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  • feedwordpress 20:36:52 on 2018/06/11 Permalink
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    The One Set of Skills Every Leader Needs (but Many Lack) 

    What makes a good leader?

    The answer varies widely depending whom you ask. Whether you’re talking to researchers or practitioners, there’s not a lot of consensus. But there’s one trait that most agree can mark the difference between a good leader and a great leader.

    Strangely enough, it’s also a skill that many leaders lack.

    It’s people skills.

    If you have them, you already know they’re a prerequisite for great leadership. If you don’t, it’s time to start developing them. Here are just a few elements of interpersonal skills that can help you professionally and personally:

    Establish engagement. When you can bring people together for a common purpose and shared goals, they become more productive, more engaged, and more likely to come up with creative and innovative ideas–all of which combine to make the environment you work in and the culture you do business in more effective and productive.

    Resolve Conflicts. In some ways, we will always be different; in other ways, we will always be the same. There is always room to disagree and blame, just as there is always room to take a new perspective and empathize. Understanding is a choice, a choice we make when we make people skills a skill that we embody.

    Develop self-awareness. The best part of being really good at people skills is that it gives you the ability to look inward–to think deeply about your behavior and consider how it aligns with your morals, standards and values. Self-awareness is one of the most important qualities you can have as a leader. As the saying goes, it is wisdom to know others, but it is enlightenment to know one’s self.

    Master communication. The most important element of communication is hearing what isn’t being said. The art of reading between the lines is a lifelong quest of wise leaders. Seek to become a leader who listens before you speak, who tries to hear the opinions of others before you give your opinion, who will hear to understand.

    Showcase dependability. People need to know they have someone they can count on. Simply being well prepared and delivering work on time will go far in demonstrating your strong work ethic and commitment. In an uncertain business environment, colleagues, customers and management appreciate stability, and absolute dependability shows the importance you place on your work and your partners.

    Express gratitude. There’s nothing complicated about it: People want to be appreciated. And it doesn’t have to be a big gesture. Even the simple act of saying thank you can make people feel good about their hard work and long hours of sweat and toil. Showing appreciation lets others know you value them, their expertise and their work.

    The bottom line, having good people skills means you’ve developed your ability to engage, listen, communicate and relate to others on a personal and professional level. It means having the capability and willingness to work with others toward a common good that enables everyone to be successful.

     


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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 20:33:45 on 2018/06/11 Permalink
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    6 Emotional-Intelligence Job Skills Everyone Will Need in the Next Few Years 

    Two-Thirds of Americans believe that in 50 years robots and computers will do much of the work humans do today. Already, many jobs that once seemed safe bets are at risk: office workers, administrative staff, manufacturing workers and even lawyers.

    Some studies predict that 5 million jobs will be lost to automation by 2020.

    So what skills can you acquire to protect your employability in the future?

    Surprisingly, they’re not related to a specific position or industry but are grounded in emotional intelligence. Here are some of the top skills that can never be automated or outsourced:

    Knowing yourself. If you’re aware of yourself and how you function in the world, you’re in touch with how you feel, and you know your strengths and weaknesses. You also know how your emotions and actions can affect the people around you. These attributes–and especially the ability to help others develop them–are important to anyone working with a successful (human) team.

    Building relationships. The more things become automated, the more we need connection and relationship. It’s the positive, caring voice you sometimes find at the end of a long phone routing menu, or the email from someone who’s gone out of their way to help you solve a problem. Human beings are naturally social creatures–we crave friendship and positive interactions just as we do food and water. So it makes sense that the skills involved in building and maintaining relationships are never going out of style.

    Active Listening. We tend to pay a great deal of attention to our ability to speak, but successful communication requires a speaker and a listener. When someone is speaking it is vitally important to be fully present and in the moment with them. Whether you agree with the speaker–whether you’re even remotely interested in what they’re saying–focus on their words, tone and body language and they’ll feel heard in a way no machine can duplicate.

    Expressing empathy. Empathy–the ability to understand and share the feelings of another–is a key element in building trust, which, in turn, is a key element of leadership. Having empathy will give you the ability to put yourself in someone else’s situation. It’s a trait that no automated feedback can generate.

    Giving feedback. Providing effective feedback in a useful format and context benefits for both the giver and the receiver. Leveraged properly, feedback can lead to real growth and development. And effective feedback will always require a person-to-person connection.

    Managing stress. The skill of being able to manage stress–our own and that of others–will never be obsolete. Stress impacts a team’s ability to do their jobs effectively, and it affects how we work with other people. We experience stress when we feel threatened or believe we lack the resources to deal with a challenging situation. Create a line of defenses against stressful situations that you cannot control–use your network, be sure to get enough exercise and sleep, and learn to relax.

    If you can manage these emotional intelligence skills you’ll be prepared for the future, no matter what position or title or job you have.

     


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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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    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

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  • feedwordpress 14:45:17 on 2018/06/10 Permalink
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    10 Powerful Concepts That Will Boost Your Leadership Skills 

    Leadership is a commitment to make a difference in the lives of those around you.

    I believe most who have chosen the path of leadership would agree that it comes with challenges and complications, but also with considerable rewards that you won’t find anywhere else.

    To help leaders in any field stay on track through all the ups and downs, I’ve created a  roadmap.

    As a leadership coach and business consultant, I find that people remember important elements when they are built around an acronym.

    If you want to cultivate great leadership then learn what leadership truly means.

    L = Leading
    To lead is to guide, to steer, to pilot, to show (not tell) the way. As a leader, you’re connecting people with a compelling idea, a vision, that they can grab on to and make happen–something that gives them deep purpose and provides them with meaning.

    E = Empathy
    Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. When you lead with empathy, you have an open heart, open mind, and open ears. You listen to understand; you listen to learn; you listen because you care. When people feel heard and understood, they’re inspired to powerful loyalty and achievement.

    A = Authenticity
    Being authentic–holding an awareness of who you are, and letting others know what you stand for–should be at the center of everything you do. It’s about not needing external approval but letting go of who you think you’re supposed to be and instead embracing your deepest, truest self.

    D = Determination
    Making things happen. Overcoming obstacles. Being persistent and tenacious. When failure is not an option, you bring the drive and the courage and the will to keep going, inspiring the group’s imagination to discover, or create, new ways forward.

    E = Empowerment
    As a leader you’re not just in it to accomplish something, but to bring others with you in making it happen. You give them power and encouragement, and by strengthening them you foster collaboration, teamwork, focused energy, and the level of commitment that comes with ownership.

    R = Responsibility
    Accountability is a crucial element of leadership. For your own integrity and that of those you are leading, you don’t focus on power but on meeting your responsibilities. You are charged with bringing discipline and focus to the organization. As a leader you set the tone.

    S = Selflessness
    Simply put, you serve others before yourself. Successful leadership is, and has always been, a selfless action built on the principles of service. It means taking yourself out of the picture and considering the needs of others, focusing on the best interests of the group, building consensus.

    H = Honesty
    The truth can be a hard thing to face up to, but the trust that grows out of fearless honesty is the cornerstone of leadership. There is no leadership without trust, and there is no trust without honesty.

    I = Innovation
    Searching for new opportunities, different ways of doing things, fostering an atmosphere where people take chances and failure should not be cause for shame or punishment but an integral part of the process. A culture of innovation shouldn’t rely on a few creative outliers but exist as a spirit that values imagination and fresh thinking in every team member every day.

    P =  Positivity
    When you’re the leader, your energy sets the tone. If you wait for good things to happen and complain about the unfairness of life when they don’t, you can expect a team whose members are passive, entitled, and unhappy. But if you keep your eye on the goal and see every situation as an opportunity to grow and learn and move forward, you’ll enjoy the company of a group of colleagues who are energetic and engaged.

    Remember: If you want to commit yourself to great leadership, just spell it out.

     


    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: Getty Images

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  • feedwordpress 03:31:56 on 2018/06/10 Permalink
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    6 Social Media Skills Every Leader Must Learn 

    Virtually all leaders and companies have a social medial presence today. But what social skills do you have as a leader? What skills do you need?

    Social media provides a great platform to connect leaders and their teams (especially if they’re working in remote locations), prospective customers, and other stakeholders. If you’re adept enough to respond quickly, correctly, in public and in real time, you’re in great shape.

    Becoming fluent in the technical side and conventions of social media is part of the picture, but where many people fall short is in the foundations.

    Here are six skills every leader needs to be prepared for social media:

    1. Presentation. You must be able to present your ideas with compelling content and try to be informative and share useful tips. Every opportunity you have to share your content; increases your visibility is valuable. Most leaders, should think of social media networks as the channel for their leadership presentation.

    2. Communication. Focus on conversations that are meaningful to business. Forget what you know about traditional communication and use social media to focus on getting to know your customers, team and clients. Develop a genuine voice, not one that sounds like it’s coming from the PR office.

    3. Feedback. Be ready to hear what people have to say–the good and the bad. Be open to conversation and dialogue, and be responsive to concerns and complaints. We all need people who can give us feedback, that’s how we improve.

    4. Committed. Be ready to commit to giving without immediate results, creating connections and giving people a favorable impression of your brand. A strategic and open social media plan can move people from being interested to being a customer, and from being a customer to being a loyal fan.

    5. Analysis. Choose your social channels channels wisely–think in terms of effectiveness and ROI. Remember the value of leveraging your social media is key for your business functions.

    6. Community. Take the time to build community and get to know your people. The result? A long-lasting relationship on two levels: social media and “real life.”

    Every leader needs to be an influencer, but they need to focus on unique content that comes from the heart; this is the key to becoming a true influencer–not just on social media but in every setting and context.


    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: Getty Images

    The post 6 Social Media Skills Every Leader Must Learn appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
  • feedwordpress 03:07:05 on 2018/06/04 Permalink
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    Quick Tip #78: Less is More 

    To learn how to structure and become a more efficient communicator watch this video.

     
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