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  • feedwordpress 09:00:14 on 2019/12/05 Permalink
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    Never, Ever Trust A Leader Who Does These Things 


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    Being in a position to lead others comes with an enormous amount of responsibility. People look up to you as an example of how to speak and behave. If you don’t slow down long enough to think about your words and actions, it will cost you the respect and trust of those you are trying to lead. Here are some specific things as a leader, you should never ever do.

    Don’t power-trip. Even if you hold a great deal of power over those you lead, never throw it in their face. If you want to be a leader who is admired, lead with purpose instead of power. Those who base their leadership in power communicate their own insecurity and quickly lose the respect of their team.

    Don’t steal credit. Leaders and bosses who take personal credit for the work of their team are not just frustrating but actually toxic. People quickly learn to either stay clear or work to undermine their leader’s self-serving efforts.

    Don’t play favorites. If you’ve ever experienced favoritism, you know how damaging it can be. Few things are more demoralizing than a boss who picks favorites. As a leader, you need to treat everyone the same and encourage everyone equally. Otherwise, it becomes a game that no one wants to play.

    Don’t suck up people’s time. There are bosses who email, call and text at all hours of the day and night, who have a habit of interrupting evenings and weekends with things that have to be done right now. If that sounds like you, know that the primary message you’re sending is that you don’t respect other people’s time.

    Don’t be a control freak. you can recognize a control freak leader by their need to attend to every detail of everything and everyone. Nothing is ever good enough, because in the leader’s mind they would have done it better themselves. In short: that’s rubbish. Control freak leaders are too weak to even entrust others to do the job they were hired to do.

    Don’t lie. Leaders need to tell the truth, even when the truth is the last thing people want to hear. Lies have a way of catching up with the person who tells them, so always speak the truth. Once you’ve been caught in a lie you have lost all trust.

    Don’t intimidate people. Arguably the worst kind of leader is one who tries to reinforce their position by making others feel less capable. The essence of leadership is making people feel they can do the impossible. The best leaders establish their leadership by building others up, not by intimidating others in order to feel good about themselves.

    If people cannot trust their leader to do their job—to inspire them to a common purpose and support them in achieving it—achievement and excellence become difficult, if not impossible.

    Lead from within: It is the trusted leader who sets the bar high and then works hard to reach it every day.

     


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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 09:00:48 on 2019/12/03 Permalink
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    How to Get Noticed by Leadership (Without Sucking Up) 


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    If you’re like most workers, you’d like for your contributions and abilities to be more visible to leadership. But how do you get noticed without coming off as arrogant or attention-seeking?

    It’s easy for even great employees within an organization to be overlooked or undervalued. Fortunately, there are positive ways to put yourself in a position to be noticed by leadership without sucking up. Here are seven tired and true strategies for moving yourself closer to the spotlight.

    Go the extra mile. Most people will only do what they are hired to do without reaching beyond their scope of work, content with what’s good enough. But those who can walk the extra mile, who are willing to go beyond their job description and add value wherever they can, will be noticed. It’s never crowded at the end of the extra mile.

    Invest in yourself. It’s great when your company will invest in your development and growth, but what if there’s no funding or time off for professional development? You can sulk about it, or you can do something. There are plenty of ways to develop your own potential. One simple daily habit will take you far: keep up with the trends and developments in your field and send your boss links or articles that might be beneficial. This shows not only interest but also wisdom and commitment.

    Concentrate on results. Many people are so busy talking about problems that they hardly ever have time to focus on results. One of the quickest ways to make a noticeable impression is to simply deliver consistently on results. When you do, you demonstrate your value through your actions.

    Know expectations so you can exceed them. Most of us never take the time to talk with leadership about what success looks like in the role we have. Once you have that picture, you have a clear path and direction—which in turn make it that much easier to exceed expectations.

    Share your accomplishments. Work hard, put in the effort, and when you achieve success, don’t be shy about sharing your accomplishments. Leadership doesn’t always have the bandwidth to proactively check in and know everything that is happening, so communicating your accomplishments is important. If possible, meet regularly to update your leader one on one—and be sure you include a list of wins.

    Get a seat at the table: Take advantage of every opportunity to sit at the table with leadership, and create new opportunities when you can. Spending time with your superiors in a setting where they can connect with you and your work is a big step in being recognized.

    Contribute in meaningful ways. Think of ways you can contribute—not only to the organization’s work but also to its culture, and seek out leadership to discuss your ideas. Communicate clearly and concisely why you think your initiative is important and ask for support to make it successful. Not only will you be noticed in a good light, but if things go well you’ll have help in implementing your personal goals.

    Lead from within: There are many ways to be noticed by leadership; concentrate on doing the right things in front of the right people.

     


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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 09:00:11 on 2019/11/28 Permalink
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    14 Things Smart Leaders Do to Boost Their Own Confidence  


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    Even if luck played a role, top leaders are where they are because of their skills, determination and confidence. But self-confidence is something that many people—including leaders—sometimes struggle with. To help you when your own confidence starts to falter, here are 14 ways you can banish self-doubt:

    Practice it until you get it. Make building your confidence into a habit and practice it daily or even hourly. Don’t wait to think about it till you’re feeling vulnerable. The more your inner confidence becomes a habit and a practical skill, the more secure you can be knowing it’s there when you need it.

    Establish realistic self-awareness. Knowing your leadership strengths will give you confidence, and facing up to the places where you need more development will help you determine what you need to focus on to get better at what you do.

    Make the most of your mistakes, then ignore them. Mistakes are for learning, and only those who have ceased to develop never take a wrong step. Treat mistakes as a source of information and an opportunity for learning.

    Limit self-blame. Kicking yourself for past inadequacies gives fuel to self-doubt, so be encouraging with yourself as you would with someone on your team. Blaming yourself is a waste of time that could be spent moving forward with the intention of doing better with each new experience.

    Pick a role model. Choose a leader you admire. What qualities do they possess? Which of those qualities do you already have, and which do you need to develop?

    Celebrate wins. We’re often so busy getting things done that we hardly take the time to acknowledge our wins. Celebrating accomplishments is a great way to boost your confidence.

    Align your mind and body. Pay attention to your body language and your thoughts so they can be aligned and not in conflict.

    Own your strengths as well as your weaknesses. So many of us are so busy owning our weakness that we forget to own our strengths—the parts of us that are capable and competent to feel confident about what we do and who we are.

    Stretch yourself. Try something outside the scope of what you’ve done before. Stretch your boundaries, go outside your comfort zone. From discomfort comes growth.

    Be kind to yourself. Being kind to yourself is an important skill in building a leadership strategy. Issues with self-confidence are often rooted in a bad habit of punishing yourself and withholding rewards. Learn to treat yourself with kindness and your confidence will grow.

    Don’t give in to self-doubt. If you’re in a position of leadership, that’s not an accident. Know that you have what it takes to lead well and that others believe in you.

    Give yourself credit. A leader is all about making other feel inspired and motivated—but who gives the leader credit and inspiration? If necessary, give it to yourself.

    Upgrade your network. A better group of people in your network helps your leadership and builds your confidence as you connect with people who can help you develop.

    Help others be more successful. Leadership confidence isn’t just about building your own track record of successes. The essence of leadership is helping others around you become more successful. And when you do, you also help yourself.

    Lead from within: Confidence is the key ingredient of smart leadership, but it must be cultivated and development if it doesn’t exist.

     


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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 09:00:44 on 2019/11/26 Permalink
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    How to Make Every Day Employee Appreciation Day 


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    Many of the organizations where I coach hold an annual employee appreciation day. The leadership team presents employees who have had significant accomplishments or anniversaries with some form of recognition. Then they say something about how important every member of the team is and go back to their offices, satisfied that they’ve taken care of employee appreciation for another year.

    To be honest, it’s a horrible idea. Showing appreciation is good, but showing it only once a year is a problem. I believe employee appreciation should happen every day.

    When was the last time you told your hard-working team that they’re doing a good job and that you appreciate them? If you have to think about it too much, you’re not appreciating them enough.

    If you want your best employees to stay, your cost of staff turnover to be low, and your leadership to thrive, you need to show appreciation—not with a few trite phrases of gratitude at an annual event, but with daily expressions of how much you value them. To help you get started, here are 25 ways to show your appreciation and gratitude:

    Make a drive-by connection. One of the best ways to let people know you value them is to make a spontaneous stop by their office or desk and just ask, “How are you?”

    Treat feedback as a gift. Feedback is important. To be effective, though, it should never be treated as criticism but as a gift, where the person understands you are telling them something because you care about them.

    Give an ambassadorship. Invite an employee to represent your department or organization at an event they typically wouldn’t have a chance to attend.

    Encourage special projects. Give people an opportunity to work on special projects beyond their regular responsibilities and help them achieve success.

    Have a “cheers from peers” time. Give people a chance to call out positive things about others who are doing great work, building camaraderie and bringing outstanding performance to your attention—and everyone else’s.

    Extend an invitation. Invite your top performer to join your executive team meeting to meet senior leadership and open a new perspective.

    Establish mentorship. Arranging mentors for interested employees shows your investment in their success.

    Ask for ideas and opinions. Appreciation isn’t just a reward system. It should be built into the organizational culture. One way to do that is to give your employees real choices and actual voices.

    Write a note. Send handwritten notes—not an email— telling people that you appreciate them and thanking them for their work.

    Broadcast your thanks. Send a companywide email praising your employees for a job well done.

    Be specific. Don’t just say “thank you for all you do”—let people know exactly what you appreciate about them. Be as specific and detailed as possible.

    Host a lunch and learn. Give people a chance to spend time together informally and learn about something of interest that isn’t necessarily related to work.

    Encourage continuing education. Send people to classes and seminars, help with tuition (or pay it completely)—when you help people keep learning you help them advance their careers.

    Invest in their health. Make it clear that you want your employees to take care of themselves, in and out of the workplace. Consider gym memberships, step challenges, healthy snacks.

    Let them have a say. Create an employee survey to learn how people would most like to be recognized and appreciated.

    Renovate your break room. Make it a welcoming place to truly get away from work and refresh.

    Personalize recognition. Find out what people like, learn their interests and hobbies, and provide recognition in a way that benefits them personally.

    Remember their birthday. Give employees a day off they can use on their birthday or whenever they want.

    Recognize work anniversaries. Reward people who stay with the company and provide public recognition.

    Hand out gift cards. One of my clients hands out gift cards, and their employees truly appreciate it.

    Write it up. Feature your employees’ success stories in your company newsletter or blog.

    Send a video. Create an appreciation video for your employee with a thank-you message from your CEO.

    Give a social media shout-out. Post photos of your employees on social media and brag about their achievements. Don’t forget to tag them!

    Bring on the food trucks. it’s a fun perk that breaks up the usual brown-bag lunch.

    Give tickets for an exclusive event. Reward your employees with hard-to-obtain tickets.

    Some leaders take for granted that employees are there to do the work tasked to them, and think that because it is expected, there is no need for a thank you that is far from true.

    If you want to keep your employees happy, engaged and productive, you need to let them know that their hard work is recognized and appreciated—not just once a year, but every day.

    Lead from within: Employee recognition is the foundation of employee satisfaction and leadership gratification.


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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: iStockPhotos

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:13 on 2019/11/21 Permalink
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    How to Be a Leader Everyone Loves to Work With 


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    We all want to work for a leader who is motivating, inspiring, visionary, and brilliant at making plans and carrying them out. But unfortunately, many of us have had leaders who made our lives hell and turned coming to work into a challenge.

    Good leaders inspire people to stay and work and dream big and take risks and do great things. Everybody loves working with them. Here are some of the qualities they share—if you see them in yourself, great, and if not, work on incorporating them into your leadership:

    They’re all about the people and less about the process. Efficient processes are important, but it falls to the people within the organization who actually execute the strategies, plans and process to make the business successful.

    They’re all about listening instead of thinking they know it all. Many people treat conversation like a competitive sport you can win by talking the longest, making the cleverest point, or getting in the last word. But great leaders understand that true wisdom lies in talking less and listening more, because they understand that knowledge is power and learning is wisdom.

    They’re all about empowering and making others feel important. Many people mistakenly think leadership means telling people what to do. But true successful leadership lies in empowering them to think about what should be done. This small shift will make people feel important and valued.

    They’re all about creating small wins. There is big power in small wins, and the best leaders know that building momentum with small wins is where success begins. Small wins build trust, encourage people to take ownership of their ideas and work, and help them feel they’re accomplishing something on a personal scale while working for something bigger. Winning at any level fuels the energy for big success.

    They’re all about moving forward instead of keeping things the same. Many leaders have been in their position for a long time, and they take comfort in the principle that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. But with the current pace of change, anyone who’s not moving forward is actually falling behind. It is the leader who constantly challenges the status quo, who is not happy with keeping things the same, that people love working with.

    They’re all about having high EQ and less about displaying their IQ. Some people pride themselves on how smart they are. They need to be able to tell themselves they’re the smartest person in the room. Successful leaders, however, focus their attention elsewhere, working to heightening their awareness of emotions—their own and those of the people around them. They understand that this trait is vital because it allows them to read people’s emotions, which in turn helps them manage situations in thoughtful and respectful ways that lead to successful outcomes.

    If you can become a leader everyone wants to work with and your people are happy with your leadership, it’s a win for everyone.

    Lead from within: If you want to become a leader everyone loves to work with, think of how you serve others before you think about serving yourself.

     


    #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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