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  • feedwordpress 09:00:16 on 2018/12/03 Permalink
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    How to Answer the Dreaded “Got a Minute? 

    How many times a day do you think a leader is asked, “Got a minute?”

    The answer is often—more often than you’d think.

    When you have work to be done and goals to be met and tasks to finish, it’s easy to view a steady stream of people asking “Got a minute?” as intrusive and unwelcome. Any interruption can throw you off task and cause you to lose momentum, and after several of them resentment can set in.

    On the other hand, it’s important for leaders to be available and accessible. So what can you do?

    Is it possible to meet the needs of your team and respect your own time and workload. Yes, here’s how:

    Say yes. This is the first principle and the most important. People come to see you because they need your support, and as a leader you need to be there for your people. People come first.

    Manage your reaction. Part of being a leader is learning to have patience and being available even when you’re yelling “Noooooooooo!” on the inside. Make sure your reaction is an inviting and welcoming one. Manage your emotions and take care of people who need you.

    Establish a system. A good system—one that everyone understands and follows— allows you to attend to people and still have uninterrupted time every day. The best systems give you and other leaders the perfect balance between discipline and freedom. Consider having your top-tier people come in an hour earlier than the rest of the team so you have a built-in time to confer, and empower them to deal with as much as possible on their own. Another option is to set daily open-door hours, with access at other times limited to emergencies.

    Don’t make excuses. Everyone is busy, so don’t let your time crunch be an excuse. Find the time for your people and let them know they matter. Excuses are tools for incompetent leaders.

    Treat time as a precious resource. Remember that the way you use time serves as a model for your entire team. Let them see you organize your time efficiently and in alignment with your priorities. Show them how to make time to be accessible. And remember to respect their time as well, by not asking them to waste it on do-nothing meetings and busywork administrative tasks.

    Show that access is a privilege. When someone needs you, let them know they have your full attention. At the same time, help them understand that there will be times when someone else has that same full attention, and that your ability to focus helps you maintain a standard of excellence that benefits the entire team. When they understand this, they’ll be less likely to take access to your time for granted.

    Lead from within:  “Got a minute?” It may be one of the most dreaded questions a leader can be asked, but you have to be prepared to answer it correctly.

     


     

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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 09:00:02 on 2018/11/27 Permalink
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    These Powerful Traits Can Make You into a Successful Leader 

    Some traits set a great leader apart from the pack. Great leaders are multidimensional, continually improving, growing and learning.

    Here are the most powerful top traits that can make you be the most successful leader you can be:

    Self-management. One of the most important traits of successful leadership is self-management. Be aware of your strengths, but also learn how to manage and leverage your weaknesses.

    Being a visionary. Exceptional leaders have the ability to look into the future and create a vision that will benefit their organization. Being a visionary means understanding that continuous change is occurring all around you, so what worked in the past may not work now.

    Setting goals: A successful leader must be able to set clear goals and be determined and purposeful in achieving them. Set your goals, then back them up with unshakable self-confidence.

    Effective communication. Great leaders are effective communicators, able to clearly and succinctly explain everything from organizational goals to specific tasks. Develop your ability to communicate to people what they need to know in order to excel.

    Exhibiting integrity.
    Great leaders never separate character from success. They know there can be nothing of real value if those who follow them can’t respect their leadership. Integrity is about more than just doing the right thing—it’s about standing for something bigger than yourself and setting an example in the process.

    Demonstrating decisiveness. Every effective leader has to learn to make sound decisions under pressure. As you build your agility in solving problems under rapidly shifting circumstances, you’re learning to act decisively in a complex environment.

    Expressing curiosity. Great leaders share the trait of curiosity. They’re genuinely interested in people, their company and the world around them. They ask questions, read, listen and surround themselves with mentors, coaches and advisors. Build the habit of listening more than you speak, because curiosity is the best way to stay informed.

    Conveying compassion. Great leaders consider the needs of others ahead of their own. They care about people beyond what people can do for them personally. Compassion isn’t a trait you can fake, but it is one you can develop by simply paying attention to the people around you.

    Communicating expertise.
    It’s crucial to keep a finger on the pulse of what’s happening and to stay on top of relevant facts, figures, and best practices. To be successful requires mastering your field.

    Supplying innovation. Leaders must have the courage to take risks and to encourage creativity in others. Orient your thinking to always look forward with an open mind.

    Exemplifying humility. Humility is crucial to real success—the kind that’s based not in what you get but in who you become as a person. Be humble in your confidence and courageous in your character.

    Establishing endurance.
    Every great leader knows that the most important trait you can have is the ability to persevere when things go wrong. Challenges and difficult times will always come and go, but those who stay the course will endure.

    Lead from within:
    If you want to be a successful leader, begin today to cultivate the traits you need.

     


     

    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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    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:58 on 2018/11/26 Permalink
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    A Year-end Checklist That Will Make You a Much Better Leader 

    As with everything in life, if you want to improve you need to see where you are and where you want to go. To succeed (or stay successful) in leadership, you need to see what you did this past year and where you want to go in the new year.

    On the other hand, the best leaders know that progress isn’t something you check in on once a year. Progress and success can be achieved only through continuous improvements.

    Effective leadership can be mastered, and a leadership checklist is an effective tool for making it happen. A solid year-end checkup will make you a better leader—today, tomorrow, and every day of the year.

    Here’s my checklist. Try it out and see how you score:

    Did you lead with character? Is what you said the same as what you did? Describing you as a leader, will people cite your character?

    Did you create a compelling vision? Were you able to translate your personal goals into a compelling vision that people can rally around?

    Did you identify next steps?  Did you articulate goals, roles and responsibilities so everyone could be successful in their own right?

    Did you think strategically? Did you set forth a pragmatic strategy for achieving both short- and long-term goals?

    Did you act decisively? True leadership is about making good and timely decisions and ensuring they are executed. Have you done that? If yes, great! If not, why not? What will you do differently?

    Did you build others up? Did you build confidence in others?

    Did you communicate effectively? Did you communicate persuasively, concisely and memorably?

    Did you listen before you spoke? Did you listen to people until they felt heard? Did you listen with the intent to learn?

    Did you encourage feedback from others? Did you listen to feedback and adapt in response?

    Did you cultivate leadership in others? have you spent time developing leadership throughout the organization? If not, why not? And how will you begin?

    Did you lead with positivity? If you aren’t leading with positivity, you’re likely leading with negativity, and it has to change for you to become an effective leader.

    Did you take ownership? Always be responsible for what you do as a leader. If not, people come to feel they cannot count on you.

    Did you manage relationships? Personal relationships are at the core of great leadership.

    Did you lead with inspiration? Did you create an environment in which others feel inspired and motivated, secure in their capabilities and competence, ready for new challenges and successes?

    Did you cultivate a culture of respect? Did you treat people respectfully?

    Did you navigate or fix? Did you get out of the way and allow people to show you what they’re capable of? Or did you do the work for them?

    Did you value the unique contributions of others? Did you value the gifts that each individual brings by recognizing and appreciating their individual efforts and work?

    Did you lead by example? As a leader, did you set an example others would want to emulate?

    This year-end checklist is really a year-round checklist—it works as a daily, weekly, monthly and annual self-evaluation. Make adaptations to suit your particular situation, then use it to hold yourself accountable for who you are and what you do to become the kind of leader you want to be.

    Lead from within: Use a checklist to become a better leader, for yourself and for those you lead. It will help you and your team become more effective and successful.


     

    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 09:00:56 on 2018/11/20 Permalink
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    How to Cope with the Loneliness of Leadership 

    One aspect of leadership many people don’t talk about is loneliness. As an executive leadership coach, I have access to concerns and issues that are rarely discussed in the open. Loneliness in leadership is real and causes significant difficulty and isolation for those who are experiencing it.

    The higher up you go, the more pervasive loneliness becomes. In a recent study, half of the CEOs who responded reported feelings of loneliness. For new CEOs, the percentage rose to 70 percent. The responsibility of a role that involves making the toughest decisions alone—without supporters, mentors, or friends—creates a sense of loneliness few of us ever experience.

    Loneliness can negatively affect your performance and effectiveness, lead to burnout, and do harm to both you and those around you. Every leader should have a set of skills for coping with loneliness on board. Here are some of the most important:

    Dismantle silos. While organizations need some division to function, silos create isolation. Work to build and cultivate relationships within your organization, and eliminate as many isolating structures as possible. Bring teams and workers at all levels together to collaborate and socialize.

    Foster a culture of trust and transparency. It’s not uncommon for people to withhold even important information from a leader. There are lots of possible reasons, but they all stem from a lack of trust—something that also contributes to isolation. Change the environment by showing you’re dependable, transparent with what you know, trusting, and trustworthy.

    Seek support. One of the hallmarks of a successful leaders is knowing when to get help. Look up an old mentor or connect with a leadership coach or a counselor, but find someone who can help you regain perspective, align priorities, and adapt management practices.

    Gather advisors. Assemble four or five wise individuals from different industries and positions who can advise and learn from one another in an informal advisory group. Among other advantages, you’ll have a group in which you can bounce around ideas, discuss fears and challenges, and gain perspective.

    Read up. You’re not the only person to go through what you’re feeling, and reading—whether it’s a book or a blog post—is a great way to connect with shared experience and learn coping strategies and best practices.

    Work to understand. Understanding the essence of loneliness can help you accept and cope with the reality. Simply acknowledging that you’re lonely is the first step in lifting the burden. Don’t try to escape the reality of what you’re experiencing. Remember, the only way out is through.

    Loneliness does exist, but there are things you can do to cope and overcome. We are biologically, cognitively, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong to communities. The more you do to bring yourself back into that state of being, the more of its benefits you will experience.

    Lead from within: Everyone experiences loneliness at times the trick is to learn how to cope with it and move through it.

     


     

    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 09:00:55 on 2018/11/19 Permalink
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    How to Increase Your Influence Using 5 Simple Words 

     

    Words have the power to build people up, hold people back, and break people down. The words you speak as a leader are especially influential, with the ability to empower or disempower others.

    Of all the words you can say, five are especially meaningful in terms of influence:

    How can I help you?

    With those five words you communicate some important principles. Offering to help positions you as a servant leader, and asking how you can help shows respect and gives the other person ownership of their own future. The simple question “How can I help?” is at the core of the most influential things leaders do:

    Leading by example. Stand beside those who are working hard and work as hard as they do to demonstrate to them your commitment and determination. Show them by example what it means to invest in yourself so they can follow your lead.

    Showing respect. Give those around you the respect they deserve. Self-respect may guide your morals, but the respect for others should guide your behavior. Respect everyone you meet, whether they’re your superiors, your peers or your subordinates.

    Spending time. The biggest investment you can make in your people is your time. Spending quality time with people will affect their job performance directly and spreads your influence. Spend time connecting with people as often as you can. Talk to them about topics that aren’t related to work and show genuine interest in them as a person. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes.

    Fostering mentorship. If you really want to help those around you, mentor them in ways that help them feel empowered. Don’t tell them what to do but stand beside them as a support system. Make sure they know you’re available if they need your counsel. Promote them when they deserve it and praise them when they earn it. Put their best interest ahead of yours.

    Making resources accessible. Give people the tools they need by ensuring that resources and materials are available to everyone. Nothing is more demoralizing than setting out on a job with enthusiasm only to find that you don’t have everything you need.

    Serving with devotion. Be present when you’re with your people—don’t let anything distract you or get in the way. Listen with the intent to learn, ask questions for clarity, and offer support and direction when they’re needed so those who serve you can perform at their highest level.

    In everything you do, remember the core attitude: How can I help you? These words have the power to influence those around you, creating a circle of positive change that ripples out far beyond your individual reach. That’s the power of influence, and it starts with five simple words.

    Lead from within: To be a truly great leader—one with great influence—you must start from a place of respectful service. Remember that the words you choose contain power, and it’s up to you to choose the type of power you express.


     

    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 Increase Your Influence Using 5 Simple Words appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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