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  • feedwordpress 09:00:00 on 2019/01/15 Permalink
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    How to Overcome Adversity in Your Leadership 


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    Leadership can be tough. The road is filled with twists and turns, and detours and potholes can throw anyone off their course. It’s easy to think of the deviations and challenges as problems, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can learn to view them instead as opportunities to learn and grow.

    Here are some well-tested strategies for making the most of adversity:

    Define your priorities. In difficult times, minor setbacks and disappointments can quickly add up and become overwhelming. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by minor inconveniences and disappointments—instead, focus on overcoming the real obstacles that lie between you and your goals.

    Accept it and move on. While some people have an easier path than others, everyone will at some point suffer setbacks and difficulties. By accepting adversity as a normal part of your leadership, you’ll waste less time feeling stuck and overwhelmed.

    Consider the implications. Think of all the reasons for your disappointment. Could you have done something differently? Ask yourself in a problem-solving way, not a self-blaming way, and try to be as objective as you can. Think of the causes that led you to these circumstances and think about what you’d do if you could rewind the experience and have another run at it.

    Turn it inside out. To overcome adversity, you have to focus on the positive—whether that means the positive aspects of your situation or the positive results you’ll feel when you achieve what you want in the future. Turn your negatives into positives whenever you can.

    Listen to others. It can be hard to listen when things are tough, but that is exactly when you most need to get out of your head and listen to everyone who is offering advice. When you do, you may discover opportunities, lessons and wisdom that you couldn’t attain any other way.

    Don’t shut yourself off. Most people—especially leaders—believe they have to deal with everything by themselves when they hit a wall or go down the wrong path. Don’t isolate yourself in bad times. Let those you trust move close and help you overcome the difficulty you’re going through. Someday you’ll have the opportunity to return the favor or pay it forward.

    Try not to repeat yourself. Make it your policy never to make the same mistake twice. At the same time, recognize that you are only human, and like any other human you’ll make plenty of other mistakes in your time on earth.

    Focus on the future. Learn what you can from the past and quickly shift to applying those lessons to the future. You can’t change the past, and lingering on it may contribute to making the challenge seem even worse. The future, however, is always filled with possibilities and opportunities.

    Lead from within: Learn how to overcome your obstacles, because challenges and difficulties often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.

     


     

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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 09:00:22 on 2019/01/14 Permalink
    Tags: AI, Artifical Intelligence, Blog, , , , , , ,   

    This is How AI Will Change the Future of Leadership 


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    More and more, artificial intelligence is permeating nearly every aspect of business and industry. It’s already begun changing the future of leadership.

    Change requires updated skills, and a change as sweeping as the proliferation of AI will almost certainly require that leaders develop new skills. But much of what we’ll need will come from refining and adapting skills that are already part of good leadership practice. Here are some of the most important traits that will serve us well in the years to come:

    Focusing on our adaptability. Leaders who embrace change with an agile spirit thrive in every situation. Agile leaders know how to switch gears and view issues from different perspectives, and they provide an environment in which failure is part of success and decisions are made on the basis of informed judgment. In every situation, but especially in times of change, agile leaders work to strengthen their organization’s leadership capability by providing leadership opportunities to team members with diverse backgrounds and abilities.

    Absorbing our fears. If you’re fearful of widespread change, you are not alone. Even the best leaders feel fear, but they learn to absorb that fear and work through it.  Mastering any new skill requires some degree of fear-conquering. As AI becomes more familiar it will also become less frightening, so devote some time to studying the work of those who are involved in the field.

    Keeping an open mind. We have to understand something before we can lead through it. And the particular challenges of robotics and artificial intelligence—with deep philosophical and ethical components—mean that we’ll have to work especially hard, and with an especially open mind, to develop that understanding.

    Having comfort in uncertainty. The world is complex, business is complicated and uncertainty is guaranteed. That’s always been the case—any time we feel a sense of certainty, it’s basically false. And when it comes to AI, we need to educate ourselves and remember that wisdom doesn’t emerge from knowing with certainty but from awareness of uncertainty.

    Embracing humility. A rapidly changing future requires an ancient skill: that of humility. It was Socrates who discussed the benefits of humility, understanding that our ignorance can prevent us from recognizing its own existence. An arrogant faith in our own knowledge is worth very little compared to the humility that keeps us in touch with all we don’t know—the first requirement for being open to new learning.

    Embodying our humanity. A notable study at the University of Oxford projects that 47 percent of people will be at risk of losing their jobs due to advancements in computerized automation. There’s no way of knowing what that level of unemployment—much of it in white-collar professions—will do to our society. But wherever we find ourselves, we will benefit from staying connected to the core of our humanity as we navigate the changes.

    AI may be able to do things we can’t, and do other things more quickly and efficiently, but it will be humans who determine the shape of the future.

    Lead from within: We still have a long way to go to ensure that humans define AI’s future and to determine our best role as leaders as that future develops.

     


     

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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 09:00:03 on 2019/01/10 Permalink
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    Why It’s Important For Leaders to Fail Well 


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    When we think of leaders we don’t often think of failures, but one of the hallmarks of the best leaders is knowing how to fail well. Every successful person is someone who has failed at something—and in some cases, many things—but without ever regarding themselves as a failure. They take risks, and sometimes the risks work out and sometimes things go wrong, but they remain positive and determined throughout.

    Just as beginning skiers start out by being taught how to fall without injuring themselves, leaders should be taught, coached and supported in facing adversity and failure without shaking their confidence. Part of that process is developing the right attitude about failure by considering its benefits. Here are some of the most important:

    Failure keeps us focused on our strengths. One of the principal differences between a winner and a loser is that a winner always concentrates on what they can do instead of the things they can’t. When you find an area of weakness—and we all have them—work to leverage it into a strength and use it to your advantage.

    Failure teaches us to be flexible. Flexibility is key to success. Always be willing to vary your approaches to problems and circumstances to see what works best.

    Failure teaches us to rethink what we deserve. Remember, you are what you think—so if you think failure happens because you don’t deserve success, it’s time to rethink. If you internalize failure and blame yourself, you’ll continue to find ways to fail. But if you externalize it, it will help you keep the right perspective. Take responsibility for your actions, but don’t allow yourself to take failure personally.

    Failure reminds us that everything is temporary. Nothing ever stays the same; everything has an ebb and flow. Don’t allow yourself to view failure as a permanent state of being, or you’ll risk getting stuck in bad patterns.

    Failure shows us it’s not fatal. When leaders fail, they see it as a momentary event, not a life sentence. It’s not the end of the world, but a chance to project yourself ahead and see yourself having overcome and persevered.

    Failure disciplines our expectations. Failure can be helpful in learning how to manage expectations. It takes time, effort and discipline to overcome a setback. You learn to approach each day with realistic expectations and not get down when things don’t work out. The greater the accomplishment, the greater the challenge, the more a realistic orientation is required.

    Failure instructs us to keep trying. Every leader knows that in order to succeed, you have to learn to try and try again. Take a page from highly successful individuals and learn to keep moving forward no matter what happens.

    Lead from within: It is possible to cultivate a positive attitude about yourself no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. That’s leadership at its core.

     


     

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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 09:00:22 on 2019/01/08 Permalink
    Tags: Blog, , , , , , , Wrong Leader   

    10 Warning Signs You Are Working for the Wrong Leader 


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    We all want to work for someone who makes us feel valued for the work we do. Some leaders will always be better than others. But if your boss is less than stellar, how can you tell if you are working for the wrong kind of leader? Here are some warning signs that you should pay attention to:

    Your leader lacks vision. It’s hard to build success when a leader lacks vision. How are you supposed to follow someone who doesn’t know where they are going? Good leaders create a compelling vision that people can follow.

    Your leader cannot make decisions. The ideal leader, the one everyone wants to work for, is a strong decision maker who keeps problems at a minimum. When a leader lacks the ability to make decisions, the results are extremely frustrating for everyone. A leader who refuses to make a choice has already made a wrong choice by allowing their indecision to rule.

    Your leader is constantly micromanaging. Leaders who micromanage often have trouble letting go of their own self-doubt and insecurities, and as a result have a strong need to feel in control. But no one likes a leader who micromanages; when you feel that every move you make is being monitored or questioned, it’s hard to get excited about your work. Micromanagement is extremely disempowering.

    Your leader is a know-it-all. Leaders who profess to know everything are usually the ones who lack any real knowledge or wisdom and make it difficult for others to share their own thoughts and ideas. It’s never enjoyable to be led by someone whose ego stands in the way of anyone’s success but their own.

    Your leader is dishonest. Dishonesty is the surest and fastest way to lose trust, and once it’s lost it may never be regained. Dishonest leaders often have hidden agendas and come across as too political at best, devious and inauthentic at worst. It becomes (understandably) hard to trust anything they say or do.

    Your leader is a horrible listener. Poor listeners are bound to be inconsistent leaders. When people are literally not being heard, they can’t feel their voice matters. Eventually they just stop speaking. Leaders who don’t take the time to listen to their employees miss opportunities that are right in front of them.

    Your leader doesn’t practice what they preach. When leaders say one thing and do another, they signal a lack of respect and trust to their team—which in turn makes it difficult for employees to respect, trust or value their leader. The result is a uneasy feeling that tells you you’re working for the wrong person.

    Your leader lacks reliability. If you cannot count on your leader, who can you count on? Responsibility is an undervalued leadership trait, one that leaders must develop if they want to earn respect and trust. Employees expect their leaders to have the discipline, structure and mindfulness to deliver great and consistent leadership in everything they do.

    Your leader is always negative. Leaders who lack enthusiasm and positivity can deflate an entire organization. Often negative leaders have a hard time seeing past their own troubles to their team’s strengths and opportunities, resulting in even more negativity.

    Your leader is never grateful. Any leader who doesn’t appreciate or acknowledge their team’s hard work and contributions is missing out on an important opportunity to make people feel valued. It surprises me how many leaders don’t take the time express appreciation—as if they  expect you to do your job without any encouragement. No one wants to feel taken for granted.

    Lead from within: Working for the wrong leader has many warning signs. Are you paying attention? And what are you going to do about it?

     


     

    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.

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:07 on 2019/01/08 Permalink
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    This is What You Need In Your Leadership to be Successful 


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    To be a great leader you need this one leadership trait, to be successful, you have to be able to have an open, adaptive mind—you must be able to adjust, readjust, and reshape your thinking and opinions. You need the ability to look at each circumstance, each person and each venture as an opportunity to do better, learn more and succeed in a way that exceeds your past successes.

    The older and more experienced you get, the more difficult this becomes. Generally speaking, we become less willing over time to change or rework the way we do things, less capable of adapting and adjusting.

    The more you know, the less you want to correct your own thinking, in your personal life and in your leadership. You may become inflexible to the point of stubbornness.

    Great leadership demands, however, that you remain an adaptive leader. Here are some proven ways you can stay open, flexible and agile in your actions and thinking:

    Learn more than you know. Once they get to a certain level, many leaders think they’ve made it and they don’t have much more to learn. But speaking as a coach, I have to say that cultivating ignorance is a great way to shortchange own development as a leader. Deep, broad learning habits are among the defining characteristics of our greatest leaders. Lifelong learning helps you catalyze insight, innovation, empathy and personal effectiveness. Adaptability to change is itself a hallmark of successful, and ongoing, education.

    Listen more than you speak. In other words, become a great listener. Don’t interrupt until the other person has finished what they are saying; maybe even respond with a question rather than a statement.

    Share more than you suppress. Transparency in communication is imperative. Many old-school leaders believe that sharing too much information with their team is unwise, but the new thinking in leadership is to share what you know and speak with full transparency. When information is suppressed, people become suspicious.

    Give more than you take. It’s important as a leader to give more than you take—to invest in your people, support them and provide them with whatever they need. Again, some would disagree, saying you shouldn’t have to invest too much in your people, but adaptive leaders know that investing in their people has great dividends.

    Read more than you watch. Leaders are readers. And the more you read, the more you know that binge-watching TV or spending hours on your computer won’t make you smarter, only more numb. Reading will challenge you. If you’re a leader, you should be working to always improve yourself, your company and the people who work for you. To do anything less is to shortchange your own ability to lead.

    Show more than you conceal. Be the leader who shows up—who doesn’t hide behind closed doors and conceal what they do and how they do it. Adaptability is being able to adjust to any situation at any given time. People need to see you model that behavior so they can emulate and be inspired by you.

    Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your leadership.

    Lead from within: As the old adage says, the only constant is change. To succeed as a great leader, it’s up to you to stay adaptable.

     


     

    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:

     

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