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    The Skills You Need to Be a Successful Leader 


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    The foundation of successful leadership is a set of specific skills. You may have earned a leadership position through a combination of knowledge, aptitude and hard work, but once you get there you need new skills and attributes as well. Here are some of the most important:

    Security in yourself. Leading others is sometimes daunting, and it leaves you open to new levels of scrutiny and criticism. As a leader, you need to know who you are and be confident in yourself. Accept that you won’t please everyone and be prepared to take it in stride when people disagree .

    Knowing when to take a stand. Every leader experiences moments when they have what feels like a great idea but the tides are against them. You need to be able to stand firm in your judgment and trust your own sense of direction, balanced with the humility to consider the opinions and those around you.

    Getting people to buy into your leadership. Some people will respect you automatically as a leader; others may not be as welcoming. Some may even try to sabotage your leadership. Gain trust by committing to honesty and transparency, by stating clear expectations and goals, and by welcoming all ideas.

    Managing your emotions. A leader who cannot manage their emotions well can wreak havoc on an organization, seriously damaging employee morale, retention and ultimately the bottom line. Every reaction you display as a leader–positive or negative–has the potential to influence the success of your team and organization.

    Being philosophical about failure. Research says that successful leaders have made more mistakes in their careers than the people they were promoted over. Anything worth doing takes repeated effort, and failure is part of the process. You became a leader because you had the guts and smarts to lead, not because you’re  always right.

    Learning to follow. Great leaders must be followers too. Becoming the a great leader means developing the leadership skills of those on your team, and that sometimes means putting a subordinate in charge of a project, supporting them while giving them room to succeed (or fail and then succeed) on their own.

    Managing crisis leadership. During a crisis people are most in need of strong leadership and most appreciative to have it. Prepare in advance for every crisis that can hit, from a data breach to a natural disaster to an industry-wide downturn, so you can provide direction and respond in a timely and organized manner.

    Embracing your leadership presence. To be a successful leader you need to learn how to lead with presence. That means developing the ability to take command of a room, to assume a leadership role in a variety of groups and settings, to share your thoughts and opinions with confidence, and to communicate persuasively, striking a balance between speaking and listening.

    Lead from within: To be a successful leader you must have the skills to lead. Develop them now and they will serve you well throughout your career.

     

     


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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 08:00:50 on 2019/07/11 Permalink
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    7 Important Traits of the Leaders People Want to Follow 


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    Anyone can call themselves a leader. But not every leader is followed with admiration and respect. Many people are in leadership because they’ve been given a leadership position , but earning the title of leader is a different story.

    As a leadership coach, I have seen many people who have the stature, the title, the salary, and the corner office that says they’re the boss, but without the respect of their team. Their people don’t want to converse with them or follow them—and that means true leadership is missing.

    Leadership is about inspiring and motivating others do great things, and for me that’s the best test of effective leadership. To be a great leader isn’t easy—it means hard work and a daily commitment to serving others. This kind of leader isn’t easy to find, but here’s how you can recognize them:

    1. They have a character worth following. A leader who keeps their word, in good times and in difficulty, demonstrates integrity and high moral qualities. Their word is their bond and you know you can trust them in any circumstance.

    2. They embody inspirational courage. Leadership is not without its blunders and mishaps, and it takes a strong and solid individual to stay strong when the chips are down. When a leader maintains their dignity in times of deepest trouble, they inspire others to do the same.

    3. They give respect to earns respect. Most leaders expect to be respected, but the best leaders give respect first. They know the importance of honoring others, recognizing their talents and skills, and appreciating their contributions. A leader who gives respect will always get respect back.

    4. They’re there when they’re needed. Leadership carries big responsibilities, and it’s easy to become overly busy and preoccupied. But the leaders people trust, those who are in the know, are those who make the time to be available. They spend time with their most important asset—their people—to be the kind of boss people know they can talk to and rely on.

    5. They see things most people don’t see. It’s important to look past the details and process to open up room for vision and keep an eye on the big picture. Leaders worth following make it a practice to go beyond the status quo and look for the things that most people don’t see.

    6. They help people do things they didn’t think were possible. Even when we’re working at our best, many of us don’t get ever feel we’re growing into a better version of ourselves. The key is finding someone who believes in us. The leader who makes you feel and think you can do better—who knows you are better—is the leader you’re happy to follow wherever they lead. People will always step up to the plate to live up to a leader’s high expectations.

    7. They know their work is bigger than themselves. Most of us think of our sphere of influence in small terms. Great leaders are always thinking more widely—considering those around them and those beyond them. Leaders who think big help us climb out of the boxes we put ourselves into. They’re determined to make an impact on the communities where they live and work.

    Lead from within: You always want to be following a leader who makes you feel think and do things beyond your own scope of being.

     


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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 12:26:45 on 2017/05/02 Permalink
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    The Leadership Gap Between You And Your Greatness 


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    Chris LoCurto, Lolly Daskal,

     

    Confidence is believing you’re able,
    Competence is knowing you’re able.

     

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    On today’s show we have Lolly Daskal, who is phenomenal at everything she does, and she is helping CEOs and businesses to accomplish. She is the founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference. Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine, and Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World.

    After sending out proposal after proposal for a new book, one publishing house finally asked Lolly, “What have you been training, teaching, and doing successfully the last 3 decades? That’s what we want to hear.”

    Then came The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness, a powerful system about who we choose to be while we’re leading. For every leadership style we have, there is a gap, and it can cost us in our greatness. With each archetype there is the light and the dark, the greatness and the gap. It’s a system you can learn and teach in teams, a shortcut in language to push each leader to greatness.

    Get The Leadership Gap Assessment (a $97 value for FREE) when you pre-order The Leadership Gap Book here: http://bit.ly/2peCLGS

    On this episode, you will discover:

      • The 30 year old leadership system that led Lolly to success in executive coaching and leadership
      • Which archetype Lolly coaches me on personally
      • The Re-think model
      • The 7 different leadership archetypes in your business
      • The greatness and the gap for the 7 types of leaders
      • How to use the 7 archetypes on your team
      • Why it’s important to know your archetype
      • How your archetype can give you purpose and a legacy

    Question: Which archetype do you most relate to, and how do you navigate?

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  • feedwordpress 09:14:41 on 2017/04/25 Permalink
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    How the Imposter in You Can Derail Your Leadership 


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    Lead From Within, Lolly Daskal, Imposter Syndrome

    How many times in your life have you wanted to achieve something significant but were stopped by an inner voice?

    How many times in your leadership have you wanted to move to the next level but heard something inside saying, “No, you’re not ready”?

    These voice—the one that tells you you’re not good enough, smart enough, capable enough, worthy enough, or ready for the next step—is the voice of the imposter within you. The imposter wants to hold you back and prevent you from doing the things you dream about. It’s sabotaging you in the guise of protecting you.

    The imposter’s voice is the voice of fear—fear of vulnerability, fear of shame—and it will work to keep you from trying new things or taking bold action. Here are five ways the imposter can derail your leadership:

    The imposter compares. Most of us spend too much time looking over our shoulder to see how successful, how accomplished, how smart someone else is and how we measure up. There will always be someone who appears to be smarter, better, faster, wiser, leaner than you are. It can be exhausting trying to keep up with everyone, and comparing yourself to others leads to nothing but frustration. Measure your accomplishments within yourself. Don’t look at others but ask yourself daily what you can do better tomorrow.

    The imposter wants to please everyone. When you feel insufficient it’s a short leap to wanting to always please everyone, even though you know it’s impossible. Trying to please all is a no-win situation; leadership is not about pleasing people but empowering them—and that means sometimes pushing them to the edge of their discomfort zone. If you’re trying to please everyone you are doing harm to your leadership.

    The imposter is an overachiever. When your to-do list that is longer than you can manage, you need to step back. Delegate to the gifted and talented people you’ve surrounded yourself with. When you do, you help keep your own workload manageable and you empower others to lead and grow.

    The imposter is a perfectionist. There are few things more unhealthy than an either-or system in which you’re either perfect or a failure. Perfection isn’t real, and the sooner a leader knows that the less they will feel like an imposter. Don’t reach for perfection but concentrate doing your best to the best of your ability in a way that shows people that what you do you take pride in. Remember that your actions send a message to those you lead.

    The imposter feels like a fraud. The saying “fake it till you make it” is certainly popular. But it can be a damaging message. Pretending to be something else while you’re trying to figure it out isn’t authentic or genuine. Don’t fight the imposter by pretending that you deserve your success—learn to believe it, and then let the rest fall into place.

    Lead from within. The imposter within you will try to sabotage you and play havoc with who you are and what you can accomplish. The only effective way to combat it is to take full charge of your capabilities and competence and lead with confidence, because greatness lies within you.
     
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