Each week I read a number of leadership articles from various online resources. My goal is to provide you information and tips that will help you become a more effective leader. Here are my top three selections from last week. Click on the title to read the full article. I have added my thoughts about each article and would like to hear what you think too.

Titles Don’t Make Leaders—But These 7 Actions Do by Chris Hogan

(Success) …leadership has nothing to do with a title. It has everything to do with your attitude and your actions. Leadership is about how you interact with people and how you motivate them to work with you toward a goal together.

My thoughts: John Quincy Adams, the 2nd president of the U.S stated, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” The 7 actions listed provide anyone the tools to influence others even if they don’t have a title. I especially like #5, Shoulder the Blame.

A Psychologist Discovered The Secret To Never Getting Frustrated by Eric Barker

(Business Insider) We all get frustrated. The guy in front of you is driving like an idiot. Your boss is being a jerk. Your partner isn’t listening. And sometimes these all happen to you on the same day. What’s the fix for this? One guy came up with a solution that deals with all of these problems — and more.

My thoughts: The single sentence that stood out to me the most is, ‘You get frustrated because of your beliefs.” Immediately after reading this sentence I thought about my expectations not being met. In these instances, I react as if my behavior is on autopilot. The key is to understand why you become frustrated and learn to be realistic about what is happening. In others words change your irrational thoughts about the situation or the person.

7 Things Every Leader Should Know About Failure by Lolly Daskal

(Inc.) Most of us know at least something about success, but many of us don’t really want to discuss failure or even think about it. Failure is something we want to hide, to lock up behind closed doors. Failure makes us feel ashamed, vulnerable and apologetic. But why is our relationship to failure so negative?

My thoughts: A new mindset is needed as it relates to thinking about failure. Being somewhat of a perfectionist I tend to beat myself up when I make mistakes or don’t do something right the first time. A shift in my thought process occurred after hearing Zig Ziglar share that failure is an event, not a person. The key to learning is understand why we failed instead of giving up and continuing to make the make same mistake over and over.