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  • feedwordpress 08:00:50 on 2020/10/15 Permalink
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    How To Make Sure You Are Living Up to Your Potential 


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    No matter how well you’re doing and how many skills you’ve acquired, you may not be fully living up to your leadership potential.

    If you suspect that you have untapped potential but you’re not sure how to reach it, start by working to discover what’s standing in your way so you can put yourself back on track to being the leader you know you can be.

    If you don’t know yourself: Self-understanding is critical to leadership. If you want to understand, motivate and inspire others, you have to begin with yourself. Hire a coach or find a mentor who can help you define your strengths, your gaps, and your style of leadership. All of us have gold hidden within, but we have to dig to get it out.

    If you’re self-centered: Top leaders spend much of their time thinking of others and finding ways to support them, coach them, mentor them and develop them. Great leadership consists largely of believing in others and helping them become great. If you aren’t already doing that, you need to take the focus off yourself. Start cultivating your empathy and devoting more of your time and energy to those around you.

    if your mindset is negative: Left unchallenged, negativity becomes weakness of character. Especially for those in leadership, it’s important to keep your outlook positive. Remember that thoughts become actions, actions become behavior and behavior becomes habit—and your habits play a huge role in achieving your potential. A positive mindset is the mark of a superior personality.

    If you play it safe: As I’ve seen many times over with my clients, few things will stall out your leadership potential more completely than constantly playing it safe. Getting yourself unstuck means having the nerve to take risks and make hard decisions when they’re needed. And ironically, playing it safe is one of the riskiest things you can do. To reach your top potential you will have to face your fear and do what you need to do in spite of it.

    If you don’t know and live by your values: People don’t become great leaders because they’re ambitious or committed to success; they become great leaders because they hold clearly defined values and align everything they do to those values. When you understand your own values and priorities and you commit to them, you gain the authority of authenticity and everything else falls into place. Hard decisions become easier and the people around you become your priority. Knowing and living your values is the key to great leadership.

    The best leaders begin by understanding themselves and finding the gaps they need to fill. They work on their own mindset and attitudes, and over time they come to realize that leadership is about serving others while you better yourself.

    Lead from within: The willingness to learn, the desire to risk, the urge to reach your full potential—these are the keys that will unlock the door to your leadership excellence.

     


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    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 08:00:59 on 2020/07/14 Permalink
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    Your Leadership Power Is Contagious. Now What? 


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    As a leader, what you do and how you do it, what you say and how you say it will all be imitated by those you lead. A leader’s power is contagious. Whether you know it or not, the way you carry out your leadership will influence others. Whether that influence is positive or negative is up to you.

    Here are the top ways you can use the power of your leadership to be a force for good for the people around you.

    Model the way. Be aware that you’re being watched and emulated every day. That means modeling the attitudes and behaviors you want to see in others. Let the visibility of your leadership bring out your best so you can be proud of who you are and who you inspire others to be.

    Honor character. For anyone in a leadership role, the importance of character and integrity can’t be overstated. Your character fundamentally shapes how you engage with the world around you—what you notice, what you reinforce, what you value, what you choose to act on, and how you make decisions. Character is the foundation of everything you do, and it will have a ripple effect on those you lead. A leader’s character always influences others—sometimes to their benefit and at other times to their detriment.

    Take ownership. At some point, you’ve probably experienced a leader who constantly makes excuses and blames others. It’s a form of bad leadership that creates a toxic culture and an environment of mistrust. But when you take ownership of your actions as a leader, whatever the outcome, you eliminate the distraction and negativity of the blame game and show others how to handle both success and failure. When you show accountability for your actions, you are effectively guiding those around you to take responsibility for theirs.

    Connect with impact. Leaders tend to be busy people, with lots to do and little time to waste. That’s why the best leaders focus on pursuing meaningful connections. If you’ve ever been in an environment where the leader stays hidden away behind closed doors and it’s all but impossible to get their attention, you know that the result is an organizational culture built on silos and isolation, one where information is not shared and knowledge is not available. It’s critical that a leader be accessible and available and that they connect with meaning and impact.

    Remind yourself every day that your leadership is contagious and your attitudes, words, and actions transfer to others. Think and rethink how you show up, because you will have a whole organization mirroring who you are.

    Lead From Within: Your leadership is contagious, and every moment you choose great leadership you move toward a better world.


    #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 08:00:43 on 2020/06/25 Permalink
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    What is the Worst Leadership Styles and Why 


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    People who study leadership theory learn about numerous styles of leadership: autocratic, democratic, strategic, transformational—on and on. It can be interesting to debate the pros and cons of each.

    But whatever theory you subscribe to—or if you’re a self-taught leader who doesn’t believe in theories—there are some styles of leadership that are always detrimental. Here are a few of the worst:

    Know-it-all leadership. People don’t admire leaders who pretend to know everything and insist that whatever they do is right. Leaders who think they’re smarter than everyone else create isolation and quickly come to be resented by their peers and the people on their team.

    Absent leadership. Some leaders are physically absent—always away at a meeting or conference, wandering somewhere else in the building or working from home. Many more are physically present and may even pride themselves on being accessible because their office door is always open. But if they’re distracted and checked out, never really listening or pitching in, they might as well be somewhere else.

    Inflexible leadership. A leader’s behavior is the single biggest factor they bring to bear on influencing others. Agile, creative leadership has the power to energize, engage and motivate people to go the extra mile for their organization. But a leader who’s inflexible and stubborn creates demotivation, poor performance, frequent absences, and high turnover.

    Micromanaging leadership. Micromanagement has a devastating effect on even the best teams, destroying morale and productivity. Part of the problem is that most micromanagers aren’t even aware of what they’re doing. They’re often the ones saying “I don’t believe in micromanagement, but…”. Effective leadership means a commitment to focus on the big picture and on motivating employees, not standing over their shoulder.

    Self-serving leadership. Ego can undermine leadership in two ways. The first is false pride, when you focus on self-promotion and making yourself look good even at the expense of your team or peers. The second is self-doubt or fear, when you lose confidence and question yourself and your abilities. They move in different directions, but they’re equally destructive.

    Leadership by intimidation. Those who lead from fear are often terrified of looking weak, but in trying to look strong they fail themselves and their team. Instead of sharing a vision that motivates, they threaten and complain. Instead of analyzing problems and looking for solutions, they focus on placing blame. Talented team members find new options, leaving only mediocre performers who are lacking enough in confidence to allow themselves to be bullied on a daily basis.

    At the end of the day, every leader has their own preferred style. The important thing is to be aware of what style you’re putting out there and to check in periodically to make sure it’s serving your team and yourself well.

    Lead from within: It’s said that the best sign of a good leader is not how many followers they have, but how many leaders they create. If your leadership style is right, your influence will quickly spread.

     


    #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 09:00:56 on 2020/02/18 Permalink
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    How Great Leaders Control Their Ego 


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    Everybody has an ego, and a healthy ego is necessary for success in leadership or any field. You need to have faith in yourself and your abilities, and when you’re trying to achieve something difficult, it serves you well to have that voice in your head saying “You’re the one who can make this happen.”

    But left unchecked, an ego can be a destructive force. It may keep you from admitting you don’t know something you need to learn, or persuade you not to consider the areas you need to improve upon. Sometimes it takes the form of the fear of looking foolish, which can keep you from speaking up or taking a chance on an opportunity.

    Knowing how to manage your ego is important. Here are some of the approaches top leaders use:

    They acknowledge and respect their ego. Great leaders understand that the first step in managing their ego is to acknowledge it and respect it. They never try to disingenuously pretend that it doesn’t exist. They respect their ego enough to understand how it serves them, even if it means having to face harsh realities about themselves.

    They don’t compare themselves to others. The best leaders understand that big egos come with big expectations, and they resist the constant temptation to measure themselves against others. They compare themselves only to their own ideals and aspirations as they decide what’s most important and focus on getting there.

    They never stop learning. The smartest person in the room isn’t the one whose ego is telling them they’re the smartest. It’s the one who knows how much they still have to learn.

    They serve a higher purpose. Top leaders know that the best way to control their ego and keep perspective is to remember that the world does not revolve around them. Holding to an attitude of service, in leadership and in life, breaks the pressure we put on ourselves, giving us room to move from self-importance to a sense of genuine purpose. The highest level of achievement is based on passion and service, not hitting a target for personal accomplishment. Living life beyond ourselves in service of others doesn’t just keep our egos in line—it creates more adventure, fulfillment and meaning.

    Great leaders understand that controlling their ego is a personal challenge that is critical to success, and it’s something they have to do themselves, every day. It’s the only way to build respect and trust with others.

    Lead from within: A big ego can create huge achievement but it can result in huge destruction too. Controlling its power is a skill well worth mastering.

     

     


    #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

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:07 on 2020/01/28 Permalink
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    How to Get Along With a Leader You Don’t Like 


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    There might be many reasons why you don’t like your boss. Maybe you’re more capable than they are but they were promoted over you. Maybe there is a mismatch in ethics and values, or just differing work styles. Whatever the issue, you have to deal with them every day while trying your best to advance your career under their management.

    The good news (in a way) is that you’re not alone. Many people have trouble with their boss, so there will always be others whose experience you can learn from. Here are some of the top ways people manage working with a leader they dislike:

    Be your best. In any difficult relationship, a good approach is to keep your head down and focus on yourself and what you need to do. Keep your conversations with your boss cordial and focused only on work.

    Learn to depersonalize. Try to put your feelings about your boss into neutral. You’re going to have to deal with plenty of people in life you don’t like, and the ability to put those feelings aside is a good one. You don’t have to hang out, you just have to work together.

    Don’t allow yourself to gripe or gossip. However you feel about your boss, have enough respect for them—and yourself—to abstain from gossiping or complaining. Unless you witness breaches of ethics or integrity, don’t talk with others about your boss except in the most professional terms.

    Try to learn from the situation. Even the worst situations have something to teach us. If your boss handles a situation badly, ask yourself what you would have done differently. Be attentive and thoughtful.

    Find your triggers. Take the time to think about what upsets you most about your boss. Then spend some time reflecting on why. Think about those qualities and how they play out in your own life so you can make sure you’re never guilty of the same behavior.

    Work on yourself. Remember that your own imperfections may have a role in your relationship with your boss. Turn to people you trust for feedback about your strengths and weaknesses and advice about improving relationships.

    Don’t be confrontational. Even if your boss is a truly toxic leader, research strongly indicates that confronting the situation directly usually fails. The best tactics are to view it objectively as a conflict situation, see what you can learn from it, and try to develop some common ground.

    Take the big-picture view. Dedicate yourself to making the best of a bad situation and look for the positives. Remember that your career is still moving forward and will continue past your difficult boss. You’re where you are doing what you do for a reason.

    Lead from within: If you stay focused on your why, you can survive almost any how.


    #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:

     

    The post How to Get Along With a Leader You Don’t Like appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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