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  • feedwordpress 09:00:34 on 2019/01/07 Permalink
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    When Is It Important to Change How You Lead 


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    I have a habit of reading a book a day, and my favorite subjects are history and biography. I like to study what has happened to leaders in the past and how they dealt with their own challenging times.

    We have our own challenges in the here and now: business changes quickly and technology is constantly evolving. But the principles of leadership are timeless. So do we change our leadership to adapt, or stay the course we’re already on?

    As with so many things, the answer is “It depends.” The changes themselves aren’t the issue—it’s the things that get lost in the shuffle. Especially when change is whirling around you, take some time to examine the basics and see what’s missing—then adapt your leadership to provide it. Here are some examples:

    When character is lost, lead with character. Character sets the tone for how people will be, and when it goes missing it leaves a definite void. Lead by example; show what character looks like and sounds like. The importance of character can’t be overstated. Authentic leaders are grounded in a strong set of personal values that can have a profound effect on everyone.

    When self-awareness is lacking, lead with self-awareness. Research suggests that leaders who are self-aware—who know themselves—are up to four times more effective in managing change than people who aren’t. The need for self-awareness and understanding is a constant. “Leader, know thyself” is the biggest asset to leadership.

    When honesty is gone, lead with integrity. There’s nothing more destructive than dishonesty, and broken trust can rarely be regained. In a broken environment it’s more important than ever to lead with integrity and to maintain standards of honor and truthfulness. However difficult it may seem, it always pays off in the end.

    When empathy isn’t present, lead with compassion. One of the most valuable traits a leader can possess is the ability to tune in to people and truly understand them. Understanding the emotions of others equips you to respond to them and to develop strong relationships. When empathy is missing from a workplace, a leader needs to set the tone by demonstrating the power of compassion and understanding.

    When decisiveness is absent, lead with determination. One of the biggest challenges of our time is trying to choose from a dizzying multitude of options. Decisiveness has never been more important. In its absence, a leader needs to be even quicker on their feet and prepared to gather data quickly and make huge decisions on the fly in an educated manner.

    When optimism is gone, lead with positivity. Even the sunniest people find it hard to keep up positive energy in a sour environment. When morale sinks, an excellent leader can always start to change things up. They know the power of encouraging words and team spirit, and they make sure people feel good enough about what they are doing in order to keep forging forward.

    When vision is missing, lead with a viewpoint. It’s incredibly hard to rally a group of people together without vision, so it’s imperative for a leader to connect people with a vision so compelling that it draws them to become part of it.

    When innovation is absent, lead with creativity. If those around you are not tapping into the team’s innovation or creativity, it’s the leader’s duty to demonstrate inventiveness and inspiration, leading others to think and act with creatively and passion.

    To truly be a timeless leader you need to pay attention to what is missing and become the person who provides it. The times will keep changing and so will you, but if you grow in leadership while staying agile and alert, you will be able to deliver great leadership under any circumstances.

    Lead from within: Different types of leadership are needed at different times. Figure out what is right for the circumstance and become the agent of needed change.

     


     

    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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    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:34 on 2019/01/07 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Character, , , , , , , ,   

    When Is It Important to Change How You Lead 


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    I have a habit of reading a book a day, and my favorite subjects are history and biography. I like to study what has happened to leaders in the past and how they dealt with their own challenging times.

    We have our own challenges in the here and now: business changes quickly and technology is constantly evolving. But the principles of leadership are timeless. So do we change our leadership to adapt, or stay the course we’re already on?

    As with so many things, the answer is “It depends.” The changes themselves aren’t the issue—it’s the things that get lost in the shuffle. Especially when change is whirling around you, take some time to examine the basics and see what’s missing—then adapt your leadership to provide it. Here are some examples:

    When character is lost, lead with character. Character sets the tone for how people will be, and when it goes missing it leaves a definite void. Lead by example; show what character looks like and sounds like. The importance of character can’t be overstated. Authentic leaders are grounded in a strong set of personal values that can have a profound effect on everyone.

    When self-awareness is lacking, lead with self-awareness. Research suggests that leaders who are self-aware—who know themselves—are up to four times more effective in managing change than people who aren’t. The need for self-awareness and understanding is a constant. “Leader, know thyself” is the biggest asset to leadership.

    When honesty is gone, lead with integrity. There’s nothing more destructive than dishonesty, and broken trust can rarely be regained. In a broken environment it’s more important than ever to lead with integrity and to maintain standards of honor and truthfulness. However difficult it may seem, it always pays off in the end.

    When empathy isn’t present, lead with compassion. One of the most valuable traits a leader can possess is the ability to tune in to people and truly understand them. Understanding the emotions of others equips you to respond to them and to develop strong relationships. When empathy is missing from a workplace, a leader needs to set the tone by demonstrating the power of compassion and understanding.

    When decisiveness is absent, lead with determination. One of the biggest challenges of our time is trying to choose from a dizzying multitude of options. Decisiveness has never been more important. In its absence, a leader needs to be even quicker on their feet and prepared to gather data quickly and make huge decisions on the fly in an educated manner.

    When optimism is gone, lead with positivity. Even the sunniest people find it hard to keep up positive energy in a sour environment. When morale sinks, an excellent leader can always start to change things up. They know the power of encouraging words and team spirit, and they make sure people feel good enough about what they are doing in order to keep forging forward.

    When vision is missing, lead with a viewpoint. It’s incredibly hard to rally a group of people together without vision, so it’s imperative for a leader to connect people with a vision so compelling that it draws them to become part of it.

    When innovation is absent, lead with creativity. If those around you are not tapping into the team’s innovation or creativity, it’s the leader’s duty to demonstrate inventiveness and inspiration, leading others to think and act with creatively and passion.

    To truly be a timeless leader you need to pay attention to what is missing and become the person who provides it. The times will keep changing and so will you, but if you grow in leadership while staying agile and alert, you will be able to deliver great leadership under any circumstances.

    Lead from within: Different types of leadership are needed at different times. Figure out what is right for the circumstance and become the agent of needed change.

     


     

    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 When Is It Important to Change How You Lead appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
  • feedwordpress 09:00:09 on 2018/12/12 Permalink
    Tags: , Character, , , , , Performance Reviews,   

    Why You Should Ditch Your Performance Reviews 


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    Every year, more and more organizations are ditching annual performance reviews. If your company is still holding on to this outdated practice, maybe this should be the year you let it go.

    Think back over the process for annual reviews and how much time and effort they take—preparing the reviews, discussing them, writing them up, sending them through approvals. It’s a huge chore, a big commitment of time that you (or someone else) can’t devote to the things you’re supposed to be accomplishing.

    The biggest problem with annual performance reviews,however, isn’t that they’re time-consuming. It’s that they’re done once a year,so important feedback occurs at a single point in the year instead of being given along the way. It’s a system that doesn’t allow people to improve in real time, making it frustrating for everyone involved.

    A better alternative is a frequent check-in,held monthly or weekly or at the end of each project, or on whatever time table works for your people, in which the employee answers six questions:

    What are your short- and long-term goals? Leaders should be aware of their people’s goals so there are no hiccups or surprises for anyone. Asking people to outline their goals for the immediate future and for the long run keeps you informed and—just as important—it keeps them focused.

    Are you satisfied with your role and responsibilities? There are always expectations of what needs to happen, and people can situate themselves for success if they know how their performance aligns with the company’s objectives, goals and purpose. Regular check-ins allow you to assess performance and provide support and guidance when they’re needed—not when the calendar says it’s time.

    What challenges are you facing? The quickest way to overcome a challenge is to treat it not as something to avoid or shy away from but to truly take it on and work through it. When people are facing particularly challenging times, a weekly or monthly check-in it will help you connect them with coaching and guidance, giving them a chance to think of the issues in a new way and keep things moving forward.  

    What can be improved or fixed? Encourage people to speak up on process issues, whether they’re simple or complex. When you do, you foster engagement and keep them thinking of ways to make things better. It’s great when people can have a say on how to improve things, not only for themselves but for everyone—and no one is in a better position to see where improvements are needed than the people on the ground.

    How can I support you? People work hard and put in tremendous effort,and knowing their leader cares will inspire them to do even more—not once a year until the good feeling wears off, but weekly and even daily. Listening deeply, taking in everything that’s being said and addressing concerns bring benefits to everyone involved.

    Are you engaged and satisfied? Engagement and satisfaction have an important influence on performance, and regular check-ins provide leaders with a way to assess and evaluate people’s satisfaction. Engagement and satisfaction should be assessed frequently so any issues can be caught early.

    Using frequent check-ins instead of annual performance reviews can provide better communication and constant feedback on an employee’s performance and engagement.

    Regular communication results in mutual understanding, and there’s no telling how much an individual will contribute to the team, the company and their own leadership when they are constantly being supported and guided.

    Lead from Within: Consider doing away with performance reviews and instead work to build a better relationship with those who work hard and put in tremendous effort. The happier your people are, the longer they will stay and the better they will perform.

     


    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: iStock Photo

    The post Why You Should Ditch Your Performance Reviews appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
  • feedwordpress 09:00:58 on 2018/11/26 Permalink
    Tags: , Character, Checklist, , , , , , , ,   

    A Year-end Checklist That Will Make You a Much Better Leader 


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    As with everything in life, if you want to improve you need to see where you are and where you want to go. To succeed (or stay successful) in leadership, you need to see what you did this past year and where you want to go in the new year.

    On the other hand, the best leaders know that progress isn’t something you check in on once a year. Progress and success can be achieved only through continuous improvements.

    Effective leadership can be mastered, and a leadership checklist is an effective tool for making it happen. A solid year-end checkup will make you a better leader—today, tomorrow, and every day of the year.

    Here’s my checklist. Try it out and see how you score:

    Did you lead with character? Is what you said the same as what you did? Describing you as a leader, will people cite your character?

    Did you create a compelling vision? Were you able to translate your personal goals into a compelling vision that people can rally around?

    Did you identify next steps?  Did you articulate goals, roles and responsibilities so everyone could be successful in their own right?

    Did you think strategically? Did you set forth a pragmatic strategy for achieving both short- and long-term goals?

    Did you act decisively? True leadership is about making good and timely decisions and ensuring they are executed. Have you done that? If yes, great! If not, why not? What will you do differently?

    Did you build others up? Did you build confidence in others?

    Did you communicate effectively? Did you communicate persuasively, concisely and memorably?

    Did you listen before you spoke? Did you listen to people until they felt heard? Did you listen with the intent to learn?

    Did you encourage feedback from others? Did you listen to feedback and adapt in response?

    Did you cultivate leadership in others? have you spent time developing leadership throughout the organization? If not, why not? And how will you begin?

    Did you lead with positivity? If you aren’t leading with positivity, you’re likely leading with negativity, and it has to change for you to become an effective leader.

    Did you take ownership? Always be responsible for what you do as a leader. If not, people come to feel they cannot count on you.

    Did you manage relationships? Personal relationships are at the core of great leadership.

    Did you lead with inspiration? Did you create an environment in which others feel inspired and motivated, secure in their capabilities and competence, ready for new challenges and successes?

    Did you cultivate a culture of respect? Did you treat people respectfully?

    Did you navigate or fix? Did you get out of the way and allow people to show you what they’re capable of? Or did you do the work for them?

    Did you value the unique contributions of others? Did you value the gifts that each individual brings by recognizing and appreciating their individual efforts and work?

    Did you lead by example? As a leader, did you set an example others would want to emulate?

    This year-end checklist is really a year-round checklist—it works as a daily, weekly, monthly and annual self-evaluation. Make adaptations to suit your particular situation, then use it to hold yourself accountable for who you are and what you do to become the kind of leader you want to be.

    Lead from within: Use a checklist to become a better leader, for yourself and for those you lead. It will help you and your team become more effective and successful.


     

    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: iStock Photo

    The post A Year-end Checklist That Will Make You a Much Better Leader appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
  • feedwordpress 09:00:34 on 2018/11/15 Permalink
    Tags: , Character, , , , , Traits,   

    6 Traits You Need to Be a Successful Leader 


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    Through the years, our concept of leadership has evolved—even our ideas of what constitutes a successful leader have changed. But some core traits have withstood the test of time and been embodied by great leaders across time and cultures. These universal traits are generally related to character. Here are six traits required for successful leadership in any era or in any settting:

    Authenticity. Any successful leader must cultivate the trait of authenticity by leading with their genuine self. When you are genuine, people can trust who you are as a person and know that you are dependable and truthful. We’re all rightfully wary of leaders who are fake, narcissistic, secretive or self-serving. Under authentic leadership, organizations get stronger, teams get bolder and more effective, and people become better. The best leaders, today and in any era, are authentic; it’s how you connect, build trust, and deepen your relationships for better performance.

    Accountability. As leaders continue to face unprecedented change and disruption, it’s clear that they need to be more accountable than ever before, because effective and successful leadership requires real accountability. When you take responsibility seriously, you’re willing to answer for the outcomes of your choices, your behaviors, and your actions in every situation. You own the responsibility, especially when things go badly.

    Adeptness. Every leader needs to be competent and capable in many areas. They need to know—or at least be able to learn—a little bit about everything. Gone are the days of getting by with singular expertise; modern leadership requires the diversity and agility that the best leaders have always had. The greater your exposure to various job functions, the easier will be for you to navigate the ever-evolving world of business, adapt to changing demands, and provide beneficial solutions.

    Adaptability. Successful leaders know how to adapt to a shifting environment. Being able to modify strategies, systems and processes on the fly is an important skill—doing the same things that always worked before is almost never the best option. Every leader must learn to embrace change. Staying in front of your industry requires flexibility, agility and the ability to adapt quickly to changes in the business, team and environment.

    Ambition. Some people are happy to sit back and watch the world go by, while others need to make things happen. Great leaders have a higher level of perseverance and drive than most people, and they can be counted on to get things done because they are determined enough not to let anything get in their way. Plan for the future and have a vision and a road map of where you want your organization to go. Without a defined direction, you’ll have nowhere to lead people to.

    Appreciation. One of the most important enduring traits of excellent leadership is appreciation. When a leader shows appreciation to others and recognizes people for their ideas and contributions, it improves their ability to lead. When you make a habit of showing appreciation to each person on your team, you’ll see a significant shift in employee loyalty and production. Leadership has to be earned anew each day.

    Lead from within: Leadership lies not in tools or technique but in traits of character. Successful leadership begins from within.

     


     

    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 6 Traits You Need to Be a Successful Leader appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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