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  • feedwordpress 09:00:27 on 2019/03/04 Permalink
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    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.
     


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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 09:00:12 on 2019/02/28 Permalink
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    5 Important Things Most Leaders Are in Denial About 


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    Leaders are a diverse group, but they do share some common traits. For example, there’s something in the nature of virtually every leader—whether it originates in pride, a primal need for power, a desire for control, or an obsession with success— that causes them to be in denial about certain types of things.

    Once you know what to look for, you’ll be better prepared to make sure you stay connected with reality. Here are five of the top topics that leaders are in denial about:

    1. Self-awareness. Many of the leaders I coach assure me that they have more than enough self-awareness. It’s a statement that almost always is grounded in denial. It’s not that people want to fool themselves, but it can be genuinely hard to look in the mirror and see the truth about yourself. Most leaders are inaccurate in assessing their own strengths and weaknesses.

    2. Communication skills. Many leaders think they’re great communicators, not realizing that they may be communicating only in one direction. Some pride themselves on being approachable and accessible, but they never really hear what others are saying. Some fail to set goals or provide context for the things they ask people to do, and others never offer feedback, leaving people wondering what they need to do to be successful. Communication is imperative for good leadership, so if there are gaps in your skills you need to know about them so you know where to improve.

    3. Autonomy. The biggest mistake many leaders make, especially if they’ve worked their way up through the ranks, is failing to make the mental shift from being a doer to being a leader. As a result, they refuse to let the members of their do their job, and end up micromanaging to the point of frustrating their most talented people. An important part of a leader’s success rests in giving people the freedom to do their jobs.

    4. Connection with their team. Most leaders know almost nothing about what their employees want, for the simple reason that they never take the time to ask. Employees quit because they see greener pastures in another workplace. That’s typically because  of a leadership failure, and it happens more often than you’d think.

    5. Mistakes. Successful leaders own their mistakes—they take responsibility, they learn from their missteps and move forward. Leaders in denial, however, put more energy into hiding their mistakes than it would take to own up to their responsibility and explore ways to make things right.

    Leaders who choose to live in denial are likely doomed to fail. Think of these symptoms as warning signs, indicators that you may not be adequately attuned to the reality of their leadership. It’s well worth your time to take a second look or even to compare your perceptions with those of a trusted advisor.

    Lead from within: More leaders would learn from their mistakes if they weren’t so busy denying them.

     


     

    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 09:00:36 on 2019/02/26 Permalink
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    10 Ways Successful People Work with People They Don’t Like 


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    For productive and effective work, there’s nothing like collaboration with people you already like and respect—people you trust and know you can work well with. Eventually, though, it will likely fall upon you to work with someone you just don’t like. If you try to get out of it you only end up looking bad. That’s why learning to collaborate successfully with people you dislike is such a valuable skill.

    Here are some starting points—try them out on your nemesis in small-scale situations so you’ll be prepared when you’re assigned to a major project together.

    Start with acceptance. You don’t have to learn to like this person. All you have to do is get along and work well with them. Acknowledging that you clash with someone without judgment can help clear the strong emotions that often accompany challenging relationships.

    Examine your own behavior before you blame. In many cases, we form a dislike for people because they remind us of parts of ourselves we dislike. Do some reflecting, and if you find this is the case, acknowledge and deal with it. Remind yourself that being triggered by another person isn’t cause to mistrust or despise them.

    Manage your emotions. Dealing with someone who rubs you the wrong way can have a negative effect on your own emotions. A negative person or know-it-all can quickly wear you down—but only if you let them. Remember that you have power over your own emotions and that you don’t have to allow anyone else to influence your state of mind. Learn to manage your own emotions, because the only person you can change is yourself.

    Improve your communication. To be better at collaborating with anyone—but especially with people you dislike—work to improve your communication skills. That means having more dialogues than monologues, more listening than speaking and more understanding then conflict. Work on your own communication challenges and you may inspire your difficult collaborator to do the same.

    Keep your head down. If you cannot improve the situation, you have to learn to play it as well as you can. Forget about trying to have harmony and focus mainly on achieving the goals of the project.

    Rise above. Never stoop to the level of those you dislike; don’t let their dysfunction change who you are. You don’t have to respond to the drama. Instead, rise above the circumstances, respectfully, quietly and without fanfare.

    Keep it professional. Regardless of another person’s behavior, always take the high road. Avoid making it personal, because it will only cause destructive behaviors. Try to make the best of things by concentrating on the situation, not the person.

    Find common ground. There may be many things setting you apart, but if you work at it you can find something to come together over with just about anyone. Concentrate on what you have in common more than your differences and you may find yourself disliking the person less.

    Pick your battles. Not all things are worth your attention and focus. Sometimes dealing with a person you dislike can become so frustrating that you have to ask yourself, “Do they really deserve my time?” If not, don’t waste your precious resources on someone who doesn’t deserve your energy or attention. Be wise and choose your battles carefully.

    Cultivate a support system. Doing anything on your own can be difficult, so try to find people to support you. Trusted individuals can help you feel supported and less alone. They can bring objectivity to the situation and help brainstorm ways to deal with a difficult person.

    Lead from Within: Working with a colleague you dislike is never fun. However, it’s important that you never let interpersonal problems get in the way of your professionalism.

     


    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 09:00:21 on 2019/02/19 Permalink
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    This is How the Best Leaders Coach Through Change 


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    The world is changing fast, and business has to constantly evolve to keep up. Organizations are always looking for new ways of doing business, new products, new innovations—it’s an important part of almost any successful business strategy.

    Even with all its advantages, change requires some care to implement. One important factor, often neglected, is the need for leaders to coach their teams through times of change. Great leaders understand that people need support and guidance so they can adapt.

    As an executive leadership coach, I’ve seen leaders who were reluctant to share information and guide people along the way—and the results were never good. The nature of change is disruption, and when people feel that change is something that’s happening to them rather than something they’re helping to create, they become defensive and fearful. It’s important to bring people on board and let them know they’ll continue to have a valuable role.

    Here are the techniques used by the leaders I’ve seen do the best job of coaching their people through change:

    Communicate frequently. When change is happening, one of the most important things you can do is communicate frequently and repeatedly. Don’t assume people know what is going on—tell them and keep them in the loop. Avoid sidebar conversations and gossip, and don’t accept them in the workplace. When people start to talk among themselves without solid information, the rumor mill takes over and you lose control of the message.

    Tell a compelling story. As a leader, you need to tell a compelling story that explains the why for change, which in turn will lead naturally to the how. Remember that one of your top goals is to give people a context of meaning and purpose for the change.

    Address fears. It’s important that you hear, understand and address the fears that people are experiencing and that you address the change from their perspective. Above all, they want to know what will happen to them and how their role will change. Try not to get frustrated with those who are resistant and fearful. Challenge preconceptions and assumptions and be supportive.

    Lead with respect. Take the time to coach others with respect and help them through what they likely perceive as a challenging and intimidating situation. Pay close attention to people’s reactions at every stage. Respect their emotions as you communicate the change.

    Understand to learn. The best leaders take time to understand why people feel the way they do. Don’t rush it—some people may not want to talk about their feelings at work. Others may be confused about their emotions. As their leader, be the coach you need to be to take to understand and to learn from them what they are going through.

    Give a sense of purpose. The best leaders understand that for people to take risks, they need to connect to a clear vision. People need to understand how the future will look and how it will affect them. Once that is in place, focus on the individual’s strengths and goals and where they can fit with the organization’s shifting needs and priorities.

    A great leader has the responsibility of also being a great coach. Coaching is a powerful tool for helping people understand and embrace change. It takes time and patience, but the investment pays off in the long term.

    Lead from Within: Effective coaching through change will help people and keep them working together in a setting where everyone knows their role, responsibility and value they can bring to the company.

     


     

    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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    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:42 on 2019/02/18 Permalink
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    10 Ways Meditation Can Make You a Better Leader 


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    Mindfulness is a growing concept in business, one that’s been adopted around the world. Many top leaders practice daily meditation–they’ve experienced its benefits and value, and they report that it makes them a better and more successful leader.

    On the basis of their executives’ experience, companies are beginning to integrate mindfulness techniques into their high potential programs, with the goal of creating agile and flexible mindsets in their developing leaders.

    If you are still among the skeptics, here are 10 ways mediation can make you a better and more successful leader:

    Sharpening your attention. Research shows that a daily mediation practice can help individuals sharpen their focus and improve on their concentration. Our minds tend to wander about half the time, but with meditation you can teach yourself to curb distractions and strengthen your ability to focus.

    Developing self-awareness. Meditation naturally leads to increased introspection, which in turn allows you to recover faster when provoked, disengage when you need to, and control bad habits.

    Building resiliency. By decreasing anxiety, meditation may be able to boost resilience and performance under stress. Daily mediation can help you keep your composure and reduce the impact of stress.

    Cultivating emotional intelligence. A mindfulness practice can help you slow down enough to manage your emotions and respond with empathy and logic. People who practice mindfulness have greater control over their emotions and are less likely to react impulsively to frustrating or emotionally charged situations. This could aid in making more logical decisions and remaining calm.

    Enhancing creativity. Studies on creativity suggest that we come up with our greatest insights and biggest breakthroughs when we are in a more meditative and relaxed state of mind. That is when we have the “aha!” moments. Meditation encourages divergent thinking, which generates multiple solutions and is a key component of creativity.

    Deepening relationships. Leaders who meditate daily report higher levels of satisfaction in their personal and professional relationships. Meditation can help protect you from the negative effects of the conflict and challenges that are built in to relationships.

    Controlling anxiety. Leadership comes with a burden of constant apprehension and concern, and learning to reduce anxiety is among the most valuable benefits of meditation and mindfulness.

    Building confidence. Meditating teaches you to stop rushing between things and limiting yourself. It makes you believe that you can accomplish all the things you thought were impossible.

    Improving sleep. About 50 percent of people experience insomnia at some point in their lives. Studies show that meditation can help you get to sleep sooner and stay asleep for longer period of time. It teaches you techniques for redirecting or controlling the racing thoughts that frequently result in insomnia, helping you feel relaxed, tension-free, and peaceful.

    Fostering equanimity. Especially when it feels like everything’s falling apart, a tool that gives you peace of mind and composure and helps you stay calm and level-headed is a good investment of your time and energy.

    Lead from within: Meditation is a secret weapon. If you want to be a better and more successful leader, cultivate it as a daily practice.

     


     

    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 10 Ways Meditation Can Make You a Better Leader appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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