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Leadership Lessons

At some point in your life, you’ve probably worked with a natural leader—an individual who effortlessly does the right thing and inspires others to Do Better Work. But for the majority of us, leadership doesn’t come this easily. We have to learn hard leadership lessons, practice, and develop our skills over time. 

That’s why we put together a collection of resources and leadership lessons to help you become the best leader possible. From free leadership lessons to fun activities, this list offers something for everyone.

5 Free Leadership Lessons

Leadership lessons are designed to improve key skills like communication, decision-making, and even change management. Lessonly offers a selection of free leadership lessons that include tips,tricks, practice scenarios, and examples to help leaders do their best work. Take a look at some of our most popular and quick leadership lessons!

How to Be a Better Business Writer
This lesson helps leaders avoid the trap of jargon-filled business writing. It provides eight tips based on HBR’s 8 Keys to Better Business Writing by Susan Adams that’ll take your writing from good to great.

8 Ways to Communicate Change to Employees
If there’s one thing we all know for sure, it’s that change is constant. And the rate of change is only going to increase—particularly as technology continues to evolve. Every leader needs to know how change impacts employees, why change matters, and how to best support employees during transitions. This lesson teaches leaders to craft communication and messaging to employees during times of change. 

How to Maximize Employee Strengths
Every great leader needs to know how to leverage their team members’ talents and abilities and identify their own areas for improvement. This lesson gives leaders a step-by-process to assess weakness, get employees on board, develop a plan, and provide support. 

Top New Manager Mistakes
The role of a first-time manager can appear daunting. Overseeing the work of others and guiding them down the right path is a big responsibility. This lesson breaks down common mistakes that new managers make with the goal of helping them understand why they can happen and how to avoid them. If you’re a new manager and you’re looking for a way to navigate around these mistakes, this is the lesson for you.

How to Have Difficult Conversations 
As a leader, you need to be able to address issues related to your employees that range from dress code to performance problems—and everything in between. These aren’t easy conversations, but they’re necessary. This lesson arms leaders with helpful ways to approach difficult conversations so they’re more gentle, effective, clear, and kind.

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5 of the Best Leadership Books

Go to any bookstore and you’ll find countless books jam-packed with leadership lessons and tips. We asked some of our team members about the best books for business leaders and here’s what they suggested:

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t
Great leaders create environments that inspire people to work together and do remarkable things. Simon Sinek notices that some teams rely on one another so deeply while other teams are doomed for failure because they lack that key ingredient of trust. This book shares lessons from great leaders to help others foster trust and cooperation among their team. 

The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You
Author Julie Zhuo was a rookie manager at the age of 25. After starting a long list of logistics, from hiring and firing to planning and pitching, she searched for the secret to confidently leading her team. The Making of a Manager is a modern guide packed with everyday examples and insights to be the kind of manager you wish you had. 

Do Better Work: Finding Clarity, Camaraderie, and Progress in Work and Life
In this book by Lessonly CEO, Max Yoder, leaders get practical yet profound advice for better work. While this book is for anyone—no matter your rank or role—if you want to see understanding, accountability, and progress on your team, this book is for you. 

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts
Author Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Her newest book, based on research with leaders and change-makers, shows us how to put ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.

Leadershift: The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace
John Maxwell, an international leadership expert, teaches readers how to shift their leadership to keep innovating, improving, and influencing others. He does this by sharing eleven shifts he made over the course of his long and successful leadership career.

3 Leadership Activities

Leadership skills may not come naturally to everyone. The good news is that everyone can hone their skills with intentional practice and dedication. Whether your team prefers fun games, 5-minute leadership activities, or interactive workshops, there’s a variety of leadership development options to choose from. Take a look at a few quick leadership activities that our team enjoys. 

“Yes! And…”

Leaders need to think quickly and positively. This interactive activity teaches leaders the power and importance of saying “yes” to drive engagement. In this activity, leaders have to reply with “yes, and” no matter what their partner says. This exercise shows that positivity results in people feeling heard, valued, and accountable. Learn more about the power of “yes,” here.

Leadership Pizza

This leadership development activity offers asks team members to slice and dice leadership into the skills, attributes, and attitudes they find most important to be an effective leader. Then, they assess their own development in each area. It’s a great tool to set leadership development goals and prioritize areas for improvement.

Leadership Roundtables

For this activity, set up a number of tables that each have a different set of tasks on them. The tasks should include numerous steps that have to be delegated amongst team members. The twist? Each table has to select only one team member who can communicate and delegate these tasks. Time each table to see how long it took to finish the project and then discuss what worked and what could have been better.

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