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Cultivating Leadership Skills

by Jackie Meissner, Ruppert Landscape

Cultivating leadership skills is essential to reaching success, no matter the field or industry. Whether you are an employee, an entrepreneur, or a student, possessing leadership skills can make all the difference in achieving your goals. In this article, we will explore some ways to cultivate leadership skills effectively.

  1. Self-Reflection: The first step to cultivating your leadership skills is to engage in self-reflection. It is essential to take some time and think about your strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement. Once you identify your areas of improvement, create a plan to address them. You can learn a lot about yourself through self-reflection, and it can help you become more self-aware, an essential aspect of leadership.

  2. Learn Through Experience: One of the best ways to learn leadership skills is through experience. Get involved in a leadership position, join a leadership program, or participate in group projects in the workplace or other associations like CAI! The more you take on leadership roles, the more opportunities you have to develop skills like delegation, communication, and decision-making.

  1. Expand Your Knowledge: Continuing education is key to cultivating leadership skills. There is always more to learn, and the more knowledge you have, the more confident you will be in your leadership abilities. Consider taking leadership courses, reading books or articles about leadership, and attending seminars to keep up with the latest trends and practices in leadership.

  2. Practice Good Communication: Communication is one of the most important aspects of effective leadership. Good communication allows leaders to share their vision, build strong relationships, and motivate and inspire their team members. Practice active listening, be clear and concise in your communication, and be open to feedback to develop excellent communication skills.

  3. Positive Attitude: Leadership starts with a positive attitude. Leaders who have a positive attitude can inspire their team members to do their best work, stay motivated and work together towards a common goal. Cultivate positivity by focusing on the positive aspects of any situation, empowering others, and motivating your team.

  4. Develop Emotional Intelligence: Leaders with high emotional intelligence can recognize and control their emotions and understand those of their team members. Emotional intelligence helps leaders to build strong relationships, improve communication, delegate tasks effectively, and make wise decisions. Practice emotional intelligence by fostering empathy, staying calm under pressure, and emphasizing positive reinforcement.

  5. Lead by Example: Finally, the most effective way to cultivate your leadership skills is to lead by example. Be an example for others to follow, show integrity, and be accountable for your actions. When your team sees that you are leading by example, they will be more likely to emulate your behavior and strengthen their own leadership skills.

In conclusion, cultivating leadership skills takes time, effort, and dedication. Engage in self-reflection, gain experience, continue your education, practice good communication, foster a positive attitude, develop emotional intelligence, and lead by example. By developing these skills, you can lead with confidence and inspire others to reach their full potential.


Jackie Meissner is a Business Development Manager with CAI Keystone Business Partner member Ruppert Landscape and is her first year of service as a volunteer on the chapter’s P.U.L.S.E. Young Professionals committee. She can be contacted at jmeissner@rupertcompanies.com