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  • feedwordpress 08:00:22 on 2019/05/16 Permalink
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    How to Build Effective Leadership with These 8 Qualities 


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    Whatever your position, whatever field you’re working in, whatever type of organization, the fundamentals of strong leadership are the same. Here are the eight qualities I consider essential to strong, effective, successful leadership:

    The competence in being positive. A positive attitude, especially from top management, can set a tone and signal others to be more positive—and, in turn, productive. When you’re optimistic about yourself and what you’re doing as well as about other people, you’re much more likely to inspire others to be and do their best. Positivity is contagious, and it’s a vital part of being a strong leader.

    The ability to be decisive. The ability to make difficult decisions based on the facts and circumstances of each specific situation is an important quality for effective leadership. To be a good leader, you need to rely on both your reason and your intuition and be able to pull everything you know together on the fly when a timely decision is required. Making decisions, especially difficult decisions, quickly and without waffling is among the most important elements of leadership.

    The resourcefulness to delegate. A confident leader is not afraid to let others handle the workload, and they know they can trust their team to get the job done. It is less confident leaders who are wary of delegating and feel that they need to control everything. If you have confidence in your people, they will show you how competent they are.

    The character of integrity. Everyone wants to be led by a leader who embodies integrity. If others are following your lead, it’s critical that you model integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, and accountability in everything you do. When all is said and done, integrity is the most important thing of all in leadership.

    The ability to listen to others. Listening is a skill, and it’s one that everyone, in every position, at every level—and especially those in leadership—should be proficient in and practice daily. Allowing others to speak and be heard is among the hallmarks of good leadership.

    The essence of humility. Humble leaders know that even though they are in charge, the contributions of others are equally important. They also understand that admitting mistakes is not a sign of weakness but a demonstration of strength. When you incorporate humility into your leadership, you’re on the path to building a strong, courageous team that collaborates and communicates well.

    The wisdom of being approachable. Leadership is a privilege, and in order for it to be truly effective you need to be accessible and approachable. People should always feel that the channels of communication are open and be comfortable sharing both good and bad news. Make sure you keep yourself available and responsive to the needs of those you lead.

    The mastery of motivation. One of the most difficult jobs for a leader is motivating others, especially when the circumstances are complex or difficult. The best way to master the art of motivation is by setting a good example yourself. In tough times, people look to their leadership for cues about how to react. If you lead from within, with high standards and steady action, you will automatically motivate and inspire others .

    How many of these qualities do you have within your own leadership? It’s never too soon to begin cultivating any elements you may be lacking. Remember, those who are following you expect you to lead with greatness.

    Lead from within: To keep your leadership strong, hold your focus on the essential qualities of the role.

     

     


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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 08:00:28 on 2019/05/14 Permalink
    Tags: , Fearful, , Leadership Development, , ,   

    Why You Should Stop Leading Through Fear  


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    Confident leaders generally let their people do what they were hired to do. They don’t feel the need to watch them like a hawk, micromanage them in their tasks, track every move they make, or enact rules or policies that make them feel constrained and under surveillance.

    Those steps are taken by leaders who lead through fear, creating the kind of culture that is marked by terror, timidity, and low morale. Here are 10 significant signs that you might be leading from fear. If they sound familiar, you need to drastically change your leadership style to clean up the toxic culture and begin creating success and happiness for yourself and your team.

    People don’t interact. When people keep to themselves and avoid collaborating or interacting with others, it’s a sure sign that they’re scared to step out of line. If your employees’ main goal is to keep their heads down and stay in their own lane, your organization won’t be competitive.

    Order is maintained through punishment. People who work in punitive environments are frightened most of the time. It’s incredibly demoralizing to feel you are constantly being monitored to be caught doing something wrong. Effective leaders spend their time listening to people, solving problems and celebrating successes, not punishing people or trying to catch them doing something wrong.

    People don’t speak the truth. Under fear-based leadership, people are afraid to tell the truth because they already know no one wants to hear it. They keep problems and challenges to themselves because they know that that bringing them into the open won’t help and may even do them harm. The open communication that needs to happen for a team to work effectively is shut down completely.

    People are constantly afraid of losing their jobs. When people work under a cloud of fear and suspicion, they act out of anxiety and timidity, and they’re incapable of bringing their best. You cannot work well with the notion that you can lose your job over a misstep. Your job as leader is to bring the best out of people, and that’s not possible in a climate of fear.

    People are petrified of messing up. When people have a leader who addresses problems by penalizing someone, they learn to lay low and blame each other when things go wrong because they are scared to be the one who’s called out for a mistake. It’s one of the surest routes to a toxic culture.

    The best and brightest don’t advance. With a fear-based leader, the smartest and most competent people don’t tend to advance. Instead, promotions go to those who most wholeheartedly embrace the culture and agree with whatever the leader says. Over time, unthinking agreement becomes the only way to get ahead.

    People stop wanting to be visible. In a climate of fear, it’s hard for people to be authentic or present. They keep to themselves, worried about making waves or standing out. The main goal of most employees becomes to avoid being noticed, which leads to mediocrity across the board.

    If you recognize this culture, you need to know that leading through fear is doing direct harm to your leadership, your team and your organization. It’s likely that many of your most talented and gifted people have already left you, so take immediate steps to make the necessary changes before you lose the rest.

    Lead from within: As a leader, your job is to make people feel secure, safe and supported. If you are instead creating havoc, control and anxiety, you are a fearful leader and need to make some changes.

     


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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 08:00:07 on 2019/05/09 Permalink
    Tags: , , Leadership Development, , , Sucession Planning,   

    How to Start Planning for Your Succession 


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    Business leaders always ask me, when is a good time to start planning their succession, and I usually answer the day you become the leader. And many of them are shocked, but the truth is, succession planning takes time and development; and if you want to grow leaders you have to groom and grow them, it doesn’t happen overnight.

    So if you are wondering how to start planning for your succession, this is how.

    Start early: It can take time to find and prepare a promising candidate for a leadership role. So, don’t leave your succession plan until the last moment, start having a plan from the day you take office, because how you will lead every day, will affect those around you, No one is going to be with a company forever, so it’s important to know what needs to happen and it’s the leadership responsibility in developing bench strength that a critical for succession to be successful

    Engage senior leaders: It’s essential to have consensus among the CEO and senior leadership team about the importance of proactive leadership development and succession planning. This group should set expectations, put processes in place, and hold the organization accountable for making it happen.

    Speak to the process: As the current leader, it’s important to be part of the process and procedure, think outside the box when you are building a succession plan, and make sure you have a slate of diverse candidates. A robust plan can ease the process of identifying individuals who are ready to take on the role immediately—and others who are a few years out.

    Map out a vision of the future leadership team:  An active development process to prepare people for next-level jobs. so it imperative for leadership to understand the capabilities required to achieve the organization’s strategy. With this understanding, the organization can assess the potential of current people, and see if there are any candidates to become the future leader to meet the emerging needs.

    Shift everyone’s mindset: Usually everyone thinks of succession as a loss, it is the leaders responsibility to embrace the idea and have everyone shift their mindset from seeing the succession process as a loss and toward envisioning it as an opportunity for the themselves and the company.

    Develop the future leaders. Identify potential future leaders, then identify their development needs and build in systematic processes to cultivate that development growth. As a leader, you need to identify developmental needs and career aspirations, and consciously build learning objectives into the future leader’s work.

    Seek new talent to fill the void. There will be many instances where future leadership capabilities cannot be fulfilled by those who are in company now, that is when the organization needs to an effective hiring and ongoing on-boarding practices to integrate new leaders into the company.

    By knowing the importance of succession planning and identifying your potential future leaders you help those in your company feel valued for their contributions and eager to realize their potential within the organization.

    Lead from within: The potential gains from doing succession planning well go far beyond the obvious result of having a steady pipeline of leaders ready to step into new roles, it gives the company stability and resilience, which breeds market confidence and drives shareholder value.

     


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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 08:00:58 on 2019/05/07 Permalink
    Tags: , , Leadership Development, , , Successful Leadership,   

    10 Important Ways to Describe a Successful Leader 


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    In my work as a leadership coach to top business leaders around the world, I see firsthand the growing influence of the field. These days, it seems, there are countless conversations, articles and blog posts about leadership. As awareness of the field grows, people are looking to define it, explain it and emulate it.

    I find it fascinating that people want more understanding of leadership processes than the person behind the leadership—for people it’s always more about the how and less about the who. And for me, the who is more important before you can implement the how.

    To address that need, here are 10 important ways to define successful leadership. Once you understand these elements, you’ll have the orientation you need to handle any process or theory:

    A successful leader is an authentic leader. They are genuine; they are confident in who they are while remaining teachable. You’ll never hear them say they’re faking it till they make it. You can feel the confidence they have in their unique self.

    A successful leader is a cognizant leader. They are mindful and aware, attentive to themselves and to those around them. They know how to apply knowledge and perception to their work.

    A successful leader is an optimistic leader. They’re always able to view the glass as half full instead of half empty. Their sunny perspective means everything they do is encouraging and empowering.

    A successful leader is a devoted leader. They are dependable and hold themselves accountable for their actions. You can count on them to be consistent and to stick it out until the job gets done.

    A successful leader is a respected leader. A leader who fosters respect is a leader worth following—they are willing to give their all for the people they’re leading and the cause they’re working for.

    A successful leader is a virtuous leader. Their integrity, honesty and character are reflected in everything they do. Their inner moral compass guides every thought and action.

    A successful leader is a purposeful leader. The best and most successful leaders are those who are driven by their mission. They keep it centered as the most important thing to them, and that awareness keeps them on track.

    A successful leader is a truthful leader. Their word is their bond. and the only way they know how to function is with honesty and honor. 

    A successful leader is a courageous leader. They are bold in their thinking and determined in their actions, able to take risks in business and think creatively about the future. Uncharted territory is never off limits.

    A successful leader is a humble leader. Self-effacing and appreciative, they recognize they can’t do it alone—and they’d never want to. They are thankful in knowing the value of their team and genuinely grateful for the contributions of the people they lead. Their leadership is centered on their recognition that success is shared.

    In my opinion a successful leader should embody all of these important ways to be a leader. The degree to which you miss the mark in any of them is the degree to which your leadership can be compromised.

    Lead from within: The best, most successful leader is one who doesn’t need anything from their people but serves in meaningful ways that become their blueprint 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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    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:26 on 2019/05/02 Permalink
    Tags: , , Leadership Development, Leadership Growth, , ,   

    4 Important Reasons Why People Refuse to Learn And Grow  


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    As a leadership coach, I have learned that you cannot teach someone who doesn’t want to learn or grow. Without that desire, there is no use in advising or coaching, because it just won’t work. I have never been a big believer in making people do something they don’t want to do.

    What I have found is that many times people just want to keep doing the same thing over and over again without creating much change. They tend to believe that if it isn’t broken you don’t need to fix it—which means they lose out on a lot of opportunities to make something better.

    The same is true for leaders, sometimes they refuse to learn and grow, and here are the four most common mindsets that feed that kind of thinking. Maybe some of them will ring true for you and sound familiar. If so, take some time to reflect on whether that’s really how you want to approach your leadership.

    They know what they know. Many leaders believe they already know everything they need to know, and they don’t feel the need for any new development or growth. This type of leadership thinking is more common than you might think. The problem, of course, is that it results in a closed circuit that limits different ways of thinking and relating to others. Leadership should be about making the effort to question ourselves, being willing to be uncomfortable to maintain an open mind. The best leaders understand that they’ll never know enough.

    They know what they don’t know. Some leaders actually pride themselves on the things they don’t know. They like to run things in the way that suits them, even if it’s completely counterproductive. This way of thinking sometimes comes across as arrogant. It’s often a matter of pride, combined with a bit f defensiveness about their lack of knowledge. The leaders who have the most to learn are often too proud to own up to their shortcomings. It takes courage to admit that you don’t know everything you need to know, but that’s the first step in learning.

    They don’t know what is known. A leader who is not questioning is not learning. The smartest leaders are perpetual students—they have the mindset of learning something new all the time. But many times we don’t think we need to know anything new simply  because we don’t exercise enough curiosity to discover the gaps in what we already know. It takes a confident leader to go out and look for those gaps so they can be filled in.

    They don’t know the unknown. A leader who doesn’t know how to face the unknown will always maintain some degree of ignorance. Insight can have as much power and value as knowledge. And developing that insight means you have to be willing to approach the open questions, to acknowledge that some things can’t be known. It means opening up a different side of yourself.

    Development and growth should be synonymous with who you are as a leader, not treated as a one-time event or a periodic luxury. To truly be your best, you need to adopt them as daily habits.

    The best leaders insist on finding new ways to learn and grow, because they understand their growth determines who they are—and, ultimately, the success of their leadership.

    Lead from within: If you want to be successful you must be open to development and growth. The best leaders are always teachable.

     


     

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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: iStockPhotos

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