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  • feedwordpress 09:00:18 on 2019/12/12 Permalink
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    How a Bad Boss Can Make You Sick 


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    Having a bad boss can make you miserable, but now we know it can also make you sick.

    Recent research shows that as many as 77% of employees experience physical symptoms of stress from bad bosses. And it’s not just a lack of energy or a low-level headache—the things we commonly associate with stress.

    One study finds that workers who have poor relationships with their bosses are 30 percent more likely to suffer coronary heart disease. So a bad boss really can give you sick, even give you a heart attack.

    If you’ve ever had a truly bad boss, you know how miserable the experience can be. If not, count yourself lucky. Here are some of the hallmarks of the worst bosses:

    They lack self-awareness. A boss’s task is to influence and engage people, so it is essential that they understand how their behaviors affect other people. if your boss lacks self-awareness, they can’t understand themselves, let alone anybody else.

    They lead with fear, not fairness. When a boss leads by fear, people stop offering their opinions. The boss ends up stuck in a vacuum where they hear very little dissent or feedback, and in time they become even more isolated.

    They fail to communicate effectively. When your boss fails to communicate clear expectations, or if they selectively communicate with only a few people and leave others feeling left out or ill-informed, they are creating an environment where people feel devalued and marginalized—and extremely frustrated.

    They take credit for other people’s work. When a boss takes credit for other people’s work, they obliterate trust and lose respect.

    They’re a poor listener. When a boss tunes out or interrupts when others are speaking, there’s little chance for the kind of meaningful communication that’s required in the workplace.

    They don’t follow through on their commitments. If your boss blames everyone else but themselves, or fail to hold themselves accountable, or they say one thing and do another? They’re demonstrating that they can’t be trusted.

    They fail to express appreciation. A boss who withholds praise and rarely appreciates people does a disservice to everyone on their team. Failing to show basic professional respect is a sign of deep issues.

    They micromanage. When a bad boss micromanages, they leave no room for people to develop and grow. And when good people feel they have no room to grow, they become disengaged.

    They attack. A boss who lashes out and doesn’t manage their emotions is not only infuriating but also demeaning.

    They’re narcissistic. When a boss acts paranoid, vindictive and narcissistic, they’re likely an insecure person who takes their self-doubt out on others. Whatever the reason, it’s incredibly stressful.

    Having a boss who can make you sick may be real, but what you do about it is up to you. Practice self-care, model good behavior, and connect with coworkers who are experiencing the same thing. If the situation is bad enough, consider talking to HR or someone in senior leadership. And if all else fails, look for another job. Your health and well-being are worth it.

    Lead from within: You can’t change a boss who makes you sick, but you can control your own actions and responses.


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  • feedwordpress 09:00:47 on 2019/12/10 Permalink
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    How Successful Leaders Build Trust with their People 


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    As a leader, you earn trust the same way anyone else does: by making a conscious effort to walk your talk, keeping your promises and aligning your own behavior with your expectations of others. When you keep up that core, you’re constantly growing your team’s trust. The most trusted leaders add on to the basics with an additional set of trust-inducing behaviors. Here are the most important:

    Being accessible. Successful leaders understand the importance of being approachable and accessible when you’re building trusted leadership.

    Being confident. When a successful leader has confidence in themselves and their team, people trust them in return .

    Being credible. Successful leaders acknowledge their mistakes and limitations as well as their expertise and successes. People have faith in that credibility and follow its lead.

    Being honest. Simply telling the truth, even when it’s difficult, goes a long way in strengthening relationships and building trust.

    Being supportive. When a successful leader shows support and encourages others even when they make mistake, people will have faith in them.

    Being dependable. People trust a leader they can count on to do what they say they will do.

    Being consistent. When a leader’s words and actions match—not just some of the time or even most of the time but all the time—they’ve achieved a key pillar for building trust.

    Being open. When a successful leader actively listens, asks questions, encourages others to share their concerns and then takes what they hear into account, people trust that their voices are being heard .

    Being empathetic. Successful leaders know how to balance the need for results with consideration of their team’s needs and feelings. This perspective shows deep understanding and builds equally deep trust.

    Being appreciative. Give credit when people do great work and you’ll set the stage for an appreciative culture.

    Here’s the bottom line: nothing speaks louder about leadership than a leader’s actions, and nothing is a more direct reflection of those actions than their team’s level of trust.

    Lead from within: Successful leaders understand the importance of trust and take it seriously. They make it a daily habit to keep their words and actions trustworthy. 

     


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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 09:00:14 on 2019/12/05 Permalink
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    Never, Ever Trust A Leader Who Does These Things 


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    Being in a position to lead others comes with an enormous amount of responsibility. People look up to you as an example of how to speak and behave. If you don’t slow down long enough to think about your words and actions, it will cost you the respect and trust of those you are trying to lead. Here are some specific things as a leader, you should never ever do.

    Don’t power-trip. Even if you hold a great deal of power over those you lead, never throw it in their face. If you want to be a leader who is admired, lead with purpose instead of power. Those who base their leadership in power communicate their own insecurity and quickly lose the respect of their team.

    Don’t steal credit. Leaders and bosses who take personal credit for the work of their team are not just frustrating but actually toxic. People quickly learn to either stay clear or work to undermine their leader’s self-serving efforts.

    Don’t play favorites. If you’ve ever experienced favoritism, you know how damaging it can be. Few things are more demoralizing than a boss who picks favorites. As a leader, you need to treat everyone the same and encourage everyone equally. Otherwise, it becomes a game that no one wants to play.

    Don’t suck up people’s time. There are bosses who email, call and text at all hours of the day and night, who have a habit of interrupting evenings and weekends with things that have to be done right now. If that sounds like you, know that the primary message you’re sending is that you don’t respect other people’s time.

    Don’t be a control freak. you can recognize a control freak leader by their need to attend to every detail of everything and everyone. Nothing is ever good enough, because in the leader’s mind they would have done it better themselves. In short: that’s rubbish. Control freak leaders are too weak to even entrust others to do the job they were hired to do.

    Don’t lie. Leaders need to tell the truth, even when the truth is the last thing people want to hear. Lies have a way of catching up with the person who tells them, so always speak the truth. Once you’ve been caught in a lie you have lost all trust.

    Don’t intimidate people. Arguably the worst kind of leader is one who tries to reinforce their position by making others feel less capable. The essence of leadership is making people feel they can do the impossible. The best leaders establish their leadership by building others up, not by intimidating others in order to feel good about themselves.

    If people cannot trust their leader to do their job—to inspire them to a common purpose and support them in achieving it—achievement and excellence become difficult, if not impossible.

    Lead from within: It is the trusted leader who sets the bar high and then works hard to reach it every day.

     


    #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.

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:48 on 2019/12/03 Permalink
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    How to Get Noticed by Leadership (Without Sucking Up) 


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    If you’re like most workers, you’d like for your contributions and abilities to be more visible to leadership. But how do you get noticed without coming off as arrogant or attention-seeking?

    It’s easy for even great employees within an organization to be overlooked or undervalued. Fortunately, there are positive ways to put yourself in a position to be noticed by leadership without sucking up. Here are seven tired and true strategies for moving yourself closer to the spotlight.

    Go the extra mile. Most people will only do what they are hired to do without reaching beyond their scope of work, content with what’s good enough. But those who can walk the extra mile, who are willing to go beyond their job description and add value wherever they can, will be noticed. It’s never crowded at the end of the extra mile.

    Invest in yourself. It’s great when your company will invest in your development and growth, but what if there’s no funding or time off for professional development? You can sulk about it, or you can do something. There are plenty of ways to develop your own potential. One simple daily habit will take you far: keep up with the trends and developments in your field and send your boss links or articles that might be beneficial. This shows not only interest but also wisdom and commitment.

    Concentrate on results. Many people are so busy talking about problems that they hardly ever have time to focus on results. One of the quickest ways to make a noticeable impression is to simply deliver consistently on results. When you do, you demonstrate your value through your actions.

    Know expectations so you can exceed them. Most of us never take the time to talk with leadership about what success looks like in the role we have. Once you have that picture, you have a clear path and direction—which in turn make it that much easier to exceed expectations.

    Share your accomplishments. Work hard, put in the effort, and when you achieve success, don’t be shy about sharing your accomplishments. Leadership doesn’t always have the bandwidth to proactively check in and know everything that is happening, so communicating your accomplishments is important. If possible, meet regularly to update your leader one on one—and be sure you include a list of wins.

    Get a seat at the table: Take advantage of every opportunity to sit at the table with leadership, and create new opportunities when you can. Spending time with your superiors in a setting where they can connect with you and your work is a big step in being recognized.

    Contribute in meaningful ways. Think of ways you can contribute—not only to the organization’s work but also to its culture, and seek out leadership to discuss your ideas. Communicate clearly and concisely why you think your initiative is important and ask for support to make it successful. Not only will you be noticed in a good light, but if things go well you’ll have help in implementing your personal goals.

    Lead from within: There are many ways to be noticed by leadership; concentrate on doing the right things in front of the right people.

     


    #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.

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:11 on 2019/11/28 Permalink
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    14 Things Smart Leaders Do to Boost Their Own Confidence  


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    Even if luck played a role, top leaders are where they are because of their skills, determination and confidence. But self-confidence is something that many people—including leaders—sometimes struggle with. To help you when your own confidence starts to falter, here are 14 ways you can banish self-doubt:

    Practice it until you get it. Make building your confidence into a habit and practice it daily or even hourly. Don’t wait to think about it till you’re feeling vulnerable. The more your inner confidence becomes a habit and a practical skill, the more secure you can be knowing it’s there when you need it.

    Establish realistic self-awareness. Knowing your leadership strengths will give you confidence, and facing up to the places where you need more development will help you determine what you need to focus on to get better at what you do.

    Make the most of your mistakes, then ignore them. Mistakes are for learning, and only those who have ceased to develop never take a wrong step. Treat mistakes as a source of information and an opportunity for learning.

    Limit self-blame. Kicking yourself for past inadequacies gives fuel to self-doubt, so be encouraging with yourself as you would with someone on your team. Blaming yourself is a waste of time that could be spent moving forward with the intention of doing better with each new experience.

    Pick a role model. Choose a leader you admire. What qualities do they possess? Which of those qualities do you already have, and which do you need to develop?

    Celebrate wins. We’re often so busy getting things done that we hardly take the time to acknowledge our wins. Celebrating accomplishments is a great way to boost your confidence.

    Align your mind and body. Pay attention to your body language and your thoughts so they can be aligned and not in conflict.

    Own your strengths as well as your weaknesses. So many of us are so busy owning our weakness that we forget to own our strengths—the parts of us that are capable and competent to feel confident about what we do and who we are.

    Stretch yourself. Try something outside the scope of what you’ve done before. Stretch your boundaries, go outside your comfort zone. From discomfort comes growth.

    Be kind to yourself. Being kind to yourself is an important skill in building a leadership strategy. Issues with self-confidence are often rooted in a bad habit of punishing yourself and withholding rewards. Learn to treat yourself with kindness and your confidence will grow.

    Don’t give in to self-doubt. If you’re in a position of leadership, that’s not an accident. Know that you have what it takes to lead well and that others believe in you.

    Give yourself credit. A leader is all about making other feel inspired and motivated—but who gives the leader credit and inspiration? If necessary, give it to yourself.

    Upgrade your network. A better group of people in your network helps your leadership and builds your confidence as you connect with people who can help you develop.

    Help others be more successful. Leadership confidence isn’t just about building your own track record of successes. The essence of leadership is helping others around you become more successful. And when you do, you also help yourself.

    Lead from within: Confidence is the key ingredient of smart leadership, but it must be cultivated and development if it doesn’t exist.

     


    #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:

     

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