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  • feedwordpress 11:05:22 on 2017/06/20 Permalink
    Tags: , , Heroic Leadership, , , , management,   

    Why Heroic Leadership Is Needed Now More Than Ever 


    Recently I was at an event at the Princeton Club talking about my new book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness. Someone there asked me an intriguing question: “With all the work you do with leaders around the world, who are the leaders you most admire?”

    I thought about it for a split second before answering to the room, “If you are living bravely and leading courageously, you are my hero. Those are the leaders I admire the most.”

    That kind of courage has become sadly endangered. More than ever before, we have a real gap in our leadership.

    The climate of leadership these days is laced with distrust and skepticism. We hold our leaders in doubt and their actions in mistrust. And the worst of it is knowing that what’s happening in leadership today is going to end up costing all of us in the years to come.

    In the past, the leaders we looked up to had character we could value, traits we could admire, values we wanted to emulate.

    But when so many examples of contemporary leadership are laced with ego and distrust, you have to wonder where we’re heading. The only way to salvage today’s leadership is to find the heroic leaders who are courageous enough to lead us in the right direction.

    Heroic leaders are always in high demand—and that’s more true than ever now, when they’re in such short supply. We all have what it takes if we’re willing to do the work.

    Here are some simple but profound things you can do to advance your own brand of heroic leadership:

    End passivity. To get anything done, a heroic leader must move the status quo, end mediocrity and be brave enough to do things that matter even when they’re difficult or may cause conflict. It means not only talking but backing your words up with action.

    Don’t allow the new to become the norm. Heroic leaders are brave enough to remind us not to accept what we don’t value or respect. Faced with declining standards, too many of us are willing to tolerate a “new normal.” But heroic leaders habitually step back to think about how they can work for positive change—in themselves, in their organization and in the world. They have the courage not to normalize or accept bad behavior or bad leadership.

    Break down the silos. Leadership is at its worst when it’s carried out from silos—isolated towers that make collaboration and communication impossible.  Great leadership is a “we” message, not a “me” message. A heroic leader understands that true power of leadership is unity—knowing we’re all in this together. When one person tells others what to do and how to do it and everyone else has to keep quiet and listen, you have a dictatorship, not a democracy. The way to take back leadership is not with ego or power but with humility and collaboration.

    Lead with EQ instead of IQ. Many of us put a lot of emphasis on IQ—that is, skills and thought. And those are important, but they’re not enough on their own. Heroic leaders know that it’s important to connect with others emotionally and to make sure they know you have their back. They have a high degree of emotional intelligence.

    Set the standard. Heroic leaders set high standards for themselves and others. It’s about giving people something compelling to grasp on to and work for while making sure they feel heard and seen and understood.

    Use straight talk. Heroic leaders have nothing to hide. They are brave enough and smart enough to keep the lines of communication open, even when they don’t know all the answers. They know how to use straight talk and are not afraid to say, “I don’t know.” They’re strong enough to share information instead of hoarding it.

    Encourage pushback. Many leaders feel pressure to have all the answers. But heroic leaders encourage constructive dissent and healthy debate. They reinforce the strength of others and demonstrate that in the tension of diverse opinions lies a better answer. It’s not about who is right or wrong but about what can we learn from each other.

    Don’t confuse authority and power. The key to heroic leadership is influence, not authority—because authority isn’t power. If you are a heroic leader who has the ability to change someone’s perspective, never waste that gift. It’s one of the most powerful abilities you can have—especially when you use it on behalf of those who have no influence.

    Start accountability with yourself. The role of heroic leadership is to set the expectations that everyone can commit to and be responsible for. Accountability starts with you—you must hold yourself responsible for modeling the behaviors and actions you want others to follow. People naturally emulate those who lead them, so stay aware that others are looking to you.

    Lead from within: You are here to make a difference—to either improve the world or worsen it. And, whether or not you consciously choose to, you will accomplish one or the other. Choose courage, choose bravery, choose to be a hero. We need you now more than ever.


    Learn more about The Heroic Leader in my Wall Street Journal Bestseller book:
    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 11:42:19 on 2017/05/10 Permalink
    Tags: Carl G Jung, , , management, ,   

    What Gets Between You and Your Leadership Greatness with Lolly Daskal 

    “If you are not a leader who can empower others that means you can’t empower yourself”

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  • feedwordpress 11:52:29 on 2017/05/09 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , management, , Truth, Truth Teller,   

    The Remarkable Power of the Truth Teller 

    Truth Teller, Lolly Daskal, Truth, The Leadership GapWe cannot open a newspaper, turn on our computer, or flip through our feeds, before we find that someone has lied about something. Lying is both ubiquitous and consequential—but why do we lie?

    Science says we learn to deceive as toddlers. We rationalize the fabrications that benefit us. We tell little white lies daily that make others feel good.

    In one study, 60 percent of people lied at least once during a 10-minute conversation, saying an average of 2.92 inaccurate things.

    Psychologists say, most lies are tied to self-esteem: as soon as someone feels a little bit threatened, they immediately begin to lie at higher levels.

    I think we lie for a few reasons:

    • We want to both look good when we are in the company of others.
    • We want to maintain a view of ourselves that is consistent with
      the way they would like us to be.
    • We don’t want to hurt people with bad news or information.

    Whatever the reason, a lie today will have major consequences tomorrow.

    If you’re in a powerful position or leadership role in which people look up to you, you’re expected to lead in integrity and truth. If leaders lie, how can they ever be trusted?

    In my leadership coaching, one of the most important things I teach my clients, is the remarkable power of being the truth teller and what it takes to speak with candor:

    A truth teller will communicate and not hold back. Communicate, communicate, communicate. That’s the role of a leader. If you hold back, people will know something’s going on, and they’ll fill the gap with gossip, paranoia, and suspicion—wreaking havoc on the culture of your organization. Be the leader who tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    A truth teller will create a culture of candor. Instead of blaming others when things go wrong, look for solutions, and create an environment where people feel it’s OK to mess up and make mistakes. Cultivate an environment in which owning up to your mistakes is OK, and it’s safe to fail. the best way you can lead your people is to provide them with the resources they need to do their jobs well.

    A truth teller eliminates barricades. As a leader, you have the power—and the obligation—to get rid of anything that prevents people from performing at their best. Keep processes and policies down to a minimum and make sure they don’t keep people working harder and not smarter. Eliminate any barriers that keep people from telling complicated or unwelcome truths. Celebrate the truth by speaking the truth as their leader.

    A truth teller models high standards. Set the standards high and people will work hard to reach them. That means no bullies, no racism, no intolerance, no deceivers, no cheat—and you keep those standards by meeting them yourself. Make truth a consistent part of our own leadership and business, and others will follow.

    A truth teller gives us reasons to be better than we are. When things are bad or difficult or stressful, our initial reaction is to hide and withhold. But the remarkable power in telling the truth is to let people know they can be part of the solution, and they can be part of something bigger than themselves. As a leader you can provide them with a compelling vision that gives them reason to be better than they are.

    Lead from Within: Great leaders are remarkable truth tellers. They know that honest hearts produce honest actions.

    Learn more about the TRUTH TELLER in my new book:
    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 11:11:11 on 2017/05/02 Permalink
    Tags: , , Intuition, , , management, Success   

    4 Proven Reasons Why Intuitive People Make Great Leaders 

    Have you ever wondered how some leaders are more creative and innovative than others?

    As a leader coach and business consultant I have seen two kinds of leaders, I have witnessed both, and I have seen the results of both.

    One leader thinks that in order to create something new, they must use their analytic mind to be creative.

    The other kind of leader who want to try something new they use their intuitive mind to be innovative.

    I have seen leaders say that relying on your six sense- following your gut- your intuition- is being unreliable.

    But for years, I have seen how the intuitive leader, can be more of an explorer, and discover more than those who don’t utilize their intuition and I have witnessed that Intuitive people make great leaders, they have a competitive edge over other leaders, they are quicker, faster, smarter and more decisive.

    Maybe people have a misunderstanding on what intuition really is…

    Many people call intuition, a gut feeling, a knowing, words spoken from the heart.

    But intuition is more than that…here are 4 ways our intuition really works and how it can make your leadership great again.

    1. Our intuition is the accumulation of all the experiences we have. Everything that you have experienced becomes data points in your mind, every person you have met, every success you have experienced and every failure you had to go through, the learning that you were taught, the mistakes that have becomes lessons are stored. as a memory chip – to be utilized.

    2. Our intuition is the amalgam of all the books we have read: We all read, some read books, other read articles, or blogs or posts or signs or posters, we read and therefore the words make an impression, they leave an imprint, and we remember, maybe not right now, but when we need it – it can be available.

    3. Our intuition is the combination of all the people we have met. Think of all your encounters, think of all the people you have met, I believe that every person we meet has something to teach us, that every person we bump into has something to teach us, think of all the lessons we have learned because when we need it can be put to use.

    4. Our intuition is the facts and data we collected: for years I am sure you have due diligence, you have collected data, and facts and you have created spread sheets and variations of what things could be and should be, all of that is important, all of it is vital because that knowledge when we need it- you will employ it.

    Now think of this, you have experiences, reading, and people, and data and facts, all of this are stored in your brain – within little chips of our minds, a combination of wisdom, knowledge, lessons, and experiences. and when you want to be creative and innovative, and when you need an answer quickly and decisively, our brain does a scan of our mind and collects the knowledge we have accumulated and it connects the dots for us and it says with a definitive voice.

    Do it now!

    It feels right!

    That is the power of our intuition, it is the answers that are rewarded by our wisdom.

    Think about it the more we know, the more we learn the more we experience the more we have stored in our minds.

    That is why some leaders can be more innovative and creative than others, because they don’t use their control of their thinking mind, they let go of what they know to let all the dots of their mind connect, to let come in new information, in a way, that we cannot do for ourselves. That is the edge they have, that is the gift they possess.

    Einstein said, The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant, we have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

    Lead from within: Embrace your gift of intuition, and allow it to lead you to uncharted waters and find creativity and innovation. Why …because greatness lies within you.

    Learn more about the intuitive leader in my new book:
    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.


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

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  • feedwordpress 10:42:25 on 2017/03/14 Permalink
    Tags: Authority, , , , management, Power,   

    The Forgotten Skill That Will Make You a Better Leader 

    It’s easy to tell a good leader from a bad one—but how do you tell a good leader from a great leader? That secret lies in their forgotten skill.

    Many people who move into leadership positions get caught up in thinking that power is the way to build great leadership, when in fact it’s just the opposite.

    Power come to those who are great leaders. It happens when they are able to take responsibility—not just for themselves but for others.

    As with so many things, if you have to tell people you’re in power, your power isn’t that genuine.

    If you aspire to achieve greatness in leadership, it’s a must that you develop a healthy relationship with power.

    Here are some of the hallmarks of the leaders who have done so:

    They create a framework others can follow.

    People need a map, a guide, a blueprint to help them know which direction they need to follow. It is the leader’s responsibility to show them a path and a vision. When you have that framework in place, it provides focus and discipline, and those who resonate with it will follow without being told.

    They’ve earned people’s trust.

    Earning trust is crucial; people need to have confidence in their leader. When there is no trust, people will alienate themselves from those in authority. Great leaders who have earned the trust and confidence of their people  know that their team is inspired, committed and motivated.

    They invite feedback and criticism.

    It’s the responsibility of a leader to invite open criticism. When you make it to the top, many people will tell you what you want to hear, but that’s not how you learn. Great leaders aren’t interested in the shallow validation of hearing how great they are. Instead, they take on the responsibility of making sure they know about their mistakes and weaknesses.

    They set the standard for integrity.

    It is a leader’s responsibility to implement, develop, monitor and enforce ethical behavior. Integrity starts from the top and moves throughout an organization. Responsible leaders hold a mindset that cares for the needs of others and takes citizenship seriously. Each action and word must meet a moral and ethical baseline.

    They know leadership is not about them.

    It’s about others. The leader may hold power and authority, but those things come with obligations. Leadership is ultimately an act of service. It’s impossible to treat it otherwise and achieve greatness.

    With great power comes great responsibility—not only to yourself but also to those you lead. As a leader, you must always be willing to show accountability and to respect and serve others. The true source of power is not titles or bank accounts but service and responsibility.

    Lead from within: The forgotten skill that will make you a better leader is knowing that the price of power is paid with responsibility. As Plato stated, the measure of man is what he does when he is in power.

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