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  • feedwordpress 10:50:53 on 2021/05/04 Permalink
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    Your Leadership Is Contagious—Whether You Know It Or Not 


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    When standards in an organization change, the process tends to be so gradual that it’s not readily noticeable. One day you look around and realize that things that used to be unacceptable are now commonplace. Whether it’s a lax attitude toward work and deadlines, gossip and backbiting, or dishonesty, it’s easy for negative behavior to take hold.

    When norms change, people tend to ask “How did that happen?” I’m here to tell you: it starts at the top. Leadership is contagious, whether leaders know it or not. If a leader’s standards slip, the standards of the organization follow. If leadership’s values are compromised, the values of the business won’t be far behind. It’s imperative to keep close tabs on your own leadership, because others are certain to follow your lead, one by one, until your entire team is affected.

    Here are some of the ways leaders can ensure that their contagious leadership is spreading only good qualities:

    Be consistent and predictable. If you want to be trusted, respected and credible, people have to know that they can count on your conduct to always be consistent.

    Remain true to your values. Let others know who you are and what you stand for, and lead through your example of living out your values every day. Give people reason to feel good about emulating you.

    Evaluate your communications. Leaders communicate a lot, and people are quick to judge those communications as well as the cues they get from body language and nonverbal communication. Think about what you’re saying and—even more important—how you’re saying it.

    Show people what’s most important to you. The quickest way to learn what’s important to someone is to see what they give their time to. Ask yourself if you’re spending your time in ways that reflect your values or if you’re sending mixed messages.

    Take command of your emotions. If you’re quick to lose your temper, if you yell when things go wrong, if you lose patience easily, you’re sending a message to others that it’s OK—and maybe even expected—to do the same. Don’t let your own behavior validate screaming, tantrums, or abuse. Remember, your emotions have the power to make people comfortable or uncomfortable—which do you want it to be?

    Embody positivity. A positive leader means a positive team and positive organization; a negative leader is working to build a team and culture based on negativity.

    Treat others the way you want to be treated. Treat people with respect and dignity and they will treat you—and their coworkers—the same.

    When you’re a leader, your actions are constantly being watched by others. Ask yourself if you want those you lead to emulate what you do and how you do it. If not, be thoughtful of how you lead and commit to setting a good example.

    Lead from within: If you know your leadership is contagious, you’re more likely to exhibit behavior worth catching.

     


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  • feedwordpress 08:00:03 on 2021/04/13 Permalink
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    Why Too Much Passion Is Bad For Your Leadership 


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    To keep up with the development and growth of the leaders I coach, I do an annual assessment of their leadership with my clients and with the people they lead. Last year I heard an interesting bit of feedback in one of these sessions: “At times his passion is great, but most of the time it’s overwhelming.”

    I’d never before considered the possibility of a leader’s having too much passion. But since then, I’ve taken some time to think about the highly passionate leaders I’ve worked with. And they do seem to share some tendencies that can lead to problems:

    They can be overwhelming. As I learned directly, passionate leaders can come across as overwhelming without even realizing it. Their passion and enthusiasm can feel like a burden to people who are struggling to keep up with their pace and level of energy.

    They can make everything important. Passionate leaders have a tendency to make everything high priority, and that urgency creates chaos. They may try to make everything urgent—which ironically means nothing can stand out as being important. People need clear priorities.

    They can complicate the simplest matter. Passion can drive complexity, complicating things that should be simple. People are thrown off by unnecessary complication.

    They can be too intense. People want to feel comfortable around their leader. Intensity can easily cross the border to be disturbing or even frightening.

    They aren’t always adaptable. Great leadership is about being adaptable and flexible, able to change course when needed. When passion makes a leader stubborn and unyielding, they’re unable to find new solutions and have difficulty adapting to changing circumstances.

    They can be closed-minded. Leaders need to always hold an open mind. They have to be able to listen to others and learn along the way. Sometimes passion leads to the kind of certainty that closes a leader’s mind and shuts others out.

    They can be intimidating. Some leaders express their passion by speaking loud and long, which may unnerve people and leave little room for them to express their thoughts.

    But here’s the good news: It’s possible for passionate people to lead without being overwhelming, complicating and rigid. The secret is staying attuned to others. To be an effective leader means being able to read the room and meet people where they are—not where you want them to be.

    Leaders who are admired for their passion are inclusive. They listen when others speak, they stay flexible and adaptable, and they’re great communicators.

    When passionate leadership is about a single-minded perspective and a narrow mindset, it’s likely to go off on the wrong track. But when it’s about making others better, serving the organization and guiding a vision, it can be a source of tremendous strength.

    Lead from within: The world needs passionate leaders, but make sure you avoid the traps of overly passionate leadership.

     


    #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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  • feedwordpress 08:00:03 on 2021/04/13 Permalink
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    Why Too Much Passion Is Bad For Your Leadership 


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    To keep up with the development and growth of the leaders I coach, I do an annual assessment of their leadership with my clients and with the people they lead. Last year I heard an interesting bit of feedback in one of these sessions: “At times his passion is great, but most of the time it’s overwhelming.”

    I’d never before considered the possibility of a leader’s having too much passion. But since then, I’ve taken some time to think about the highly passionate leaders I’ve worked with. And they do seem to share some tendencies that can lead to problems:

    They can be overwhelming. As I learned directly, passionate leaders can come across as overwhelming without even realizing it. Their passion and enthusiasm can feel like a burden to people who are struggling to keep up with their pace and level of energy.

    They can make everything important. Passionate leaders have a tendency to make everything high priority, and that urgency creates chaos. They may try to make everything urgent—which ironically means nothing can stand out as being important. People need clear priorities.

    They can complicate the simplest matter. Passion can drive complexity, complicating things that should be simple. People are thrown off by unnecessary complication.

    They can be too intense. People want to feel comfortable around their leader. Intensity can easily cross the border to be disturbing or even frightening.

    They aren’t always adaptable. Great leadership is about being adaptable and flexible, able to change course when needed. When passion makes a leader stubborn and unyielding, they’re unable to find new solutions and have difficulty adapting to changing circumstances.

    They can be closed-minded. Leaders need to always hold an open mind. They have to be able to listen to others and learn along the way. Sometimes passion leads to the kind of certainty that closes a leader’s mind and shuts others out.

    They can be intimidating. Some leaders express their passion by speaking loud and long, which may unnerve people and leave little room for them to express their thoughts.

    But here’s the good news: It’s possible for passionate people to lead without being overwhelming, complicating and rigid. The secret is staying attuned to others. To be an effective leader means being able to read the room and meet people where they are—not where you want them to be.

    Leaders who are admired for their passion are inclusive. They listen when others speak, they stay flexible and adaptable, and they’re great communicators.

    When passionate leadership is about a single-minded perspective and a narrow mindset, it’s likely to go off on the wrong track. But when it’s about making others better, serving the organization and guiding a vision, it can be a source of tremendous strength.

    Lead from within: The world needs passionate leaders, but make sure you avoid the traps of overly passionate leadership.

     


    #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

    The post Why Too Much Passion Is Bad For Your Leadership appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
  • feedwordpress 11:47:25 on 2021/04/06 Permalink
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    How The Best Leaders Avoid Doing Everyone Else’s Job 


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    If you’re a leader, a manager or a boss, you know how things come at you—all at once, all the time, without stopping, and with people relying on you to respond quickly and decisively.

    The ability to respond to complex situations and make rapid-fire decisions is necessary to great leadership, and it’s grounded in knowing how to keep your perspective and avoid distractions.

    Here are some of the ways the best leaders maintain a clear view on their own roles and responsibilities and avoid doing everyone else’s job.

    They focus on what’s important. Leaders with perspective don’t allow themselves to be sidetracked by checking off items on the to-do list of others. Instead, they stay connected to the things that are most important to them and keep their attention concentrated there—every day, all the time.

    They keep their emotions out of it. We all know leaders who worry and are fearful that others might not be doing their job as well as they can. The best leaders keep their emotions in check, and concentrate on their own responsibilities. They may feel fear and worry, but they trust their people and their experience to do their jobs.

    They listen to learn. The best leaders are always interested in gaining new understanding, educating themselves in new areas and becoming better informed. Don’t be a leader who only makes a show of listening and jumps into act. Listen to learn.

    They let go of their biases. Leaders with perspective don’t allow their own personal experiences and circumstances to obscure their objectivity. They work hard to understand and overcome their biases, if they have judgment on other people’s work, they work hard on letting those biases go, because they know how harmful they can be.

    They don’t make mountains out of molehills. Leaders with perspective don’t blow things out of proportion or respond unreasonably when something goes wrong. They are able to step outside the moment and see mistakes, mishaps and unfortunate circumstances of others, for what they are.

    They have an expansive mindset. Leaders with perspective see the whole rather than fragmented pieces. They make a point of focusing on the big picture and the long-range view.

    They don’t judge or make assumptions. Judging and assuming are surefire ways to lose perspective. Don’t be one of those leaders who forms opinions or comes to conclusions without hearing all the facts and gathering all the information, because uninformed assumptions can be incredibly damaging.

    They don’t have to be the smartest person in the room. Even if they know a lot, leaders with perspective know that they don’t know it all. Listening to other viewpoints and learning along the way allows them to have a wider and more in-depth understanding.

    It is easy to want to jump in and do everyone else’s job, but when you have much to accomplish yourself, it’s best to concentrate on what you have to do, and do it well.

    Lead from within: When your perspective isn’t clouded by distractions, worry and fear about others, you’ll be able to do your own job more clearly, making you a better leader and a better person.

     


    #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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  • feedwordpress 09:45:41 on 2021/03/23 Permalink
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    How to Know If Your Leadership Is Helping Or Hurting? 


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    In my work as a leadership coach, I see lots of leaders who are constantly in fixing mode—any time there’s a problem they jump in to take care of it. Their only thought is to help. But I always ask them, “Are you helping? Or are you unintentionally hurting the people you lead?”

    Here are some ways you may be doing harm as you’re trying to help:

    You don’t give your employees a chance to show what they’re capable of. Allow people to show you why they were hired and how much they can do. One of your most important abilities as a leader is to let people shine.

    You tell people what to do instead of letting them show you what they can do. Telling people what to do isn’t leadership, it’s direction. Leadership means creating a space for others to accomplish their best.

    You’re constantly speaking and don’t allow others to express their opinion. Listening only to your own voice harms your credibility and disempowers your leadership. Power doesn’t come to those who speak the most but to those who listen best.

    You provide solutions to problems other people should be solving. You should not be the fixer of all problems. Period. Allow your people to develop solutions—their abilities will grow and they’ll come up with things you might not have thought of.

    You complicate simple business processes. Keep things as simple and uncomplicated as possible. People have enough to do without the bother of unnecessary bureaucracy and complicated processes.

    You act like an expert when you’re not. The best leaders never feel the need to come across as the smartest person in the room or to pretend they know everything. They listen to learn and they give others a chance to be impressive.

    You say things like “I know best.” Even if you know you’re right, it’s far more effective to guide people into the answer through dialogue and communication. People want to know they’re contributing, not just following orders.

    You give rewards where there hasn’t been effort. In many companies where I coach, it’s common practice to give bonuses regardless of the effort people put in. This approach only creates a culture of mediocrity.

    You play favorites with your team. For any leader, fairness builds trust and trust is everything. Treat everyone with the same respect and be equitable in providing opportunities.

    You say you’re going to do something but you don’t. Any time you don’t keep your word, your leadership loses respect and credibility.

    You shame, criticize or blame others publicly in meetings. As the saying goes, appreciate in public and criticize in private.

    You accept mediocrity. In leadership as in other things, what you accept is what you get.

    Lead from within: Most leaders have good intentions, but those intentions sometimes lead to bad results. Try to keep your eye on the consequences of everything you do as a leader and ask yourself whether it’s helping or hurting.

     


    #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

    The post How to Know If Your Leadership Is Helping Or Hurting? appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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