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  • feedwordpress 08:00:47 on 2018/09/04 Permalink
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    7 Ways to Be a More Effective Leader 

    The business environment has never been more demanding than it is right now. Factors that would have been exceptional not long ago—global competition, turbulent markets, demanding shareholders and customers, and constantly changing technology—are an everyday fact of life.

    More than ever, successful organizations depend on the quality of their leadership. And successful leadership depends on broad-strokes preparation based on principles you can apply in any situation, however volatile.

    Here are some foundational principles that will make you a more effective leader:

    Be both flexible and resolute. To be an effective leader, you have to learn to balance being unbending and being adaptable. Great leaders know how to go with the flow without losing direction, moving their organization forward with resiliency and alertness.

    Delegate but don’t be demanding. Too many leaders feel they need to control every little thing. Allow others to do their job and do it well. When you delegate wisely and often, you’re developing leadership skills, confidence and trust within your team.

    Set direction but make it compelling. Every employee needs some degree of direction. Set specific and measurable goals with your employees, then regularly monitor their progress against their own goals as well as their contribution toward organizational goals.

    Communicate with honesty and clarity. Many leaders don’t communicate clearly enough or often enough. Make the effort to inform, report, and communicate concisely so people are free to work without information gaps.

    Be accessible and available. At its core, your leadership is all about your people. When someone needs you, it’s time to look up, make eye contact, set aside your work and your phone and any other distractions, and focus on the person standing in front of you.

    Don’t just solve problems, create lasting solutions. There will always be problems, and there will always be a need for leaders who can create timely solutions that endure. Too many leaders settle for quick fixes that often cause bigger problems down the road. Focus on healing the cause of the problem instead of treating the symptoms.

    Consistently recognize the achievements of others.  Every employee wants to do a good job. And when they do, they want recognition from their leader. The simple act of recognizing and rewarding employees for a job well done is enough to set you apart as a leader.

    Lead From Within: If you want to grow into a truly effective leader, start today to cultivate these skills. Then, when the time comes, you’ll be prepared to steer your company and people in the right direction.

     


     

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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 08:00:20 on 2018/06/19 Permalink
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    5 Ways to Be A Better Leader 

    Good leaders, like professional athletes, make everything they do look easy. But in reality, many of them have to work hard to manage or compensate for potentially career-limiting traits.

    I’ve worked with many executives as a business leadership coach, and I’ve come to understand that becoming a better leader requires a strategy and suggestions on how to improve. With that principle in mind, here are five ways you can become a better leader immediately.

    Practice self-awareness. Think of yourself as the conductor of an orchestra—focused on helping every person on your team perform at their best. To be effective in this work, you need to understand your own strengths as well as your weaknesses and leadership gaps. Understanding yourself helps you leverage your strengths and your gaps. And at the end of the day, we all need to understand what challenges us and allow that awareness to become better leaders. What we understand, we own—and what we own doesn’t own us.

    Learn how to coach your people. The greatest and strongest leaders know they’re only as good as the teams around them, so they put tremendous emphasis on coaching and supporting their people, helping them grow. It’s important to give each person the attention and feedback that will motivate them to make meaningful contributions.

    Be willing to talk about difficult subjects. It’s always nice when you can act as a cheerleader for your organization, but the more important task is to help your team navigate the uncertain times. Business is messy, leadership isn’t easy and the way ahead may be far from clear. Communicate with your team about the issues facing your organization and industry—things like risks, variables, volatile markets. When you do, you not only build trust but also quash speculation and rumor mills.

    Ask for help when you need it. Most leaders consider themselves highly capable, which makes it even harder when they need to ask for support. But requesting help from others will always be one of the best ways to become a better leader. If you’re feeling stuck, seek out a mentor or hire a coach.

    Serve as a model. When you act as a model of integrity and hard work—when you talk the talk and walk the walk—people will admire your leadership and work to emulate your behavior. If you want to become a better leader, work on modeling the qualities you’d like to see in your team and in others.

    Lead from within: The best leaders know they can be even better leaders and they do everything they can to improve.

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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 04:14:39 on 2018/06/16 Permalink
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    How to Work for a Leader You Don’t Believe In 

    It is a sad truth that you never have to look far to find someone working for a leader they don’t believe in. (It may even be you.) People lose faith in leaders for lots of reasons: broken trust, lack of confidence, or just plain disagreement.

    If you’re working for a leader you don’t believe in, you’re probably feeling that your path to success will be especially difficult. Most people will tell you to get a different job–and if that option’s open to you, it’s worth thinking about. But sometimes you don’t have a choice but to stay where you are, at least for the short term.

    That doesn’t mean you have to lose hope, however. I believe our most difficult struggles and challenging times are when we grow the most. When you’re stuck in a bad situation, you can always commit to learning as much as possible from it. And it’s possible to survive, and even excel, under incompatible leadership.

    Here are some actions you can take if you find yourself not believing in your leader and you still want to succeed:

    Think about your own purpose.

    In a difficult situation, it’s natural to want to complain about others–especially the person whose leadership you hold responsible. But when you focus on others, you lose sight of yourself. When times get tough, go within–be very clear in defining for yourself what you want to accomplish and how you want to succeed. Concentrate on yourself instead of looking at what is wrong with others.

    Don’t let it get personal.

    It’s hard not to get emotional when situations are difficult, but you don’t have to let them get personal. Manage your emotions is an especially important skill when you’re constantly challenged. It is important not to gossip, attack, or speak badly about your boss–it reflects poorly on you, and if anything makes them a more sympathetic figure. If you’re in a situation where you need to speak up, keep it factual. Attack only ideas, never people.
    Become a sponge. Learn as much as you can. I believe that we can learn something from everyone we meet, and the more stressful and challenging the times, the more we can gain from them. Remain open and see what you can soak up. You may or may not gain great wisdom, but you’ll certainly learn something.

    Take control where you can.

    When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control he way you respond; that is where your power is.

    Practice empathy.

    Remember that behind every bad behavior is a person with specific motivations for what they do and a story leading to who they are. When you can understand the “why” behind bad leadership, it can reduce your frustration. Allow the fact that there might be a very human reason for malfunctioning leadership to elicit your empathy.

    Do your best no matter what.

    While you may be dreaming of your next job every day, getting out depends largely on the results you can show from the job you have now. Even if your boss makes you miserable, your leader sabotages you, or your manager frustrates you, your self-interest still lies in doing your best in the situation you’re in. Learn to push yourself; work hard to be the best. Will it be easy? No. Worthwhile? Definitely

    Be discreet.

    Resist the impulse to say or do something you can’t take back. Once you are seen as a negative influence it’s very difficult to change that perception. Become a diplomat, because discretion keeps everyone’s integrity intact. Tactful action and thoughtful behavior are paramount.

    Raise your standards.

    You earn the right to hold others to high standards by meeting them yourself. If you want to live up to your potential, you have to raise your standards. Where bad leadership goes low, learn to go high–raise the bar and do everything to reach it daily.

    Lead from where you are.

    No matter what position you have, you are always a leader. Lead from where you are and do it with grace and effectiveness. Set out to lead by example and always rise above the dysfunction. This is invaluable.

    If you are working with a leader you don’t believe in, there are times that will be difficult and frustrating. But remember, the challenges you face today could end up being the most important lessons of your life.

     


     

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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 04:04:44 on 2018/06/16 Permalink
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    7 Absolutely Certain Ways to Grow as a Leader 

     

    Are you interested in growing as a leader, or just in getting ahead? In my job as a leadership coach, I see lots of people who want to advance.

    But my work is much easier–and the odds of moving ahead are much better–when the person I’m coaching wants to be coached and is focused on their own growth instead of an outcome they can’t fully control.

    Here are seven opportunities to grow as a leader, the more closely you follow them, the better your chances of success.

    1.    Identify your motivation.

    How you feel about yourself starts with how motivated you are. It takes self-motivation to remove the obstacles that keep you from developing and growing–and ultimately all motivation is self-motivation. Before you can grow as a leader, you must know the “why” behind your drive. Once you do, you will know the way.

    2.    Unmask your flaws.

    To conquer your flaws, you must first accept them. Once you know your weaknesses, no one else can use them against you, and you’re better prepared to grow as a leader. Everyone has flaws, but when you understand your own you can embrace all of who you are.

    3.    Learn from your failures.

    Growing as a leader means developing the ability and willingness to have your failures shape you. Failure is instructive–it allows you as a leader to learn. We all fall down, but failure means we refuse to get back up and deal with our issues.

    4.    Appreciate feedback.

    No one likes hearing that they’ve done something wrong, but try to view all feedback as a gift, an opportunity to develop. The best leaders realize feedback helps them improve so they can do better. We all need people in our lives who can give us feedback; seek it with sincerity and receive it with grace.

    5.    Listen to those with more experience.

    Listen to the experienced people in your life–not because they’re always right, but because they have a better understanding of being wrong. To grow in wisdom you need to pay attention to those who have experience. They can teach you to listen when you want to speak, to stop and think when you want to react, to keep trying when you want to quit. And each of those little steps will help you grow into a great leader.

    6.    Refuse to settle for mediocrity.

    Don’t allow your fears to limit you to mediocrity. If you want to pursue excellence, it takes hard work. If you want to go beyond what’s expected, you have to evolve and grow to advance and make progress. The best leaders–the ones who really want to grow–never settle for mediocrity. They understand that good enough is not good enough.

    7.    Invest in yourself.

    If you’re truly interested in growth, create an environment in which you can invest in yourself so you can be at your best. Make time to read; surround yourself with clever people and experts. Investing in yourself pays high dividends, because when you feel good about yourself you are more motivated to work hard and succeed and grow.

    At the end of the day, you’ll take one of two paths as a leader: either you’ll step forward into growth or backward into safety. The choice is yours.

     

     


     

    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

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  • feedwordpress 20:39:56 on 2018/06/11 Permalink
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    10 Important Skills All Good Leaders Share 

    If you are in the position to lead, you most certainly want to be a great leader. It’s an ambition that can take many forms: You may envision making an impact with your company or making change on a global scale.

    Whatever your situation, there are specific skills that can help you become the leader you want to be and know you can become.

    Here are 10 important ones:

    1. Build collaboration.

    One of the most common misunderstandings of leadership is that it’s about acquiring power. The best leaders use whatever power they have–and their time and energy–to collaborate with others. Position yourself as a leader who is there to support the success of those around you. You’ll find that when they succeed, you succeed.

    2. Focus on your team.

    The people working with you are your most important asset. Be there to serve them by investing in them, appreciating them, and developing them. Get to know them, and give them the space and respectful environment they need to get to know each other and do great work together.

    3. Call out dysfunction.

    Nobody likes dealing with drama. But sometimes it’s necessary to keep small problems from growing into something overwhelming. Leaders must be able to address dysfunction in their team with consistent policies and a strong stand expressed calmly and confidently.

    4. Challenge the status quo.

    To develop into a great leader, you first need to understand where and how you can truly make an impact. Strong leadership doesn’t maintain the status quo but takes on powerful challenges and finds a way to make a significant difference in any situation.

    5. Concentrate on learning.

    Keeping up isn’t enough. Business is competitive, and as a leader you have to be ahead of the curve. Learning, growth and responding to change are key. Cultivate a passion for learning in yourself and your team.

    6. Be accessible and available.

    It really is lonely at the top, which is reason enough not to isolate yourself, but access and accountability benefit your team at every level. Great leaders understand the value of connection with others and spend time with their team on a regular basis.

    7. Establish your values and convictions.

    Every action you take speaks to who you are as a leader, and every expressed value demonstrates your beliefs. By establishing your values and standing up for your convictions, you let others know where you are. A leader’s values are like fingerprints: nobody’s are the same, and you leave them on everything you do.

    8. Demonstrate accountability at every level.

    Accountability is essential to getting things done, the glue that ties commitment to results. To work, accountability has to be consistent at all levels–including your own.

    9. Lead with character.

    Values and convictions are important, but character is what keeps your actions and words in line with what you believe. There’s nothing more important in leadership.

    10. Pass your leadership on.

    Leaders who rely on fear and power and intimidation aren’t so much leaders as bullies. True leaders are always nurturing and mentoring others on the team, which means letting them take the wheel sometimes. When you allow others to take the lead, you give them a chance to showcase their skills and talent, and you inspire your whole team to bring their best.

    Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader… they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role, position or title, it’s always about making an impact.

     


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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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    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

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