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    How to Tell Who Will Be A Good Leader 


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    A question I hear often—from colleagues, board members, HR directors, recruiters, and people at workshops and conferences—is how you can tell whether someone will be a good or a poor leader. What are the signs, qualities, traits that predict excellent leadership? There’s no clear-cut answer, but after years of coaching leaders around the world, these are my baseline predictors, for two reasons: first, because they show up consistently in the best leaders, and second, because they can’t be faked.

    Integrity. Integrity as a leadership trait encompasses honesty, sincerity, truthfulness, transparency and strong moral values. Of all leadership qualities, it’s the most important. If someone embodies integrity, I know they are capable of becoming a great leader.

    Empathy. Most people don’t listen at all or, at best, listen with a corner of their attention. But a person who listens well, who sets out to understand and communicates with compassion, has the makings of a great leader.

    Accountability. The best leaders take responsibility for their leadership and hold themselves accountable. They admit their mistakes and take the blame when things go wrong, but they also work on hard on getting the job done and getting results—and when they do, they give the credit to others.

    Appreciation of others. If a prospective leader can’t appreciate others and recognize them for their contributions, that’s a huge red flag. Great leaders excel at appreciating people, elevating them to greater heights and getting the most out of their capabilities.

    Decisiveness. Leaders are bombarded on a daily basis to make decisions, and the great ones are decisive. Period. They know how to settle tough, thorny issues and maneuver through the sea of day-to-day small decisions. A decisive leader exudes confidence and is someone people want to follow.

    Trusting and trustworthy. Trust is among the most important traits for a new leader to build and grow. Without trust in every direction there is very little respect for leadership. Trust is what turns a good leader into a great leader.

    Several components may go into great leadership, but in my experience poor leadership can be recognized with just one quality: it’s carried out for personal gain or to control others.

    Good leaders are constantly working to help, support, develop and invest in others. A bad leader, on the other hand, thinks only of how they can get ahead and move their own agenda forward. Unfortunately, it’s easy to spot a bad leader, and they exist in almost every organization—they’re the ones who are demoralizing amazing people and teams and destroying the cultures that foster excellence.

    Lead from within: I hope each one of you gets to experience a good leader and follow their lead. And if you have to be exposed to poor leadership, I hope you can learn from it as a negative example.

     


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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 08:00:43 on 2020/08/13 Permalink
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    How to Tell Who Will Be A Good Leader 


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    A question I hear often—from colleagues, board members, HR directors, recruiters, and people at workshops and conferences—is how you can tell whether someone will be a good or a poor leader. What are the signs, qualities, traits that predict excellent leadership? There’s no clear-cut answer, but after years of coaching leaders around the world, these are my baseline predictors, for two reasons: first, because they show up consistently in the best leaders, and second, because they can’t be faked.

    Integrity. Integrity as a leadership trait encompasses honesty, sincerity, truthfulness, transparency and strong moral values. Of all leadership qualities, it’s the most important. If someone embodies integrity, I know they are capable of becoming a great leader.

    Empathy. Most people don’t listen at all or, at best, listen with a corner of their attention. But a person who listens well, who sets out to understand and communicates with compassion, has the makings of a great leader.

    Accountability. The best leaders take responsibility for their leadership and hold themselves accountable. They admit their mistakes and take the blame when things go wrong, but they also work on hard on getting the job done and getting results—and when they do, they give the credit to others.

    Appreciation of others. If a prospective leader can’t appreciate others and recognize them for their contributions, that’s a huge red flag. Great leaders excel at appreciating people, elevating them to greater heights and getting the most out of their capabilities.

    Decisiveness. Leaders are bombarded on a daily basis to make decisions, and the great ones are decisive. Period. They know how to settle tough, thorny issues and maneuver through the sea of day-to-day small decisions. A decisive leader exudes confidence and is someone people want to follow.

    Trusting and trustworthy. Trust is among the most important traits for a new leader to build and grow. Without trust in every direction there is very little respect for leadership. Trust is what turns a good leader into a great leader.

    Several components may go into great leadership, but in my experience poor leadership can be recognized with just one quality: it’s carried out for personal gain or to control others.

    Good leaders are constantly working to help, support, develop and invest in others. A bad leader, on the other hand, thinks only of how they can get ahead and move their own agenda forward. Unfortunately, it’s easy to spot a bad leader, and they exist in almost every organization—they’re the ones who are demoralizing amazing people and teams and destroying the cultures that foster excellence.

    Lead from within: I hope each one of you gets to experience a good leader and follow their lead. And if you have to be exposed to poor leadership, I hope you can learn from it as a negative example.

     


    #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

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:10 on 2020/08/06 Permalink
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    How to Easily Spot Leadership Qualities in Others 


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    Something I’m often asked is how you can spot someone with leadership potential. In my decades of leadership coaching, where I’ve worked with people from top corporate leaders to those just beginning to aspire to leadership, I’ve found there are certain qualities that get people noticed and attract others to their point of view. They don’t necessarily mean that person will become a great leader, but they indicate the potential is there.

    These leadership traits are all fairly easy to spot, even from a distance. Here are the most important:

    High performance. Potential leaders consistently go above and beyond, whether they’re delivering specific results or working to move an organization forward. And they do it quietly and unobtrusively, in a manner that doesn’t suggest that they’re marketing themselves. It’s clear to all that they’re working primarily for the good of their team and organization.

    High potential. Potential leaders don’t stop at doing what they have to do—they’re constantly seeking out new responsibilities and learning new skills. They’re the ones who are always asking “How can I help?” and helping find the answers to everyone’s questions.

    High influence. You know the people you seek out instinctively to see what they think or how they would handle something? Those are people with influence, people marked for leadership. They may be anywhere within an organization—across, down or up from you—but their personality makes you feel safe in going to them and reassures you that they’ll be there for you.

    High values. People with high values are easy to spot, especially when a difficult situation arises. They unthinkingly do what is right, not what is easy, and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to find a solution with integrity. Their values hold them to a cause greater than themselves, and that connection is visible in everything they do.

    High optimism. Even in great organizations, it’s easy for pessimism and fatalism to flourish in the ranks. So when you find someone who views everything through a positive lens and is constantly striving to bring about the better future they envision, you know that person has great leadership qualities—especially if their positivity and resiliency are contagious.

    If you’re looking for a rising leader in your organization, look for someone who’s working to make a difference with their performance, their potential, their influence, their values and their optimism. And if you want to be a known as a leader, work to cultivate those qualities within yourself.

    Lead from within: If you want to spot a leader easily, don’t look for someone who’s telling you what to do. Instead, look for someone who’s showing you how it can be done, inspiring all the way.

     


    #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: istockphoto

    The post How to Easily Spot Leadership Qualities in Others appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
  • feedwordpress 08:00:10 on 2020/08/06 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , Life Skills, , , ,   

    How to Easily Spot Leadership Qualities in Others 


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    Something I’m often asked is how you can spot someone with leadership potential. In my decades of leadership coaching, where I’ve worked with people from top corporate leaders to those just beginning to aspire to leadership, I’ve found there are certain qualities that get people noticed and attract others to their point of view. They don’t necessarily mean that person will become a great leader, but they indicate the potential is there.

    These leadership traits are all fairly easy to spot, even from a distance. Here are the most important:

    High performance. Potential leaders consistently go above and beyond, whether they’re delivering specific results or working to move an organization forward. And they do it quietly and unobtrusively, in a manner that doesn’t suggest that they’re marketing themselves. It’s clear to all that they’re working primarily for the good of their team and organization.

    High potential. Potential leaders don’t stop at doing what they have to do—they’re constantly seeking out new responsibilities and learning new skills. They’re the ones who are always asking “How can I help?” and helping find the answers to everyone’s questions.

    High influence. You know the people you seek out instinctively to see what they think or how they would handle something? Those are people with influence, people marked for leadership. They may be anywhere within an organization—across, down or up from you—but their personality makes you feel safe in going to them and reassures you that they’ll be there for you.

    High values. People with high values are easy to spot, especially when a difficult situation arises. They unthinkingly do what is right, not what is easy, and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to find a solution with integrity. Their values hold them to a cause greater than themselves, and that connection is visible in everything they do.

    High optimism. Even in great organizations, it’s easy for pessimism and fatalism to flourish in the ranks. So when you find someone who views everything through a positive lens and is constantly striving to bring about the better future they envision, you know that person has great leadership qualities—especially if their positivity and resiliency are contagious.

    If you’re looking for a rising leader in your organization, look for someone who’s working to make a difference with their performance, their potential, their influence, their values and their optimism. And if you want to be a known as a leader, work to cultivate those qualities within yourself.

    Lead from within: If you want to spot a leader easily, don’t look for someone who’s telling you what to do. Instead, look for someone who’s showing you how it can be done, inspiring all the way.

     


    #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: istockphoto

    The post How to Easily Spot Leadership Qualities in Others appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
  • feedwordpress 08:00:59 on 2020/07/14 Permalink
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    Your Leadership Power Is Contagious. Now What? 


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    As a leader, what you do and how you do it, what you say and how you say it will all be imitated by those you lead. A leader’s power is contagious. Whether you know it or not, the way you carry out your leadership will influence others. Whether that influence is positive or negative is up to you.

    Here are the top ways you can use the power of your leadership to be a force for good for the people around you.

    Model the way. Be aware that you’re being watched and emulated every day. That means modeling the attitudes and behaviors you want to see in others. Let the visibility of your leadership bring out your best so you can be proud of who you are and who you inspire others to be.

    Honor character. For anyone in a leadership role, the importance of character and integrity can’t be overstated. Your character fundamentally shapes how you engage with the world around you—what you notice, what you reinforce, what you value, what you choose to act on, and how you make decisions. Character is the foundation of everything you do, and it will have a ripple effect on those you lead. A leader’s character always influences others—sometimes to their benefit and at other times to their detriment.

    Take ownership. At some point, you’ve probably experienced a leader who constantly makes excuses and blames others. It’s a form of bad leadership that creates a toxic culture and an environment of mistrust. But when you take ownership of your actions as a leader, whatever the outcome, you eliminate the distraction and negativity of the blame game and show others how to handle both success and failure. When you show accountability for your actions, you are effectively guiding those around you to take responsibility for theirs.

    Connect with impact. Leaders tend to be busy people, with lots to do and little time to waste. That’s why the best leaders focus on pursuing meaningful connections. If you’ve ever been in an environment where the leader stays hidden away behind closed doors and it’s all but impossible to get their attention, you know that the result is an organizational culture built on silos and isolation, one where information is not shared and knowledge is not available. It’s critical that a leader be accessible and available and that they connect with meaning and impact.

    Remind yourself every day that your leadership is contagious and your attitudes, words, and actions transfer to others. Think and rethink how you show up, because you will have a whole organization mirroring who you are.

    Lead From Within: Your leadership is contagious, and every moment you choose great leadership you move toward a better world.


    #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 Your Leadership Power Is Contagious. Now What? appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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