Enhance Your Leadership Skills

Sukumar Nagendran, MD, studied medicine at UMDNJ Rutgers Medical School and trained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. As chief medical officer at AveXis Inc., Sukumar Nagendran, MD, oversees clinical development, medical affairs and is a member of the executive leadership team. One of the professional areas he is interested in is leadership.

Enhancing your leadership skills can take some work, but it can happen with the right mindset. Creating a goal is just the first step; it needs to be backed by a plan and a date. Before you even make a plan, you should have a destination in mind, so you can map out the steps necessary to achieve your goal.

Being able to admit your weaknesses and learn from failure is crucial when it comes to leadership. Nobody is perfect and everyone makes mistakes sometimes. Successful leaders know when they fail,understand why they fail and being able to acknowledge a failure and move forward is a crucial skill. Failing is part of success; without it, we couldn’t learn from failures and learn what works. Being able to effectively communicate your weaknesses and adapt to them will allow one to grow in to a true leader.

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