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  • feedwordpress 09:00:07 on 2021/01/14 Permalink
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    9 Dumb Things Smart Leaders Need to Stop Doing Right Now 


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    Many leaders don’t know—or don’t want to know—about the dumb things they do that drive their people crazy. Even smart, committed leaders have blind spots, and you may be needlessly frustrating and irritating people with unthinking behavior and attitudes. They may not be able to tell you about it, but I can: if any of these apply to you, it’s time to stop. When you do, you’ll benefit everyone in your organization—including yourself.

    Stop talking over people. Don’t think that just because you’re considered a good communicator you should be doing all the talking or interrupting others when they’re speaking. The best communicators know that the most important part of the process is listening to understand.

    Stop thinking you know best. If you think you’re usually the smartest person in the room, you have a problem. Great leaders surround themselves with people who are smarter than they are. A team of smart people will challenge one another, and you. Everyone will learn and grow, and your organization will benefit at every level.

    Stop creating unattainable goals. Of course it’s good for your team to try and reach past their limits . But a steady stream of unrealistic goals adds pressure and unnecessary stress to the workday. People feel frustrated and distracted, and they give up pushing themselves toward something they know they can’t reach.

    Stop trying to control everything. Most people value strong leadership, but they resist control. If you have smart, talented people who are willing to step up, give them autonomy and help them grow into leaders themselves.

    Stop taking people for granted. Not just once or twice a year but on a regular basis, take the time to recognize people for doing good work, show appreciation for their efforts and commitment, and if necessary remind them that failure is part of success.

    Stop the hypocrisy. If you say you’re going to do something, do it. Align your actions to match your words, and people will always respect the power of your example.

    Stop imposing unnecessary rules. Where rules are necessary, they’re important, but when they seem arbitrary and make people’s lives more difficult instead of easier, something’s wrong.

    Stop criticizing people in public. It’s one thing to disapprove of what someone says or does, but to publicly humiliate them is disrespectful. Give feedback that’s constructive and do it kindly and privately.

    Stop trying to act alone. The best leaders know the power of collaboration. They understand the truth of the old adage: if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.

    Even smart leaders can do dumb things and develop bad habits—what makes them smart is recognizing when they’re going astray and making the changes they need.

    Lead from within: To be a successful leader, learn to minimize the dumb things you do and always acknowledge that you have things to improve.

     


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  • feedwordpress 09:00:15 on 2021/01/12 Permalink
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    How a Crisis can Make a Bad Leader into a Great Leader 


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    Times of crisis are inherently challenging and difficult—but they also present great opportunities for leaders to grow. That’s especially true in the present. One of the many changes brought by the pandemic is that old-style control-and-command leadership is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

    A largely virtual workforce has a high level of autonomy, and leaders are faced with more variables than they can possibly control. With their habitual styles of leadership no longer viable, more and more leaders are finding that change is the order of the day. It’s a perfect time for growth. Here are some points to remember during this moment of opportunity:

    In crisis leaders can engage. If your leadership before was all about control, now it should be more about engagement—being curious about your people and learning not just what they’re doing but how they’re doing. It’s time to take off the tight reins, loosen the grips and build points of connection, because that’s where the real power of great leadership begins.

    In crisis leaders can pay close attention. If you’ve always been one of those bosses who didn’t really listen, now is the time to start tuning in. People don’t want to feel that they’re wasting their time or their concerns are unheard. Give voice to your people and encourage them to speak their mind, then listen to understand and to learn. In times like this you need the benefit of everyone’s thoughts and ideas.

    In crisis leaders can support. If support and advocacy haven’t been part of your leadership style up till now, you need to incorporate them immediately. Especially in times of crisis, people need support and encouragement from their leaders. If you don’t know how to begin, try asking your employees a basic question: What do you need from me, and how can I be of help? In that simple inquiry is the beginning of a positive new norm.

    In crisis leaders can celebrate and benefit from diversity. In an ideal workplace, everyone works from their own perspective in a way that leverages their knowledge, skills and abilities. In other words, people bring their diversity to work, and different ways at arriving at great results are celebrated. But many leaders fail to take full advantage of diversity and instead try to impose a rigid way of doing things on everyone. The current moment, with its need for new processes and perspectives in every area, is a perfect opportunity for people to explore working together in new ways that incorporate diversity and recognize its extraordinary value.

    Difficult as they are, times of trouble present an opportunity for people to bond together in new ways. Even if you’d evaluate your leadership so far as mediocre bordering on bad, you now have an opportunity to make it great.

    Lead from within: In crisis people tend to come together in new ways, and leaders can rewrite the status quo so that taking care of one another becomes the norm.

     


    #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 09:00:47 on 2021/01/07 Permalink
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    How to Care for Your Employees’ Mental Health 


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    Most of us have greatly expanded our understanding of stress over these past few months, when we have the usual everyday stresses plus the uncertainty, disruption and chaos of a pandemic. It’s no surprise that mental well-being is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain. As leaders we want what is best for our employees, and that means caring for about their mental health—especially now. Here are some solid steps you can take:

    Break the silence. Leaders can mitigate the stigma around mental health issues by discussing them openly, using mental health resources themselves if needed, and sharing their stories. Make it clear that the workplace is a welcoming and supportive space.

    Keep the dialogue going. Hold communication channels open for discussion, taking care not to pressure anyone to disclose private information. Work with Human Resources to identify and issues and resources, and share the information personally in a meeting or seminar. Let employees see your commitment.

    Provide (or advocate for) mental health resources at your company. The best thing you can do for your employees is to be proactive in meeting their needs. Do everything in your power—ideally through your employee health care plan—to provide accessible, affordable mental health services such as counseling, therapy, and treatment for addiction.

    Maintain regular check-ins: The best leaders stay on top of important issues, and making mental health a top priority means treating it as an ongoing commitment rather than something to check off your to-do list. Communicate regularly about mental health and make sure channels are available to help people those who are feeling overwhelmed.

    Watch for signs that someone’s struggling. If you’re worried about an employee who’s experiencing decreased productivity or a marked change in personality, set up an informal meeting. With discretion, care and compassion, ask how they’re doing—at work and at home. As much as possible, provide assistance by adjusting workloads, adding flexible hours, or connecting them with resources.

    Create a virtual support system. The best leaders create virtual connections to alleviate feelings of isolation for employees working from home. A sense of community is an important component of mental and emotional well-being, and connection helps reinforce a spirit of belonging and mutual support among employees.

    Lead by example. Make sure you’re fostering healthy behaviors not only with your words but also through your actions. Don’t tell people to be maintain a good work–life balance and then stay logged in late into the evening yourself. Employees look to their leaders to set the tone, so be the example you want others to follow.

    Advocating for mental health support in the workplace may seem like an insurmountable task, but it starts with small, intentional steps and a caring leader.

    Lead from within: Given that we spend half our waking hours working, it’s unsurprising that work is one of the most influential factors in our mental health. The best leaders understand this principle and address it.

     


    #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 09:00:43 on 2021/01/05 Permalink
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    The Best Ways Leaders Promote Happiness 


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    Part of any leader’s job is caring about their people and working to instill in them a sense of happiness, motivation, and pride in what they do and who they are. Many leaders neglect this important element of their role, but it’s too important to leave it up to chance.

    There are lots of ways you can promote good feelings among your employees. Here are a few ways to get started:

    Put people in charge of their own destiny. Successful leaders know that giving people more ownership over their day-to-day schedule, tasks and professional development is essential to building a workforce that’s happier, more engaged and more productive. They’re constantly looking for opportunities to help their people learn and grow, and they make sure to provide support where it’s needed.

    Provide a clear roadmap. When you let people know where the company is going and the reasons behind its direction and pace, you’re giving them an opportunity to buy into the vision. And once that happens, they can find their role and purpose within that vision. People are happier and more motivated when they see themselves as part of something bigger than a paycheck.

    Spread lots of positive reinforcement. It’s a simple common-sense principle that recognizing and appreciating people makes them feel valued. Positive reinforcement at work can happen in lots of ways: treating others with dignity and respect, extending empathy and compassion, practicing gratitude. Whatever form it takes, it makes people feel good about their environment ane themselves.

    Let people know they’re not alone. Successful leaders build strong teams and encourage people to rely on one another. Their mantras are “We’re all in this together” and “Together we can do anything.” They know that engaging with others helps people feel energized and a sense of connection builds happiness—and employees who are happy and energized are productive and effective in everything they do.

    Give people a reason to be proud. Employees who are proud of their organization are three times more likely to be happy at work. This kind of pride goes beyond satisfaction with individual or team output—it extends to the entire organization, its values, and everything it stands for. It’s what people mean when they say that cultural fit is an important part of their satisfaction at work.

    It’s unsurprising that happy employees turn out to be more engaged, more committed and more driven at work, and they’re more willing to make contributions that go beyond the workday and their job description. So if you want to be a successful leader, make sure you’re taking the time each day to check in with your employees’ happiness. It makes a big difference—for them and for you.

    Lead from within: Research shows the when leaders take the time to foster their people’s happiness and well-being, they find it’s well worth the investment and effort because the payoffs are tremendous.

     


    #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 09:00:57 on 2020/12/29 Permalink
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    How to Look Forward with Confidence in Uncertainty 


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    One of my favorite books of all time is Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. It’s a book I turn to and reread every year on my birthday, and I learn something new every time. I find that it’s especially helpful in times of struggle, difficulty and uncertainty—which makes it perfect for the world today. Here are some of Frankl’s words that can help us all find the confidence to move forward:

    “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” This quote by Frankl is extremely helpful in situations where we want to change everyone and everything around us. It stops us in our tracks and tells us that we may not be able to change the situation or other people, but we can always change ourselves and learn to grow within our challenges.

    “Everything can be taken from a man (woman) but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” These words say so much. Everything can be taken from us, including all our freedoms, and in times of uncertainty it’s easy to feel that we have no options. But we always have a choice. As Frankl says so profoundly, you can choose your attitude to make your way. In turn, your attitude will strengthen you to forge forward from an uncomfortable and uncertain place.

    “An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.” Here Frankl provides an especially valuable insight: if a crisis or challenge is leading you to react in ways you normally wouldn’t, maybe your abnormal reaction is normal. When you face a new norm, uncertainty can make you do things you never would have considered before. However you respond to a situation, remember to show yourself compassion and kindness.

    “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” These words are a useful mantra in times of crisis. When the tension and uncertainty of life feel unbearable, look for meaning, for purpose, and pursue it. When you do, you will find the confidence to move forward.

    Frankl, who was an Austrian Holocaust survivor, neurologist, and psychiatrist who died in 1997, is the founder of logotherapy—which translates literally into healing through meaning and provides a helpful framework for finding and pursuing meaningful goals in our lives. Frankl saw that the search for meaning can be a primary motivation. He believed that adopting a courageous attitude in situations of unavoidable suffering and uncertainty can give us the confidence to find meaning, and that when we find that meaning we are able to bear any challenge.

    Lead from within: Viktor Frankl has been a mentor in my life. I hope you will allow his words to move you and give you the confidence you need to face uncertainty with purpose and meaning.

     

     


    #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 How to Look Forward with Confidence in Uncertainty appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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