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  • feedwordpress 08:00:50 on 2019/07/11 Permalink
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    7 Important Traits of the Leaders People Want to Follow 


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    Anyone can call themselves a leader. But not every leader is followed with admiration and respect. Many people are in leadership because they’ve been given a leadership position , but earning the title of leader is a different story.

    As a leadership coach, I have seen many people who have the stature, the title, the salary, and the corner office that says they’re the boss, but without the respect of their team. Their people don’t want to converse with them or follow them—and that means true leadership is missing.

    Leadership is about inspiring and motivating others do great things, and for me that’s the best test of effective leadership. To be a great leader isn’t easy—it means hard work and a daily commitment to serving others. This kind of leader isn’t easy to find, but here’s how you can recognize them:

    1. They have a character worth following. A leader who keeps their word, in good times and in difficulty, demonstrates integrity and high moral qualities. Their word is their bond and you know you can trust them in any circumstance.

    2. They embody inspirational courage. Leadership is not without its blunders and mishaps, and it takes a strong and solid individual to stay strong when the chips are down. When a leader maintains their dignity in times of deepest trouble, they inspire others to do the same.

    3. They give respect to earns respect. Most leaders expect to be respected, but the best leaders give respect first. They know the importance of honoring others, recognizing their talents and skills, and appreciating their contributions. A leader who gives respect will always get respect back.

    4. They’re there when they’re needed. Leadership carries big responsibilities, and it’s easy to become overly busy and preoccupied. But the leaders people trust, those who are in the know, are those who make the time to be available. They spend time with their most important asset—their people—to be the kind of boss people know they can talk to and rely on.

    5. They see things most people don’t see. It’s important to look past the details and process to open up room for vision and keep an eye on the big picture. Leaders worth following make it a practice to go beyond the status quo and look for the things that most people don’t see.

    6. They help people do things they didn’t think were possible. Even when we’re working at our best, many of us don’t get ever feel we’re growing into a better version of ourselves. The key is finding someone who believes in us. The leader who makes you feel and think you can do better—who knows you are better—is the leader you’re happy to follow wherever they lead. People will always step up to the plate to live up to a leader’s high expectations.

    7. They know their work is bigger than themselves. Most of us think of our sphere of influence in small terms. Great leaders are always thinking more widely—considering those around them and those beyond them. Leaders who think big help us climb out of the boxes we put ourselves into. They’re determined to make an impact on the communities where they live and work.

    Lead from within: You always want to be following a leader who makes you feel think and do things beyond your own scope of being.

     


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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 08:00:13 on 2019/04/30 Permalink
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    10 Guaranteed Ways That Can Get You Fired 


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    Nobody starts a new job hoping to be fired. The most important thing, of course, is to do good work without making trouble—but there are lots of factors that can make or break your success. Here are ten of the most common missteps that get people fired:

    Lying on your job application. Many people inflate their qualifications a bit on job applications, and the usual assumption is that once you get the job, all that matters is how well you perform. But most companies now have a zero tolerance policy for dishonest applications, and discovery of a false statement is enough to get you fired even if you’re doing a great job. And if there are inconsistencies between what you’ve said you can do and your performance on the job—for example, if you’re struggling with a piece of software or equipment you’ve said you know how to use—your entire application may get a second, closer look.

    Disrespecting leadership. If you disrespect those in charge, you shouldn’t be surprised if they ask you to leave. The attitude you bring to the workplace, the respect you give, and your happiness in your work are largely your choice, so choose wisely.

    Slacking off on the job. No one wants a slacker on their team or in their company. If you’re not making the effort and maintaining a strong work ethic, there’s a good chance that you won’t be around long. Make sure you behave today in ways that your future self will thank you for.

    Not being a team player. To do most jobs effectively requires the cooperation, support and goodwill of those around you. Becoming detached from those you work with could get you replaced with someone who can work well with others. Whatever your personal feelings about people, make it a point to build and maintain good working relationships with everyone on your team.

    Keeping toxic company. If you spend most of your time with complainers, gossipers and grumblers, you’re casting yourself in a bad light. Even if you aren’t engaging in the complaints and gossip, you will be judged by the company you keep. If you associate with toxic people, you’ll quickly be considered toxic yourself.

    Leading from your ego. A healthy ego is a good thing to have, but that doesn’t mean insisting that you’re always right or that your way is the only way to get something done. An ego that gets in the way of efficiency and teamwork can earn you an invitation to leave.

    Taking credit for other people’s work. if you are someone who never presents an original thought at work but takes credit for other people’s accomplishments, you will likely find yourself out the door. Even if you get away with it for the moment, you can’t build success by taking credit for what others have done.

    Not taking responsibility. When you make a mistake, admit it right away. The truth will almost always come out in time, and failing to hold yourself accountable just brings additional negative attention. And if you compound the problem by trying to blame your error on technology, a time crunch or the actions of others, you’ll almost certainly be seen as someone the organization would be better off without.

    Drinking on the job. One of the quickest ways to be shown the door is to drink on the job. Know your organization’s rules and expectations. Having a drink at dinner with a client is one thing, but pulling out a bottle from your desk drawer or having beers for lunch is another. Being a productive member of a team requires focus and sobriety.

    Indiscreet job hunting. If you’re looking for a new job, don’t send your resume from your work computer or use the office printer and paper. Emails are often monitored, and using company resources for your job hunt (or any personal business) is a firing offense in many workplaces.

    If you’re like most people, you start a new job with the best of intentions. If you think of being fired at all, it’s as something that happens to those who get caught in incompetent or grossly unethical behavior. But if you don’t mind your steps, you may be the one who is asked to go.

    Lead from within: To avoid being fired, take complete responsibility about who you are and what you do in the workplace.

     


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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.

    buy now

     


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  • feedwordpress 08:00:42 on 2019/03/21 Permalink
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    When it Comes to Leadership, This is What Really Matters 


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    When I first started out as an executive leadership coach, not many CEOs saw the importance of leadership coaching or development. Over the past few years attitudes have changed, and recent research finds that 90 percent of CEOs are planning to increase their investment in leadership development and see it as the most important human capital issue their organizations face.

    Identifying and developing great leaders is a critical factor in organizational health, which in turn drives shareholder returns. But what direction should that development take? I think it’s important to focus on the fundamentals—the most critical traits and skills leaders need to be successful. Here are some of the most important:

    Emotional intelligence. Any successful leader must have a healthy dose of emotional intelligence. Leaders with good EI know how to identify and manage emotions—their own as well as those of others. They practice awareness and empathy, and stay connected with their own feelings and in control of situations. Understanding emotional intelligence and developing the EI of your organization’s leaders is a great investment.

    Effective problem solving. Knowing how to solve problems is one thing, but knowing how to solve them effectively is far more valuable. To be an effective problem solver requires the ability to discover key information, the knowledge to conduct a detailed analysis, and a willingness to consider all solutions. It’s a key skill, not just in high-stakes situations but every day, and it’s surprisingly difficult to get it right. Successful leaders have just as many problems as others, but they know how to solve them more effectively.

    A willingness to consider the opinions of others. Most leaders think they need to have all the answers to be successful, but that’s as far from the truth as you can get. Successful leadership means being able to listen to the ideas, viewpoints and positions of others. Leaders who do well on this dimension typically base their decisions on sound analysis and input from the right people; they avoid biases and premature conclusions.

    The ability to achieve results. Great leadership is not only about developing and communicating a vision and setting objectives but also about following through to achieve results. Leaders who focus on results tend to emphasize the importance of efficiency, productivity and accountability, resulting in a process that naturally prioritizes the highest-value work.

    Being able to be supportive. A successful leader is supportive of those they lead by showing up with authenticity and a sincere interest. They build trust and help people overcome challenges. They manage group work in a way that promotes efficiency, and they never forget that the role of leadership is not to develop followers but to develop new leaders.

    The power to motivate and inspire. Part of great leadership is developing strategies that reenergize people’s attitudes about the organization and their role within it. Research shows that leaders who can reenergize their employees tend to have a workforce that’s truly engaged, with higher levels of employee retention and productivity. And because motivation and inspiration mean different things to different people, the most successful leaders in this area start by knowing their people well enough to understand what works for them.

    These are far from the only traits a good leader needs, but they’re among those with the highest return on investment. Keep them in mind as you plan your leadership development program.

    Lead from within: For organizations investing in development of their future leaders, prioritizing the most important areas ensures the highest level of success.

     


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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 08:00:13 on 2019/03/14 Permalink
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    How to Work with a Leader Who Lacks Emotional Intelligence 


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    Many experts believe that a person’s emotional intelligence quotient, or EQ, may be more important than IQ. The ability to perceive and manage emotions certainly seems to be a better predictor of success, quality of relationships, and overall happiness.

    Low emotional intelligence has demonstrated negative effects in the workplace; it lowers morale and reduces productivity.

    When leaders exhibit low EQ, the effects are especially pronounced. A study by Pearson and Porath of thousands of managers and employees found strong repercussions when a leader engages in negative behavior:

    • Two-thirds of employees said their performance declined
    • Four out of five employees lost work time worrying about an unpleasant incident
    • 63 percent wasted time trying to avoid the offender
    • More than 75 percent said their commitment to their employer had waned
    • 12 percent resigned due to the leader’s behavior

    Unfortunately, many leaders still lack emotional intelligence. But there are strategies that can help when you encounter a leader with low EQ. Here are five of the most fundamental ways to help improve the situation:

    Acknowledge them. Leaders have a lot on their plate; they are juggling more than one responsibility at a time. The best way to work with a busy leader who lacks emotional intelligence is to acknowledge their emotions and frustrations, to let them know you see their challenges and hardships. Let them learn how it feels to be acknowledged. In South Africa, when you greet someone you say “Ubuntu,” which translates as “I see you.” See your leader and their struggles.

    Serve them. Leaders serve others, so even if you feel they don’t need your help, it can be beneficial to let them be on the receiving end of service. Give respectful feedback without criticism. Help them understand the importance of emotional intelligence and the benefits of cultivating related skills, for the benefit of not only the leader but also the team and the entire organization.

    Calm them. A big component of emotional intelligence is the ability to manage emotions and triggers. If your leader has a low EQ, it may fall to you  to calm them down and model for them how emotionally intelligent people are able to regulate and control their emotions.

    Appreciate them. It’s hard for a leader not to notice when people on their team are appreciative and thoughtful. It not only makes them feel good but also sets the tone for the way people speak to each other and behave toward each other. Consideration, compassion and understanding are important elements to demonstrate.

    Lead them. Be the example you want to see in your team and your company. Watch your own emotions and your own triggers—be the person who understands how your emotions impact others and recognize the role you may have played in creating difficult circumstances. At the end of the day you become the leader who illustrating to others what it’s like embodies emotional intelligence.

    At the end of the day, the best way to help those who lack emotional intelligence is to lead by example in acknowledging them, serving them, calming them, and caring for them. Show them what is like to have EI within yourself and how they too can begin to embody those skills to benefit themselves and those around them.

    Emotional intelligence is essential in the workplace. Don’t tolerate a lack of it.

    Lead from Within: Whether you’re a leader now or may become one in the future, cultivating emotional intelligence will not only serve you but also help you outlast and outperform.

     


     

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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 09:00:47 on 2018/12/17 Permalink
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    The Difficult Day Every Leader Has to Face 


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    At some point every leader has to face what is for many a difficult day—the day they are no longer the leader. Maybe they’re retiring or just slowing down or moving on to something new.

    The reason for the departure isn’t as important as the work that precedes it. Every leader should have a succession plan in place. (Even if you’re young and plan to stay where you are, you should still prepare for the remote possibility of a sudden illness or accident.) If you haven’t yet made a plan, here are some guidelines that can help:

    Take your time. A great plan can’t be put together overnight, but the time to start is today. Start by sketching out your areas of responsibility, the reporting and governance structure of your organization, and any parties—team members, colleagues, board members—you want to have input into your planning.

    Groom those with potential. Identify the people in your organization you believe have the potential to be great leaders and begin to teach, coach and prep them. When you invest in your organization’s future leadership, your influence remains long after you’ve left.

    Recognize your emotions (and understand they’re normal). As in many other areas, the best leaders are those who know how to manage their emotions. They don’t allow themselves to be blindsided; they give themselves healthy outlets for voicing and expressing what they’re feeling so when the day does come, the emotions aren’t overwhelming.

    Map your second purpose. I believe our lives comes in stages. For many of us, the first purpose consists doing what’s expected of us, and our work life is driven by the arc of our career. When that stage is over we can move on to our second purpose, where things slow down and we spend our time on things that align with our values.  It’s time to be intentional about where you spend your time and energy.

    Let go and move on. Once you’ve decided to move on, the worst thing you can do is to not let go. Trying to keep hold of the reins leaves you—and everyone around you—in limbo. Especially if you’ve spent years or decades in control, it may be among the most difficult challenges of your life—that’s why you have to prepare far in advance.

    Learn your lessons. Sometimes looking back can help you move forward. Reflect on all the struggles, the lessons you’ve learned, the strengths you’ve developed, all the connection and growth and regrets of your career as leader, and you’ll attain a greater awareness of yourself and where you’re headed.

    When the day comes that it’s time to change seasons, it will be a much easier and more fulfilling transition if it’s handled with care for all concerned—yourself, your organization, and the new leadership.

    Lead from within: Every succession plan will be different, but the only way to know what’s next is to be prepared long before the day arrives and it becomes difficult.

     


    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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