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  • feedwordpress 08:00:50 on 2020/10/15 Permalink
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    How To Make Sure You Are Living Up to Your Potential 


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    No matter how well you’re doing and how many skills you’ve acquired, you may not be fully living up to your leadership potential.

    If you suspect that you have untapped potential but you’re not sure how to reach it, start by working to discover what’s standing in your way so you can put yourself back on track to being the leader you know you can be.

    If you don’t know yourself: Self-understanding is critical to leadership. If you want to understand, motivate and inspire others, you have to begin with yourself. Hire a coach or find a mentor who can help you define your strengths, your gaps, and your style of leadership. All of us have gold hidden within, but we have to dig to get it out.

    If you’re self-centered: Top leaders spend much of their time thinking of others and finding ways to support them, coach them, mentor them and develop them. Great leadership consists largely of believing in others and helping them become great. If you aren’t already doing that, you need to take the focus off yourself. Start cultivating your empathy and devoting more of your time and energy to those around you.

    if your mindset is negative: Left unchallenged, negativity becomes weakness of character. Especially for those in leadership, it’s important to keep your outlook positive. Remember that thoughts become actions, actions become behavior and behavior becomes habit—and your habits play a huge role in achieving your potential. A positive mindset is the mark of a superior personality.

    If you play it safe: As I’ve seen many times over with my clients, few things will stall out your leadership potential more completely than constantly playing it safe. Getting yourself unstuck means having the nerve to take risks and make hard decisions when they’re needed. And ironically, playing it safe is one of the riskiest things you can do. To reach your top potential you will have to face your fear and do what you need to do in spite of it.

    If you don’t know and live by your values: People don’t become great leaders because they’re ambitious or committed to success; they become great leaders because they hold clearly defined values and align everything they do to those values. When you understand your own values and priorities and you commit to them, you gain the authority of authenticity and everything else falls into place. Hard decisions become easier and the people around you become your priority. Knowing and living your values is the key to great leadership.

    The best leaders begin by understanding themselves and finding the gaps they need to fill. They work on their own mindset and attitudes, and over time they come to realize that leadership is about serving others while you better yourself.

    Lead from within: The willingness to learn, the desire to risk, the urge to reach your full potential—these are the keys that will unlock the door to your leadership excellence.

     


    #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 08:00:20 on 2020/09/10 Permalink
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    How to Do Inclusive Leadership—the Right Way 


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    In recent months we’ve heard courageous voices demanding social and economic equality, and leaders within many organizations have been responding to that call by examining their own attitudes and practices.

    Most of them have good intentions, but there’s a big divide between intentions and outcomes. In practice, inclusion often goes amiss, strategies for change go flat, and the potential for excellence is lost.

    I’ve made a point in recent months of having each of my clients—from small-business owners to executives of major corporations—take a fresh look at their organization’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. Most of them came away from the process with a desire to genuinely do better instead of spinning their wheels with measures that didn’t create lasting change. Here’s an outline of the coaching I’ve been providing these clients on how to start doing things differently:

    Increase your self-awareness. Inclusiveness starts with the leader at the helm. Begin by honestly asking yourself how well you genuinely embrace and engage in inclusion. Many leaders understand the importance of inclusion and diversity in theory and are happy to advocate for it with their words, but they’re far less comfortable taking the kind of action that creates change. Commit to taking that action and make it a priority. When you do, your commitment will reverberate throughout your organization.

    Expose your blind spots. Implicit bias is built in to the human brain. That means that even the best of us—individuals and organizations—have blind spots that keep us from seeing things objectively. It takes an outsider to identify and start eliminating those blind spots, so find a consultant or coach you trust and give them a broad mandate to help you achieve change.

    Deepen your relationships. After you’ve developed a higher level of self-awareness, you’re ready to begin working on social awareness—the way your beliefs and implicit biases affect your relationships with others. If you want your company to become more inclusive, start working on your own ability to create authentic relationships with your colleagues and employees. Changing an organization’s culture begins with simple acts of connection.

    Invest in change. It’s one thing to say you want change, but to make it happen you need to add money, time and effort to your words. Invest in resources and people. Spend time and energy working to confront challenges and create opportunities. Identify and study your gaps and find ways to bridge them. Do what it takes to make sure every employee feels valued and knows they matter and belong.

    Embody courage. Being an inclusive leader isn’t easy. Some will criticize you for your commitment, and others will criticize you for not getting the results you want right away. But I believe that every leader should pursue this path with as much determination as possible. Change requires courage, and the best way of making it happen sooner rather than later is by forging ahead.

    Lead from within:  All change has to start somewhere and genuine, meaningful inclusiveness has to begin within you as a leader.

     


    #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:

     

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:52 on 2020/08/25 Permalink
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    To Be Successful Working from Home- Your Personality Matters 


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    Working from home suits some people better than others. In my coaching practice, I see some leaders thriving In it and others barely getting by. The difference is often their personality.

    If your personality allows you to easily merge your work and home life, working from home will likely be a breeze. But for those who function best with a clear line between the two, working from home can be frustrating and exhausting.

    As with so many other things, most of us fall somewhere in between the two extremes. Here are two examples:

    Michael runs a successful investment fund company. Before the pandemic, he left for work every day at 5 a.m., worked straight through till about 6 p.m., then came back home for family time. He might call home from the office in a special circumstance, and now and then he’d bring some work home to do after hours, but the separation of work and home gave him great clarity.

    Richard is the CEO of a biomedical company. Pre pandemic, he dropped his kids off at school on his way to work and checked in with his spouse a few times during the day. Sometimes he’d focus hard on either work or home depending on what each situation required, but he loved the day-to-day integration of his life and found it helped him stay balanced.

    The shift to full-time working from home hit them both hard, but in different ways. Michael struggled with the loss of uninterrupted quiet time. He was constantly distracted and had a hard time even keeping up with email. Richard, on the other hand, found himself struggling to keep up with long days of what felt like a never-ending juggling act.

    Each needed a routine that worked for their situation. For Richard, that meant establishing a closed-door distraction-free time every day. For Michael, it meant adding some structure to the work-family flow.

    Think about your situation and personality, and adapt the way you work from home to suit your needs:

    Set up a routine. Set a period of time every day that you focus only on work. Have a start and end time so your family members know the schedule. Likewise, have set hours that are family time, and don’t let work intrude.

    Identify your most important tasks every day. Focusing on priorities lets you have a sense of accomplishment and peace of mind even on days when you don’t get much done.

    Schedule breaks with family in mind. Break up the work day and stay in touch with your family with structured daily activities. Have lunch together or establish a mid-afternoon recess with some outdoor time.

    Keep yourself accountable. Find your balance and be accountable to yourself for the ways you spend your energy and time. Self-awareness can help you rediscover the sweet spot of your work style.

    Change is never easy, and we’ve all had more than our share these past few months. But if you adapt change to your personality, it can help you bring out your best.

    Lead from within: Knowing your personality can help you succeed in any environment.

     

     


    #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 To Be Successful Working from Home- Your Personality Matters appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
  • feedwordpress 08:00:52 on 2020/08/25 Permalink
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    To Be Successful Working from Home- Your Personality Matters 


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    Working from home suits some people better than others. In my coaching practice, I see some leaders thriving In it and others barely getting by. The difference is often their personality.

    If your personality allows you to easily merge your work and home life, working from home will likely be a breeze. But for those who function best with a clear line between the two, working from home can be frustrating and exhausting.

    As with so many other things, most of us fall somewhere in between the two extremes. Here are two examples:

    Michael runs a successful investment fund company. Before the pandemic, he left for work every day at 5 a.m., worked straight through till about 6 p.m., then came back home for family time. He might call home from the office in a special circumstance, and now and then he’d bring some work home to do after hours, but the separation of work and home gave him great clarity.

    Richard is the CEO of a biomedical company. Pre pandemic, he dropped his kids off at school on his way to work and checked in with his spouse a few times during the day. Sometimes he’d focus hard on either work or home depending on what each situation required, but he loved the day-to-day integration of his life and found it helped him stay balanced.

    The shift to full-time working from home hit them both hard, but in different ways. Michael struggled with the loss of uninterrupted quiet time. He was constantly distracted and had a hard time even keeping up with email. Richard, on the other hand, found himself struggling to keep up with long days of what felt like a never-ending juggling act.

    Each needed a routine that worked for their situation. For Richard, that meant establishing a closed-door distraction-free time every day. For Michael, it meant adding some structure to the work-family flow.

    Think about your situation and personality, and adapt the way you work from home to suit your needs:

    Set up a routine. Set a period of time every day that you focus only on work. Have a start and end time so your family members know the schedule. Likewise, have set hours that are family time, and don’t let work intrude.

    Identify your most important tasks every day. Focusing on priorities lets you have a sense of accomplishment and peace of mind even on days when you don’t get much done.

    Schedule breaks with family in mind. Break up the work day and stay in touch with your family with structured daily activities. Have lunch together or establish a mid-afternoon recess with some outdoor time.

    Keep yourself accountable. Find your balance and be accountable to yourself for the ways you spend your energy and time. Self-awareness can help you rediscover the sweet spot of your work style.

    Change is never easy, and we’ve all had more than our share these past few months. But if you adapt change to your personality, it can help you bring out your best.

    Lead from within: Knowing your personality can help you succeed in any environment.

     

     


    #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 To Be Successful Working from Home- Your Personality Matters appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
  • feedwordpress 08:00:10 on 2020/06/30 Permalink
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    Why Every Leader Needs to Spend Time Alone 


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    Studies have long shown that chronic loneliness and isolation are damaging to people’s mental and physical health. But a balanced amount of time spent alone has clear benefits—and depending on your temperament, it may be a necessity. It can even help strengthen your leadership. Here’s how:

    Improved social relationships. At first glance, it doesn’t make sense to improve your social relationships by being alone . But when you take the time to look inward, defining your needs and priorities, your social life will be better spent. Similarly, time alone can improve your relationships at work. And the better your relationships, the happier and more productive you’ll be—as a human and as a leader.

    Improved creativity. The best way to foster creativity is to take the time to give yourself a framework of goals, outcomes, objectives and results. If you don’t slow down to do this work you will find yourself going around in circles. And once you’ve determined a destination, getting and staying in touch with your creativity requires the kind of deep dives that are best accomplished alone.

    Improved confidence. Many leaders subscribe to the mantra fake it till you make it, but as a leadership coach I have seen this approach cause far too many implosions. Instead, lead from within by developing an understanding of who you are and what you’re good at. From there you can build on your strengths and leverage your weaknesses in authentic ways that benefit both you and those you lead. It’s a deeply rewarding process, one that will benefit you in every way, and it requires spending the kind of focused time and energy that you can find only when you’re alone.

    Improved emotional regulation. Most leaders have a thousand things coming at them all at once. Those who spend some daily time centering themselves in quiet meditation, prayer, or thought are able take it in stride. Those who never give their nerves a break from the constant overstimulation and chaos of the work day are far more likely to react badly as soon as something goes off track.

    Improved decision making. When decisions need to be made—and especially when they need to be made quickly—the best leaders take a moment to themselves. They aren’t stalling—they’re making a peaceful space to review their options, make sure they’re thinking clearly and accounting for everything. A little focused time yields clear, well-thought-out decisions.

    Many people, especially those who are extroverts by nature, may find it hard to spend time alone. But if you can develop a regular practice of closing your door to the world, you’ll give yourself time with your thoughts and a space for your mind to wander in new directions. Time alone can be restorative, building your confidence, creativity, and productivity, and helping you better engage with others.

    Lead from within: Give yourself a break and spend some more time alone so you can become the leader you are meant to be.

     


    #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 Every Leader Needs to Spend Time Alone appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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