They say leaders are born, while others say you can learn to be a leader. The truth of the matter is, you can learn to become a leader. It simply takes determination and knowing what you want to be to become that great leader people aspire to be. Below are some practical hacks from global leaders who made it or are still making it big. Using their insights, it will hopefully show you how to professionally grow as a leader. Let’s dive into it, shall we? Know What Motivates You You should establish what drives you to want to be an exemplary leader. With motivation, nothing (and I mean nothing at all) can come in your way to greatness. You have to find the “why” in your quest for leadership, and the rest will take care of itself. It will be like finding your purpose and giving it all you got to achieve exactly that. Face Your Flaws We all have our flaws, but most of us do not face them. You cannot run away from your weaknesses if you want to be a great leader. You need to learn to face them head on. Once you do that, no one will be able to use your weaknesses against you. You can rise as high as you wish once you have your flaws tucked behind you. Don’t Fear Failures, Learn from Them Success is sweet, but you can learn a lot from failure. Learn to embrace failure when it comes your way. When you go down, you get up with a lot of experience and lessons. Make sure you do not fail twice for the same mistake and are applying what you learned from the first time to prevent doing so. Interestingly, some of the world’s greatest leaders have failed more times than they could count. Take Criticism Positively Although it would be great to be 100% correct about everything all of the time, it is impossible to do so. You will make mistakes and get criticism. Take such feedback, good or bad, as a chance to grow. Learn to accommodate opinions from others and your path to becoming a great leader will get a massive boost. Listen to Mentors and Successful Leaders There are always going to be people who have knowledge about things that you may not know of. It does not mean that you are weak in any way, it just goes to show that you have that much more opportunity to grow. When those with leadership experience speak, listen to them. Try to learn from them as much as possible. Take the information that you find most valuable to make yourself a unique leader. Your mentors and other people you look up to have seen, done and conquered most of the challenges to leadership. You will get a vast amount of wisdom from listening to them. Be humble and ready to learn from anyone with a positive influence. Never Settle for Less Do not allow limitations to get into your way up the ladder. Be bold and ask for more and better because that is what you deserve. Only those who are weak settle for mediocrity, and you are not one of those. The majority will be broken down by a few setbacks. You are not them. In fact, you belong to the minority who will not settle for good enough, but will not rest until you get the best. Your potential is as broad as you believe it to be. Risk nothing and get nothing; risk all and win all. It is a fair game and what goes around always comes around. Invest in You Nothing will come to you sitting. You have to be better than everyone else to get the best. Find time to read and get inspired. Keep company of people who make you better everyday. If you feel good about yourself, everyone else will begin to feel the same. Be at your best at all times, and never see a challenge as too big to try. Takeaway To be a great leader, you have to put your best foot forward. These were some key tips to keep in mind when you’re learning how to professionally grow as a leader. Besides just knowing what to do to become a great leader, you must also believe in yourself and others will too. It will not be an easy path, but with dedication and resilience; the sky will not be your limit.