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    6 Easy Habits That Will Help You Become the Leader You Want to Be 


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    Leadership, like most things, comes to some people more easily than others. But here’s the good news: whatever your natural abilities, you can learn to be a leader if you take the time to practice a few fundamental skills. As you apply these skills over time, you grow in effectiveness as a leader.

    Start today to master these six easy habits that will help you become the leader you want to be:

    Exercise authenticity with self. Identify your ethical code, and never compromise on what you believe to be right and wrong. It isn’t always easy to live authentically. At times, being true to what you know is right means going against the crowd. As an authentic leader, you have to be willing to look at yourself honestly and take criticism well, using it to improve your performance.

    Practice effective communication. A great leader is a great communicator. Learn to effectively use a number of different communication strategies to pass along your vision and values, share inspiration, and give clear commands—all while being transparent with information and open to feedback.

    Apply emotionally intelligence. A skilled leader is able to master and manage emotions. They don’t get angry in stressful situations. Instead, they have the ability to look at a problem and calmly find a solution. Work to develop a high degree of emotional intelligence by knowing yourself well, understanding and overcoming your emotional triggers, and staying attentive to the emotional needs of those around you.

    Generate a positive outlook. It’s easy to be positive when things are going well, but a skilled leader is able to remain confident when things go wrong. Learn to embrace failures and inspire your team and those around you to consider every circumstance, good and bad, as an opportunity to learn. A positive outlook will encourage others and create an environment where people want to remain. Positive thinking and positive action go hand in hand.

    Admit mistakes even if you’re afraid of looking weak. A skilled leader readily admits mistakes. When you do, you show your human side and gain respect. When you’re candid and honest about your own mistakes, your employees feel safe admitting theirs, helping to create a humanized, accepting, open culture.

    Be a role model others want to emulate. As a leader, your actions set the tone and the standard for appropriate behavior in the workplace. Exhibit actions that you want your team to emulate. You can establish rules of conduct to help people understand expectations, but the best way to encourage the behavior you want to see is to correctly and precisely demonstrate it yourself.

    Lead from within: To be the leader you want to be, practice and master the skills that will improve your leadership.

     


     

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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 09:00:27 on 2018/12/20 Permalink
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    It’s Never Too Late to Learn These 12 Powerful Leadership Habits 


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    Effective leadership is mostly made up of good habits. And some of the most important habits aren’t taught in school and can’t be picked up from reading or studying. They can be learned only through experience. But without them, making your mark in leadership will be a struggle. Here are 12 of the most powerful leadership habits

    1. Care. The best leaders, the ones who are remembered and admired, are the ones who care not only about their business but also about their people, and whose caring shines through in their words and actions. Care shouldn’t be a four-letter word in our workplace today.

    2. Conviction. Every great leader knows that strong convictions precede great actions. Leadership implies movement toward something, and its conviction that provides the direction.

    3. Clarity. If you want to lead, you have to know where you’re going. And if you want to lead with influence, you have to get everyone to focus and stay on course. The only way to get results is by becoming absolutely clear about where you’re going and why you’re going there. Clarity helps everyone say yes to the right things and no to the rest.

    4. Confidence. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. People want to know who you are, what you know and where you plan on taking them. Your own confidence has a ripple effect on those you lead.

    5. Courage. The courage of leadership lies in giving others the chance to succeed even though you, as the leader, bear the responsibility for getting things done.

    6. Commitment. Great business leaders know the power of being responsible. If those who follow you know they can count on you, they will let you know in turn that you can count on them.

    7. Celebration. Great leaders are constantly finding ways to honor their people and celebrate their success. Extraordinary leaders understand the importance of marking progress and expressing appreciation for those who have worked long hours and long days.

    8. Collaboration. True leaders solicit input and feedback from those around them so that everyone feels they have something to contribute. If you run your organization in silos, you’re undermining your talent and doing harm to your business.

    9. Communication. True leaders know how important it is to communicate, and to communicate often. Used effectively, words have the power to motivate people and help them overcome barriers and exceed expectations.

    10. Candor. Leading with the truth and insisting on honest and forthright communication builds great relationships and partnerships—in business and in your personal life.

    11. Courtesy. Courtesy is simply following the Golden Rule by treating others as you would like to be treated.

    12. Credibility. People have to believe in you and have faith in your credibility. Guard it carefully—it takes years to build but only a moment to destroy.

    Lead from within: The best leaders are always working to learn new skills and habits to improve their leadership.


     

    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 02:08:15 on 2018/06/16 Permalink
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    6 Habits That Will Turn Your Failures Into Successes 


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    Every one of us has made mistakes, and we all have weak spots. But if you want to be successful in what you do and in how you do it, the trick will lie in not repeating the same mistakes.

    In order to do that, it will mean taking a long view of your patterns and your thinking and not repeat the ones that don’t work. Here’s a successful system to make that happen:

    1. Identify your patterns.

    If you want to make a break from how you’ve done things in the past, seek out patterns, if you cannot identify them for yourself, ask others for input–it can be hard to seeing yourself clearly and objectively.

    2. Recognize your gaps.

    Everyone has at least one thing that stands in their way of their success. In my new bestselling book, The Leadership Gap, I identify seven gaps that most of us experience. Learning to identify and leverage them can help keep you from  repeating your mistakes.

    3. Revise your outcome.

    To get different results you have to revise your actions. Start by identifying your weakness, then design a solution and do what you can to get the results you want. Deal with one problem at a time and focus on small wins at first.

    4. Let your ego go.

    Many years ago, when I first started my coaching consultant company, I realized how many leaders make decisions and take action from their ego. It happened so often that I turned ego into an acronym for “edging out greatness.” Ego makes it difficult to see yourself or your choices objectively, but if you let your ego go, you can become not only more effective but even more influential.

    5. Practice radical honesty.

    To avoid repeating your mistakes, the blinders must come off about your blind spots and weaknesses. When you can be radically honest with yourself–and trust me, it takes practice–you will be able to deal with the consequences of your realities. It will not only improve your achievements–it will change your life.

    6. Know what’s important.

    Are you willing to admit that you don’t know something? Most leaders think they need to know everything. The best leaders don’t know much more than the rest of us, but they’re great at coming up with the right questions and having smart individuals tell them what they think. It isn’t nearly as important to have all the answers as it is to have the right questions.

    7. Bring people along.

    There are many ways to succeed. You can succeed on your own over a long time, or you can bring others along and get the help you need. Bringing people along and getting them involved will not only broaden your perspective but will expand your sphere of knowledge.

    At the end of the day, you cannot allow your mistakes to become a pattern and your blind spots to keep you from succeeding. Every mistake has a solution, and this process helps you find it.


     

    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 21:43:49 on 2018/06/11 Permalink
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    10 Bad Habits That Are Actually Good for You 


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    We tend to group habits into two clear groups: good and bad.

    It sounds like common sense, but the line isn’t always so clear. Some habits that we think of as bad can actually be good for you in the right situation.

    Here are some habits you may want to reconsider:

    1. Procrastination. In a culture where we’re constantly running at full speed, multitasking and distracted, we don’t always realize how tired and stressed we are. Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to put things off and remember that everything doesn’t always have to be so urgent.

    2. Boredom. Most people disapprove of boredom, sometimes because they believe it reflects a lack of inner resources. But being bored can be an important conduit for creative thinking. It can give you the space you need to turn old problems into innovative solutions or find new areas of thought and imagination.

    3. Saying no. We’ve been taught that saying no is a selfish act. But the alternative–saying yes to everything–can lead to overwork, scattered energy and resentment. Learning how to graciously say no to things that don’t matter will free up the time you need to focus on the things that are most important.

    4. Doing less. Today’s work culture tells us we should always be doing more, more, more. It leaves us feeling like we’re falling farther and farther behind no matter how hard we work. So take some stuff off your plate. Delegate. Keep projects in bounds when they threaten to grow out of control.

    5. Tuning out. Even if you’re saying no, procrastinating, and doing less, you can’t recharge your batteries if you’re still internally plugged into your to-do list. To truly revive yourself means disconnecting entirely. Play some music or paint or meditate or read a book or go for a hike in the woods. Getting lost in a different world for a while can be hugely energizing.

    6. Losing your temper. We’re taught that we should never lose our temper, that we should manage our emotions in every situation. But there are times when it’s OK, even necessary, to let go and vent. It’s much healthier to lose your temper here and there instead of holding everything in until you explode and do real damage–or keep it bottled and do psychic harm to yourself.

    7. Daydreaming. Many people think of daydreaming as a form of laziness, but allowing your mind to wander is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Daydreaming actually helps boost your problem-solving abilities. So while it may increase the time it takes to complete the task in front of you, it can help you be effective in understanding and solving bigger issues.

    8. Messiness. Some studies have found that a messy environment can be good for productivity, especially if your work requires creative thought. Neat rooms may be pleasant and calming, but untidiness lends itself well to solutions from off the beaten path.

    9. Fidgeting. You may have been told that an inability to sit still is a bad habit. But researchers have found that that wiggling in your seat, tapping your foot, jiggling your legs or even drumming your fingers can increase your metabolism and may play a positive role in overall fitness.

    10. Sleeping late. Many people think those who sleep are lazy and unmotivated. In actuality, many people are not getting enough sleep during the week and are trying to make up for it over the weekend. But insufficient sleep is associated with a wide range of health problems, from stroke risk to weight gain. So don’t begrudge your body what it needs. Don’t sleep all day, but don’t feel bad when you hit the snooze alarm a few extra times.

    Now, go enjoy some of the habits you used to feel bad about!

     


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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.

    buy now

     


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    The post 10 Bad Habits That Are Actually Good for You appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
  • feedwordpress 19:11:56 on 2018/06/11 Permalink
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    Breaking These 11 Bad Habits Will Make You a Lot Happier 


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    Nobody is free of bad habits. From junk food to cigars, from being late to constantly being on our phones, there are things we know we should give up.

    Bad habits come at a cost–in health, in reputation, in money. But some are worse than others. Here are 11 habits that we pay for with reduced happiness. Which of them might be making your life less rich and good than it could be?

    1. Neglect. When you habitually ignore responsibilities and the things you are accountable for, they weigh on you even more heavily and take a toll on your happiness–even (maybe especially) when you fall back on the excuse of neglecting small things to accomplish bigger ones. Over time, neglecting responsibilities causes terrible damage, and neglecting opportunities for happiness causes deep regret. Stay on top of things for your best chance of happiness.

    2. Complaining. Seeking success in life and business can be difficult, but constant complaining makes it harder than it needs to be–and it’s tiresome to those around you. If you frequently find fault in things or focus on things that aren’t working or seem unfair, you’re hurting yourself. Instead, embrace the positives and the places where you can make a change for the good.

    3. Self-doubt. For many people, self-doubt is a major obstacle to a great life–few things will sabotage your success more. It’s that troubling and persuasive voice that holds you back from seizing opportunities and fulfilling responsibilities. It’s the self-talk that tells you you’re not good enough, often without you even being aware of it. Tune in to the messages you give yourself and make sure they’re positive.

    4. Blaming. Blaming others takes time and energy away from your own self-improvement and efforts. You can spend your life blaming the world for your troubles, but when you do, you deny your own responsibility for creating the life and leadership you choose. When you stop blaming others you can begin to truly connect to your own power.

    5. Control. Especially when things are out of control, you may be in the habit of trying to take control. Most of the time that’s an illusion, of course–you have little to no power to change anything outside yourself. What you can control is your attitudes and responses. Free yourself of the rest and let things take their own natural course, and you’ll be much happier.

    6. Criticism. The time you spend criticizing others is time you could be spending improving yourself. People who incessantly criticize other people are generally unhappy about something in their own lives, and they criticize others in an effort to feel better about themselves. If that sounds painfully familiar, remind yourself that it takes little character to condemn, and far more to find happiness in understanding others and yourself.

    7. Bossiness. People who are busy dictating to others often never pause to take responsibility for themselves. If you truly seek happiness, then start to take responsibility for yourself. When you demonstrate responsibility and collaboration instead of dictating to those around you, you gain respect and trust.

    8. Rejection. Some level of rejection is healthy and even necessary to maintain high standards, but if you’re in the habit of rejecting everything that comes your way, maybe it’s because of fear or a habit of negativity. Rejecting ideas, thoughts and opportunities before you actually give them a chance can keep you from experiencing new things and benefiting from new ideas. Keep your critical facilities but learn to trust and let things in.

    9. Manipulation. Especially under mounting pressure, you may sometimes feel that the only way to get things done is by manipulating others. But when you manipulate, you cross important boundaries and risk your own happiness as well as that of others. Instead, go straight for what you know you want, with room for those you can persuade to come with you of their own free will.

    10. Deception. Deception is another case where people convince themselves that the end justifies the means. You can rationalize and say that your particular deception isn’t hurting anyone, but when you allow deception–whether it’s to protect yourself, advance your ideas, or even to spare others–you harm your own integrity, and that doesn’t make for happiness.

    11. Selfishness. Those who are self-serving think only of themselves, with a “what have you done for me lately” mentality. When you’re focused only on yourself, you may feel that the world only is centered around you, but in driving people away you risk emptiness and the loss of the connections that make happiness possible.

    If you count any of these among your own bad habits, start learning how to reverse them today. Resolve not to let them interfere with your prospects for happiness.

     


    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 Breaking These 11 Bad Habits Will Make You a Lot Happier appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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