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  • feedwordpress 10:50:53 on 2021/05/04 Permalink
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    Your Leadership Is Contagious—Whether You Know It Or Not 


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    When standards in an organization change, the process tends to be so gradual that it’s not readily noticeable. One day you look around and realize that things that used to be unacceptable are now commonplace. Whether it’s a lax attitude toward work and deadlines, gossip and backbiting, or dishonesty, it’s easy for negative behavior to take hold.

    When norms change, people tend to ask “How did that happen?” I’m here to tell you: it starts at the top. Leadership is contagious, whether leaders know it or not. If a leader’s standards slip, the standards of the organization follow. If leadership’s values are compromised, the values of the business won’t be far behind. It’s imperative to keep close tabs on your own leadership, because others are certain to follow your lead, one by one, until your entire team is affected.

    Here are some of the ways leaders can ensure that their contagious leadership is spreading only good qualities:

    Be consistent and predictable. If you want to be trusted, respected and credible, people have to know that they can count on your conduct to always be consistent.

    Remain true to your values. Let others know who you are and what you stand for, and lead through your example of living out your values every day. Give people reason to feel good about emulating you.

    Evaluate your communications. Leaders communicate a lot, and people are quick to judge those communications as well as the cues they get from body language and nonverbal communication. Think about what you’re saying and—even more important—how you’re saying it.

    Show people what’s most important to you. The quickest way to learn what’s important to someone is to see what they give their time to. Ask yourself if you’re spending your time in ways that reflect your values or if you’re sending mixed messages.

    Take command of your emotions. If you’re quick to lose your temper, if you yell when things go wrong, if you lose patience easily, you’re sending a message to others that it’s OK—and maybe even expected—to do the same. Don’t let your own behavior validate screaming, tantrums, or abuse. Remember, your emotions have the power to make people comfortable or uncomfortable—which do you want it to be?

    Embody positivity. A positive leader means a positive team and positive organization; a negative leader is working to build a team and culture based on negativity.

    Treat others the way you want to be treated. Treat people with respect and dignity and they will treat you—and their coworkers—the same.

    When you’re a leader, your actions are constantly being watched by others. Ask yourself if you want those you lead to emulate what you do and how you do it. If not, be thoughtful of how you lead and commit to setting a good example.

    Lead from within: If you know your leadership is contagious, you’re more likely to exhibit behavior worth catching.

     


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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 11:27:51 on 2021/03/16 Permalink
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    7 Things You Should Never Take for Granted In Your Leadership 


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    Leadership isn’t easy. Every day brings a new set of challenges and obstacles. In my work as a leadership coach, I see the way my clients are constantly bombarded with problems, issues, complications and crises. The choices they make as they tackle these day-to-day challenges are a big part of what defines them as a great leader or a good leader (or in some cases a bad leader).

    But leadership comes with its own set of rewards, as well—benefits that reflect both your own leadership values and the commitment and character of the people you’re leading. Here are seven of the most important things a leader should never take for granted:

    Loyalty. If your employees are faithful in good times and bad, if they stand beside your leadership and have your back, you are the beneficiary of their loyalty.

    Trust. If you have employees who are willing to do everything you ask of them, who believe in your vision and don’t second-guess your judgment, you are benefiting from the tremendous power of trust.

    Effective meetings. Far too many organizations have meetings for the sake of having meetings, which is why meetings are viewed as such notorious time wasters. If your leadership produces effective meetings—short, structured and successful—you and your people benefit.

    A happy workplace. If you’ve ever spent time in a toxic workplace, one where people are stressed out and cynical and the atmosphere is filled mistrust and tension, you understand the value of a culture in which people feel happy and productive. Positive leaders create positive cultures, so give yourself credit if you’ve succeeded on that score.

    Hard-working people. If your leadership is based in pestering, controlling, micromanaging and driving people, you’re taking your team for granted. If you’re fortunate enough to be leading a group of hard-working people who put their hearts into everything they do, stop and be thankful. Look for ways to show your appreciation to keep bringing out the best of your people.

    Work-life balance. Leadership and work-life balance don’t naturally go together—that’s why so much of my time working with clients is spent coaching them in that area. If your personal and professional lives are in balance, be grateful. If they aren’t, keep working to achieve that goal for yourself and your team.

    Health. It’s often been said because it’s a fundamental truth: people don’t appreciate good health until they no longer have it. If you’re well, remember to be thankful. And if you’re not well, devote the time you need to caring for yourself.

    This is what I’ve found to be universally true: the less you take for granted and the more gratitude you feel and express, the more happiness, productivity and success you will have as a leader.

    Lead from within: When you are given the responsibility to lead, you’re also given the opportunity to be a positive influence many people’s lives. Never take that responsibility, or that opportunity, for granted.

     


    #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 09:00:46 on 2021/03/02 Permalink
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    How the Best Leaders Build Trust at Work 


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    Trust is a crucial element for any successful team. When team members are working remotely it becomes even more important—but also more difficult to achieve and maintain. Whatever your team’s situation, the best way for you to foster a climate of trust is to lead by example. If you want your people to trust one another, you need to first demonstrate that you trust them yourself. Here’s what that can look like:

    Trust your people to be capable. Give them room to stretch their boundaries without being micromanaged. When you trust your team members with responsibility, you send them a clear message: that the real challenge is not facing what stands before them but learning to believe in what is within them. And if someone’s not giving their best, ask yourself if you’ve truly given them the opportunity to shine. To build a successful team and organization means developing and harnessing the capabilities of each person, and that process starts with trust.

    Trust your people to be credible. An elemental component of trust is credibility—knowing that you can trust what someone says and take them at their word. To build trust in your team, make it a personal police to believe what they tell you unless you have strong evidence to the contrary—and even then, ask questions instead of jumping to conclusions. Don’t rely on your own assumptions.

    Trust your people to be reliable. Show your team not only that you depend on them but also that you trust them to meet expectations and accomplish what needs to be done. Remember, the best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. And make sure that you’re showing your team the same level of reliability that you expect of them.

    Trust your people to be responsible. Build trust and help your people grow by giving them the authority to deal with the issues that come their way using their best judgment. Let them do what they need to do and say what they need to say without interfering or interrupting. Don’t require that they obtain permission before they make a decision—instead, promote and model genuine accountability.

    Above all, trust yourself. Building trust with others requires a strong sense of self-awareness. Leaders who don’t trust themselves have a hard time trusting others. If you need to work through some personal development in this area, consult a mentor or leadership coach if that option is available to you. Build your own self-trust and self-reliance so you can pass those traits along to others.

    Trust is the glue of leadership. It is the most essential ingredient in bonding relationships and building connections between leaders and their teams, among team members, and within organizations as a whole.

    Lead from within: Trust is the essential foundation of leadership and business; without it, there’s not much to build on.

     


    #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 09:00:57 on 2021/02/02 Permalink
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    How to Build a Relationship with a Leader You Admire 


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    One of the most important ways you can grow in your leadership is by building a relationship with a leader you admire. An experienced leader can provide you with insightful feedback, intelligent advice and a different perspective. The value of such a relationship can be priceless—but how do you get started? Here are some steps you can take:.

    Be willing to take the first step. It’s easy to think about how good something could be, but the only way to turn a dream into achievement is to make a plan and take action. Start by drawing up a list of leaders you admire who might be good candidates for a relationship.

    Test your own assumptions. If you have someone in mind, don’t assume that they’re too important or too busy or too distracted to be interested. Most top leaders are committed to using what they’ve learned to help others, and you never know what’s possible until you try.

    Make your request: Once you’ve decided which leader you want to approach, find a way to reach out to them—in person if possible, or by email or phone or letter. You don’t have to treat it as a formal request, but be clear about what you’re asking—especially if you don’t know the person well.

    Speak from the heart. I’m a big believer in the principle that it’s not so much what you say but how you say it that matters most. If you speak from the heart, it’s likely to be appreciated. Let them know why you admire and respect them.

    Combine vulnerability and confidence. Make sure your request and early communications don’t sound either too needy or overly confident. Let the person know that you’re eager to learn and want to improve.

    Be gracious. If the person says yes, thank them warmly and follow up with a handwritten thank-you note. Schedule your first meeting promptly to get the momentum going. Keep your tone both enthusiastic and professional.

    Treat rejection as a lesson too. If you get rejected don’t take it personally. If you have a chance, ask why they chose not to accept. The answer may help you improve your next attempt, or it may be just a question of overcommitment or bad timing. Whatever the response, know that you were courageous enough to ask. Be proud of yourself and find someone else to ask.

    Make it a two-way relationship. As you work with the other person, keep your desire to learn and grow at the forefront to make good use of your time together. At the same time, look for ways you can benefit them—there may be times when your own perspective or background will be helpful.

    Lead from within: Learning how to build a relationship with someone you admire is a skill that is both worthy and meaningful. This type of connection is a valuable investment, so treat it with care.


    #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 09:00:53 on 2021/02/02 Permalink
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    What Happens When a Leader Stops Communicating 


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    He was a great businessman, but stubborn. As his coach, I was recommending that he be more transparent within his organization, but he kept insisting that his people didn’t need communication—they just needed to do their work. After some back and forth, he said in exasperation, “Maybe I’ll just stop communicating altogether!”

    I told him it was the worst idea he’d ever had.

    A lack of communication from leadership has the potential to harm teams, businesses, workplace dynamics, and the processes that keep everything moving. An uncommunicative leader often causes serious organizational problems. Some of the most common:

    A dysfunctional culture. Ineffective communication leads to employee frustration, which in turn breeds distrust and confusion. As those problems spread, loyalty and commitment to the organization decline. Unhappy employees are the top symptom of a dysfunctional culture.

    A lack of respect. Respect grows out of relationships, and relationships are built on communication. Communication allows for opportunities to share ideas and perspectives; it builds mutual understanding and trust—all elements of the respect that effective workplaces require. Without communication, there is nowhere for respect to take root. And without an atmosphere of respect, it’s difficult for any organization to function effectively.

    Decreased performance. Employees need to know what’s required of them, what success looks like, what issues may be causing trouble, and how they’re doing. Without reliable access to information and resources, they can’t effectively perform their jobs. The resulting frustration leads to a decrease in morale and motivation, causing productivity to drop even further. And every drop in performance carries a cost in reputation and success.

    I stated all these points to my client. As I said, he’s a stubborn man—but he’s smart about business, and the last thing he wanted was for his organization to lose its reputation and success. He began to understand how necessary communication was to reaching his goals for the company, and he saw that providing employees with effective communication could boost performance and help his business run more efficiently.

    Leaders sometimes think the more they withhold the more power they hold. But I believe the opposite is true—the more you communicate, the more power it gives you.

    Poor communication between you and your employees, on the other hand, can have serious long-term consequences for your organization. It can also keep you from reaching your full potential as a leader, alienate those around you, and have a negative impact on the performance and results your leadership is judged by.

    If you want to lead, it’s vital that you cultivate your communication skills and spend significant daily time and effort on communication with your team.

    Lead from within: Making communication a focal point of your leadership can lead to successes within your business and boost productivity and profits.

     


    #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

    The post What Happens When a Leader Stops Communicating appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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