Another important leadership skill on Erika's list is listening.
It took a long time for Erika to practice listening with intention, where you are actually listening and not just listening to speak.
Listening with intention is taking some time to absorb what people have told you and not letting your own biases get in the way.
This is one of the many things that great leaders do. They are able to look beyond biases. They listen and respond in the best manner.
If you're only listening at the surface level and bouncing from one idea to the next, not listening with intention, you cannot have meaningful two-way conversations.
One more important leadership characteristic on Erika's list is vulnerability.
A vulnerable leader doesn't take themselves too seriously or feel the need to demonstrate perfection. A vulnerable leader is willing to say, "Hey, I don't know at all. I don't have all the answers".
Leaders nowadays have changed so much compared to the old days. Leaders today are being challenged to lead differently and the best leaders are the ones that are open, honest, and authentic.
During the pandemic, leaders were challenged to develop a whole different skill set that they didn't have to before because they weren't in the same place all the time.
They have to work harder to maintain the same level of connection when they're in a remote world, which means they have to be a little bit more vulnerable and still be able to have tough conversations with their colleagues and teams.