What Makes a Good Leader?

business-561388_1280Going through the motions of an intense business course has really opened my eyes to a lot of things I would have never thought of. Some of the most important points being made to our class seem so “common sense” and straight forward that it’s hard to think you actually have to be taught this kind of stuff.

Having problem solving abilities is obviously essential in business, but in a number of my past jobs I’ve seen the same patterns that create an unhealthy work environment. Positions of power can really drive a person to become arrogant and condescending. I think in many cases, managers or other authority figures can’t see this behavior in themselves so they so they continue behaving in an inappropriate way. Businesses strive on strong leadership, but what makes a good leader?

If a manager is friendly and sociable with staff does it make that manager vulnerable? Does passive aggressive behavior create tension? Can controlling tendencies be adjusted when a person has always been a certain way in situations?

You may recall the saying: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks!” Is it true?

I’ve come across many problems like these on more than one occasion, and it seems to me that there are many important strategies and approaches being overlooked by influential people in business.

Why does control and power make people so… hungry?

By hungry I mean: power-hungry.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had great bosses as well, but for the most part my experience working for other people has not been ideal. Although I can understand the immense pride that comes along with having your own business, I believe a lot of people end up being trapped in that box with no windows.

To function as an effective manager you always have to think outside the box.


Yesterday in my Business Administration course, we learned about culture in organizational structures and how culture is created. Culture is developed from the particular history that is uniquely tailored by each organization. Great leaders who pay attention to necessary detail  and build strong professional relationships succeed in the business world because they lead by example. There are various ways in which culture is created. Each company designs it’s own culture whether it be good or bad.

Good leaders create a good culture.

A great leader is motivating and inspiring. 🙂 The adaptable role model will always build on the effectiveness of their decision making while learning lessons along the way.

So, what do you look for in a leader? What kind of characteristics do you prefer when being delegated responsibility? Do you consider yourself a leader or more of a follower?

I’ve always considered myself to be a natural born leader so I guess that’s why this subject interests me so much. Developing ones self has been a key trait in my lifetime. I absolutely love learning about this kind of stuff. 😀finger-man-451211_1280

What are your thoughts? What do you think makes a good leader?


My journey to becoming a writer. Part One: Narrowing the Niche!

It’s already Friday and I’m wrapping up all of my new-found knowledge in the beginning stages of becoming a writer. I’m going to start doing this at the end of each week so I can share with everyone on the same journey. I’ve really learned a lot this week about writing and I’m finally starting to feel more comfortable with it. The biggest thing that’s been drilled into my head during this learning process is:

You have to find your niche. SO what the heck is a niche?


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Niche (/ˈnʃ/ or US /ˈnɪ/) may refer to:

Thank you Wikipedia 🙂 We just learned seven other uses for the term Niche. Who knew a Niche was a horse? Probably horse people.horse writer

A niche is essentially your writing focus. If you look up the definition for Niche Market it will basically tell you this: you have to target a particular demographic. You need to find your audience. Who is your writing speaking to?

When I thought about that question I answered: “I want to help change the world and get everyone involved. I’ll write about that!”

Then I realised that is a pretty broad topic and comes with quite a large span of sub-topics to say the least. So I had to think about narrowing it down. My head was (and still is) so full of ideas and thoughts and stories. How do you narrow down your niche?

I found the most common way to do this is to make a mind map like this one:

mind map

You put your main idea in the middle and work from the inside out. Break it down and build your structure. Bringing us back to the definition: Niche (architecture), an exedra or an apse that has been reduced in size. Kind of the same thing right?

In architecture, an exedra is a semicircular recess or plinth, often crowned by a semi-dome, which is sometimes set into a building’s façade. OR the apse from Latin apsis: “arch, vault”

You could think of it as your brain structure. BAM!

In my journey to becoming a successful writer I want to share this knowledge with others who are struggling with this process. This method has really helped me discover my niche. I can’t write about things until experience them so essentially my center subject is myself and my journey. It took me a while to figure this out. The experience, the lessons and all the essential steps I will have to take to become a great writer start here. And hopefully that means a lot of adventure in my future endeavours!

So how did you narrow down your niche? Did it take you a long time to figure it out too? Are you still trying to decide which direction to take your writing? I’m realising more and more that it’s actually quite difficult to become a successful writer. It takes a lot of time and patience just like anything else. And when your at the bottom… you have to work your way up. It’s all about the determination, structure and CONTENT! CONTENT! CONTENT!!

I still have so much to learn. If just finding the main topic I’m going to write about takes this long… then my first baby steps are just being taken! I am such a newby 🙂

Now the next teeny tiny baby step… to write a bunch of stuff!!

I’d love to hear about YOUR JOURNEY to becoming a successful writer too!tomatoes-447170_1280

What are your tiny goals and dreams? What is your tiny story?

The best way to learn about this stuff is to connect and share with people. Do YOU have any tips on how to become a successful writer? 🙂 I sure hope so!

Happy writing! xo