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  • feedwordpress 09:00:03 on 2020/01/14 Permalink
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    How to Get Your Employees to Respect You 


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    Many people—in particular, many leaders—think that respect is something other people owe them. But in truth, of course, respect must be earned. If you feel you aren’t getting the level of respect you’d like from those you’re leading, here are some strategies to help foster respect:

    Be your authentic self. People can tell when someone is not being authentic, and they quickly lose respect. Be sure you’re bringing your genuine self and that you’re being transparent about who you are, because transparency breeds trust and trust leads to respect. Authenticity makes sure the respect you receive is grounded in who you are.

    Give respect. Respect is a two-way street, and the best way to gain respect is to learn to give it. When you have respect for others you can be more effective in helping them grow and develop. In every relationship, treat others the way you would wish to be treated.

    Practice self-awareness. Self-awareness can lead you to see the weaknesses you have in yourself, which in turn can lead you to have more compassion for others. And compassion bolsters respect. Self-awareness gives you the capacity to learn from your mistakes as well as your successes. It enables you to keep growing.

    Find ways to help others grow. It doesn’t make sense to hire capable people and then tell them what to do and how to do it. The most highly respected leaders are those who help others grow and make space for them to flourish. The greatest success for leaders is helping others succeed.

    Be vulnerable. There is a false belief that vulnerability in a leader shows weakness. On the contrary, admitting as a leader that you are human and you can make mistakes shows that you respect yourself and those around you enough to be honest. Vulnerability is the true strength.

    Show appreciation for others. One of the easiest ways to earn respect is to show appreciation and recognition for those who work hard and put in a strong effort. Conversely, one of the fastest ways to lose respect is to withhold appreciation and praise.

    Be consistent in word and deed. if you say one thing and do something else, it’s easy for others to lose respect for you. The most respected leaders are reliable in what they say and do. They’re trustworthy and consistent in every setting, in every group of people.

    Communicate often. People want to be communicated with—they want to know what’s happening, especially where their livelihood is concerned—and they will respect you and make time to listen if you are faithful in providing frequent updates and feedback. When leaders fail to communicate, people get frustrated and lose respect.

    Learn to respect yourself. Before you can give something, you must own it yourself. You need to learn to respect yourself before you can expect others to respect you. Respect yourself and those around you, and they will respect you in turn.

    Bottom line, if you want your employees to trust you, you need to first understand yourself and then show them respect, communicating honestly and demonstrating that you’re worthy of their trust.

    Lead from within: How people treat other people is often a direct reflection of how they feel about themselves.

     


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  • feedwordpress 09:00:37 on 2020/01/07 Permalink
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    How Do the Best Leaders Avoid Miscommunication 


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    Being able to communicate effectively is perhaps the most important of all leadership skills. It is what enables us to pass information to other people and to understand what is being said to us, the foundation of productivity and strong relationships.

    It was Dale Carnegie who stated, in How to Win Friends and Influence People, that 90 percent of all management problems are caused by miscommunication. Here are some of the ways the best leaders avoid miscommunication:

    They listen to understand. People want to know they’re being heard. The best leaders take care to really listen to what the other person is saying instead of thinking about their own response. They are constantly asking for clarification to avoid misunderstandings. Taking the trouble to build understanding lets the person you’re speaking with know that you’re taking them seriously.

    They think before they speak. The best leaders are good at pausing before they speak instead of saying the first thing that comes to mind. They take a moment to think things through, paying close attention to what they say and how they say it. If you adopt only one habit to improve your communication skills, this is the one to choose.

    They know their audience: To communicate effectively, it is important to first know who it is you’re speaking to. The best leaders understand that each listener is different—whether it’s an individual or a group—and make sure to consider their background, expectations and cultural norms before they speak. Even difficult messages are better received when they’re delivered in a way that’s focused on the recipient.

    They treat everyone equally. The best leaders never talk down to anyone but treat everyone with the same respect. No one will want to hear from you if you seem to be holding yourself above them, but communication opens up when you treat everyone as equals.

    They manage their tone. Communication is far more difficult if you let your emotions go unchecked. The best leaders know how to manage their emotions in times of anger, sorrow, fear and joy. They may express emotion in their words and nonverbally, but they do so appropriately, maintaining a tone of confidence and calmness.

    They’re attentive. Much of the power of communication lies not with what we say but with how we say it. The best leaders adopt the practice of listening more than they speak, and they’re attentive to the person who is in front of them. Your full presence is among the most important gifts you can give. And the more attuned you are to what others are saying, the more precise you can be in your response.

    They maintain a positive attitude. The best leaders make a concerted effort to always have a positive attitude. When you communicate with positivity, people will generally respond in the same way. Whatever you send out as a leader is usually returned to you, so own the power of contagious positivity.

    Communicating effectively is a skill you can practice and develop once you’ve learned the basic techniques. If you want to be your best as a leader, learn to be your best as a communicator.

    Lead from within: The best leaders grow by constantly practicing their communication skills, because communication make us who we are.

     


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    The Leadership Gap
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    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 09:00:50 on 2020/01/02 Permalink
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    The Skills You Need to Be a Successful Leader 


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    The foundation of successful leadership is a set of specific skills. You may have earned a leadership position through a combination of knowledge, aptitude and hard work, but once you get there you need new skills and attributes as well. Here are some of the most important:

    Security in yourself. Leading others is sometimes daunting, and it leaves you open to new levels of scrutiny and criticism. As a leader, you need to know who you are and be confident in yourself. Accept that you won’t please everyone and be prepared to take it in stride when people disagree .

    Knowing when to take a stand. Every leader experiences moments when they have what feels like a great idea but the tides are against them. You need to be able to stand firm in your judgment and trust your own sense of direction, balanced with the humility to consider the opinions and those around you.

    Getting people to buy into your leadership. Some people will respect you automatically as a leader; others may not be as welcoming. Some may even try to sabotage your leadership. Gain trust by committing to honesty and transparency, by stating clear expectations and goals, and by welcoming all ideas.

    Managing your emotions. A leader who cannot manage their emotions well can wreak havoc on an organization, seriously damaging employee morale, retention and ultimately the bottom line. Every reaction you display as a leader–positive or negative–has the potential to influence the success of your team and organization.

    Being philosophical about failure. Research says that successful leaders have made more mistakes in their careers than the people they were promoted over. Anything worth doing takes repeated effort, and failure is part of the process. You became a leader because you had the guts and smarts to lead, not because you’re  always right.

    Learning to follow. Great leaders must be followers too. Becoming the a great leader means developing the leadership skills of those on your team, and that sometimes means putting a subordinate in charge of a project, supporting them while giving them room to succeed (or fail and then succeed) on their own.

    Managing crisis leadership. During a crisis people are most in need of strong leadership and most appreciative to have it. Prepare in advance for every crisis that can hit, from a data breach to a natural disaster to an industry-wide downturn, so you can provide direction and respond in a timely and organized manner.

    Embracing your leadership presence. To be a successful leader you need to learn how to lead with presence. That means developing the ability to take command of a room, to assume a leadership role in a variety of groups and settings, to share your thoughts and opinions with confidence, and to communicate persuasively, striking a balance between speaking and listening.

    Lead from within: To be a successful leader you must have the skills to lead. Develop them now and they will serve you well throughout your career.

     

     


    #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.

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:18 on 2019/12/12 Permalink
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    How a Bad Boss Can Make You Sick 


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    Having a bad boss can make you miserable, but now we know it can also make you sick.

    Recent research shows that as many as 77% of employees experience physical symptoms of stress from bad bosses. And it’s not just a lack of energy or a low-level headache—the things we commonly associate with stress.

    One study finds that workers who have poor relationships with their bosses are 30 percent more likely to suffer coronary heart disease. So a bad boss really can give you sick, even give you a heart attack.

    If you’ve ever had a truly bad boss, you know how miserable the experience can be. If not, count yourself lucky. Here are some of the hallmarks of the worst bosses:

    They lack self-awareness. A boss’s task is to influence and engage people, so it is essential that they understand how their behaviors affect other people. if your boss lacks self-awareness, they can’t understand themselves, let alone anybody else.

    They lead with fear, not fairness. When a boss leads by fear, people stop offering their opinions. The boss ends up stuck in a vacuum where they hear very little dissent or feedback, and in time they become even more isolated.

    They fail to communicate effectively. When your boss fails to communicate clear expectations, or if they selectively communicate with only a few people and leave others feeling left out or ill-informed, they are creating an environment where people feel devalued and marginalized—and extremely frustrated.

    They take credit for other people’s work. When a boss takes credit for other people’s work, they obliterate trust and lose respect.

    They’re a poor listener. When a boss tunes out or interrupts when others are speaking, there’s little chance for the kind of meaningful communication that’s required in the workplace.

    They don’t follow through on their commitments. If your boss blames everyone else but themselves, or fail to hold themselves accountable, or they say one thing and do another? They’re demonstrating that they can’t be trusted.

    They fail to express appreciation. A boss who withholds praise and rarely appreciates people does a disservice to everyone on their team. Failing to show basic professional respect is a sign of deep issues.

    They micromanage. When a bad boss micromanages, they leave no room for people to develop and grow. And when good people feel they have no room to grow, they become disengaged.

    They attack. A boss who lashes out and doesn’t manage their emotions is not only infuriating but also demeaning.

    They’re narcissistic. When a boss acts paranoid, vindictive and narcissistic, they’re likely an insecure person who takes their self-doubt out on others. Whatever the reason, it’s incredibly stressful.

    Having a boss who can make you sick may be real, but what you do about it is up to you. Practice self-care, model good behavior, and connect with coworkers who are experiencing the same thing. If the situation is bad enough, consider talking to HR or someone in senior leadership. And if all else fails, look for another job. Your health and well-being are worth it.

    Lead from within: You can’t change a boss who makes you sick, but you can control your own actions and responses.


    #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.

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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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