4 Traits That Make Great Leaders

Not all successful people are leaders, and not all leaders are successful. There are a number of attributes that separate a leader from a follower, but there are even more that separate a great leader from a failed leader.
According to Inc.com, here’s a list of four traits that make the all the difference:
Aspire – The definition of what’s “possible” is constantly changing. A hundred years ago, we wouldn’t have dreamed of half the things we can do today. Some of these things we couldn’t have imagined even five years ago! It takes the aspiration of a great leader to change something from “impossible” to “possible.” It’s the only reason humanity has come this far, and the only reason it will continue to progress.
Plan – Aspiration is nothing if you don’t have a plan to follow through with. You can have the best ideas in the world, but if you don’t take this step, they will remain ideas forever. An effective plan takes knowledge, creativity, and perseverance, and it’s another mark of a great leader.
Inspire – Often, your plan will require the help of others. A true leader uses his or her power of inspiration to find those who are willing to help. People can only be inspired by authentic passion, personality, and charisma, and a great leader has to do this if they want people to get behind them.
Execute – It’s still possible to have the three previous traits and still not reach your goal as a leader. You have to be able to execute the plan you’ve made, or you haven’t truly accomplished anything. A great leader must have the ability to follow through and see their idea to the end.

Take Control of Your Mood!

It happens to all of us. Every now and then we get snappy, irritable, and annoyed by every little thing that isn’t perfect. While these times are impossible to avoid completely, there are things we can do to make it better for ourselves. Your body and mind are so closely connected that these simple actions can dramatically affect your mood for the better — and all the science is there to back it up! If you follow these tips from Lifehacker, you might find that you have more control than you think.

Eat – Don’t take this the wrong way — it’s not a good idea to overeat when you’re in a bad mood! However, if it’s been a while since your last meal, a healthy snack replenishes nutrients, and a healthy body can make a healthy mind. Also, spicy foods release endorphins, a chemical that creates feelings of happiness: bring on the heat!

Exercise – For all of you who may not enjoy a spicy snack, a bit of exercise releases the same endorphins. This may not be a permanent solution, but it’s a great way to sweat off the small stuff — literally!

Listen to Music – Listening to music that you know and love triggers dopamine in the brain, a hormone that can have a similar effect to endorphins. After all, music soothes even the savage beast!

Embrace It – A sour mood makes you focus your attention more on specific things, instead of seeing the bigger picture. This is usually a bad thing, but you can use it to your advantage! Take the opportunity to tackle big projects, or anything that requires a lot of focus. Not only is this a good outlet for your current mindset, but at the end of it, you’ve been productive! This can relieve stress and make your entire day better.

Don’t forget that these things may work differently for everybody. It’s important to know yourself: be aware of your mood and know what works for you!

Making YOUR Mark!

Earlier today, Seth Godin posted this ROCKIN quote on his blog:

“One option is to struggle to be heard whenever you’re in the room… Another is to be the sort of person who is missed when you’re not. The first involves making noise. The second involves making a difference.

The key here is that instead of wanting people to hear you, you should want people to WANT to hear you. This is how we truly make an impact, and it’s also the foundation of good teamwork.

So take the time to ask yourself: Which kind of person am I? How am I making my mark?