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  • feedwordpress 09:00:16 on 2019/11/19 Permalink
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    10 Soft Skills Every Leader Needs To be Successful 


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    One of the most exciting and challenging things about leadership is that it requires mastery of a diverse set of skills. You need technical skills, specialized skills for your business or industry, managerial skills—the list goes on. One set of skills that’s often overlooked but vitally important is what’s known as soft skills.

    Soft skills are closely tied to the personal character traits and qualities each of us have. They are part of who you are, generally encompassing attitudes, habits and how you interact with others.

    Soft skills are much less tangible than hard or technical skills, and they aren’t learned through education or training. You can, however, develop them through experience and concerted effort—and it’s some of the most important self-development you can do as a leader.

    Here are the top 10 soft skills every leader needs:

    Embodying self-awareness. It’s important to develop a clear understanding of your own character, so you can understand your feelings and motivations and embrace a deep understanding of who you are as a person.

    Managing with emotional intelligence. The best leaders know how to make an impact not just with their knowledge, skills and experience, but also by being able to understand and manage their emotions. Emotional intelligence enables them to connect with others in ways that make people feel understood and appreciated.

    Leading with a positive attitude. It’s important to embody an attitude of positivity, optimism and enthusiasm. A positive attitude can do wonders in turning a department or company around—and it’s contagious.

    Communicating effectively. Communication is paramount to almost any job, but especially to leadership positions. Knowing how to speak thoughtfully and intelligently and how to listen intently and actively, keeping both in balance, will take you far.

    Embodying empathy. Empathy is arguably the most important soft skill anyone needs, in the workforce and in life. If you’re in leadership, empathy—the simple act of paying attention to another human being and working to understanding their situation—helps you work with everyone from team members to clients to senior leadership .

    Solving problems creatively. Creative problem-solving is an important but often-overlooked element of success. Since problems are inevitable, leaders who can find effective solutions and forge alternative paths on the fly are invaluable. Creativity drives innovation and increases efficiency.

    Accepting feedback. Accepting feedback gracefully shows genuine skill. When you apply that feedback in ways that foster your leadership development and personal growth, you take it to the highest level.

    Praising publicly and criticizing privately. Most leaders understand that public praise helps people feel appreciated and recognized. But you also need to know how to give correction and criticism privately. Private, supportive feedback fosters better performance and a desire to overcome challenges instead of resistance and defensiveness.

    Motivating and inspiring. A big part of your impact as a leader comes from the inspiration and motivation you impart. That’s why it’s imperative to connect with others to build trust and unity.

    Mentoring and coaching. When you invest in others through mentorship and coaching, you express caring leadership. It’s an area where a leader’s actions are far more important than their words.

    If you work at developing these soft skills, you can excel as a leader. There’s virtually no area of leadership that doesn’t benefit from them.

    Lead from within: Knowing how to get along with people—and managing their growth and development along with your own—is crucial for success.


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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 09:00:12 on 2019/11/14 Permalink
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    How to Know Success Has Gotten to Your Head 


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    We’re all working toward being successful and achieving that success is a wonderful feeling. But once you’re there, it’s important to make sure it doesn’t go to your head.

    It’s an issue many successful people struggle with, and it can cause serious problems. When you allow your ego to rule, you lose control of your life, your relationships, and everything you’ve worked so hard for.

    An overgrown ego is something to be consistently watchful for. Here are some of the most common signs:

    You hog the spotlight. When you put yourself out front and keep others in the shadows, you aren’t communicating your success but your sense of self-importance. Putting others forward is not only the right thing to do but also makes you look better.

    You’ve stopped learning. Learning doesn’t happen by chance—it takes work and diligence and humility. Talent and luck can happen to anyone, but if you don’t keep learning your success isn’t likely to last.

    You take all the credit. Nothing ever great has ever been accomplished without the help of someone else. When you pretend that an achievement is yours alone, you alienate those around you—the very people whose help you’re likely to need again.

    You have a sense of entitlement. Believing you deserve certain privileges ahead of other people is a great way to build resentment and contempt. Being the boss doesn’t put you at the front of the line.

    You ignore feedback. When you tune out feedback, you risk coming across as someone who thinks they’re too smart to listen to others. And you’re undermining yourself, because success favors those who know how to listen and respond to others.

    Your behavior is self-centered. If you consistently put your own needs ahead of others’, you haven’t achieved success at all—because true success is about sharing what you have with those around you.

    You’re difficult to be around. If people find it challenging to spend time with you, you’ll soon find yourself alone.

    You’re not respectful of others. If you find yourself looking down on others , it’s time for a serious attitude check. Everyone deserves respect. Remember that the day may come when your own success has slipped and the people you’ve slighted are on top , and treat them as you would wish to be treated yourself.

    A healthy ego and self-respect are important for anyone, but never forget that you’re no better than those around you. Enjoy the success you’ve earned. Just remember that it doesn’t mean you’re smarter, or more valuable or more worthy of respect.

    Lead from within: When you become successful, don’t give in to your ego or rest on your accomplishments. Through success, failure and everything in between, make it a goal every day to be better than yesterday.


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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 09:00:30 on 2019/11/12 Permalink
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    What to Do When You Are Afraid of Your Leader 


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    The idea of someone fearing a leader or boss may seem odd. But it happens more often than you might think, at every level and within every type of organization.

    Fear of a leader covers a lot of ground, from simply feeling a bit intimidated by someone’s power and authority to fear of abuse or harassment. Whatever the source and degree of your fear, you have to learn to deal with it. Here are some steps you can take:

    Recognize your fear. Everything starts with awareness. Think about the fears that are stopping you from being yourself. Just observe them. This process is actually incredibly freeing.

    Admit your fear. Many people know what they are afraid of, but won’t admit it, even to themselves. This resistance only gives your fear more power. Denial means you’re running instead of facing.

    Decide if you want to change it or not. At some point, you have to decide to face your fear. You can choose to be less afraid. That doesn’t mean your fear is will just go away, but it will move the ball. It will create a shift. Examine what your fear is and make a decision—to stay fearful or to change.

    If you decide to stay as you are, you can stop reading here. But if you decide to stop being fearful, here are the next steps:

    Define the challenge. Now is the challenge to no longer allow the fear to drive a wedge between you and what you want to accomplish. If you want to stop being afraid of your leader, be specific about how you want to stop being afraid. For example, if your boss is known for having a bad temper, maybe you want to be able to talk to them without being afraid they’ll bite your head off. Once you know your goal, you can start moving toward what you want.

    Take a baby step. The most common reaction in a fearful situation is “I can’t!” This is the fear of failure and loss that stops us from taking action.  Instead of giving in to that anxiety, learn to move in the direction you want to be going. If you are fearful of talking to your boss, do a drive-by—a quick encounter. Stop by your boss’s office and ask, “Have you got a minute?” Then go in and say something short and specific and leave. Breaking your action down into small steps makes it far less daunting.

    Keep moving toward your fear. In order to succeed in your challenge you need to keep moving toward it. As you do, you’ll notice it growing smaller and more manageable. What’s more, as your fears recede, your confidence grows. In time, your fears will have lost their control over you.

    Practice and practice. if you want to get over the fear, you have to do what you are afraid of over and over again. Keep having brief conversations. Have more interactions and gradually increase their length and complexity, so you can keep practicing. Every time you do, you move closer to your goal.

    Visualize successful outcome. Every day, take a moment to visualize success over your fear. Visualize having dialogue that is easy and comfortable. See it working; see yourself being successful. Imagine yourself standing up straight with a smile, moving confidently. In every respect, act as if you already have the courage you want to see.

    When you force yourself to face a fear-inducing situation, your self-esteem, self-respect and sense of personal pride increases and eventually you reach the point in life where you can look fear straight on and be brave.

    Lead from within: Fear is normal, but it’s when you no longer allow yourself to be driven by your fears that life becomes truly rewarding.


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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 09:00:12 on 2019/11/07 Permalink
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    How to Recognize a Trustworthy Leader 


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    At its best, leadership inspires people to pull together collectively to achieve something great. That kind of inspiration requires a trustworthy leader—one who treats leadership not as a source of personal power but as a channel for serving others. How do you know when a leader is trustworthy? Here are some signs to look for:

    They stand on principle even when they have to stand alone. It takes great character to stand up for what you believe in, especially when everyone else is standing against you. A trustworthy leader will always act in the interest of the greater good, even if that means going against the prevailing trend.

    They help others become better and improve their lives. A trustworthy leader will always invest in relationships with others. They’re unfailingly supportive and willing to go the extra mile to help those around them grow and improve. At the heart of a trusted leader is a core of service and support.

    They listen with an open heart and mind. Listening may not appear anywhere in a leader’s job description, but it is a critical responsibility. A leader who listens is in a much better position to lead their organization to greater levels of success. Listening, asking questions and listening to what people have to say all signal a leader who cares—and one who can be trusted.

    They don’t sweep difficult issues under the rug. Many people think of leadership as the business of steering clear of adversity and challenging situations. But trustworthy leaders have a different perspective. They know that difficult situations will arise, and they see their work not as sidestepping them or sweeping them under the rug, but facing it with their people and going through it together.

    They stay steady under pressure. The pressure on leaders is both real and constant, and at times it can become extreme. Trustworthy leaders are those who can stay calm and steady in every situation, however tense or hurried. Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm; it’s during the storms that true character is revealed.

    They take responsibility, and you can count on them. One of the highest marks for a trusted leader is a reputation as someone people know they can count on. That means maintaining the willingness to take charge when everything is falling apart and to take the blame when things go wrong. The trait of accountability is a key element of trustworthiness.

    They say what they mean and mean what they say. We’ve all been around people who say one thing but do another, or who try to deny their own words or actions—and it’s infuriating. A leader who says what they mean and means what they say can always be trusted.

    Lead from within: A trustworthy leader isn’t easy to find—but when you do, they’re unforgettable.

     


     

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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 09:00:03 on 2019/11/05 Permalink
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    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.

     


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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:

     

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