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  • feedwordpress 11:56:44 on 2016/11/22 Permalink
    Tags: , Insight. Positivity, , , , Leadership Superpowers, , Modesty, , Persuasion, purpose, Tenacity,   

    7 Superpowers That Will Make You a Great Leader 

    screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-6-54-15-amAs leaders, we all wield significant power—but not the old-model version of bossing people around and yelling “you’re fired!” if they don’t make the grade.

    True power calls us to connect with others and to connect them with their own strengths, encourage them and lead them toward places they wouldn’t normally go to on their own.

    That’s the best kind of power, but it can easily fall through the cracks of day-to-day leadership.

    As an executive leadership coach, I sometimes find myself having to remind my clients of how powerful they really are, and the ways in which they can exercise that power.

    Here are 7 types of power so effective that they’re practically superpowers:

    1. Persuasion. Your ability to persuade others—to win them over to your point of view and inspire them to action—is grounded in your relationship with that person and in your own integrity. When you carry out your own role with excellence and a commitment to serving others, you can persuade others with genuine authority.

    2. Positivity. To stay positive in the worst times, when everyone around you has given in to negativity, automatically elevates your work and message. Positivity gives hope and purpose to others when they need it most and leads your team to the highest level of accomplishment.

    3. Observation. Many people are too busy to even notice their surroundings or their circumstances. Sometimes the power of a great leader comes from the simple act of slowing down enough to take a look around and assess what you see. Observation allows you to pinpoint problems and issues—and their solutions—early on.

    4. Decisiveness. While others pride themselves on being a great thinkers, great leaders understand the power of decisiveness. They observe and assess, then act quickly and confidently without second-guessing their conclusions. Even if you get it wrong once in a while, you’ll still outperform those who are slow to act.

    5. Modesty. It may go against intuition, but modesty is a secret weapon of some of the greatest leaders. When you’re modest you stay teachable and humble, no matter how much you already know. You see yourself as a servant and a student more than a master, and you exhibit a willingness to engage with others that leads to respect.

    6. Tenacity.  If you could have only one leadership superpower, this is the one you’d want. In many situations it’s the factor that determines your chances for success. When everything around you is falling apart and you respond with determination, courage, persistence, and strength, that’s character. And genuine character is the highest form of power.

    7.  Insight. Vision is one of the most important factors in leadership, and insight is the highest form of vision. With insight you really can see around corners and through walls to know what’s really going on and gain a feel for the underlying issues. A single moment of insight can be as powerful as a lifetime of experience—but it’s a skill that has to be built and nurtured.

    Lead from within: It may feel vain to consider your sources of power, but they’re the things you need to fulfill the responsibilities of leadership—and the more you understand them, the stronger they become.

    Additional articles you may enjoy:

    1. Your Leadership Requires You to Have Guts
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  • feedwordpress 11:18:06 on 2016/10/18 Permalink
    Tags: , Every Day Rituals, , , purpose, Smart Leadership,   

    How to Tell You’re Dumbing Down Your Leadership 

    screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-7-06-22-amIt’s important to realize that just because someone holds a position of leadership, doesn’t necessarily mean they should lead.

    Leadership is complex.

    For some leaders see it principally as the power to direct other people; for others, it’s about inspiring people so they feel they can do the impossible; and for some it’s centered on being a visionary.

    But there are some leaders, that don’t try, don’t care, don’t see and don’t lead.

    The dumbest thing you can do as a leader is to take your position for granted.

    However you approach your leadership, recognize its complexity and resist the temptation to dumb it down

    We must always remember, leadership is a privilege.

    Here are six ways to keep your leadership smart and to stop dumbing it down.

    Read every day. Don’t allow your leadership to become empty-minded or fall into a rut. Make a habit of daily reading that challenges you and has an impact on how you think, both creatively and logically.

    Learn something new. There’s always something new to learn if you’re paying attention. Get to know the people around you and give yourself the benefit of their expertise.

    Keep developing new skills. No matter how talented you are, your talent will fail you if you’re not skilled. Skill is achievement practiced, so work hard, and dedicate time for yourself to improve every single day.

    Cultivate being a better listener. Everything around you holds answers if you learn to listen. When you speak you are only repeating what you already know, but if you listen you can learn something new.

    Track your objectivity. Work to recognize and neutralize any bias you might have. We all have something we have to fight in this area, and it isn’t an easy task. But the reward is a level of credibility and respect that makes it a fight worth waging.

    Work on developing foresight. If you want to see the future, look at the past. It will give you the insight you need to create the foresight for the future. Be a student of history—of the world, of your country and state, of your field, of your organization and your competitors.

    Learn how to manage conflict. One study found that 10 percent of most conflicts are due to difference in opinion and 90 percent are due to someone using the wrong tone of voice. If you want to be an effective leader, conflict management is essential.

    You can either play dumb or be smart. Fight to be wiser, smarter, better.

    Lead From Within: Leadership is an opportunity to truly make an impact—not to dumb things down but to bring things up.

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  • nmw 18:35:30 on 2014/10/07 Permalink
    Tags: acquire, acquiring, acquisition, acquisitions, , communications, companies, company, corporate, corporation, corporations, function, organization, organizational, organizations, purpose, role, startup, startups   

    Bypassing corporate communications, marketing, and customer care to obtain information? 

    We saw this ten years ago with social media – people were bypassing corporate communications, marketing, and customer care to obtain information from each other.

    http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/2014/10/06/what-it-means-to-business-when-the-crowd-becomes-a-company-2/

    I don’t think people were actually bypassing corporate communications — they were simply corporate communications of a different kind. Most so-called social media websites are nothing other than corporate blogs (and quite often the organizations that control these corporate blogs censor the content according to organizational rules [which are usually explicated in these organizations’ “Terms of Service”])

    Before that time, Google served a quite similar role / purpose / function.

    In the meantime, Google has become increasingly involved in acquiring startup companies that might compete with its own business.

    In the future, the organizational structure that will bring people together will increasingly be based in natural language information retrieval, and corporate branding and brand names will become ever less significant.

     
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