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  • feedwordpress 08:00:10 on 2020/06/30 Permalink
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    Why Every Leader Needs to Spend Time Alone 


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    Studies have long shown that chronic loneliness and isolation are damaging to people’s mental and physical health. But a balanced amount of time spent alone has clear benefits—and depending on your temperament, it may be a necessity. It can even help strengthen your leadership. Here’s how:

    Improved social relationships. At first glance, it doesn’t make sense to improve your social relationships by being alone . But when you take the time to look inward, defining your needs and priorities, your social life will be better spent. Similarly, time alone can improve your relationships at work. And the better your relationships, the happier and more productive you’ll be—as a human and as a leader.

    Improved creativity. The best way to foster creativity is to take the time to give yourself a framework of goals, outcomes, objectives and results. If you don’t slow down to do this work you will find yourself going around in circles. And once you’ve determined a destination, getting and staying in touch with your creativity requires the kind of deep dives that are best accomplished alone.

    Improved confidence. Many leaders subscribe to the mantra fake it till you make it, but as a leadership coach I have seen this approach cause far too many implosions. Instead, lead from within by developing an understanding of who you are and what you’re good at. From there you can build on your strengths and leverage your weaknesses in authentic ways that benefit both you and those you lead. It’s a deeply rewarding process, one that will benefit you in every way, and it requires spending the kind of focused time and energy that you can find only when you’re alone.

    Improved emotional regulation. Most leaders have a thousand things coming at them all at once. Those who spend some daily time centering themselves in quiet meditation, prayer, or thought are able take it in stride. Those who never give their nerves a break from the constant overstimulation and chaos of the work day are far more likely to react badly as soon as something goes off track.

    Improved decision making. When decisions need to be made—and especially when they need to be made quickly—the best leaders take a moment to themselves. They aren’t stalling—they’re making a peaceful space to review their options, make sure they’re thinking clearly and accounting for everything. A little focused time yields clear, well-thought-out decisions.

    Many people, especially those who are extroverts by nature, may find it hard to spend time alone. But if you can develop a regular practice of closing your door to the world, you’ll give yourself time with your thoughts and a space for your mind to wander in new directions. Time alone can be restorative, building your confidence, creativity, and productivity, and helping you better engage with others.

    Lead from within: Give yourself a break and spend some more time alone so you can become the leader you are meant to be.

     


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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 08:00:35 on 2020/04/30 Permalink
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    If Humility’s So Important, Why Are So Many Leaders So Arrogant 


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    The importance of humility is practically a cornerstone of leadership. So why are so many leaders so arrogant?

    Anywhere leadership is being discussed and defined, humility is a key concept. It shows up in books and articles and at leadership conferences around the world. But clearly many leaders are not embracing the concept—at least not for themselves. As a leadership coach, I have the privilege of access to a wide range of leaders at every level, affording me a good perspective on broad issues. Here’s what the leaders I know are telling me about humility:

    Humility isn’t even in the top ten qualities of great leaders. I’ve argued this point many times. A leader says, “If you think of the top ten skills of a leader you never see humility.” My response: Even if you don’t see the word, you definitely see what humility stands for. As a leader, you show humility when you listen and care about others. It’s about placing yourself in someone else’s shoes—not a quality to take lightly. Arrogance means giving yourself credit and power, but humility believes in bringing out the power within people.

    Humility is a form of weakness. An important reason that leaders don’t embrace humility is the idea that it comes across as weak—and no one wants to be thought of as weak. It’s that same fear of being seen as weak that drives arrogant leaders to put themselves and their personal agendas ahead of organizational objectives and the common good. Those who lead with humility, on the other hand, work to support, inspire and develop others. They teach others the best of what they know and they help others achieve. It’s the ultimate form of strength.

    Humility gets a bad rap. Traditional leadership thinking dictates that we can’t be humble and confident at the same time. The assumption among too many executives is that competition—between companies, between teams and between individuals—leaves no room for recognizing or practicing humility. But in truth there is a core of humility in every genuinely confident leader. They don’t have to lead with arrogance to get people’s attention.

    At the end of the day, no one likes dealing with arrogant leaders. Even if they come across as strong or powerful, they are rarely accorded trust or respect. Arrogant leaders suffer from an overinflated ego—they believe they matter most.

    Those who lead from humility and fearlessness don’t have to lead with their ego. They never feel the need to bully others, sideline their competitors or take credit they haven’t earned. They know who they are and therefore they’re not afraid to shine the light on others.

    Lead from within: The biggest difference between humility and arrogance is that  a leader who leads with humility is focused on serving others, while an arrogant leader is focused on being served by others.

     


    #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 08:00:57 on 2020/03/31 Permalink
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    How The Worst Of Times Can Bring Out The Best In People 


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    As we spend even more time than usual glued to our screens, we’re all seeing people whose attitudes and behavior are disheartening—and in some cases, disgusting. But for every example of someone exploiting the pandemic for profit or airing divisive and abhorrent beliefs, there are many more stories of people stepping up in courage and selflessness. I truly believe that these terrible times are, for the most part, bringing out the best in people.

    For leaders at every level, in every situation, bringing out your best means leading from within—thinking of others above yourself. And it’s something we all can practice right where we are. Here are a few acts of kindness you can do to help the worst of times bring out the best of who we are:

    Reach out. If you’re feeling isolated and fearful, remember that many others are experiencing the same things. Make a list of people you can get in touch with to say hello and ask how they are—colleagues, neighbors, family members.

    Don’t fix, just listen. Solving problems energizes many leaders, but in challenging times most people just want someone to listen and be there for them, to hear their words and acknowledge what is being said. Listening is often the best thing you can do to help someone feel better.

    Be generous. Most people wait to give until they are asked. But especially in these tough times, look for ways you can help and places you can give. Don’t wait to be asked. Even if you have little to give, give a what you can.

    Speak kind words. With so many people experiencing disappointment, loss and uncertainty, kind words are more important than ever. They make the world a softer, safer place—for the person hearing them and the person speaking them.

    Be present. In difficult times we’re all inclined to focus on ourselves and our own survival and well-being, but being present with another does much more to defuse stress and disarm anxiety. Whether you’re physically distant or spending more time than usual in close quarters, work to stay connected and present in the lives of those you care about.

    Practice gratitude. Challenges can either break us or build us up. The best way to survive with your spirit intact is by being mindful of what really matters and appreciating what you have.

    At times like this, it’s easy to turn our thoughts inward toward fear and isolation. But if there’s a thread of grace in this moment, it’s the opportunity to slow down, reflect and engage in small acts of kindness. Take a moment every day to ask yourself what really matters, and the worst of times can bring out the best of what you have to offer.

    Lead from within: When you lead from within, you allow your heart to guide you and your actions to serve humanity. Show love. Show compassion. Show that you care.

     

     


    #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

     


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  • feedwordpress 09:00:05 on 2020/03/05 Permalink
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    How Great Leaders Unlock The Potential in Others  


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    If you’re like most leaders, you don’t want your people to settle for doing good work—you want them to do great work. That means part of your charge is to bring out the best of who they are and what they do. Here are some of the most important ways top leaders help their people discover their potential and fully express it:

    Establish a foundation of trust. Open up workplace conversations beyond day-to-day performance, and establish an atmosphere of trust and acceptance. People need to know that a development discussion is different standard performance review—it’s not just about what people do well and what they could improve, but about their aptitudes and interests, where they want to be and how you can help them get there.

    Give people a chance. Show people you believe in them by giving them opportunities to stretch their limits. Most leaders are too worried about minimizing the risk of failure when they should be focusing on maximizing the possibility of wild success. Look for any chance to help unlock new potential.

    Coach and invest. Great leaders know the importance of investing in their people. When you nurture and support others, they will blossom and grow. Any leader who is too preoccupied with anything else to attend to their people has forgotten the essence of their purpose.

    Provide opportunities to stretch. Great leaders provide challenging opportunities because they understand that giving someone a good challenge, one that comes with a real stretch, allows them to develop and unlock their own potential. They set a high bar and provide support to those working to reach it.

    Give regular feedback. We all have our blind spots, and a great leader is often the person who can tactfully help people see their own weaknesses and how they may be getting in the way of their effectiveness and advancement. Done right, regular feedback is a gift that nourishes a person’s growth without destroying their roots.

    Monitor, measure and reward. Don’t give up on people too easily. Work together to improve performance. You may find that people have more potential than you think they do. If you believe in them, they will meet you at your confidence. And remember that holding people accountable for their performance includes giving them credit for their accomplishments.

    People need to own their own learning and career path. But your ability as their leader to cultivate potential can have a great influence on them—as well as on your own reputation and effectiveness as a leader.

    Lead from within: Everyone has the potential to be great. Often all that is required is the coaching and belief of another person to convert that potential to reality.

     


    #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 09:00:20 on 2020/02/24 Permalink
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    How to Help Your Team Feel Their Purpose at Work 


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    Studies have confirmed what we already know: employees with a strong sense of purpose are likely to be not only happier but also more effective, more productive and more results-oriented. Purpose-driven professionals are extremely valuable talent. So why are the organizations that foster a sense of purpose so scarce?

    There are lots of reasons. Shrinking budgets, bad leadership, inflated demands all contribute to the loss of purpose. In far too many workplaces, you’ll find individuals who are working harder and putting in longer hours but without much conviction. The resulting culture is one of demotivation and disengagement.

    For everyone to be at their best, it’s important to encourage ever individual on your team to stay connected to their sense of purpose. Here are some ways to make it happen:

    Make it personal. Purpose can’t come from a directive; it has to be felt. It’s not enough to talk about it. You need to show it and live it every day to set the tone.

    Connect to a greater cause. For people to feel a sense of pride in what they do, they need to know that they are making a difference in people’s lives. If you can connect the success of your organization to the benefit of society at large, to show how it serves a greater cause, people will find not only pride but also meaning in their day-to-day grind.

    Offer frequent recognition. Give people frequent recognition for their work, showing how it contributes to the greater goals of the organization. When you do, people feel valued and connected, and they want to do more and be more.

    Promote self-development. When you provide opportunities for ongoing training and development, both professionally and personally, you energize people and set them up for long-term success. Investing in your people is an effective way to keep them motivated, loyal and connected to a sense of purpose.

    Spread the positivity. To deepen connections between your team and the people they’re serving in their work, encourage group or individual involvement in a volunteer project—ideally one related to the work you do. For example, if you work for a publisher, look for a program working with adult literacy or children’s reading. Encourage mentorship and shared expertise, too. As a bonus, the bonds between team members will be strengthened as well.

    Keep purpose at the center. When you center your team and your own leadership on shared purpose, it becomes internalized and in time grows to become the focus of the workplace culture. For your team to know who they are and how they make a difference all starts by leading from within.

    Purpose is a grand word, but in the end, it’s about serving and benefiting others. If you keep that in mind and lead from within, you’re certain to find success.

    Lead from within: Purpose is a powerful tool for leaders who want to bring their best to work and inspire others to do the same.

     


    #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 How to Help Your Team Feel Their Purpose at Work appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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