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    The One Skill That Will Make You a Successful Leader 


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    He was a smart leader, but he wasn’t respected by many people in his organization. I was brought in to coach him and found him to be reluctant and aggressive. Our first couple of conversations were not merely unpleasant but downright hostile.

    I knew if I was going to connect with this man I would have to be very straightforward. I told him, “You think you don’t need me, and I hear you—but if you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll be out of a job within six months.”

    He was silent. I continued, “A leader needs followers, and right now no one wants to work for you or with you.”

    My frankness surprised him. And then he surprised me by quietly asking, “What do I have to do to become a leader that people follow?”

    We started with the one leadership skill that’s often overlooked but fundamental to success. It’s a simple principle, especially when it comes to leadership—to be open no matter what. Here’s what it looks like in action:

    When people speak to you, listen to understand. Everyone worries about being well spoken, but few people truly listen. Learn how to focus in and listen.

    When people say something, express curiosity. Approached with a new idea, most leaders are quick to give their thoughts or opinions. But great leaders pause and want to know more. They’re curious enough to always be open to something new.

    When people make statements, ask questions. Move in a level deeper and ask lots of questions. You’ll be more informed and build stronger connections.

    When people share ideas, show interest. It’s amazing how much people will value you for the simple act of being interested and attentive to their ideas.

    When people say something you disagree with, don’t judge. We all have biases. If you catch yourself judging something out of hand, stop and open up enough to examine what’s really being said and what lies beneath it.

    When others are prideful, be humble. We all know people who are egotistical and prideful of what they do, who seek attention wherever they go. Let them be who they are, but remember for yourself that humility and modesty demonstrate respect for others and will take you far.

    When people feel discouraged, empower them. Instead of further demoralizing your team when they’re down, give them back their power. Make them feel they are capable of doing the impossible and let them know you believe in them.

    When people go the extra mile, recognize them. Sometimes even extraordinary effort goes unnoticed. Make sure you recognize not only successes but also perseverance and imagination and courage.

    When people work hard, be appreciative. Most people genuinely want to please their leaders, and there are many who work quietly but do more than their colleagues standing closer to the spotlight. Public appreciation and praise will go far toward keeping anyone motivated.

    If you want to succeed, you must put this skill to work. For my client, that meant challenging himself and turning it into a habit, so for the next 30 days he worked on making sure that every interaction led people to feel good about themselves.

    Thirty days later he was a leader with a purpose, committed to staying open, because he saw a change in himself and in how others treated him.

    He had become a leader with followers—followers who were now learning to respect him

    Lead from within: There are many leadership skills, but there is one that can lead you to be the leader you want to become. Staying open can have a huge impact, not only on yourself but also on those you lead.

     


     

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    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

     

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 18:13:50 on 2019/10/06 Permalink
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    Quick Tip #92: How to Hit the Headline 


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    In the first minute of your conversation, can you engage, command attention and drive home your key points. Learn how so people listen when you speak.

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:05 on 2019/09/03 Permalink
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    What Great Leaders Do to Be Successful 


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    What makes a great leader?

    What do they do that’s different?

    What is there about them that allows them to succeed at the highest levels?

    While every leader is different, there are specific traits that great leaders tend to share. And they aren’t things people have to be lucky enough to be born with, but skills that anyone can learn and develop and implement. Here are some of the most important leadership principles to work on:

    Great leaders lead by example. Truly successful leaders understand that those they lead are watching them and often looking to emulate their behavior. What they see is the model they’ll follow, so it’s important to lead by example. Set the tone for what you want to see in your team and where the organization needs to go.

    Great leaders embody self-confidence. When you’re comfortable with yourself—and you know whether you are or aren’t—you’re able to do the things you need to do with confidence and conviction. People work hardest for leaders they respect, and that respect begins with your self-confidence.

    Great leaders inspire self-confidence in others. Your confidence as a leader will inspire others to be confident in themselves and in the team.

    Great leaders are not self-serving. The best leaders are not focused on what’s in it for them; they’re all about serving others. They are invested in making the lives of people around them better. The most successful leaders work to serve their people and make their team and their organization more successful.

    Great leaders know how to take advice. No one gets to the top alone, and successful leaders understand the importance of coaching and mentoring. They’re never shy about asking for help and questioning what they know. For themselves and their organization, they make sure any support that’s needed is in place.

    Great leaders possess the fortitude to move ahead, even in tough times. The best are not only bold about taking risks, they’re also fearless about overcoming obstacles. They realize that success requires them to keep things moving forward even through challenges, because that’s part of their responsibility as a leader. Once they know where they need to go, they rise to the occasion and do whatever it takes to get there.

    Great leaders lead by following. Too many leaders think they should know it all, do it all, and always be in charge. But that isn’t what real leadership looks like, because to be a good leader, you have to first be a good follower. Great leaders not only accept this fact but embrace it.

    Think of two leaders you admire and respect. Go through eachof these traits listed above and think about how they carry it out so you can use them as a model of success in your own leadership.

    Lead from within: At every stage of your career, it’s important to focus on developing the traits that will help you achieve and maintain a high level of successful leadership.

     


    #1  N A T I O N A L  B E S T S E L L E R

    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness


    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now

     


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

    Photo Credit: iStockPhotos

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  • feedwordpress 19:59:28 on 2019/08/28 Permalink
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    Quick Tip #91: Working the Room 


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    Working the room is far more than just a term. Learn how to engage large audiences so each person feels like you are speaking directly to them.

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  • feedwordpress 13:55:24 on 2019/07/03 Permalink
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    Quick Tip #90: Stop Butting In 


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    If you’ve prepared your message and know what you want it say, it’s easy to butt in, BUT don’t! Check out this month’s try it differently quick tip at the link below.

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