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Published:December 10th, 2009 13:35 EST
Becoming A Successful Leader

Becoming A Successful Leader

By Dan Goldberg

Excerpted from my book "Lighten Up and Lead"


For years we`ve heard about leadership techniques that can bring substantial results to the workplace, to teams in sports, non-profit organizations and community groups, and just about any other entity in society.

The Dwight Eisenhower quote "Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he (or she) wants to do it." is one of my all time favorites. It crystallizes the essence of leadership. However it also leaves us asking the question, "What techniques and skills does one have to have in order to achieve those lofty results?"

For more years than I`d like to count I have been training, coaching, and consulting to individuals and organizations on building more effective, efficient, and profitable businesses through leadership; sales leadership, executive leadership, management leadership, and all the other leaderships you can imagine. Obviously each area has a common thread - someone has to lead, even if it`s you leading you!

What does it take? Well - laughter, humor and fun play a foundational role in my writing and philosophy of leadership.

Too often leaders take themselves so seriously that they create an underlying angst within their organizations. People either become anxious and learn to deal with the situation (antacids and a glass of wine at lunch may be part of the solution), play "How do we avoid the boss?" or quit. You see, leadership isn`t always positive. A leader can lead his or her company right into bankruptcy, dissolution, or chaos.

The most important element in any organization is its people; even in this virtual world "someone has to be behind the screen. So what`s the secret in being an effective leader, a leader who people line up to work for? Of course focus; planning, understanding the market, knowing yourself and your team members` behaviors, attitudes, motivators and information processing styles are important elements. As are a complete knowledge of the goals and objectives of the organization, as well as trust, keeping your word, respect, integrity, and being able to make productive decisions. However the real secret is making people want to work for and with you because you are light, bring lightness to their lives, and create an enLightened workplace. And that means laughter, humor, and fun, which coincidently translate into lower turnover, an easier means of attracting new people, and more creativity.

Laughing your way to the bank is not some abstract term. Laughter, humor, and fun are fundamental ingredients to a successful business and life.

By the way, just to make things clear, I`m not saying to wear flippers, goggles, and a snorkel to your next finance meeting. Hey, wait "that might work! Nah. But please lighten up. Eh "the outfit "maybe at the creative retreat. And don`t forget to wear it with your suit! Lovely!

Dan Goldberg is a keynote speaker and the President of Dan Goldberg Consulting, L.L.C. a training, coaching and business development firm located in the Philadelphia, PA area. He is the author of the book Lighten Up and Lead, " co-author (with Don Martin) of the book The Entrepreneur`s Guide to Successful Leadership, " and author of The Six Steps To Solid Sales Success " and The Seven Elements of Successful Management " programs and the audio tape Growing A Successful Business ". You can contact him at, visit his website at or reach him at (215) 233-5352. You can also follow Dan on twitter at:, become a fan of Dan Goldberg on facebook, and/or join his new facebook group; Mastering enLightened Leadershipâ„¢.