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With summer in full swing these days, I’m finding it a little more difficult to sit down and write for hours on end. I’d rather just relax and soak up some sun. I’m also getting ready to relaunch CEO Bootcamp and I look forward to working with another cohort of eager entrepreneurs.

So this month, I’ve decided to try something a little different. I’ve pulled together five points on leadership that will help you up your leadership game this summer. Enjoy!

1. Develop your leadership skills in a low-risk environment.

As I’ve pointed out many times before, at its heart leadership is really about effective communication. It takes courage to step into a situation that’s unfamiliar to you, or even to show up to a familiar situation and act differently. In this Harvard Business Review article, Peter Bregman takes you through a practical exercise on how to show up differently (even when it’s hard) and find success.

2. Adopt these 4 speaking habits to boost your leadership presence.

Being a leader is more than teaching your audience, it’s also about influencing them with your point of view. To convey leadership skills, you need to shift your mindset from educating your listeners to influencing them. This Fast Company article gives it to you straight and simple, yet they’re powerful shifts that can make a noticeable difference.

3. Here are 5 business trends that will continue to rise throughout 2019.

Sure, this article from Entrepreneur came out over the holidays, but now that we’ve reached the half-way point of the year, does this advice hold up? Well, yes actually. From mining data accurately to watching socially responsible firms move ahead of the pack, these five trends illustrate what leadership looks like from the top.

4. Here are 30 podcasts that will improve your leadership game. 

As podcasts continue to become more popular, there is an increasing number of podcasts related to leadership. Here are 30 of the top podcasts on leadership for 2019 as featured in Feedspot.

5. Want to project your strengths? Show your vulnerability. 

An excellent Forbes article by John Baldoni as he breaks down Brene Brown’s new book, Dare to Lead. Vulnerability is an essential component of authenticity. It’s how you connect with others around you more effectively. When a leader demonstrates vulnerability, he or she allows three things to occur: approachability, likeability and respectability.

As we head into the full swing of summer, I’m curious to know … what’s one thing you’ll try tomorrow that helps you show up in a different way? How will you stand in your power, even if it’s something as simple as giving some positive reinforcement to someone who needs it?

 

Christina Holloway is an executive coach and business coach. She helps executives and entrepreneurs grow their companies faster, create results-driven teams, and increase profitability. She has been featured in ForbesThe Huffington PostAddicted2Success and Fast Company. If you’re interested in working with Christina, take a look at her strategy sessions and contact her to get started.

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