Civil Rights Attorney

Each and every day, I discover a new leadership lesson.

Each and every day, I discover a new leadership lesson. This follows the simple notion: leaders are first and foremost learners. As a leader, you should seek opportunities to learn and grow. This is integral to your success since leaders are lead problem solvers and strategic thinkers. As a learner, you can explore new ideas, challenge your assumptions, build strategic partnerships, and embrace diverse perspectives.

Over the years, I have compiled a list of key leadership lessons. These lessons have emerged after reflecting upon my daily learning experiences. Each day I ponder the question: what is in my hands to make a difference in the world? Exploring this question challenged me to connect my technical training and skills development with my moral responsibility to leave the world a better place than how I found it.

These lessons will serve as a guide as you begin to reflect on your leadership journey and your key learning experiences.

  1. Serve others: “The heart of the leader is manifested through service to others.”
  2. Always seek to learn: “The leader is always learning new things and gaining new insights.”
  3. Seek justice: “Make a commitment to serve the needs of the ‘least of these’ and give voice to the voiceless.”
  4. Lead authentically: “Be true to yourself-at the core of your leadership are your values and morals.”
  5. Be creative: “Your only limitation is the limits of your imagination so dream big.”
  6. Champion others: “A leader helps others to reach their full leadership potential.”
  7. Listen to others: “An effective leader is also an effective listener.”
  8. Engage in ongoing self-reflection: “Self-reflection helps one to gain new perspectives, foster connections, and develop self-awareness.”
  9. Chart a new course: “The leader goes courageously into uncharted territories and creates a new path.”
  10. Tap into your power: “Change requires action and action is an exercise of your power.”

Please share your key leadership lessons in the comments.


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