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  • feedwordpress 08:00:13 on 2020/07/09 Permalink
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    How to Know You’re About To Make A Bad Leadership Decision 


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    Do you know a successful leader who’s made bad decisions? The answer is almost certainly “yes.”

    Decision making is a big part of leadership, and strong leaders pride themselves on their judgment and decisiveness. But even the best of them have made bad decisions at some point—and some of those mistakes were preventable.

    Here are the top red flags that can warn you that you may be making a bad choice. Watch for them in your day-to-day decision making and if you see cause for concern, take some time to reconsider. No decision is without risk, but if you’re thoughtful and deliberate in your decision making, you’ll be right more often than not.

    If you don’t ask for other opinions. Many leaders make the mistake of thinking they have to make decisions on their own. But especially when you’re faced with an important decision, it’s smart to seek out the counsel of others. Talking through the issues with someone you trust can bring clarity and new insights.

    If you decide too quickly. We live in an age where everything seems to require an instant response. The need to make decisions on the fly can lead to mistakes even for the best leaders. Some situations require swift action, but whenever possible give yourself time to process and think.

    If you don’t have all the information you need. The devil is in the details, as the old saying goes, and it’s hard to make a sound decision when you don’t have access to information you need. Carry out your due diligence and do your research. You can’t remove uncertainty from decision making, but you can minimize it by making informed choices.

    If you only want to follow your gut. Many leaders pride themselves on following their gut instinct. For the best, those instincts are grounded in years of education and experience. For most of us, though, our instincts need backup. If all the evidence and facts point in one direction, and your gut disagrees, ask yourself if something else is at work—maybe denial, wishful thinking, or bias. In most situations where you’re facing a significant decision, trust your head more than your gut.

    If you’re too emotional. As a leader, your decisions may be bold, but they also need to be rational. Decisions based on emotion and carried out in the fervent heat of the moment may feel good in the short run, but they aren’t likely to bring good results. Especially if it’s an important decision, take a break and slow things down. Buy yourself some time to quiet your emotions and think things through.

    Making good decisions is not always easy, but heeding the warning signs can help keep you from making bad ones.

    Lead from within: We all make choices, and in the end our choices make us who we are as leaders.

     


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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.

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:28 on 2020/06/23 Permalink
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    How to Recognize A Strong Leader In A Group Of People 


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    Strong leaders emerge in different ways and at different times. Some people seem born to leadership, and others build their abilities more slowly. Some have the capacity but need their confidence to develop before they can make best the best use of it. Others don’t step into their leadership until the circumstances call for it—usually in difficult times.

    But in any group of people there will be a few who show leadership qualities, even if they’re not fully developed. Here are some things to look for if you want to know who’s capable of being a strong leader:

    They share their expertise. Those who are supportive of others, those who guide and mentor and are quick to share their expertise are showing key leadership traits. Their attention inspires others to care about what they do, and they’re committed to helping others be their best.

    They are trust builders. People build trust in lots of different ways. Many prospective leaders do so by being competent and reliable in their job. That dependability is the foundation for them to build strong relationships with the people they work with at every level, from their bosses to their peers to support staff. They show integrity, focus on solving problems instead of placing blame, and when things go well they share the credit.

    They are an influence for good in challenging times. People’s true natures tend to emerge when difficulties arise. Some complain or make sure their own interests are served. But those who are empathetic, realistic and proactive—and especially those who look for patterns of recurring challenges and seek ways to solve them—are likely to emerge as true leaders.

    They are emotionally agile. The best leaders know how to manage their emotions and are agile enough to let go of any thoughts, beliefs or emotions that aren’t serving them well. Anyone with that ability has already mastered one of the most challenging components of leadership.

    They are great listeners. Leadership is based on connection, and connection is based on listening. Good listeners—those who seek to understand by asking clarifying questions and by giving their complete attention—have the foundation to make good leaders.

    They don’t wait to be asked. In almost every group there will be few people with no official authority who are quick to step up with support and guidance. Generally it’s the ones who are already excellent at their job, and their combination of helpfulness, initiative, competence and confidence makes them strong contenders for leadership roles.

    You can’t always predict leadership potential, but those who exhibit these positive traits are likely to be effective leaders. Recognize them for who they are, and give them as many opportunities as possible to grow into their potential.

    Lead from within: We sometimes look at leadership in a superficial way. In reality, the person who cares the most is the one who will stand out from a crowd of prospective leaders.

     


    #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 08:00:35 on 2020/03/23 Permalink
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    The Best Way Leaders Can Lead People Remotely 


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    Sometimes events force us to change how we work together and do business. It’s a challenge for everyone—and leadership poses particular challenges. How do you keep communication flowing when people are scattered geographically and distracted by the upheaval of their daily life? How do you keep your team connected and focused, healthy and hopeful? Here are some of the ways top leaders address the challenges and keep their teams strong:

    They’re more supportive than ever. Being supportive is always important—but in times of crisis and separation, it’s critical. It’s harder to show support from a distance; you have to provide a source of strength and solace from where you are. Send frequent messages of support and gratitude, and let people know you’re there to help them solve whatever new problems arise.

    They’re more present than ever. The best leaders are accessible, available and connected, so it’s easy for people to feel their presence. When hallway chats and open office doors aren’t an option, show your presence by checking in frequently. Email’s easy, but when you need real connection, phone and video conferencing build a stronger sense of connection.

    They keep people more informed than ever. Keep information flowing by communicating constantly and consistently. Especially in times of change and crisis, people want to know what’s happening and have a way to share their thoughts, concerns and ideas. You may want to establish a daily update by email or video chat to keep people informed.

    They show they care more than ever. It’s harder to show caring from a distance, but a time like this, when people are feeling anxious and isolated, is when a personal touch is most needed. The best leaders make an extra effort with every decision and action to show they sincerely care. They’re willing to show vulnerability and spend more time asking people open-ended questions about family and other concerns, listening to the answers and helping find solutions.

    They bring more clarity than ever. When people are working as a team in an office, it’s relatively easy to keep track of workflow and priorities. When the team is scattered, it’s important to set out goals and expectations clearly. Be more explicit and detailed than usual so your people will understand what they need to do and where they need to focus. At the same time, remember to be realistic and flexible in your expectations.

    They lead by example more than ever. Setting a strong example when working remotely is one of the most meaningful things you can do. Model the attitudes and behavior you want people to emulate. If you want them to be focused and productive in a changing environment, make sure you’re showing them how it’s done. Give them something positive to emulate.

    Lead from within: Working away from the office is the new normal, at least for a while. As a leader, you can help make sure that everyone on your team stays successful in this time of change.

     


    #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 08:00:39 on 2020/03/10 Permalink
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    The Best Ways Leaders Quiet Mind Chatter 


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    On average, each us has around 50,000 different thoughts a day—and some have many more. Thinking is an important part of being a good leader, but knowing how to control and quiet your thoughts is important in preventing stress and mental exhaustion. Knowing how to quiet mind chatter is a valuable skill—and one that’s often overlooked. Here’s what top leaders do:

    Make time to check out. Engage every day in a time of meditation, prayer or deep breathing, and develop shorter techniques to help you anytime the chatter becomes overwhelming. Great leaders know that their mind is their most important asset, and keeping it healthy and strong it is essential. Part of that is practicing a time of stillness.

    Quiet the mind with concentrated focus. Many people find that focus is the only cure for a chattering mind. It’s almost impossible to think about two things at the same time. Great leaders conquer overthinking and mind chatter with focused thought and action.

    Don’t get lost in your fears. I believe in the acronym that describes fear as false evidence appearing real. If you want your mind to stop running wild from one fear to another, address your thoughts. Ask yourself what’s the worst that could happen and work through your fears instead of allowing them to take hold. Just spending a few moments going through and naming your fears can bring you clarity.

    Spend more time in the present. By being in the present moment in your everyday life, rather than replaying the past or projecting possible futures, you can replace much of the time you spend overthinking with genuine connection. Sure, it sounds simple—but having the ability to live in the moment is an effective way to reduce stress and foster control over mind chatter.

    Remember you have control. Stop a rapid train of thought with an emphatic mental STOP!, then take several deep breaths and move on. It is important to remember that you’re in control of your thoughts, not the other way around. Keep your thoughts on your side so they don’t interfere with your success.

    Practice gratitude. Starting each morning with gratitude will help set the tone of your day. Reflect on what you are grateful for, which will shift your focus from what you don’t have to what you do have. With time, the practice of gratitude will train your mind to reflexively find the positive. Take some time each day to give thanks for the good things in your life.

    The best leaders know that it’s normal—and occasionally even beneficial—to have a lot of thoughts dancing through your head. The trick is to learn how to quiet it down so you can have a more calm and purposeful life.

    Lead from within: Mental noise is the constant chatter of the mind that never stops. It is the inner conversation or monologue that goes on constantly in the mind, and what we do with it makes a big difference in our 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

     


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

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    The post The Best Ways Leaders Quiet Mind Chatter appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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