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Todd Goodbinder

Todd Goodbinder

Senior Vice President, Sales and Customer Loyalty of Comcast Business

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Made not Born: Five Tips for Becoming a Better Leader

June 26, 2014

Leadership can make the difference between surviving and thriving. Small business owners are entrepreneurs at their core, organizing a business venture and assuming the risk for it. Here are some practical suggestions for taking your pursuit of leadership further.

Leadership can make the difference between surviving and thriving. Small business owners are entrepreneurs at their core, organizing a business venture and assuming the risk for it. Here are some practical suggestions for taking your pursuit of leadership further.

1. Listen
You can create more value when you are actively listening to employees, polling customers and understanding the environment. Opening your heart and mind to a new approach will set you on the path to effective leadership.

2. Ask an expert
Your effectiveness as an executive is inextricably tied to your ability to lead and motivate your team. An executive coach can be your partner on your path to growth. Often, it's easier to recognize performance gaps in others rather than finding those gaps in ourselves. A coach can help you identify those gaps and personally work with you to refine your style.

3. Practice
Opportunities abound where leaders are needed to make a difference. Professional organizations seek leaders for projects or year-round direction. Similarly, you may hone your skills by sharing them with others at your local Chamber of Commerce. Bring your learned skills back to your own business.

4. Participate
If you do a Google search on “leadership seminar,” you'll be astounded by the sheer number of conferences, classes and seminars on all facets of leadership. Whether you want to jump right in through an intensive leadership boot camp or take a more measured approach, you'll be sure to find the right path for you.

5. Read
In complement to your other activities, become a student of leadership. Case studies, practical advice and applicable lessons for today's executive will allow you to apply gained insights directly to your own business. Leadership is not for everyone, but if you choose to embrace this path it can greatly enhance your business, your personal life and the people around you.

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