These two skills are highly valued. When I look around me there are a couple of influential people who prioritise well and are able to negotiate what they want.

So what makes them different from everyone else?

They are great leaders. They have a goal (priority), they can clearly articulate it, they can sell the “what’s in it for me?” from a variety of angles, they have the interpersonal skills to be able to translate it across a variety of levels and they are passionate and committed to education.

These highly effective leaders are organised. They prepare well for negotiations and they don’t sweat the little things.

They have developed effective leadership skills and they motivate others with their energy. They also lead by example and everyone is willing to work with them because they can see their commitment as well.

They are truly inspiring.