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  • feedwordpress 08:00:13 on 2019/03/12 Permalink
    Tags: Afraid, , , , , , management, , ,   

    How Can You Tell If Your Leader Is Afraid Of You 


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    We tend to think of leaders as people who are focused on serving others, dedicated to the mission of the work they do, and committed to their people. Unfortunately—as in every field—some people in leadership positions are threatened by those they lead, especially those who embody the qualities they lack as a leader.

    How can you tell if your leader is freaked out by your competence or confidence? Here are some signs to look for:

    Constantly shutting you down. Your boss shuts down every great idea you bring up and disagrees with your creative solutions without any reason.

    Stealing your ideas. When you have a great idea at work and your boss doesn’t stomp on it, they find a way to stall you long enough to steal it and claim it as their own.

    Restricts your access to high-level people in other departments. Your boss tells you to funnel all communications through him or her rather than going directly to anyone outside your department. Fearful bosses tend to be very controlling.

    Finding fault in everything you do. You get positive feedback from everyone else, but you’re constantly under your boss’s skin.

    Failing to respond. Your boss regularly cancels your meetings, forgets to return your calls and emails, and generally doesn’t seem to have you anywhere on their priority list.

    Micromanaging you. Your boss keeps dictating process details and checking up on your work.

    Ignoring you. You’re shut out of decision making and don’t have access to strategy sessions.

    Giving you low-level assignments. Your manager takes away your highest-impact and highest-visibility projects and leaves you with low-priority busy work.

    Leaders are only human and they, too, can be afraid and feel threatened by others. It’s not a good thing but it is sometimes an unfortunate reality. Don’t make it into anything bigger than it is—do your job and do it well, and let your talent speak for itself. At the same time, keep good documentation in case you ever have to report mismanagement or defend yourself, and consider moving to a different workplace where your talents and skills will be appreciated.

    Lead from within: Insecure leaders show their fears in the way they treat others.

     


     

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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 08:00:30 on 2019/03/11 Permalink
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    This is the Best Way to Manage Your Team 


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    In business, today we seem to focus more on the exciting parts of our work—innovation and creativity—and less on the day-to-day requirements of leadership. It’s great when you have an organization that’s all about speed, agility, innovation, and creative thought, but it’s your job as the leader to make sure that people understand the vision, that the work’s getting done, that the necessary results are being achieved. Without leadership, you won’t have coherence or consistency—or success.

    A great leader needs an extensive set of skills, from planning and delegation to communication and motivation. It’s tempting to focus your growth and development on the areas where you’re already comfortable or those that offer the most excitement. But for long-term success, it’s wise to analyze your skills across the board and challenge yourself to improve in every area.

    Here are some of the most important everyday things you can do to lead your team well:

    Maintain good communication. As a leader, you have to keep everyone informed about projects, goals, and deadlines, so it’s essential that you communicate well. When you are open with your team they’ll be open with you, creating opportunity for dialogues, feedback, and any questions or issues they want to address (and shutting down gossip and rumor mills in the process).

    Build meaningful relationships. Get to know members of your team individually—personally as well as professionally. When you put the effort in to get to know a bit more about the people you work with, and you better understand who they are and what they do, everyone works more productively and effectively.

    Delegate effectively. Delegation is key to great leadership. People perform better and are more engaged in their roles and responsibilities when they feel their skills and talents are recognized and put to use, and when you know the strengths and goals of each person it becomes easier to delegate strategically. The benefits are twofold: Your team members grow and learn under your supervision, and you can achieve much more.

    Manage conflict. When there is conflict—and there is always conflict—make sure not to ignore it but to address it and manage it. Turning a blind eye or hoping it goes away on its own can lead to a negative atmosphere, which in turn can affect the whole team and ripple out into the organization. It is crucial to address and manage conflicts in way that people feel understood and know that a solution can be reached.

    Be decisive. To lead a team well you have to be decisive, willing to hold strong opinions along with an open mind. Decisiveness doesn’t mean you aren’t open to learning but that you have a clear vision and can translate it into bottom-line decisions. Strong decision making that aligns with your organization’s values and the needs of your team brings great results.

    Appreciate hard work. Don’t be one of these leaders who doesn’t respect effort or who thinks hard work is just the minimum that people should do. Express appreciation for effort and hard work and do it often, because those who feel recognized and valued will continue to work harder than those who don’t. Appreciation builds confidence and engagement.

    Lead by example. People look up to leaders. They are constantly watching you and seeking your guidance, support and coaching, so it’s imperative that you set a good example, Whatever expectations you have of others, set the example yourself. Act in the ways you want others to emulate.

    Lead from within: There are many ways to manage a team, but to lead a team takes range of specific skills that are practiced and repeated daily.


     

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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 09:00:56 on 2019/03/07 Permalink
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    A Big Leadership Lesson from a Small Spider 


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    There’s a story about Robert the Bruce (Robert I), a 14th-century king of Scotland. As he was struggling to protect his kingdom against the English, he found himself driven from his castle and forced to flee to keep from being taken prisoner. Feeling completely defeated and at a loss about what to do next, he took refuge in a cave.

    Soon he spotted a small spider spinning its web. He watched as the spider would spin and then stop, spin and stop. Each time it didn’t make a move for a long while, he thought it had given up and failed in its task. But each time it eventually started again, moving with slow determination. And in time, after many stops and starts, it completed its web.

    The king reflected on the three characteristics that made the spider successful—patience, awareness, and determination—and set out to apply them to his own situation.

    To gain patience, he cleared and sat quietly until he found himself calming down and collecting his composure.

    To cultivate awareness, he thought about the situation he was in and what it would take for him to survive in the short term and continue ruling his country. This awareness not only calmed him down but also allowed him to see things in a new way, removing some of the darkness he’d been under.

    To embody determination, he thought about coming out of the cave ready to fight and do whatever it would take to regain his kingdom.

    The king left the cave with patience, awareness and determination. The fight was long and difficult, with its own starts and stops, but within a few years Scotland prevailed and gained its independence.

    That little spider, gone for centuries, changed the course of history. And we can still apply its lessons today.

    When you find yourself in a challenging situation, ask yourself how you can attain patience. It is patience—with yourself, with your circumstances, and with your thinking—that will give you the wisdom to find new solutions to old problems.

    When you feel everything is conspiring against you, ask yourself what awareness you need to cultivate. Awareness can help you understand that even when you cannot change a situation, you can always change yourself. Developing the ability to tolerate negative circumstances will make you rethink who you are as a leader.

    When you want to give up, ask yourself how you can dig a little bit deeper to find your determination. Great leadership comes from embodying grit, using your inner strength to persist, not allowing any setbacks to stop you from moving toward your mission.

    Leadership lessons are all around us. If a king can learn the most important lesson of his life from a spider, how much can we learn from the people, the things and the opportunities we experience every day if we stay open and pay attention?

    Lead from within: Some of your most valuable leadership lessons will come from unexpected sources. What will you take away?

     


    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 09:00:01 on 2019/03/05 Permalink
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    The Worst Mistakes You Can Make at Work 


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    We all have witnessed or heard stories of inappropriate workplace behavior—not just everyday mistakes or issues, but the kind of things that get people fired and cause long-term career damage.

    You may feel that nothing like that will ever happen to you, but knowledge is the best prevention. Here are nine of the most damaging things you can do on the job:

    Losing control of your emotions. Whether you experience frustration, irritation, worry, anger, dislike or unhappiness, learn how to manage your emotions at work constructively. Even if everything you’re feeling is 100 percent justified, emotional outbursts are never appropriate.

    Saying one thing and doing another. When you make promises, people hold you accountable. And when you say one thing and do another, people lose trust in you—and once trust is lost, it’s hard to win back. Your reputation depends on keeping your word.

    Burning bridges. The things that matter most in the course of your career are the people you work with and the connections you make. The last thing you want to do is burn any of those bridges, however tempting it may be. We live in a small world, and you never know whose help or goodwill you may need down the road.

    Gossiping. Gossiping is bad for a multitude of reasons, but it still happens on a regular basis. No matter how bad the consequences, gossip seems to be human nature. But especially when it comes to gossip that does real harm to someone, it accomplishes nothing but making you look negative, vindictive and untrustworthy.

    Taking credit for someone else’s work. Taking credit for someone else’s work isn’t just unethical and dishonest, it rarely fools anyone. What people come away with is the sense that you haven’t accomplished anything significant on your own and that you have no respect for your colleagues, making you look even worse.

    Backstabbing. Backstabbers specialize in saying wrong things at the wrong time to the wrong people. It may be disguised as assertiveness or self-defense, but backstabbing is incredibly destructive behavior that harms everyone involved and ruins good teams.

    Self-aggrandizement. Bragging, even when it’s justified, is seen as a show of weakness more than strength. Confidence is silent and insecurities are loud. It’s always tempting to toot your own horn, especially when you’re proud of something you’ve accomplished. You can make your point more graciously by instead bragging on your co-workers’ role in a successful project.

    Lead from within: Some mistakes can be costly, so it’s good to be aware of them and to know your own weaknesses so you can steer clear at work.

     


     

    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

     


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  • feedwordpress 09:00:27 on 2019/03/04 Permalink
    Tags: , empowerment, , , management, , ,   

    How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Others 


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    Learning how to bring out the best in others is one of the most important things you will ever do as a leader.

    Once you have confidence in yourself and feel you’re on the road to being the person you want to be, it’s time to focus on bringing out the best in others. Here are some of the top ways you can empower those you serve as leader:

    Appraise them carefully. The best way to start is with evaluation. If you give inexperienced people too much responsibility or authority too soon, you could be setting them up to fail. On the other hand, if you move too slowly, people will feel bored, discouraged or demoralized. People genuinely want to succeed, and as a leader it’s your job to appraise and evaluate them so you can equip them with what they need in order to develop.

    Model the way. Even the most successful people expect their leaders to provide an example. You have the opportunity—and the obligation—to show people how to lead. Model the attitude, the work ethic and the standards you want to see in others.

    Believe in their success. As a leader, you need to make people to believe they can succeed and show them that you want and expect them to. People need to hear that you believe in them. Tell them often that you know they are going to succeed and give them reinforcements as often as you can. Once people recognize that you genuinely want to see them do well and are committed to helping them, they will begin to believe they can accomplish what you give them to do.

    Provide feedback. As a leader, it is your responsibility to give people honest, positive feedback and to mentor and coach them through their mistakes and misjudgments. Feedback should never feel like criticism but should communicate empathy and caring.

    Give them power. Many people in leadership are willing to give others responsibility—they will gladly delegate tasks—but empowering others means sharing your power and ability to get things done. People become strong and effective only when they are given the opportunity to make decisions, act to solve problems and meet challenges.

    Offer public praise. Tell people publicly how much confidence you have in them. As you raise people up, show them your confidence in them and you will find how quickly they’ll live up to your expectations.

    Give autonomy. The best way to see people succeed is to release them to continue on their own. Give them the skills to make decisions and succeed, then give them the autonomy to do it for themselves.

    Bringing out the best in others is a win all around—it frees you up as a leader to have more time for the important things, and it can increase the effectiveness of your team and company. Most of all, though, it’s the right thing to do.

    Lead from within: When you bring out the best in others, you have an incredibly positive impact on the lives of the people you empower.
     


    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: iStock Photo

    The post How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Others appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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