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  • feedwordpress 09:00:03 on 2020/01/14 Permalink
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    How to Get Your Employees to Respect You 


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    Many people—in particular, many leaders—think that respect is something other people owe them. But in truth, of course, respect must be earned. If you feel you aren’t getting the level of respect you’d like from those you’re leading, here are some strategies to help foster respect:

    Be your authentic self. People can tell when someone is not being authentic, and they quickly lose respect. Be sure you’re bringing your genuine self and that you’re being transparent about who you are, because transparency breeds trust and trust leads to respect. Authenticity makes sure the respect you receive is grounded in who you are.

    Give respect. Respect is a two-way street, and the best way to gain respect is to learn to give it. When you have respect for others you can be more effective in helping them grow and develop. In every relationship, treat others the way you would wish to be treated.

    Practice self-awareness. Self-awareness can lead you to see the weaknesses you have in yourself, which in turn can lead you to have more compassion for others. And compassion bolsters respect. Self-awareness gives you the capacity to learn from your mistakes as well as your successes. It enables you to keep growing.

    Find ways to help others grow. It doesn’t make sense to hire capable people and then tell them what to do and how to do it. The most highly respected leaders are those who help others grow and make space for them to flourish. The greatest success for leaders is helping others succeed.

    Be vulnerable. There is a false belief that vulnerability in a leader shows weakness. On the contrary, admitting as a leader that you are human and you can make mistakes shows that you respect yourself and those around you enough to be honest. Vulnerability is the true strength.

    Show appreciation for others. One of the easiest ways to earn respect is to show appreciation and recognition for those who work hard and put in a strong effort. Conversely, one of the fastest ways to lose respect is to withhold appreciation and praise.

    Be consistent in word and deed. if you say one thing and do something else, it’s easy for others to lose respect for you. The most respected leaders are reliable in what they say and do. They’re trustworthy and consistent in every setting, in every group of people.

    Communicate often. People want to be communicated with—they want to know what’s happening, especially where their livelihood is concerned—and they will respect you and make time to listen if you are faithful in providing frequent updates and feedback. When leaders fail to communicate, people get frustrated and lose respect.

    Learn to respect yourself. Before you can give something, you must own it yourself. You need to learn to respect yourself before you can expect others to respect you. Respect yourself and those around you, and they will respect you in turn.

    Bottom line, if you want your employees to trust you, you need to first understand yourself and then show them respect, communicating honestly and demonstrating that you’re worthy of their trust.

    Lead from within: How people treat other people is often a direct reflection of how they feel about themselves.

     


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  • feedwordpress 09:00:44 on 2020/01/09 Permalink
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    The Best Way to Become an Approachable Leader 


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    Being an effective leader means putting others at ease, because when people feel comfortable they perform at their best. That means building a rapport, listening, sharing, and understanding others—in short, being accessible and approachable. Here are some techniques that can help you become a more approachable leader:

    Initiate. As the leader, being approachable has to start with you. You have to put out your hand first, you have to make eye contact first, you have to ask the questions first. You have to make the first move so people feel comfortable with you.

    Do some drive-bys. To build the connections that allow people to think of you as approachable, take time every day to stop at a desk or two and check in to see how the person is doing. Ask about their family or pets or interests. The whole idea is not to talk about work but to show that you care about them as a person.

    Give people your full attention. Being available with your full attention demonstrates that you’re involved and interested in those around you, making it easier for them to come to you—both in good times and when problems arise. Don’t try to multitask when a person is standing in front of you. Show them that they have your complete attention, whether they’re telling you about their weekend or explaining a serious work-related issue.

    Share information. Approachable leaders share information—and they get more information in return, along with loyalty and trust. When leaders confide in their team and invite others to respond in turn, they gain important insights. People feel valued and truly part of a team, and they respond with engagement and energy.

    Become a good listener. Approachable leaders are good listeners. They listen without interrupting, they ask clarifying questions and they don’t judge instantly. They listen to understand. Then they restate what is being said to show they hear and understand, with questions to fill in any gaps. They don’t necessarily offer advice or try to fix situations that don’t require their involvement. Their focus is on hearing, understanding and connecting.

    Give your time. You never want to come across as a leader who doesn’t have the time for their people. At work and in life, make sure every day you make time for the people and things that are most important to you. Even if you’re the busiest person in the world, order your days so those around you know that you will always have time for them.

    There will always be some degree of separation between the leader, boss or manager and those who work for them. But making honest everyday efforts to bridge that divide will help you earn a reputation as a great leader.

    Lead from within: People are most likely to resonate with a leader who feels like someone at their level but with the power to make their jobs easier and more successful.

     


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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 09:00:37 on 2020/01/07 Permalink
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    How Do the Best Leaders Avoid Miscommunication 


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    Being able to communicate effectively is perhaps the most important of all leadership skills. It is what enables us to pass information to other people and to understand what is being said to us, the foundation of productivity and strong relationships.

    It was Dale Carnegie who stated, in How to Win Friends and Influence People, that 90 percent of all management problems are caused by miscommunication. Here are some of the ways the best leaders avoid miscommunication:

    They listen to understand. People want to know they’re being heard. The best leaders take care to really listen to what the other person is saying instead of thinking about their own response. They are constantly asking for clarification to avoid misunderstandings. Taking the trouble to build understanding lets the person you’re speaking with know that you’re taking them seriously.

    They think before they speak. The best leaders are good at pausing before they speak instead of saying the first thing that comes to mind. They take a moment to think things through, paying close attention to what they say and how they say it. If you adopt only one habit to improve your communication skills, this is the one to choose.

    They know their audience: To communicate effectively, it is important to first know who it is you’re speaking to. The best leaders understand that each listener is different—whether it’s an individual or a group—and make sure to consider their background, expectations and cultural norms before they speak. Even difficult messages are better received when they’re delivered in a way that’s focused on the recipient.

    They treat everyone equally. The best leaders never talk down to anyone but treat everyone with the same respect. No one will want to hear from you if you seem to be holding yourself above them, but communication opens up when you treat everyone as equals.

    They manage their tone. Communication is far more difficult if you let your emotions go unchecked. The best leaders know how to manage their emotions in times of anger, sorrow, fear and joy. They may express emotion in their words and nonverbally, but they do so appropriately, maintaining a tone of confidence and calmness.

    They’re attentive. Much of the power of communication lies not with what we say but with how we say it. The best leaders adopt the practice of listening more than they speak, and they’re attentive to the person who is in front of them. Your full presence is among the most important gifts you can give. And the more attuned you are to what others are saying, the more precise you can be in your response.

    They maintain a positive attitude. The best leaders make a concerted effort to always have a positive attitude. When you communicate with positivity, people will generally respond in the same way. Whatever you send out as a leader is usually returned to you, so own the power of contagious positivity.

    Communicating effectively is a skill you can practice and develop once you’ve learned the basic techniques. If you want to be your best as a leader, learn to be your best as a communicator.

    Lead from within: The best leaders grow by constantly practicing their communication skills, because communication make us who we are.

     


    #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.

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:02 on 2019/12/24 Permalink
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    The Best Way to Change a Toxic Culture 


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    The best way to change a toxic culture is to remove the toxic leader.

    This may sound harsh, but in my experience as a leadership coach working with countless boards, HR departments, and executives, I’ve learned that culture starts from the top—so the top is the best place to start turning things around.

    Reversing a toxic culture requires a leader who brings a certain set of attributes:

    A leader must have a foundational plan. Great leaders know that before you try to determine what needs to change, it’s usually best to understand what’s being done well. Then you’re ready to begin making the high-impact changes, both large and small, that can drive change for the better. Great cultures have a leader with foundational vision.

    A leader must have well-defined values. A great culture is based on a strong set of core values—values that are understandable and relatable, so people can show up every day knowing what to do and how to do it. The organization’s values need to translate into action for employees at every level—from support staff to middle management to top executives.

    A leader must embody soft skills. Many people still think of culture as a mushy, fuzzy concept, but research shows that people really do care about the culture where they spend their work lives. Similarly, soft skills are too often sold short. Any organization or team that wants a great culture needs a leader with strong soft skills—one who knows how to listen and understand, who empathizes and connects with others.

    A leader must always be accountable. Working in a toxic culture is demanding, and it’s easy, especially in difficult times, for people to be caught up in self-preservation and lose track of the guiding principles of the organization in the needs of the moment. But when leadership holds every level accountable for living out the mission and core values, you have a strong foundation on which to begin building better outcomes.

    A leader must have patience. The best leaders know how to go slowly, because things that are worth doing take time. Changing a culture isn’t something that can be rushed but a long game, one that can take months or even years. It means identifying and closing the gap between the culture you have and the culture you need, starting at the top and working through every level. It’s a huge task, one that requires a leader with both purpose and patience.

    Those who can lead an organization out of a toxic culture understand that people don’t come to their jobs just to work—they come because they believe they have value to add to a mission they believe in. The best leader to serve as their guide is able to bring out the purpose and greatness that allow a productive culture to flourish, the people to be happy, and the organization to thrive.

    Lead from within: Great leaders know that if they lead by example others will follow; great workplace cultures start at the top and ripple out to the entire organization.

     


    #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.

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:19 on 2019/12/19 Permalink
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    How the Best Leaders Invest In Themselves 


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    The best leaders are not born into greatness—they work hard to become great. It’s true of leaders at every level: successful CEOs, executives, directors, managers and supervisors.

    And smart leaders understand that they are never done learning, because learning is a lifelong process. They treat learning as an investment in themselves. Here are some of the forms that investment takes:

    They’re open to feedback. The best way to invest in yourself as a leader is to be open to feedback. It’s a crucial skill for anyone in a collaborative work environment, and especially for leaders. Engaging with people directly and showing that you truly hear what they are saying is one of the best ways to build strong bonds and make yourself accessible as a leader.

    They’re always reading. In my experience, I have found that most great leaders are avid readers—for example, Bill Gates goes away on short retreats with 20 or so books. Whether you’re learning a technical skill, seeking personal development or learning more about someone you admire, reading is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to invest in yourself.

    They learn from their mistakes. Everybody makes mistakes, including leaders. But smart leaders make a point of learning from their mistakes and from the mistakes of others. They’re constantly examining their actions and responses to find ways they can improve.

    They grow their network. Leaders are not loners who stay away from other people. On the contrary, they’re always looking for ways to grow their professional network and maintain relations with their colleagues and peers. A strong network can help you stay ahead of industry trends and foster productive collaboration.

    They how to ask questions. Even if they’re very knowledgeable within their field, most leaders work as generalists. The best leaders understand that people who work with the details every day will have deeper knowledge, and they know that asking questions is a sign of respect and strength, not weakness.

    They make time for reflection. No one can function properly without taking some time to stop and think things through. The best leaders make time for reflection, taking pause throughout the day and refocus. It may sometimes feel like a waste of time, but those who practice it regularly find it’s the source of their deepest insights.

    They have a coach. Great leaders understand that self-development doesn’t happen in isolation and that investing in themselves requires the support and expertise of others. A compatible coach can help you maximize opportunities and minimize obstacles.

    The pace of life is fast, and when it’s already difficult to keep up with the demands of the day it may be hard to imagine carving out even more time for yourself.

    But like wise investors, great leaders realize that a good long-term return requires regular investments, even small ones, in the present. And they’re not afraid to spend their time and money on the best practices to help their investment develop and grow.

    Lead from within: The strongest investment you can make is an investment in yourself, that is how you get great leadership.

     


    #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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