If leadership is a skill that can be developed, which I believe is true, then how do you go about it?
Here are some traits that I believe are essential for good leaders, my hope is as you read through these, you picture a scenario you've had, did you exercise some of these traits? How and if not, how could you have? How did that impact their and your work, the relationship? Think of a time a leader showed you these traits and how that impacted you. Reflection of personal experiences will help you understand why each trait is so important.
Have you ever been in a situation when there are differing opinions amongst the team on a decision that must be made? Whether it’s about who takes what responsibility, how to handle a client, or a policy or operational decision, there are times when all of you will be unanimous and times when you differ. How do you know when to let democracy prevail or when to make an authoritative decision that goes against the majority? When should you stand alone?
I often encourage you to give constant feedback to your direct reports, to those you are developing. It's the best way for them to learn, to have a clearer understanding of your expectations and your personal style, and it always clears the air.
What happens when we are on the receiving end of feedback? It's especially tough when it's in the heat of the moment or things are very busy, we tend to react rather than listen.
Some of you know that each morning I have an established routine. Morning tea, breakfast for all (myself, our yellow lab Ruger, and his fancy cat sister Miss Lucy), meditation, and reading a passage from Derek Lin's The Tao of Joy Every Day.
"What Got You Here Won't Get You There"...such a profound statement that reminds us every time we think we've got it figured out, that we've only figured out that piece of that puzzle. If we want to reach new heights, new possibilities, we will need new approaches, change, and challenge.
The good news is that this is an absolute natural, necessary part of life. Not only for us, but for all living creatures. Enjoy this 1 min read on why this is part of our natural journey.
One of the biggest challenges leaders face is cultivating employee engagement. How do we get our people to care? It may take a mindset shift on your part (spoiler alert: as a leader you are not responsible for everyone’s tasks. You are responsible to get your team to want to be responsible.)
Employee Engagement is How You Go From Good to Great
A friend said a comment that piqued my interest this weekend, "We are drowning in information, but thirsting for wisdom."
I know the feeling, I think we all can relate.
People in leadership roles want to do a good job, do right by our team, ourselves, and our business. So, we turn to a popular fix: We hop online, and drown ourselves in the never-ending amount of surface information out there on how to reduce turnover, how to increase employee engagement, how to...
One of the challenges almost every single one of my clients has to overcome is time management. Especially in leadership roles, we can feel like we must be involved in everything all the time. This not only leads to overwhelm, it works against us, sapping our energy and gusto, at the end of the day we feel frustrated rather than accomplished.
Too much of that and the weeks become very hard.
To be at our best and be able to be at service for the majority of the day, our actions must be very intentional. Have you heard the reminder: “Failing to plan is planning to fail?” It’s true.
Picture a leader you've had that proudly stands out in your mind.
What was it about that leader that impacted you so much? Envision their face, their eyes, their smile. Words like strong, smart, empathetic, and purposeful come to mind as I think of the leader I admire. Along with the inspiration she gave me to be my very best.