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  • feedwordpress 09:00:58 on 2018/11/26 Permalink
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    A Year-end Checklist That Will Make You a Much Better Leader 

    As with everything in life, if you want to improve you need to see where you are and where you want to go. To succeed (or stay successful) in leadership, you need to see what you did this past year and where you want to go in the new year.

    On the other hand, the best leaders know that progress isn’t something you check in on once a year. Progress and success can be achieved only through continuous improvements.

    Effective leadership can be mastered, and a leadership checklist is an effective tool for making it happen. A solid year-end checkup will make you a better leader—today, tomorrow, and every day of the year.

    Here’s my checklist. Try it out and see how you score:

    Did you lead with character? Is what you said the same as what you did? Describing you as a leader, will people cite your character?

    Did you create a compelling vision? Were you able to translate your personal goals into a compelling vision that people can rally around?

    Did you identify next steps?  Did you articulate goals, roles and responsibilities so everyone could be successful in their own right?

    Did you think strategically? Did you set forth a pragmatic strategy for achieving both short- and long-term goals?

    Did you act decisively? True leadership is about making good and timely decisions and ensuring they are executed. Have you done that? If yes, great! If not, why not? What will you do differently?

    Did you build others up? Did you build confidence in others?

    Did you communicate effectively? Did you communicate persuasively, concisely and memorably?

    Did you listen before you spoke? Did you listen to people until they felt heard? Did you listen with the intent to learn?

    Did you encourage feedback from others? Did you listen to feedback and adapt in response?

    Did you cultivate leadership in others? have you spent time developing leadership throughout the organization? If not, why not? And how will you begin?

    Did you lead with positivity? If you aren’t leading with positivity, you’re likely leading with negativity, and it has to change for you to become an effective leader.

    Did you take ownership? Always be responsible for what you do as a leader. If not, people come to feel they cannot count on you.

    Did you manage relationships? Personal relationships are at the core of great leadership.

    Did you lead with inspiration? Did you create an environment in which others feel inspired and motivated, secure in their capabilities and competence, ready for new challenges and successes?

    Did you cultivate a culture of respect? Did you treat people respectfully?

    Did you navigate or fix? Did you get out of the way and allow people to show you what they’re capable of? Or did you do the work for them?

    Did you value the unique contributions of others? Did you value the gifts that each individual brings by recognizing and appreciating their individual efforts and work?

    Did you lead by example? As a leader, did you set an example others would want to emulate?

    This year-end checklist is really a year-round checklist—it works as a daily, weekly, monthly and annual self-evaluation. Make adaptations to suit your particular situation, then use it to hold yourself accountable for who you are and what you do to become the kind of leader you want to be.

    Lead from within: Use a checklist to become a better leader, for yourself and for those you lead. It will help you and your team become more effective and successful.


     

    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 09:00:55 on 2018/11/19 Permalink
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    How to Increase Your Influence Using 5 Simple Words 

     

    Words have the power to build people up, hold people back, and break people down. The words you speak as a leader are especially influential, with the ability to empower or disempower others.

    Of all the words you can say, five are especially meaningful in terms of influence:

    How can I help you?

    With those five words you communicate some important principles. Offering to help positions you as a servant leader, and asking how you can help shows respect and gives the other person ownership of their own future. The simple question “How can I help?” is at the core of the most influential things leaders do:

    Leading by example. Stand beside those who are working hard and work as hard as they do to demonstrate to them your commitment and determination. Show them by example what it means to invest in yourself so they can follow your lead.

    Showing respect. Give those around you the respect they deserve. Self-respect may guide your morals, but the respect for others should guide your behavior. Respect everyone you meet, whether they’re your superiors, your peers or your subordinates.

    Spending time. The biggest investment you can make in your people is your time. Spending quality time with people will affect their job performance directly and spreads your influence. Spend time connecting with people as often as you can. Talk to them about topics that aren’t related to work and show genuine interest in them as a person. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes.

    Fostering mentorship. If you really want to help those around you, mentor them in ways that help them feel empowered. Don’t tell them what to do but stand beside them as a support system. Make sure they know you’re available if they need your counsel. Promote them when they deserve it and praise them when they earn it. Put their best interest ahead of yours.

    Making resources accessible. Give people the tools they need by ensuring that resources and materials are available to everyone. Nothing is more demoralizing than setting out on a job with enthusiasm only to find that you don’t have everything you need.

    Serving with devotion. Be present when you’re with your people—don’t let anything distract you or get in the way. Listen with the intent to learn, ask questions for clarity, and offer support and direction when they’re needed so those who serve you can perform at their highest level.

    In everything you do, remember the core attitude: How can I help you? These words have the power to influence those around you, creating a circle of positive change that ripples out far beyond your individual reach. That’s the power of influence, and it starts with five simple words.

    Lead from within: To be a truly great leader—one with great influence—you must start from a place of respectful service. Remember that the words you choose contain power, and it’s up to you to choose the type of power you express.


     

    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 2018/11/09 Permalink
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    7 Easy Ways to Support Your Leader 

    When we speak about leadership, it’s not unusual to discuss the role of a leader in supporting others. But how often do we think about how we can support our leaders?

    Few people—if any—have it at the top of their mind, but it only makes sense. Success comes from partnership, collaboration and cooperation, so why should support be a one-way street? Maybe it’s time to start thinking about how you can support your boss, your manager, or your leader. Here are seven easy ways:

    Demonstrate loyalty. Loyalty is the ability to put others before yourself and stick with someone through good times and bad. Support your leader as a proud ambassador in public and a champion in private. Be willing to go to extraordinary lengths if necessary to help your leader succeed.

    Offer solutions. When things break down, focus on solutions instead of problems; help brainstorm ideas and analyze available options. Find out what went wrong and how to prevent it from happening again. Offer suggestions and, if appropriate, roll up your sleeves and help out.

    Make information available. Whatever your leader’s style of communication, it’s always best to establish and maintain an open line between you. That means you keep your boss involved and informed and protect them from being blindsided. Summarize complex issues and believe me, your leader will thank you.

    Take initiative. There are always numerous ways of going above and beyond at work. Look for challenges that stretch you and increase your competency. Try to anticipate what your boss might require or request and prepare it in advance.

    Be reliable. We usually make promises with the best intentions of keeping them, but sometimes due to either external circumstances or internal shortcomings, we end up not honoring those promises. If your boss knows you’re someone who can be counted on, you’ll not only be supporting them in an important way but also helping yourself stand out.

    Sweat the small stuff. Support your boss by getting ahead of deadlines. Don’t make them ever have to spend a moment reminding you of something or checking on your work. Simply doing your job consistently well turns out to be a huge help.

    Treat your boss with respect. Respect your boss’s time and avoid unnecessary interruptions. Respect at work fuels the interplay between your independence as a professional and a healthy interdependence with your boss—one where you rely on each other for success at work.

    Lead from within: You can’t achieve anything by yourself, and every leader needs a support system.


    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 09:00:40 on 2018/11/06 Permalink
    Tags: , Decision Making, , , , , , Success,   

    The Surprising Truth About Leadership 

    There’s a common thread in top leadership that surprises most people—and in some cases makes them rethink what they know about leadership.

    When you think of successful leaders you probably think of people who are decisive. The ability to make a decision quickly and without waffling is one of the keystones of leadership.

    But leaders change their minds every day, even at the risk of being branded indecisive or a waffler. Here’s the difference: They don’t back off a decision just because they have second thoughts. They understand when a change of plan is warranted. And sometimes they take decisive action by reversing their earlier decision.

    Here are some of the top circumstances when the best practice is to reconsider a decision:

    New information emerges. Sometimes new information shows up that changes the context of a decision entirely. It may be something that was impossible to foresee, or it may be something you or your team failed to pick up on. When that happens, don’t think in terms of blame but take the new information and integrate it into the decision-making process. Later you can revisit ways to make sure your research is thorough.

    The situation becomes unpredictable or unstable. In today’s uncertain marketplace and political climate, situations can go from stable to chaotic in the blink of an eye. When that happens, it’s wise to reassess decisions that are influenced by the instability and change position if need be. There’s no virtue in steadfastly sticking to a position when everything around you has changed.

    Feedback suggests it. A bold decision may be theoretically sound, but sometimes in the light of day it turns out to be unworkable in practice. If early feedback suggests that a plan isn’t working—for whatever reason—it’s wise to listen and make changes where necessary. Always listen to those who know best: those who are out in the field every day, whether team members or clients.

    It’s time to wait. Once you’re into the thick of something, the clear choice may be to do nothing at all for now. It’s not a matter of reversing a decision in this case, but of delaying its implementation until conditions improve or the surrounding issues become clearer. Despite the pressure leaders feel to be bold and act decisively, doing nothing is preferable to making a disastrous choice. If waiting can give you an edge, wait.

    Let’s honor those leaders who are forward-thinking enough to correct their course, pivot or wait even though they risk their reputations by having people think they are indecisive. Sometimes you need to change your mind, and that’s OK.

    Lead from within: Successful leaders are able to make shifts in their thinking because they never stop looking for ways to improve the end result.


     

    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 09:00:40 on 2018/11/05 Permalink
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    One Important Way to Enjoy Your Leadership (and Life) More 

    For leaders everywhere life can sometimes feel like a barrage of responsibilities, commitments, and things to do. It’s easy to allow them to weigh you down, and at times they can even get in the way of your sense of enjoyment. That’s why one of the important things you can do as a leader, is to throw away the words should, could and must.

    The next time you begin a sentence with one of these words, be aware that you’re implicitly reinforcing the idea that you’re not enough.

    If you say to yourself “I should really work harder,” there’s an unspoken follow-up: “ . . . but I don’t.”

    If you say, “I could be doing more,” the unspoken thought becomes “ . . . and I’m not doing enough.”

    And if you say, “I must spend more time at the office,” the unspoken ending is “ . . . I’m not spending enough time there now.”

    These phrases all have a way of making you feel inadequate by reinforcing a negative.

    Next time, counteract the tendency to underrate yourself by thinking the following:

    Focus on your values. What’s most important to you? What do you stand for? What are your core beliefs and principles? And, based on those answers, what do you want? When you focus on your values instead of somebody else’s priorities, it becomes easier to define the best direction for yourself. When you say no to things that matter to others, you’re free to say yes to the things that matter to you.

    Focus on what motivates you. Those could, should, must phrases are disempowering and demotivating because they’re focused on external motivation. Think in terms of your own goals and motivations, and replace could, should, must with can, want, will.

    Focus on being authentic. How many people on their deathbed think, “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me”?  The more you live your life and leadership on your own terms, the more content—and productive and successful—you will be.

    Focus on what you’ve done. Instead of thinking about what you haven’t yet done, think about what you’ve accomplished already—and be as positive and supportive as you would with a friend. Give yourself permission to say “that’s enough” before you burn out or stop enjoying something you love to do. Appreciate all that you do and be present in every moment of your life.

    Lead from within: If you want to enjoy your leadership and life more, it is important to replace should, could and must with a dialogue that will lead to a kinder relationship with yourself and those around you.

     


     

    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 Photos

    The post One Important Way to Enjoy Your Leadership (and Life) More appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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