Wouldn't it be great if there were a leadership pill? One dose at dinnertime and the next day you'd wake up with all the vision and confidence you need to achieve your wildest dreams?

Maybe someday there will be (we're counting on you, embeddable tech), but until then we have to bolster our leadership skills the hard way: by identifying our weaknesses and seeking out ways to overcome them.

In today's work environment, technical skills are important, but they're only a fraction of what makes someone a great leader, says Jacqueline Whitmore, etiquette coach and founder of the Protocol School of Palm Beach. "People skills" -- our ability to connect with others and build lasting relationships -- are more important and often take years to cultivate, she says.

Here, we explore some practical ways to improve the skills that really matter and prime ourselves for greater success in the workplace. 

Take a look.

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