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  • feedwordpress 09:00:32 on 2020/11/10 Permalink
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    Are You Aware of the New Leadership Style That is Emerging 


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    A new leadership style has begun to emerge, one that reflects the uncertainty and chaos of our pandemic era. This new brand of leadership brings together two elements that seem oppositional: first, handling immediate threats in a rapidly changing and unpredictable time, and second, engaging in strategic planning at a time when everything we knew has changed and the stakes are incredibly high.

    In the past, leaders often had the luxury of focusing on one or the other at any given moment, but leaders today need to balance these elements daily and even hourly, managing their way through the present day as they plan for long-term outcomes.

    Here are some of the elements that make up this new style of leadership:

    Leading from known to known. In many respects, you need the ability to take what you know and apply it over and over again to what you’re doing now. Where something is working, keep it up as long as possible with only minor adjustments as needed.

    Leading from known to unknown. In other areas, you need to be able to combine strategic thinking with trust in your own knowledge, experience and instincts. This approach starts with identifying the forces that will shape your organization’s future. Then you begin exploring the unknown by considering all the ways those forces interact and projecting a range of possible future conditions. Finally, you adjust your view of the present on the basis of those projections, their likelihood and consequences, then use those models as the foundation of strategies to prepare your organization for the widest range of possibilities.

    Leading from unknown to unknown. Our uncertainty about the future is compounded by our inability to compare the present to anything we have ever experienced before. Without any parallels to the past, it’s even harder to envision where we’re headed. Imagining multiple futures in creative ways isn’t just a mental game: it heightens your ability to read subtle signs and sense what may be coming so you can lead your organization in adapting to those changes—and even shaping them—in the years ahead. To lead with this foresight doesn’t help you know what to think about the future; it helps you know how to think about the future.

    Leaders today need to understand and meet emerging demands in the highest levels of crisis and chaos most of us have ever experienced. At the same time, they must be keenly aware that the future—like our idea of “normal”—has changed direction and isn’t going back to what it was. Whatever shape it takes, that future will need to be driven by new ideas and innovation, and the leaders who will be most successful are those who can combine steady management with a willingness to embrace disruption.

    Lead from within: The world needs leaders who can embrace all the knowns and unknowns of today while charting a course toward a new vision of tomorrow.

     


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  • feedwordpress 09:00:54 on 2020/11/05 Permalink
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    How to Adapt Your Leadership To The New Reality 


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    The pandemic has shaken the nature of work and leadership to its core. And while many people are still anxiously awaiting a return to normal, it’s becoming more and more apparent that the “normal” we crave won’t be the same as what we had before.

    As we all come to terms with the fact that this crisis is changing the world in ways we never could have imagined, it’s more important than ever for leaders to be mindful of the need to adapt—not only to what’s happening in the moment but to a changing future. Here are some of the ways leaders should be adapting to the new reality:

    Leaders must adapt to create stability. People in uncertain times need stability so they can foster resiliency, and that stability is achieved when you create a purpose-driven culture that prepares them to meet every new challenge with confidence and a unifying sense of a shared mission.

    Leaders must adapt to create community. In the past, those who led remote teams focused on the challenges of communication and logistics. Now, with so many teams made up of people working from different locations, it’s important that you also create a sense of community. As dispersed teams move from being a stopgap measure to a new reality for many organizations, you need to seek out new ways to give direction, provide autonomy, and focus on outcomes while also building a strong, close-knit team.

    Leaders must adapt to cultivate transparency and communication. More than ever, leaders need to establish platforms and forums where information is available and accessible. You want people to find information they need and for information to be exchanged through channels that are clear and convenient. Transparency and communication are especially critical in times of change.

    Leaders must adapt to show flexibility. The relentless pace of change means people need to see leaders who model agility. To be successful, you need to prepare now to function in a business environment that requires high-level dynamic planning and thinking every day.

    Leaders must adapt to focus on reliability. Especially in times of uncertainty, people need leaders they can count on. Make especially sure that your word is iron-clad. If you aren’t sure or you don’t know, say so—and if you learn later that you were wrong about something, own it.

    Leaders must adapt to preserve the mental health of their people. To ensure and sustain the physical and mental health of your employees, you need to understand what they’re going through, and that comes from putting in the time to listen and being empathetic and compassionate. If you don’t listen you won’t know, and leaders need to be in the know about their employees’ well-being.

    At the bottom line, we need leaders who can adapt to meet any challenges for the new reality, and the ones who succeed will be the ones who are mindful and thoughtful.

    Lead from within: The leaders who can filter out the distractions and focus on what truly drives success will emerge stronger than ever—and so will their organizations.

     


    #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 08:00:56 on 2020/09/29 Permalink
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    What Leadership Skills Will Be Needed In the Future 


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    It may be hard to think about the future when the present is so challenging, but in times of great change and uncertainty it’s more important than ever to stay a step—or several steps—ahead in your preparation. These are the skills you should be cultivating now to be successfully as a leader for the future.

    A positive attitude toward change. Leaders of the future will need to be optimistic by nature and positive about change, because everything around us is likely to remain uncertain and complex for some time to come. Leaders won’t have the luxury of allowing themselves to become overwhelmed or immobilized; they must maintain an optimistic mindset as things around them remain unsure.

    A communication style that brings clarity around complexity. Leaders of the future will need to cultivate the ability to see through complexity and complications, to make sense of messy situations filled with contradictions, to cut through superficial concerns and communicate the essence of the issue at hand. Their clarity will help them lead people to better things that most people can’t yet perceive.

    Transparency that leads to trust. Leaders of the future will need to be fully authentic and transparent. Even when the news is bad, people want to know what’s really happening. In an era when trust will be crucial, leaders who are consistently open and genuine, regardless of the circumstances, will engender that trust.

    Flexibility that embraces ambiguity. Leaders of the future will need to be agile and flexible—able to create quickly, risk passionately, pivot immediately and move on from failures, taking in the lessons of each experience in order to keep moving forward. The future will bring ambiguity, and the best teachers will be creation, risk, failure and experience.

    A true appreciation of diversity. Leaders of the future will need to genuinely appreciate diversity and embrace its value at every level. In a time of uncertainty, constructive engagement happens best when leaders bring together people with different backgrounds, expertise and knowledge.

    A gift for seeing the good within the bad. Leaders of the future will need to develop the skill of learning how to turn crises and challenges into opportunities. Preparation and nimble thinking will keep teams and organizations out in front of events, so they’re ready to offer solutions in the moment.

    The confidence to undertake massive disruption. Leaders of the future need  to access their inner determination to achieve and their willingness to make massive changes in their teams, their organizations, their industries—even themselves.

    We can’t know what lies ahead. But whatever form the future takes, successful leaders will be those who know how to act with courage and clear intent in an authentic and engaging way that will create trust among their people—those with the imagination, integrity, and agile intelligence to make truly great things happen.

    Lead from within: The future holds both challenges and opportunities. Are you listening to the signals today and developing the skills you’ll need to lead in the times ahead?

     


    #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 09:00:57 on 2018/12/06 Permalink
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    4 of the Most Important Skills of the Future 


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    The future is being built now with robotics, artificial intelligence, and all kinds of automation that will take over many of the skills we perform today. But there are some skills that we will need for the future, skills that can’t be automated. If you want to excel in the years to come, make sure you’re up to speed in these areas:

    Communication. If you’re in leadership, how you communicate, what you communicate and—most of all—how you listen are all supremely important. In communication, it’s the tone that inspires and the spirit that motivates. No robot or machine could ever have the same effect as a leader with great communication skills. Knowing how to communicate is all about creating and clarifying expectations. It’s important to communicate not just what you want someone to do and (without micromanaging) how they should do it but also why you want it to be done and why the person you’re asking is the best person for the job. People want meaning, so communication will always be a crucial leadership skill.

    Engagement. Gone are the days of a leader sitting at their desk with the door closed. That doesn’t work (and really, it never did). For any enterprise to excel and achieve its goals leaders need to value engagement, because great leadership begins with connection. When we understand that despite the ways in which we differ we’re all alike in our desire for acceptance and connection, we can recognize those needs in ourselves—and in others. That’s when we can truly make a difference, and it requires human connection.

    Influence. Many sources contribute influence in our lives. Parents, other family members, teachers, friends, books we’ve read, discussions we’ve had, life experiences—all of these influences merge together to form our core values and build our character. In the years to come it’s predicted that our biggest commodity will be ourselves—that people will follow others because of who they are and what their character represents. That’s not something you could ever get from a machine, robot or automation.

    Heart. Automation can never substitute for heart, care and love. When a leader demonstrates caring, it makes a difference in everyone they touch. The world is full of people who need to be exposed to a caring heart. Great leaders care about the people they lead above their own leadership; they are close enough to show they care but far enough ahead to also motivate. The future relies on this wisdom: leadership is not about being in charge but about taking care of those in your charge.

    There are doubtless numerous skills you’ll need to build a successful future, but it’s these core skills that matter most.

    Lead from within: The future belongs to the leaders who excel at today’s most important skills.

     


     

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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 17:27:25 on 2018/06/09 Permalink
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    10 Wise Choices Today That Will Lead to a Successful Future 


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    When life gives us an opportunity to choose, remember to make the choices that your future self would thank you for today.

    Business decisions, options to weigh, leadership principles to stand by–in every case, you want to be able to look back and say “I chose well.”

    Start today by making decisions and resolutions that not only serve you well in the short run but point you toward the future where you want to be.

    1. Success will come and go, but integrity is forever.  Aim to live in such a way that if someone spoke badly about you no one would believe it. Never make room for a thought or action that is not based on your personal values. Ground every decision, personal and professional, in what you believe.

    2. Believe in yourself. When no one else believes in you–when they say you don’t have the experience to start a business, or the skills to be a boss, or the right disposition for leadership–do everything in your power to prove them wrong. Acknowledge your skills and your strengths and work hard at attaining what you want.

    3. Be grateful for what you have presently. Sometimes we focus so much on what we don’t have that we fail to see and appreciate and use what we do have. There are many, many people who would love to have what you have right now. Be thankful for what you have and you’ll never need more; concentrate on what you don’t have and you will never ever have enough.

    4. Live in the moment.  When times get rough you can let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you. The choice is yours. Even the most successful people are likely to have have had many failures. They learn well from their mistakes so they can succeed gracefully in the future.

    5. Let go of what holds you back and embrace what awaits you. There is a time to hold on and a time to let go. The most successful people let go of what was, accept what is, and have faith in what will be.

    6. Control what you can daily. Don’t worry about the past or the future or what anybody else is doing. Concentrate on what you can control right now–and that’s mostly your own attitudes and actions.

    7. Make time for what’s important presently. The best gift you can give yourself is to get your priorities straight. It’s not about if or when but how. Your priorities are in every action you take every day, so make sure you stay focused on what’s most important.

    8. Learn from others today. Learn from as many people as you can. There are some who will change your whole world if you listen, and others who can help you fine-tune your knowledge and spirit. If you trust them, honor them by learning from them.

    9. Choices today create our tomorrow. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, but what you choose to do from here. Successful people don’t look back except to learn and grow and make amends if needed. Once that’s done, focus on choosing what truly matters and pursuing it passionately.

    10. Without further ado assess your values. Your value does not decrease based on someone else’s inability to see your worth. The moment you feel like you have to prove your worth to someone is the moment to walk away. Don’t undermine yourself by being around people who are negative, who don’t know your value, and who don’t understand what you have to offer. Never ever settle for anything less than what you deserve.

    When your future self looks back, you want to be able to say “I was myself always; I believed in myself always. I did not waste time trying to be someone I am not. Instead, I embraced all that I had to offer and I am worthy of the success I have achieved.

     


    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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