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  • feedwordpress 09:00:13 on 2019/11/21 Permalink
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    How to Be a Leader Everyone Loves to Work With 


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    We all want to work for a leader who is motivating, inspiring, visionary, and brilliant at making plans and carrying them out. But unfortunately, many of us have had leaders who made our lives hell and turned coming to work into a challenge.

    Good leaders inspire people to stay and work and dream big and take risks and do great things. Everybody loves working with them. Here are some of the qualities they share—if you see them in yourself, great, and if not, work on incorporating them into your leadership:

    They’re all about the people and less about the process. Efficient processes are important, but it falls to the people within the organization who actually execute the strategies, plans and process to make the business successful.

    They’re all about listening instead of thinking they know it all. Many people treat conversation like a competitive sport you can win by talking the longest, making the cleverest point, or getting in the last word. But great leaders understand that true wisdom lies in talking less and listening more, because they understand that knowledge is power and learning is wisdom.

    They’re all about empowering and making others feel important. Many people mistakenly think leadership means telling people what to do. But true successful leadership lies in empowering them to think about what should be done. This small shift will make people feel important and valued.

    They’re all about creating small wins. There is big power in small wins, and the best leaders know that building momentum with small wins is where success begins. Small wins build trust, encourage people to take ownership of their ideas and work, and help them feel they’re accomplishing something on a personal scale while working for something bigger. Winning at any level fuels the energy for big success.

    They’re all about moving forward instead of keeping things the same. Many leaders have been in their position for a long time, and they take comfort in the principle that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. But with the current pace of change, anyone who’s not moving forward is actually falling behind. It is the leader who constantly challenges the status quo, who is not happy with keeping things the same, that people love working with.

    They’re all about having high EQ and less about displaying their IQ. Some people pride themselves on how smart they are. They need to be able to tell themselves they’re the smartest person in the room. Successful leaders, however, focus their attention elsewhere, working to heightening their awareness of emotions—their own and those of the people around them. They understand that this trait is vital because it allows them to read people’s emotions, which in turn helps them manage situations in thoughtful and respectful ways that lead to successful outcomes.

    If you can become a leader everyone wants to work with and your people are happy with your leadership, it’s a win for everyone.

    Lead from within: If you want to become a leader everyone loves to work with, think of how you serve others before you think about serving yourself.

     


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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 08:00:54 on 2018/06/28 Permalink
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    7 Important Questions to Ask People You Admire   


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    What if you suddenly found yourself sharing an elevator or seated at an event with somebody you admire, someone like, Warren Buffett, Elon Musk or Bill Gates? Would you stammer an introduction and look awkwardly at your feet, or would you be able to make the most of the encounter with a set of smart, concise questions?

    It’s unlikely you’ll ever meet any of those people, but you probably encounter other admirable people on a regular basis. Whether it’s a national leader in your field or the senior manager who works down the hall, here are some questions you can ask from the leaders you admire to learn from their success:

    1. What’s the biggest factor that has helped you be successful?
    Success is different for everyone, but it’s always interesting to learn how people arrived where they are. Their stories may point you in a new direction, give you an answer you’ve been looking for, or motivate you to push through the tough times. Responses also give you insight into their values and priorities.

    2. What are your success habits?
    Asking successful people about their daily habits can give you ideas for your own routines. The answers are rarely esoteric; generally, they’re actions anyone can take. As the old saying goes, we are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not a quality but a habit, and successful people are simply those with successful habits.

    3. What mistakes have you made along the way?
    This question is one of the most important things you can ask anyone, because it allows you to learn from their experience. If you ask it often and listen carefully to the answers you hear, you will make fewer mistakes yourself. You’ll have insight into how to do things in a way that doesn’t lead to miscalculations or blunders.

    4. What was the hardest decision you ever had to make?
    Most successful people have had to make at least a few genuinely difficult between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place decisions. Learning what they chose, and why, gives you a close look at their thought processes and priorities, helping you prepare for the tough decisions that lie down the road for you. At the end of the day, it’s in your moments of decisions that your success is shaped.

    5. What is the best advice you can give?
    Some people respond better than others to such an open-ended question, but when it connects, it can cut right to the important stuff. Compile the responses you get to this question and keep them where you can read through them all from time to time.

    6. If you could start all over again, what would you do differently?
    Successful people tend to be self-aware, and it’s likely that they’ve already given this question some thought. You might expect to hear about preventing some mistake or failure, but successful people know that mistakes and failure are among our greatest teachers. Many focus instead on wishing they had taken more chances and been bolder.

    7. What’s one change I should make right now to help me get closer to my success?
    This question is appropriate to ask of someone who’s already familiar with you and your work. Improvement requires change, and sometimes the hardest part is knowing what needs to change.

    Most successful people are grateful for what they’ve achieved, and many are happy to share their knowledge and experience. It’s too good a resource to waste, so be prepared to make the most out of every encounter, especially with those you admire.

    Lead From Within: Just remember, we tend to become those we admire.

     


     

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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 01:05:22 on 2018/06/16 Permalink
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    18 Hard Things to Do If You Want to Be a Successful Leader 


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    Nobody ever said that being a leader would be easy. If you’ve taken more than a couple of steps down the path, you know that leadership comes with challenges and complications at every stage.

    Becoming a successful leader is synonymous with becoming the best version of yourself–it’s that simple and also that difficult.

    Here are 18 hard things you will have to do if you want to be a successful leader:

    1. You have to be able to foresee the future but stay focused on the present.

    The first step of successful leadership is creating a better future by focusing on the present. From there, you can envision it and then make it happen.

    2. You have to be able to reach your goals and deliver on results.

    To be successful as a leader, you need to identify goals, take measured actions, and get results, because at the end of it all leaders are measured by what they are able to deliver. Even a little progress each day will add up to big results.

    3. You have to feel comfortable with being uncomfortable.

    Success begins beyond our comfort zone. Great things never come from playing it safe.

    4. You have to feel the fear and take the risk anyway.

    Successful leaders are visionaries who have learned to overcome any fear of taking chances.

    5. You have to know how to inspire others while finding your own motivation.

    Successful leaders demonstrate to others what’s possible. But achieving success is a matter not only of creating the impossible but also of motivating yourself to focus on the right things.

    6. You have to bring people along when they’re reluctant to move forward.

    When a leader can inspire their people to move past the struggles today and develop the strength to move toward tomorrow, they will have achieved success.

    7. You have to embrace failure as you fail forward.

    It’s impossible to lead without failing at something, unless you lead so cautiously that you might as well not lead at all–in which case you fail by default. To succeed, you must be willing to experience failure.

    8. You have to be able to rise above drama and dysfunction.

    When everyone goes low, great leaders go high.

    9. You have to be accountable for your actions and responsible for your behavior.

    Being accountable as a leader means not only taking responsibility for what you do, but also being accountable for what you do not do.

    10. You have to be transparent when you most want to be opaque.

    If you’re covering up your tracks or withholding the truth in any way, it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out. So be transparent: tell the truth, speak with candor, and do it always. Being honest is the only way to be at peace with yourself and for others to respect you.

    11. You have to trust before you can be trusted.

    Trust is the bedrock of successful leadership. When trust is broken, it takes a long time and commitment on the part of both parties involved to mend it–that’s why it’s so much better to always be trustworthy.

    12. You have to lead by example even when there is no path.

    People watch what you do more than they listen to what you say. Be someone worth emulating and build the kind of leadership that sets you apart. Where there isn’t a path, create one.

    13. You have to be positive when everyone else goes negative.

    In leadership, what you do in a negative situation says a lot about your power. When others go negative, great leaders stay positive.

    14. You have to care about others–maybe more than they care about you.

    Start noticing what you like about others and tell them. Go out of your way to personally acknowledge and compliment those who have gone out of their way to excel, and don’t worry so about how much credit you get.

    15. You have to care about your character more than your reputation.

    Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others temporarily think you are. A genuinely good character is the hallmark of a successful leader who inspires others.

    16. You have to ask questions even though people don’t always have answers.

    This may sound harsh, but the best leaders, the most successful, have a mindset that the only true wisdom they know is that they know nothing. That’s why they ask questions, even though some of the questions are unanswerable.

    17. You have to lead when no one is else is following.

    Successful leaders will forge forward and create a path even if no one is following, because they know if it’s compelling enough and meaningful enough, people will show up and they will follow.

    18. You have to invest in yourself even though others may not.

    To be a successful leader you have to invest in yourself. It’s easy to think you can do it on your own, but the best leaders invest in themselves by hiring a great coach who can make them do what they don’t want to do so they can become who they have always wanted to be. And that is successful leadership.

     


     

    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 22:12:56 on 2018/06/11 Permalink
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    9 Stressful Things You Need to Stop Tolerating–if You Want to Be Successful 


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    There are many things that can stress us out, especially when we want to create our own success stories.

    Unfortunately, most of us end up tolerating some of our own bad habits, even though they cause much of the stress we experience.

    So what are the stressful habits we need to stop tolerating? Here are the worst:

    1. Toxic relationships.

    Stop spending time with the wrong people. Life is too short to waste time on people who are toxic. The people in your life should support you, help you, and lift you up. If not, they are likely causing you uneasiness that you don’t need and shouldn’t have to tolerate. To succeed, you need relationships that will make you feel good about yourself.

    2. Lying to yourself.

    Everyone lies–that’s a fact–but lying to yourself can cause unnecessary concerns. If you want to be successful, you have to take chances and risks, and above all, you have to be honest with yourself.

    3. Not parting with the past.

    You’ll be less frustrated with yourself if you can let go of the past. You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the old one.

    4. Settling for less.

    A surefire way to cause stress in your life is to start putting your needs last and keeping them on the back burner.

    5. Believing in perfectionism.

    Trying to be prefect only provokes anxiety. The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists; it rewards people who get things done and make things happen.

    6. Holding on to your fears.

    If you’re scared of making a mistake, you’ll never succeed. Doing something and getting it wrong is 100 times more productive than doing nothing at all, so don’t allow your fears to get in the way of who you are meant to be and what you need to accomplish. Every success story has a trail of failures behind it; every mistake can lead to success.

    7. Cutting yourself down.

    Stop talking down to yourself–trust me, there are enough people who can do that job that you never have to do it yourself. Change your small-minded thoughts to big-picture goals and build yourself up instead of cutting yourself down. Refuse to lower yourself or your standards; instead, constantly raise yourself up.

    8. Accepting your own excuses.

    Sooner or later, you’ll realize that excuses don’t get you what you want. And if you want success, you’re going to have to take things into your own hands and make it happen. Excuses cause tension, while power creates determination.

    9. Being jealous.

    Don’t be concerned with who may be more successful than you. Instead, concentrate on beating your own records and surpassing your own goals. Success is a battle between you and yourself, no one else. Make it worth your while; make it about you.

    At the end of the day, don’t have tolerance for the things that stress you and stand between you and your greatness.

     


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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 21:22:26 on 2018/06/11 Permalink
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    10 Small Things Successful People Do Every Day 


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    Every day, we’re surrounded by life lessons–little self-contained bits of truth that can help each of us to be a more successful manager, a greater boss, a superior leader, a better person.

    It’s easy to dismiss these ideas because they’re packaged in such small bites, but they can be a great way to positively connect with some of the world’s great wisdom.

    Here are 10 of my favorites:

    1. You have to start somewhere. The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you’re not willing to stay where you are. The least helpful thing you can do is to wait for perfection before taking action. Start where you are, use what you have and do what you can to succeed.

    2. There is always a demand for your supply of respect. Base your attitude in life on how you want to be treated and show respect even to people who don’t deserve it. How you treat others is not a reflection of their character but of yours.

    3. You win when everybody wins. Prepare to win and expect to win, but remember that to be a real winner you must also make winners of those around you.

    4. If your presence doesn’t add value, your absence won’t be felt. The secret to success is no secret at all–it’s finding ways to add value to people’s lives. If you want to be rich in the truest sense of the world, it cannot be about you–it has to include adding value to the lives of those around you.

    5. Focus your attention on what is important. Learn to be disciplined about what you respond to and react to. Not everyone and everything deserves your time, energy and attention. Make conscious choices about what you want to pay attention to and what you want to let go.

    6. All the confidence you will ever need comes from the capabilities you’ve honed. Here’s something I always tell my clients: Confidence comes from believing you are able but competence knows you’re able. Believe in yourself and your possibilities, but know what you are already a master of.

    7. Love what you do or find something else. If you don’t love what you do, you’ll spend the rest of your life being miserable. It’s really that simple. Love what you do and it will never feel like work.

    8. Identify your limits and leverage your fortitude. You will never know your limits unless you push yourself beyond them. The only way to change yourself is to challenge yourself–if you never push, you have direction but no destination.

    9. Know when to forge ahead and when to slow down. The faster we live, the busier we get–but the slower we take things, the deeper we can go. We need both action and reflection in the right balance.

    10. To learn the best, learn from the best. Everyone you meet knows something you don’t. Learning is a treasure, so connect with the expertise of those around you at every opportunity,

    The biggest difference between successful people and not successful people, are the successful people know that taking small daily actions will lead to big results.

     

     


    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: Getty Images

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