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How to Become a Leader Others Love to Follow

Everyone loves a great boss.

And everyone loves to be led by a positive, kind, skilled leader.

But it seems few people think they are led by a leader like that.

The tone the leader sets is a major factor behind the reality that over 70 percent of people don’t like their jobs.

If you’re a leader, that’s got to hurt.

So … change that. Go be that positive, kind, skilled leader.

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It would be great if it was that simple, wouldn’t it?

Being honest, one of the challenges associated with being the leader of an organization (in my case, a church I love) is that my mood tends to impact the mood of the organization.

That would be fantastic if my mood was always positive. But being human, that doesn’t happen every day.

Sometimes the pressure and weight of leadership preoccupies me. Add to that any personal space I might be in, and my mood can require work.

Kindness is an almost instant casualty of stress, at home and at work.

So how do you stay positive? How do you show kindness when your mood might move you in the opposite reaction?

Here are 15 actions and skills that depend less on emotion than they do on discipline. The good news is that you can do them, even if you don’t feel like doing them:

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Speaker and podcaster Carey Nieuwhof is a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church, one of the largest and most influential churches in Canada. With over 6 million downloads, The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast features today's top leaders and cultural influencers. His most recent book is “Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the 7 Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences.” Carey and his wife, Toni, reside near Barrie, Ontario and have two children.