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By Chris L. Gilrath II

It is Sunday night the second day of the weekend. Instead of basking in the glow of the Sabbath, a day of rest, you are sitting on your couch unable to focus. You are worried about Monday and the pressures that come from your supervisor. Ever been there? It can keep people calm during a crisis. With this skill, you can empower others to see the best in themselves. It is a quality that every job and every business must have to survive; it is effective leadership. In careers such as lawyers, doctors, and teachers, managers must develop and continue developing their skills and craft to grow and improve themselves. Staff depends on outstanding leadership to thrive and increase their productivity and skill sets. We are seeing the consequences of ineffective leadership from our top leaders right now. Our current crisis requires robust and reliable leaders willing to listen and do what is best for all those who look to them in times like these. Failure to be a great leader can have dire consequences. According to a Gallup poll done in 2018, Gallup studied 7,272 adults and found that onehalf had quit a job because of a bad manager. In my 28-year career, I have worked with several leaders and managers that have taught me very different lessons. Good or bad, I have nevertheless learned from them. Most importantly, I have learned what good leadership looks like and what lousy leadership is. It inspired me to become a leader and manager. Throughout my career, I have taken on leadership positions. I even obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Management. But learning the science of Management and leadership is not enough. For me, it is a skill that I must continue to learn and develop. The best way to do that is to learn from my staff and work with them, not above them. For me to be an effective leader, these characteristics help me thrive as a subordinate and help my employees thrive.