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  • feedwordpress 08:00:28 on 2020/06/23 Permalink
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    How to Recognize A Strong Leader In A Group Of People 


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    Strong leaders emerge in different ways and at different times. Some people seem born to leadership, and others build their abilities more slowly. Some have the capacity but need their confidence to develop before they can make best the best use of it. Others don’t step into their leadership until the circumstances call for it—usually in difficult times.

    But in any group of people there will be a few who show leadership qualities, even if they’re not fully developed. Here are some things to look for if you want to know who’s capable of being a strong leader:

    They share their expertise. Those who are supportive of others, those who guide and mentor and are quick to share their expertise are showing key leadership traits. Their attention inspires others to care about what they do, and they’re committed to helping others be their best.

    They are trust builders. People build trust in lots of different ways. Many prospective leaders do so by being competent and reliable in their job. That dependability is the foundation for them to build strong relationships with the people they work with at every level, from their bosses to their peers to support staff. They show integrity, focus on solving problems instead of placing blame, and when things go well they share the credit.

    They are an influence for good in challenging times. People’s true natures tend to emerge when difficulties arise. Some complain or make sure their own interests are served. But those who are empathetic, realistic and proactive—and especially those who look for patterns of recurring challenges and seek ways to solve them—are likely to emerge as true leaders.

    They are emotionally agile. The best leaders know how to manage their emotions and are agile enough to let go of any thoughts, beliefs or emotions that aren’t serving them well. Anyone with that ability has already mastered one of the most challenging components of leadership.

    They are great listeners. Leadership is based on connection, and connection is based on listening. Good listeners—those who seek to understand by asking clarifying questions and by giving their complete attention—have the foundation to make good leaders.

    They don’t wait to be asked. In almost every group there will be few people with no official authority who are quick to step up with support and guidance. Generally it’s the ones who are already excellent at their job, and their combination of helpfulness, initiative, competence and confidence makes them strong contenders for leadership roles.

    You can’t always predict leadership potential, but those who exhibit these positive traits are likely to be effective leaders. Recognize them for who they are, and give them as many opportunities as possible to grow into their potential.

    Lead from within: We sometimes look at leadership in a superficial way. In reality, the person who cares the most is the one who will stand out from a crowd of prospective leaders.

     


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  • feedwordpress 08:00:52 on 2020/05/26 Permalink
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    How to Be A Great Leader In A World Of Control Freaks 


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    Chances are, somewhere in your professional or personal life you’ve encountered an all-out control freak. They’re the ones who think they know best about everything, who refuse to delegate anything, who incessantly judge other people’s choices, and who want to micromanage every detail of everything they’re part of. Forced to go with someone else’s plan, they may quickly become moody or sulky.

    There’s certainly no shortage of control freaks in most organizations. You may not be able to escape them, but as a leader it’s part of your job to mitigate their behavior and show them more effective alternatives. Here are some ways to protect your team from control freaks and turn controlling team members toward a leadership mindset:

    Embrace opportunities to give useful feedback. Take advantage of opportunities to call controlling behavior as you see it. Candid feedback, given with humility and compassion, can be a powerful weapon to encourage control freaks to let go and find a helpful role within their team.

    Set and maintain boundaries. Great leaders know the difference between what you create and what you allow, and healthy boundaries help you differentiate between the two. It’s part of your role as leader to set limits on your team’s culture, so keep control freaks from taking over by emphasizing interdependence and shared decision making. People in organizations are constantly looking to see how leaders react to trends and situations, so stay on top of control issues.

    Remain authentic. Many leaders believe they have to constantly portray themselves as confident and optimistic. While it’s important to set a positive tone, I’m not a big believer in the “fake it till you make it” approach. Be your authentic self, even when you’re not feeling confident or optimistic. Being honest about the times when you don’t feel completely in control sets a good example by letting everyone know it’s OK not to be on top of everything every minute.

    Communicate clearly and compassionately. Whether you’re dealing with the more controlling members of your team or the people they’re trying to control, remember to communicate clearly and concisely—and always with compassion. The best leaders understand that if their message is going to be heard, it has to be expressed with empathy and concern.

    Lead by example. The biggest issue with control freaks is thinking they know it all. In a position of leadership, you can demonstrate that no one has all the answers, that delegation benefits everyone, and that the best decisions are made by including diverse perspectives. Show that you’re not driven by trying to control opinions, people or any decisions. Ultimately, leadership by example is the best way to move control freaks toward a leadership mindset.

    Lead from within: Although the cost of having control freaks in your organization may be invisible, the price everyone pays is real. It’s part of your job to rein them in and show them a better way.

     


    #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 08:00:33 on 2020/05/19 Permalink
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    How Great Leadership is Generated in Significant Crisis 


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    For years I have studied and observed great leadership, teaching and coaching leaders and organizations around the world on the qualities that make leaders effective. One thing I’ve learned through that experience: when crisis hits, the best leaders are ready to act courageously and boldly. Their leadership grows and deepens even through dark times because they hold close to the core principles of leadership:

    They think of others, not themselves. Many people are drawn to leadership because they want the titles and perks of a powerful position. In a time of crisis, those leaders generally find themselves facing an out-of-control disaster. Great leaders know that their power to steer through rough waters comes not from looking out for themselves but by putting the needs of their people first.

    They confront reality instead of hiding behind speculation. The best leaders assess the situation and get the facts they need at every step. Especially in situations where fear and change are the norm, they need to be able to instill confidence that their communications and decisions are based in reality.

    They say what needs to be said without hiding behind an agenda. When it’s time to communicate to their team or to the public, great leaders have the courage to be brutally transparent and honest. They refuse to hide behind an agenda; they’re not afraid to say what needs to be said, and they share the information they have wherever it might be useful.

    They assign tasks and implement purpose. The worst thing a leader can do in a crisis is to say, “Let’s wait and see.” That approach does nothing to ease fears or alleviate anxiety—and it ensures a complete lack of preparation, no matter what direction circumstances take. The best leaders take charge and act in the service of the company, the community, the people. They work to establish order and direction so people stay connected to a sense of purpose.

    They stay flexible and willing to learn. Everyday leadership is one thing, but navigating through a crisis requires a certain level of comfort with chaos and dizzying change. Great leaders understand that they will have to make adjustments on the fly to accommodate a rapidly changing situation. They learn from their mistakes so they can pivot quickly as circumstances change.

    They lift spirits when motivation is low. Great leaders make their people feel that even through the worst of times, they’re right there with them, working and caring. They encourage everyone to push forward, lifting spirits and keeping motivation high, They have a presence that tells everyone around them, “We can make it.”

    In times of crisis there are leaders who will fall back and fail to meet the challenge—but for those who are there for the right reason, difficult times can provide fuel to grow into greatness.

    Lead from within: In times of crisis there are leaders who will emerge to help us overcome our fears and anxiety. They will be a shining light in our dark moments.

     


    #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 08:00:57 on 2020/03/31 Permalink
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    How The Worst Of Times Can Bring Out The Best In People 


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    As we spend even more time than usual glued to our screens, we’re all seeing people whose attitudes and behavior are disheartening—and in some cases, disgusting. But for every example of someone exploiting the pandemic for profit or airing divisive and abhorrent beliefs, there are many more stories of people stepping up in courage and selflessness. I truly believe that these terrible times are, for the most part, bringing out the best in people.

    For leaders at every level, in every situation, bringing out your best means leading from within—thinking of others above yourself. And it’s something we all can practice right where we are. Here are a few acts of kindness you can do to help the worst of times bring out the best of who we are:

    Reach out. If you’re feeling isolated and fearful, remember that many others are experiencing the same things. Make a list of people you can get in touch with to say hello and ask how they are—colleagues, neighbors, family members.

    Don’t fix, just listen. Solving problems energizes many leaders, but in challenging times most people just want someone to listen and be there for them, to hear their words and acknowledge what is being said. Listening is often the best thing you can do to help someone feel better.

    Be generous. Most people wait to give until they are asked. But especially in these tough times, look for ways you can help and places you can give. Don’t wait to be asked. Even if you have little to give, give a what you can.

    Speak kind words. With so many people experiencing disappointment, loss and uncertainty, kind words are more important than ever. They make the world a softer, safer place—for the person hearing them and the person speaking them.

    Be present. In difficult times we’re all inclined to focus on ourselves and our own survival and well-being, but being present with another does much more to defuse stress and disarm anxiety. Whether you’re physically distant or spending more time than usual in close quarters, work to stay connected and present in the lives of those you care about.

    Practice gratitude. Challenges can either break us or build us up. The best way to survive with your spirit intact is by being mindful of what really matters and appreciating what you have.

    At times like this, it’s easy to turn our thoughts inward toward fear and isolation. But if there’s a thread of grace in this moment, it’s the opportunity to slow down, reflect and engage in small acts of kindness. Take a moment every day to ask yourself what really matters, and the worst of times can bring out the best of what you have to offer.

    Lead from within: When you lead from within, you allow your heart to guide you and your actions to serve humanity. Show love. Show compassion. Show that you care.

     

     


    #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

     


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  • feedwordpress 09:00:03 on 2019/11/05 Permalink
    Tags: , Chanage Management, , Integrity, , , , ,   

    A Change Leader Must Do These 4 Things to Be Successful 


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    Study after study states that a change leader has a critical role in determining the success of change programs undertaken by organizations, among the different expectations from leaders in supporting change, they have found there are four elements that change leaders have to deliver to their people for change to be successful:

    The element of confidence: Change is not only inevitable, for businesses, it’s mandatory. because if organizations fail to improve continuously, they ultimately encounter serious performance gaps relative to more adaptive competitors, and to stay competitive it needs confidence, a confident leader, who is confident in their vision, strategy, and it in this self-assurance it gives those they lead the confidence to implement the change, without confidence, people would not only doubt their leader but they would doubt themselves.

    The element of clarity: To be a successful change leader, you need to tell your people the reason behind the change, which means outlining the details and scope and timelines.  Because people will first want to know how change will impact them. therefore, the best leaders go great lengths to explain the rationale behind change in the manner that can be understood by those they lead.

    The element of communication: Communication is key when you want to implement change. You cannot over-communicate when you are asking your people or organization to change. Every successful leader who has led a successful change management effort expresses the need for over-communicating during a change experience. Change initiatives often fail due to lack of good communication. Communication is paramount when it comes to change management.

    The element of consistency: when it comes to being successful in change management a leader must be extremely vigilant with those they lead, and reassure their people that during the transition times there will be alignment between what they hear and what they witness. this is where the element of consistency is the professed and enacted behavior by the leaders in the context of change. To what extent, leaders are seen as binding their own behaviors to the new norms visibly surrendering some of the hereto decision making flexibility.

    Change has a bad reputation in our society. But change isn’t all bad – not by any means. In fact, change is necessary to keep us moving, to keep us growing, and to keep us developing.

    Lead from within: Change is never easy for anyone, but if you have confidence, clarity communication and consistency it can help leaders be successful within their initiatives and those they lead.

     


    #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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