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  • feedwordpress 09:00:46 on 2019/02/05 Permalink
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    10 Things Successful Leaders Never Tolerate 


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    Successful leadership is the product of several factors. Skill and education play a part, but one of the most important hallmarks of great leaders is the standards they uphold. That means building good habits of action and thought, and drawing a firm line at things that are unacceptable. It’s about what they do, but it’s also about what they’ll never take part in or allow in their team.

    Here are some top examples:

    1. Inertia. The reality of leadership is this that yesterday’s results become today’s status quo. Leaders need to constantly be moving forward and prepared to seize opportunities. Inaction is incompatible with strong leadership.

    2. Poor communication. The best leaders put communication at the heart of their leadership. Their communication is timely, clear, and appropriate, and they expect the same of those around them—because communication is a two-way street.

    3. Mediocrity. Successful leaders are ordinary people who aspire to the extraordinary. They’re constantly looking to break through expectations—their own and other people’s—and they’re never interested in hearing “good enough.”

    4. Ambivalence. Successful leaders don’t have the time or patience for indecision. They understand that to achieve success, you must put aside fear and doubt, pick a course and stick to it. Their decisions are grounded in knowledge and strategic thought, but they don’t waffle or create subcommittees to examine every detail first.

    5. Toxic relationships. Successful leaders don’t waste their valuable time and energy on negative relationships. They set boundaries, distance themselves from negativity and redirect their focus firmly on the positive. Positivity is fuel for progress.

    6. Dishonesty. Successful leaders understand that dishonesty destroys reputations and, ultimately, success. If you can’t be counted on to be honest, what kind of leader are you?

    7. Disrespect. Successful leaders treat every person they encounter with respect. They earn respect, in part, because of their willingness to show respect to others, and they don’t allow anyone around them to be treated disrespectfully or to be disrespectful.

    8. Fear. Leaders are human, and no one is without fear. But the best leaders understand that to succeed, they must tackle their fears and move through them to succeed. They feel their fear and keep going.

    9. Negativity. Successful leaders avoid negativity because they know it can only hold them back. Nothing good comes from being negative; negativity only breeds more negativity.

    10. Lack of integrity. Successful leaders understand the importance of integrity. Anyone around them who lacks integrity compromises their work, their team and their leadership. They lead with character in everything they do, and they expect others to do the same.

    There are many more things successful leaders don’t tolerate—this list is just a few of the most important. Let it remind you to keep your tolerance low when it comes to compromising who you are and who you can become.

    Lead from within: To build a successful career and life as a leader, know where you draw the line on anything that can harm your leadership and your team.

     


     

    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 09:00:07 on 2019/01/08 Permalink
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    This is What You Need In Your Leadership to be Successful 


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    To be a great leader you need this one leadership trait, to be successful, you have to be able to have an open, adaptive mind—you must be able to adjust, readjust, and reshape your thinking and opinions. You need the ability to look at each circumstance, each person and each venture as an opportunity to do better, learn more and succeed in a way that exceeds your past successes.

    The older and more experienced you get, the more difficult this becomes. Generally speaking, we become less willing over time to change or rework the way we do things, less capable of adapting and adjusting.

    The more you know, the less you want to correct your own thinking, in your personal life and in your leadership. You may become inflexible to the point of stubbornness.

    Great leadership demands, however, that you remain an adaptive leader. Here are some proven ways you can stay open, flexible and agile in your actions and thinking:

    Learn more than you know. Once they get to a certain level, many leaders think they’ve made it and they don’t have much more to learn. But speaking as a coach, I have to say that cultivating ignorance is a great way to shortchange own development as a leader. Deep, broad learning habits are among the defining characteristics of our greatest leaders. Lifelong learning helps you catalyze insight, innovation, empathy and personal effectiveness. Adaptability to change is itself a hallmark of successful, and ongoing, education.

    Listen more than you speak. In other words, become a great listener. Don’t interrupt until the other person has finished what they are saying; maybe even respond with a question rather than a statement.

    Share more than you suppress. Transparency in communication is imperative. Many old-school leaders believe that sharing too much information with their team is unwise, but the new thinking in leadership is to share what you know and speak with full transparency. When information is suppressed, people become suspicious.

    Give more than you take. It’s important as a leader to give more than you take—to invest in your people, support them and provide them with whatever they need. Again, some would disagree, saying you shouldn’t have to invest too much in your people, but adaptive leaders know that investing in their people has great dividends.

    Read more than you watch. Leaders are readers. And the more you read, the more you know that binge-watching TV or spending hours on your computer won’t make you smarter, only more numb. Reading will challenge you. If you’re a leader, you should be working to always improve yourself, your company and the people who work for you. To do anything less is to shortchange your own ability to lead.

    Show more than you conceal. Be the leader who shows up—who doesn’t hide behind closed doors and conceal what they do and how they do it. Adaptability is being able to adjust to any situation at any given time. People need to see you model that behavior so they can emulate and be inspired by you.

    Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your leadership.

    Lead from within: As the old adage says, the only constant is change. To succeed as a great leader, it’s up to you to stay adaptable.

     


     

    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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  • 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.

    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 09:00:34 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.

    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 09:00:58 on 2018/11/26 Permalink
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    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.

     
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