Top 6 Leadership Competencies Every Leader Should Know and Grow: NGLCC’s Takeaways

| By Kaela Roeder

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Webinar Wednesday began on April 8 with Dr. Steve Yacovelli, known as the “Gay Leadership Dude” and owner of TopDog Learning Group, LLC.

Yacovelli presented “The Top 6 Leadership Competencies Every Leader Should Know and Grow,” which taught LGBT business leaders how to be the best they can be inside and outside the office.

We were ecstatic to present this webinar with TopDog Learning Group and Yacovelli, and wanted to share the NGLCC’s top five takeaways from the webinar!

  1. We are ALL Leaders

Whether you are an entrepreneur, a franchise owner, or have employees: you are a leader, and it is important to recognize yourself as such.

Recognizing yourself as a leader is one of the first steps to growing as one!

  1. The Core Competencies are all Intertwined

These competencies are not clearly divided, and they all work together to be traits of an effective leader. Being authentic makes you a courageous leader, and having empathy will make you a better communicator. 

All six competencies are important in your growth as a leader, and one trait should not be left out!

  1. Make Sure to Identify Your Personal Values

Making sure your organization's values align with your personal values is essential in becoming a better leader. Yacovelli said ID-ing personal values is one of his favorite activities in his work, as your values impact your everyday life. 

“Values help us make decisions - both at home and within the workplace; they are the lens with which we think, act, and talk,” he said.

You can use value sheets like this one from TopDog Learning Group, or create your own!

  1. Trust is Key

Yacovelli's new book, "Pride Leadership: Strategies for the LGBTQ+ Leader to be the King or Queen of their Jungle," highlights the 6 leadership traits every LGBT leader should maximize. But one concept stands out among the rest. 

“If I took my book, all 356 pages, I could boil it down to one page with one word: that word is trust,” Yacovelli said.

Trust is the foundation of many of the core competencies discussed. Authenticity requires trustworthiness, and an efficient communicator needs to be trustworthy. 

  1. Empathy is Essential in Leading: Especially Now

These are very uncertain times for all of us with tumultuous changes every day. Emotion is a powerful trait, and should not always be left at home.

Smart leaders know that it is important to know your emotional state, as well as being aware of others.

Yacovelli recommends keeping a “what went well journal.” Entries could be as small as taking a shower, or as large as getting a promotion.

Studies show that after doing this activity for 3 months, you can rewire your brain to see the world in a more positive way. This can be in a business lens, or for your own personal well-being.

“EQ eats IQ for breakfast!” Yacovelli encouraged.

To learn more about Yacovelli and TopDog Learning Group, make sure to visit their website by clicking here

Learn more about our Webinar Wednesdays by visiting our page here.

For additional ways to help you, your business, and the LGBT community during this time, visit the NGLCC COVID-19 Resource Hub for the LGBT Business Community.