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Being a leader is no easy task. From taking the lead on difficult tasks to attempting to motivate a large staff on a day-to-day basis: We get it, standing at the top isn't always fun and games. As with every blog post, we aim to make your life as a leader just a little bit easier. Whether it is leadership quotes from the past or ways to inspire happiness in the work place, there are plenty of tips out there on how to make management manageable. We've set out to compile a list of the best kept leadership secrets on the web. So, without further ado, here are our six best finds.

1. Be decisive: In an article for the Business Insider, Richard Branson argues that the best thing a leader can do is learn when to be decisive. At the same token, leaders should know when to take a step back. Striking this balance, in Branson's opinion, is a key quality of any good leader. "Don't delay unnecessarily but don't rush either,' said Branson, reported Business Insider. "Get that balance right, and you are far more likely to make the right call." For obvious reasons, your staff will look to you to make important calls in times of extreme growth or crisis. Do not waver in your decisions. Stand tall and present yourself as a leader who is confident in their decisions.

"Make sure you have the foresight not to get lost in your own excitement."

2. Slow down: When you are doing what you love and succeeding at it, you might not want to take the time to slow down and take a breath. However, Inc. contributor James Kerr sees this as a crucial part of being a leader. When leaders get caught in a frenzy it can be easy to miss key building blocks that must be put in place to ensure future success. Make sure you have the foresight not to get lost in your own excitement. More often than not, employees will follow your lead.

3. Prioritize other people: Kevin Kruse, in a contributing article for Forbes, lists this as his number one leadership secret. Securing great talent and fostering that talent within your company is a key indicator of a good leader. Make strong hiring choices, be a mentor, build relationships with your staff. Kruse argues that if you focus on people and make them your number one priority then everything else will fall into place naturally.

4. Be wise enough to recognize your inadequacies: Craigslist founder Craig Newmark believes a strong leader has the capacity to recognize when they are not the best person for the job, and then has the courage to do something about it. Newmark uses himself as an example, explaining that upon founding his company he realized he was not a great CEO and hired someone more qualified to take over the job. "In this case, I was thinking that I was average, and the Craigslist community needs better," Newmark writes, according to Business Insider. "Hire the smartest people you can find, and get outta the way." While the situation may not always be so extreme, there is a lot of utility in recognizing when and where you could use a helping hand. You hired your staff for a reason, so use them as a resource.

"No one likes a leader that isn't willing to put his skin on the line."

5. Demonstrate your investment: In a different Inc. article, contributor Bill Murphy Jr. takes a page out of the history books and shares leadership secrets from America's founding fathers. One of his best secrets stems from the idea of leading by example. Murphy explained that there is a long-running military joke featuring a general giving an inspiring speech about going into battle, only to end the monologue with the reason why he can't join his men on the front line. The moral? No one likes a leader that isn't willing to put his skin on the line. If you expect employees to spend long hours at the office and give 110 percent, you should be doing the same. Just because you have extensive personal power as a leader doesn't mean you should abuse it. Show your employees how passionate you are about your work through your own actions.

6. Lead with passion, not with fear: Current Yahoo chairman Maynard Webb knows a thing or two about leadership. Whether it be a good environment or a tumultuous one, leaders should never turn to invoking fear. In fact, in times of intense tension Webb believes that patience is even more important, reported Business Insider. Communication, clear objectives and performance feedback are critical in turbulent business environments but a fear-invoking boss can work to make bas situations worse. Lead your staff in an inspiring and passionate way – don't let their work be motivated by fear of your wrath. Remember intensity is different than fear. You can show passion but don't let it turn into intimidation.