10 Characteristics Effective Leaders Possess

Great Article from William Montgomery

Great leaders come in all shapes and sizes, and they certainly aren’t limited to a particular industry or to FTSE 100 companies. An effective leader can be anyone from a politician to a small business owner. However, despite the vast differences in professions and backgrounds, there are certain things that all great leaders have in common. The question is, do you see any of these qualities in yourself?

1. They have a positive attitude. Effective leaders know that they won’t have a happy and motivated team unless they themselves exhibit a positive attitude. This can be done by remaining positive when things go wrong and by creating a relaxed and happy atmosphere in the workplace. Even some simple things like providing treats on a Friday can make the world of difference. An added perk is that team members are likely to work harder and do overtime when needed if they’re happy and appreciated.

2. They know how to manage failure and set backs. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, failures will happen. That’s okay; you just need to know how to deal with them. Effective leaders take them in their stride. They remain calm and think logically through the situation. They utilise their resources. What they don’t do is fall apart and reveal to their team how worried they are. This leads to negative morale and fear. Great leaders do in fact lead, even when they’re faced with setbacks.

3. They take responsibility. Effective leaders know that when it comes to their company, work place or whatever situation they’re in, they need to take personal responsibility for failure. How can they expect employees to hold themselves accountable if they themselves don’t? The best leaders don’t make excuses; they take the blame and then work out how to fix the problem as soon as possible. This proves that they’re trustworthy and possess integrity.

4. They develop those around them. Any good leader knows how important it is to develop the skills of those around them. The best can recognise those skills early on. Not only will development make work easier as they improve and grow, it will also foster morale. In addition, they may develop some skills that you don’t possess that will be beneficial to the workplace. Share your knowledge with your team. Give them the opportunity to achieve. You will have their respect and loyalty if you do.

5. They are able to delegate. No matter how much you might want to, you can’t actually do everything yourself. Even if you could, in a team environment that would be a terrible idea anyway. Effective leaders recognise that delegation does more than simply alleviate their own stress levels (although that’s obviously reason enough). Delegating to others shows that you have confidence in their abilities, which subsequently results in higher morale in the workplace, as well as loyalty from your team. They want to feel appreciated and trusted.

6. They know how to communicate. This is far more complex than it actually sounds. Good communication skills are essential for an effective leader. You may very well understand what’s going on inside your head, but that doesn’t mean that you can adequately take the ideas out of it and explain them to someone else. They can’t all be idiots if this problem seems to be a reoccurring one. The best leaders need to be able to communicate clearly with the people around them. They also need to be able to interpret other people properly and not take what they say personally. If this is an area you have difficulty with, a good starting point is encouraging communication between team members and establishing an open door policy.

7. They exhibit confidence. All effective leaders have to exhibit an air of confidence if they’re going to succeed. Please don’t confuse this with self-satisfaction and arrogance. You want people to look up to you for inspiration, and for your judgement. Confidence is important because people will be looking to you on how to behave, particularly if things aren’t going to plan. If you remain calm and poised, so will your team. As a result, morale and productivity will remain high and the problem will be solved more quickly. If you panic and give up, they will know immediately and things will simply go down hill from there. So be confident.

8. They use their intuition. It’s safe to say that all effective leaders will have to enter unchartered waters at some point during their career. Because of this, they have to be able to trust their intuition and draw on past experiences to guide them. In addition to this, they have to trust enough in their own intuition in order to guide their team.

9. They have a sense of humour. It’s imperative for any kind of leader to have a sense of humour, particularly when things go wrong. And they will. Your team members are going to be looking to you for how to react in a seemingly dire situation. You need to be able to laugh things off, because if staff morale goes down, so will productivity. Establish this environment prior to any meltdown by encouraging humour.

10. They show commitment. Firstly, you need to stick to your commitments and promises. If you don’t you will come across as an untrustworthy leader and people won’t have any confidence in you. Secondly, you need to be the most committed and hard working person on the job. You need to lead by example. All effective leaders do this. Why should your staff and team members give it their all if you don’t bother? By proving your own commitment you will inspire others to do the same, as well as earn their respect and instil a good work ethic.



Doing Business with Friends


Where do you find good business deals? Through networking. That’s a strange word – and sounds a bit impersonal! Perhaps a better term is friendship.

Just like children, make this a natural part of your business growth and development. Those social experiences do actually lead to an extension of your business circle – and your potential sales network.

Business deals happen through friendship – it’s a fact. You get to talking to a new contact and realise that you have compatible business models, attitudes, and values. You realise that your businesses could mutually support each other and you settle on a deal that seems win-win.

Let’s face it – we all do business with people who we know, like and trust.

If the deal works and everyone does their part honestly and honourably, then the deal adds value and generates positive results and it strengthens the friendship too.

Try doing a million pounds’ worth of business with someone, and see how friendly you become! The trust element is essential and if things go well, then more business will likely result.

So, Work at doing business with your friends and make a point of continually making new friends – whilst looking after your existing contacts.

Xenca can help you to do this effectively, with the support that we give our Associates.

The Story Of The Teacher And The Jar



A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty jar.

And proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous Yes.

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the space between the grains of sand. The students laughed.

Now, said the professor, as the laughter subsided, I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things — your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions — things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else — the small stuff.

If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your kids, take time to get medical check ups, take your partner out to dinner. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first — the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled, I’m glad you asked.

It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.

It’s Really Not You – It’s Just Numbers!


It’s really not you – it’s just numbers!

Every ‘No’ takes you one step closer to a ‘Yes’. I know that you’ve probably heard that said repeatedly before but the fact remains – it’s the way it works. It’s a numbers game.

If you are not hearing No then you’re not talking to enough people.

You have to keep this key point in mind. It’s not you or even your product that they are saying ‘No’ to. It simply means it wasn’t the right decision for that individual at that time, which is outside of your control and therefore really nothing to do with you. So don’t take it personally.


Ready – Fire – Aim

You want to tell someone about your business but something is stopping you from taking the plunge. In a way that’s great news, after all if you are feeling anxious about presenting your business it means that growing your business is important to you.

First and foremost be sure to know your business and its products. Once you’ve done some of the training, it’s time to put it into action; it’s really as simple as that. It doesn’t matter what the other person thinks of you, it’s your responsibly to simply spread the word about your business.

The next time you meet a potential client count to three (to yourself of course!) and talk about your business, that way you won’t even give your thoughts a second chance to interfere with your presentation.


The paralysis of analysis

Do you find yourself using every excuse to avoid going out into the big wide world and making a start on your business?

Starting your business can be daunting but that’s only because it’s new to you, but sitting at home organising your filing system will not move your business forward! It’s not because you aren’t ready that you feel like this, it’s because you’re stepping outside of your comfort zone.

The good thing is that everyone who has made it in business has been through exactly the same emotions and fears that you are now facing. Your performance does not have to be perfect – you don’t have to know everything and your style will be different from everyone else, but that’s the unique thing about you and your business.

Have the confidence to move your business forward, don’t waste the knowledge you have learned and the investment you made.

Count to three and go – take a step forward and be ready to grow YOUR business.

Xenca Talks to 2x Britains Strongest Man Laurence Shahlaei

Hi Everyone Here is some exciting news!!

This video is now up on YouTube … This is a really powerful endorsement of Xenca products.

Laurence uses Xenca Five a Day+ and Xenca Collagen Revitalise

Laurence Shahlaei

2X Britain’s Strongest Man, 5X World strongest man competitor, official Guinness World Record holder, 2X Giants Live Winner


After a month of taking the Xenca Revitalise Collagen I started to really feel the benefits. The small, niggling injuries had cleared up completely and the bigger injuries already showed a great improvement. After 3 months the pain in my shoulder had gone completely and I was able to start training it properly again. In March 2013 I competed in the British championship and won the circus dumbbell (100kg for 6 reps), an event I was convinced I’d never be able to do again. Although my strength is still slightly down right now, largely due to the amount of time I’ve spent recovering instead of training, for the first time in 2 years I’m injury free and not in pain.

I’m still competing in strongman but just sticking to the bigger competitions now to ensure my body always has plenty of recovery time. I’m convinced that with the continued use of the Xenca Revitalise Collagen (and if I stay injury free!), that by later on this year I can be at my strongest yet.