The Voice of Influence

September 12, 2018  /  By Tracey Hughes

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The term “leadership” gets used frequently. What does it truly mean? And what does leadership actually stand for…it is being disruptive?

The hardest thing for an individual, or a company, to do is to change when it doesn’t seem like change is necessary. Change is always the catalyst for growth. Trust me I have experienced this personally so many times!

I’m a person who takes risks and embraces change head-on no matter how scary it may seem. I’ve dedicated my energy to helping others and yes there are times it’s not always appreciated. However, I believe that leadership is not a title. Leadership is simply the ability and willingness to influence people in a positive way.

Leaders who ask questions and encourage those around them to find the answers are more effective than those who try to know and do it all themselves, or just tell others what to do. Leaders are change agents. They understand that change is a necessary part of life and business.

Leaders are empathetic, self-aware, curious and have emotional intelligence. The hallmark of this is that they relate to others (even if others don’t relate back) which makes them essential in the workplace and a delight to be around.

So what’s your leadership style? Do you attract others like you around you? Or do you prefer to attract opposites?

Leading a team requires you to engage all personality types and generations within your environment. So are your personality types and generations balanced within your team?

How well do you communicate with your team? It’s not our differences that divide us, it’s our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences. Problems only occur when there is an illusion that communication has taken place.

So I question is Communication is the Language of Leadership? Remember motivation determines what we do, yet attitude determines how we do it!

About Tracey Hughes

Certified Speaking Professional, Tracey Hughes has headlined the most coveted global events, presenting to over 500,000 Salon Professionals worldwide. Hall Of fame Inductee and recipient of 4 x Educator of the Year, 4 x Excellence in Education and 10x Salon of the Year, Tracey’s experience and accolades are outstanding. A Certified Speaking Professional, a talented artist, and gifted educator, Tracey is unique in her ability to bring out the best in others.

Learn more about Tracey at

Instagram: @traceyhughesedu

LinkedIn: Tracey Hughes CSP

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