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  • feedwordpress 08:00:56 on 2018/08/02 Permalink
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    This Is What You Need to Learn to Become A Successful CEO 

    Most articles that try to tell you how to become a great CEO will talk about actions, plans and processes. But as a leadership executive coach with over three decades of experience, I’ve seen hundreds of leaders fail because all they know is process and procedures.

    To be a great CEO or an effective leader you must first start with who you are as a leader. That means concentrating on your character. Once you have clarity in that area, you can move on to what, when, where, and why of being an effective CEO.

    So how do you start? You need to learn the following:

    Define your character. The best way to make yourself stand out is by developing a strong foundational character and sense of integrity. Great leaders are admired because of the character they display and live by.

    Act as the brand and ambassador. As a leader, you are also an ambassador for your brand, your company, your organization. That means who you are and what you do will always matter, so showcase the kind of message you want others to trust. When people don’t believe the messenger, they won’t believe the message.

    Create a thriving organizational culture. To put yourself on track to become a successful CEO, you need to create a thriving, healthy, vibrant culture. That means making sure people feel invested in and nurtured, and keeping the company competitive in the market. Business school teaches you to focus on organizational strategy. And strategy is important, but a thriving organizational culture is an even more critical for long-term competitive advantage.

    Communicate consistently and with candor. As an aspiring CEO, you must be able to communicate clearly and consistently so those who work for you understand how they can be productive and effective. Every new CEO must come to understand the importance of communication to great leadership.

    Underpromise and overdeliver. Accept responsibility and ownership that you are the one guiding the ship, and lead to the best of your ability at all times. Make every decision in the best interests of the company, and do what’s right, not what’s easy.

    Stay curious. If you want to be successful as a CEO, you have to cultivate inquisitiveness. Remind yourself that you do not know everything about the business, no matter how much of a subject matter expert you may be. Stay curious enough to learn, and be willing to ask questions and find new answers.

    Embrace change. Any successful CEO must be able to embrace change and be prepared to be flexible and agile; rapid change is a fundamental part of business today. Every business is in constant flux in an increasingly fast-paced technology-driven world. If  you wait, you are going to be left behind.

    Implement diversity. For the highest degree of success, surround yourself with a diverse team. Seek out people with variations of talent and contrasting aptitudes—people who will bring their very best ideas, not just agree with your every word. If you value difference and implement diversity, your team will respect one another for who they are.

    Manage relationships. Most CEOs are taught to foster good relationships with their own teams, but the most successful know the value of managing relationships of every level and direction. A major part of a CEO’s job is learning how to be influential in all relationships, directing them like an orchestra.

    Lead by example. To be successful as a CEO, you need to be able to define your leadership so others can follow your model. If you’re not providing the leadership your organization needs, people will seek it elsewhere, undermining your influence and credibility.

    The lure of the corner office is exciting, but the job is a massive undertaking. CEOs are asked to do it all; therefore; it’s important to learn a wide range of business and personal skills.

    Lead From Within: At the soul of every great company, every great team, every great culture, is the heart of a great leader.



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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 03:44:44 on 2018/06/16 Permalink
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    9 Ways CEOs Can Become Chief Empowerment Officers 

    According to a Gallup analysis, only one in three employees strongly agrees that they received recognition or praise for doing good work in the previous seven days. The study goes on to say that at any given company, it’s not uncommon for employees to feel that their best efforts are routinely ignored.

    Unfortunately, we all know firsthand what happens when we’re not recognized or appreciated for our efforts. Motivation wanes and eventually we start looking elsewhere. For a CEO, this climate of low morale and outmigration of the best people is hard on the organization, catastrophic for culture and discouraging for individuals.

    To fight it, as a leader, you need to rethink your title and think of yourself as the chief empowerment officer. Here are nine things you can start doing today to build a culture of empowerment and recognition:

    1. Believe in your people.

    The Gallup study finds that “the most effective recognition is honest, authentic and individualized.” There are many powerful ways to show recognition–in a private meeting or as part of a larger gathering, in a personal note or card, or with a formalized award or recognition program. They key is to communicate your confidence in them, which in turn grows their self-confidence. commitment and motivation.

    2. Listen to connect.

    Time is short and it’s likely you always have a million things to do, but as a CEO you have to make sure not only that your business is running right but also that your employees are happy. The best way to gauge that happiness and contribute to it is by taking the time to have conversations that aren’t related to work. Listen to learn about people’s circumstances, their thoughts, and their opinions. Attentive listening will always be the best way to show genuine interest.

    3. Forgive their mistakes.

    The best leaders know that mistakes happen to us all. If you blow employee mistakes out of proportion, you encourage a culture of mistrust and secrecy, one in which people feel they need to prioritize placing blame ahead of solving problems. The smartest thing you can do is to let your employees know they can make a mistake a two and that all you ask is they come and tell you before it ends up being bigger than it has to be.

    4. Don’t try to fix their problems.

    Instead, empower them by helping them navigate their way to a solution. Most leaders know exactly what needs to be done and when and how and where it need to get done. But too many think that means they should tell their employees exactly how to fix the problem, The best leaders instead lead people toward solutions, creating a learning experience and sometimes opening up new possibilities. I talk extensively about this in my new book, The Leadership Gap. Great leaders are navigators; they know that to empower others, you need to coach through a solution instead of fixing the problem.

    5. Supply autonomy.

    The most important form of empowerment a leader can provide to their employees is the autonomy to do things on their own. Don’t micromanage–it’s among the strongest killers of motivation. Give people the freedom that they need and allow them in return to show you want they can accomplish.

    6. Give trust to gain trust.

    Have you ever worked for someone who made you work for their trust? Leaders from this school of thought are famous for putting you through the wringer and telling you “I can’t trust you until you earn it.” The best leaders, on the other hand, are quick to give trust. Their message is “I believe in you,” and they give employees the confidence they need to be accountable. When you give trust, you get trust.

    7. Invest personal time.

    There are lots of ways you can spend time with your employees–in meetings, in one-on-one conversations, in quick hallway catch-ups. But when you go out of your way and spend personal time with members of your team, whether it’s a coffee hour or dinner or a group outing to a local attraction or sporting event, you can really connect.

    8. Respect doesn’t cost a penny.

    If you’ve ever heard the late comic Rodney Dangerfield wail “I get no respect,” it’s hard to forget. When employees feel they aren’t getting the respect they deserve, it can be hard for them to stay motivated. Smart leaders know that respect is the greatest form of praise. It makes all the long hours and exhausting work worthwhile in a way that few things can.

    9. To receive, first give.

    The most successful people give to others without thinking about getting anything in return. And no leader can truly empower others without a generous spirit. The payback, though, is vast.

    CEOs–and leaders at every other level–have numerous tools to show their appreciation. Practice these nine, and everyone around you will benefit greatly.



    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 9 Ways CEOs Can Become Chief Empowerment Officers appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

  • feedwordpress 11:27:56 on 2017/09/01 Permalink
    Tags: CEO, Dara Khorsrowshahi, , , UBER,   

    UBER CEO CAN SAVE THE DAY Lolly Daskal on #CheddarLive 

    If Dara Khorowshahi accepts the position he will face a long list of challenges but if he wants to succeed he will have to concentrate on these four levels

    Watch and Listen to Lolly’s segment on CHEDDARlive   < click link 

    The post UBER CEO CAN SAVE THE DAY Lolly Daskal on #CheddarLive appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

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