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When you just start building your business brand, you are never sure if anyone is even noticing you. Then one day, you open your email …

Dear Cathy, we’ve never met but twice during this morning I was given your name as someone I had to talk to. My friend saw you speak at an event a few months ago, and the other person attended a Board of Trade event just recently where they met you.

Please don’t think it’s creepy but I googled you, saw your LinkedIn profile and decided to get in touch with you.”

Yup. It really happened and when it did that first time, I was doing the ‘yippy skippy’ dance – and then I went to the ‘dark side’.

Sales performance begins with having a great sales leader. You are the leader of your business whether you operate a one-person consulting firm, a retail store with several staff or a manufacturing business employing many people. The following 10 qualities have been identified again and again as essential to successful sales in any business.

Have a Growth Mindset

Successful sales leaders (and business owners) have a growth mindset. They know what they want to accomplish and plan their approach, using goals that are specific and achievable.

Stress management is the final area that contributes to emotional intelligence. This is about how well we cope with change, the unfamiliar, and our daily challenges. Here, we examine how well we manage stress. 

These competencies make up the general area of Emotional Intelligence

  • Flexibility
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Optimism

Let’s finish examining the third competency under the Stress Management Composite and discuss Optimism.

Optimism is the ability to have a positive attitude and outlook on life.