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6 Ways to Be Seen as a Leader in the Next 30 Seconds

Connecting with others, making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure the impact lasts are at the heart of leadership.

But the problem is that leaders tend not to have a lot of free time on their hands. So how can you engage in meaningful and memorable leadership with zero hours in the day to spare?

That’s where the 30-second challenge comes in. It turns out, there’s a lot you can do with a tiny sliver of time.

So whenever you want to engage and make a lasting impression, commit to spending 30 seconds to make a big impact. You could...

1. Give 30 Seconds of Encouragement

Your encouragement may be the catalyst that unleashes someone’s greatness. Let employees know you believe in them, and watch them step up.

2. Give 30 Seconds of Feeling Valued

Emphasize the connection between an employee’s role and the mission and goals of the organization. When people sense they are valued, they become more engaged and more productive.

3. Give 30 Seconds of Acknowledgement

It’s the fuel that great teams run on. When you acknowledge an employee, you are letting the person know that he or she is making a difference.

4. Give 30 Seconds of Gratitude

The root of great leadership is in the expression of sincere gratitude. Nothing goes further in building good relationships.

5. Give 30 Seconds of Praise

Keep it personal, specific, and meaningful so it doesn’t veer off into flattery.

6. Give 30 Seconds of Knowing Each Employee Matters

Let all of your employees know that no matter what they do, no matter what’s in their past, they can always become the best version of themselves.

There is a deep desire within everyone to make a difference. When leaders are able to recognize the need for validation and feeling value, leadership becomes memorable and impactful.

The results are profound. And all it takes is 30 seconds.

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