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  • feedwordpress 08:00:15 on 2019/07/16 Permalink
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    How to Be Successful in a Toxic Culture 


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    If you’re working in a toxic organizational culture, you already know what a struggle it can be to succeed—or even survive. You’re far from alone—many people find themselves doing a job they love in a workplace they hate.

    You may not be able to single-handedly change the culture around you, but there are things you can do to advance your own success in a toxic environment. Here are some of the most important:

    Maintain your boundaries. Learn to separate yourself from what others are doing and focus on what you stand for. Check yourself often to make sure the things you’re doing fit with your values and aren’t just going with the flow. Keep your distance from activities you don’t respect unless you feel your voice can make a difference, and don’t participate in gossip and backstabbing. Refuse to let the toxicity invade your sense of yourself and what you stand for.

    Cultivate a positive mindset. One of the worst things you can do is to succumb to the negativity around you. Even if you’re opposing toxic behavior, it’s easy to be sucked into negative thinking that leaves you feeling demoralized. Cultivate a positive mindset by immersing yourself in your work to make the culture more bearable and keep your productivity high.

    Form alliances. Anything is more difficult when you go through it alone. Look for others who view the world the same way you do so you can all be there for each other. Not only will you have someone it’s safe to vent with, but together you can mastermind ways to cope with upsetting situations.

    Don’t compromise your values. Never let any situation undermine or weaken who you are and what you stand for. Don’t engage in unethical behavior, even to save your job. Nothing will erode your self-worth more than dishonoring who you are as a human being. If you lose your job because you stand by your values, you lose it for a good cause.

    Focus on solutions, not the problem. Even when it’s entirely justified, complaining and grumbling contribute to the spread of toxicity. Whether it’s aimed at other employees, company leadership or specific policies, complaining feeds a mentality of defeat. When others are focused on the problems, devote your own energy to focusing on solutions. It will change up the conversation, and eventually it may even make a change in the culture.

    Put it in writing. Especially if you’re working in a toxic culture, it’s a good idea to document the things that happen every day. Keep written or printed copies of your reviews, emails, correspondence, and meeting notes. Start a journal to record your noteworthy accomplishments as well as specifics of the dysfunction and the toxicity happening around you. Being able to speak to the work you do and what you have been able to achieve will help you manage what is happening around you. And if you’re ever called upon to recount workplace events in court or to senior management, you’ll be better prepared (and more credible) with notes and documentation.

    Formulate an exit strategy. If you’re staying because you love your job but the culture is toxic, it’s never too soon to begin looking for better environments where you can do your best work in peace and truly thrive. When you do leave, whatever the circumstances, look back on it as a learning experience.

    Lead from within: If you want to be successful in a toxic culture you have to be determined in your mindset, committed to your character and purposeful about your work. And if you’re still unhappy or unsuccessful, you need to leave.

     

     


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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 08:00:50 on 2019/07/11 Permalink
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    7 Important Traits of the Leaders People Want to Follow 


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    Anyone can call themselves a leader. But not every leader is followed with admiration and respect. Many people are in leadership because they’ve been given a leadership position , but earning the title of leader is a different story.

    As a leadership coach, I have seen many people who have the stature, the title, the salary, and the corner office that says they’re the boss, but without the respect of their team. Their people don’t want to converse with them or follow them—and that means true leadership is missing.

    Leadership is about inspiring and motivating others do great things, and for me that’s the best test of effective leadership. To be a great leader isn’t easy—it means hard work and a daily commitment to serving others. This kind of leader isn’t easy to find, but here’s how you can recognize them:

    1. They have a character worth following. A leader who keeps their word, in good times and in difficulty, demonstrates integrity and high moral qualities. Their word is their bond and you know you can trust them in any circumstance.

    2. They embody inspirational courage. Leadership is not without its blunders and mishaps, and it takes a strong and solid individual to stay strong when the chips are down. When a leader maintains their dignity in times of deepest trouble, they inspire others to do the same.

    3. They give respect to earns respect. Most leaders expect to be respected, but the best leaders give respect first. They know the importance of honoring others, recognizing their talents and skills, and appreciating their contributions. A leader who gives respect will always get respect back.

    4. They’re there when they’re needed. Leadership carries big responsibilities, and it’s easy to become overly busy and preoccupied. But the leaders people trust, those who are in the know, are those who make the time to be available. They spend time with their most important asset—their people—to be the kind of boss people know they can talk to and rely on.

    5. They see things most people don’t see. It’s important to look past the details and process to open up room for vision and keep an eye on the big picture. Leaders worth following make it a practice to go beyond the status quo and look for the things that most people don’t see.

    6. They help people do things they didn’t think were possible. Even when we’re working at our best, many of us don’t get ever feel we’re growing into a better version of ourselves. The key is finding someone who believes in us. The leader who makes you feel and think you can do better—who knows you are better—is the leader you’re happy to follow wherever they lead. People will always step up to the plate to live up to a leader’s high expectations.

    7. They know their work is bigger than themselves. Most of us think of our sphere of influence in small terms. Great leaders are always thinking more widely—considering those around them and those beyond them. Leaders who think big help us climb out of the boxes we put ourselves into. They’re determined to make an impact on the communities where they live and work.

    Lead from within: You always want to be following a leader who makes you feel think and do things beyond your own scope of being.

     


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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 08:00:48 on 2019/07/09 Permalink
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    How to Break Through Your Own Leadership Limits 


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    In leadership—as in everything we do—we all have our own strengths and limits, and the better we understand ourselves the more effective we can be. How well do you know your true leadership potential?

    Maybe you’re feeling hemmed in by your limits but you don’t know what to do about them. Or maybe you know what you need to do but aren’t sure where to begin.

    Either way, it’s important to remember that we can only change the things we pay attention to. Change doesn’t have to be drastic to be impactful, but even small changes require some effort.

    If you’re looking to move beyond your leadership limits, here are some good starting points:

    Change the lens through which you view yourself. We tend to see ourselves as we always have, so we judge ourselves on our past and not who we are in the present. If you’re stuck in your own past, it’s important to update your view of yourself and the way you think and talk about yourself. Consider the things you’ve accomplished and the positive feedback you’ve gotten to connect with your potential in the here and now.

    Know what you need to change. People who come to me for coaching sometimes can only say they need a major overhaul. That’s not helpful or productive. Treat yourself as you would a member of your team: weigh your strengths and weaknesses as objectively as possible—maybe with the help of a colleague or your boss—and prioritize the areas where you most want to improve.

    Be willing to do the work. It’s good to be aware, but awareness benefits you only if you’re willing to put in some effort. Breaking through your limitations means spending time addressing your belief systems and rethinking your assumptions. Nothing will happen on its own—reaching your potential requires hard work.

    Identify and remove any obstacles standing in your way. We all put obstacles in our own path—some we’re aware of and some we can’t see. Figuring out your obstacles and working to remove them is an important part of the process.

    Leverage your limits. Most people would tell you to concentrate on your strengths to reach your potential. I have a different view. In my book The Leadership Gap, I discuss the need to leverage our weaknesses as well as our strengths, because what we don’t own ends up owning us. Learn what you don’t do well, what things you consider your weaknesses, and leverage those traits. Connecting with your full potential means making the most of everything within you—your weaknesses as well as your talents.

    There are lots of things you can do to move closer to reaching your potential. Even if you don’t remove all your limits, understanding yourself is a key to great leadership. That’s where the true power lies: in changing what you can, doing the work where it’s necessary, and always thinking of yourself as a work in progress.

    Lead from within. As a leader, you have control over who you want to be. Do you choose to lead by limits or your potential? Or do you work with both? The choice is always yours.

     


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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 08:00:22 on 2019/07/04 Permalink
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    How to Guarantee Strong Performance Under Pressure 


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    It’s easy to do great work when you have access to plenty of resources and time. The true test of your leadership skills, ability and confidence is your ability to function at your best when pressure is high and important decisions need to be made quickly.

    You won’t generally have a say in when or how a high-pressure situation will strike, but you can learn to function well when it does by understanding what motivates and energizes you.

    Visualize the destination, not the journey. Take a moment to visualize the calm after the storm: the work is done and done well, and you’re celebrating with your team. Positive visualization can alleviate pressure and help you relax and stay focused, reminding you that even the most intense situations eventually resolve.

    Motivate yourself with a reward. You likely already have a reward system in place for your team, so why not for yourself? Research shows that people who know their hard work will be tangibly rewarded tend to perform better than those who don’t. Whether it’s a vacation, something you’ve been wanting to buy, or dinner at your favorite restaurant, pick a reward that will keep you going and pretend it’s already yours.

    Create a system and focus on your actions. Pressure and anxiety result when things seem out of control, when you feel you have too much to do and you don’t know how you can accomplish it all. The solution is to craft a routine or system for getting the work done. Focus on your daily actions and carry out your plan with discipline and determination. A routine can help prevent panic and distraction, allowing you to focus on the task at hand.

    Remember the difference between being busy and being productive. Most of us are guilty of thinking we’re accomplishing something as long as we’re busy doing things, but that’s not necessarily the truth. It’s a matter of doing the things that help us accomplish our goals. Look at the things you’re doing and delegate or eliminate all the unnecessary activities that are taking up your time and interfering with your success.

    Slow down to speed up. How many times do we rush into things because we feel pressured to do something? The better approach is to slow down, think about what you want to do and take some time to formulate a plan. Give yourself the space to be creative, innovative and productive instead of just reacting in the moment.

    Take control where you can and let go where you can’t. In any moment of pressure, there are factors you have control over and factors outside that control. When you focus on the things you can’t control, the pressure—and your anxiety—are intensified. Focus on the things you can control and let the rest take care of itself. Take a deep breath and remember the traditional prayer: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

    When the stakes are high, it’s easy to let your nerves get to you. But remember that your character is revealed most clearly when the pressure is highest, so be the person who handles pressure thoughtfully and with grace.

    Lead from within: Pressure is normal; it is what you do with that pressure that truly matters.


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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: iStockPhotos

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:11 on 2019/07/02 Permalink
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    7 Effective Communication Habits of the Most Successful People 


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    Effective communication is a skill that most people, especially those in a position to influence others, should learn to cultivate. Most people think that having solid communication skills means being a great speaker, but it’s also about learning to listen, watching body language and interpreting the gaps in a conversation.

    Here are seven powerful ways to build your communication skills:

    Be concise and clear. Many people say what they want to say then repeat themselves over and over again. Understand that you were likely heard the first time—and if people aren’t listening it doesn’t matter how often you say something. It’s always more effective to be concise and clear. Honor the gift of people’s time by getting to your point quickly and clearly.

    Be thoughtful and considerate. Be mindful of not dominating the conversation. When you speak, pause to let others ask you questions, and ask them questions in turn. Don’t let what should be a dialogue turn into a monologue.

    Be attentive and observant. A great communicator pays attention not only to what is being said but also to the nonverbal cues people sending. It’s important to understand the things that aren’t said.

    Be understanding and curious. People are often too quick to reply when they listen to someone else, which leads to shallow responses. When someone is speaking, take the time to understand and ask questions. Listen to truly hear, not to pass the time until you can talk again, and wait until the person finishes speaking before you reply.

    Be present and available. Don’t bring up past problems or irrelevant side issues; stay focused on the current topic or situation. And especially if the conversation is tense, look for ways to keep things positive instead of adding fuel to the fire.

    Be calm and collected. If you feel angry or frustrated, avoid saying something you’ll later regret by making sure you’re calm and in charge of yourself before you speak. Don’t allow your emotions to overtake the conversation.

    Be positive and optimistic. No one likes to communicate with someone who’s negative and complaining. Even if the issues are thorny, try to think of positive and affirmative ways to communicate. You can talk about problems or talk about solutions—the choice is yours.

    To be a truly effective communicator, it’s important to remember that we’re all different  in the way we perceive the world. Use your own understanding as a guide when you listen to others, and always be mindful of what you say and how others will perceive it.

    Lead from within: Communication is about human connection; it’s the key to personal, career and leadership success.

     


    #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

    The post 7 Effective Communication Habits of the Most Successful People appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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