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Leaders are responsible for translating the same vision into different messages that their unique teams will respond to. Second, augment logical reasoning with an emotional appeal to inspire. That’s how you get buy-in, and how you shift the team’s response from “I have to,” to “I want to.”
Some teams are plagued by interruptions—the nonstop distractions common in a cubicle culture with constant e-mailing, an excess of meetings, and so on. These teams’ members crave focused time in order to eliminate the stress of unfinished tasks or the need to take work home. The structured-time-off goal in this case is quiet, uninterrupted time, including meeting-free time.
Joe Boutte's insight:
Everyday leaders enable managers and team members to maximize their personal and collective time. One of the important findings of this study is how we are constantly interrupted and disrupted in many office environments. Structured time off and free time are ways to mitigate the disruptive cycles.
"Some teams are plagued by interruptions—the nonstop distractions common in a cubicle culture with constant e-mailing, an excess of meetings, and so on. These teams’ members crave focused time in order to eliminate the stress of unfinished tasks or the need to take work home. The structured-time-off goal in this case is quiet, uninterrupted time, including meeting-free time."
Whether you’re out of the office or your team members are out in the field, they must be able to step into leadership roles and make decisions that will result in positive customer outcomes.
And when something goes awry, your employees need to:
Be prepared to find solutions Placate frustrated customers And ultimately turn a potential disaster into a nonissue This requires that each and every team member is properly prepared to lead with responsibility.
Cultivating a sense of personal responsibility among your team members isn’t just good for your company; it also helps your employees grow.
If your team doesn't know what to do when you aren't around, you've failed as a leader. The world needs everyday leaders who are autonomous, but understand their leader's vision, intent, and expectations to create the output and outcomes required.
Everyday leadership integrates the following three statements regarding leaders and decision making from the article.
A variable cluster analysis found strong agreement with the following three statements as the behaviors that distinguished decision making with leader-like accountability and ingenuity:
Before making a decision at a critical time, I invested time and effort to explore multiple perspectives, needs, and ideas through a proactive dialogue with experts and stakeholders.During the decision-making act, I weighed a variety of options.Then, after making the decision, I explained it fully to all stakeholders to reduce the stress of change among those affected.
I would put it this way"
-Gather information, people, and ideas (Do the homework)
-Compare and contrast options, including risks.
-Make the decision
-Explain the decision: communicate, communicate, communicate
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Mixing it up is a great way to gain experience, consider new perspectives, and allow ideas to collide to create fresh approaches to everyday leadership. Traveling for leaders sometimes means walking through your own spaces and talking to the people you lead.
Carefully draw up your meeting agenda in advance, Katz advises. But don't stop there. Make sure the room where you plan to hold the meeting is prepped and ready, down to heating and cooling, lighting and refreshments.
Joe Boutte's insight:
A little planning and rehearsing is always good. Thinking things through without becoming a wrapped around the axle makes everyday leadership work.
Everyday leadership includes making everyday mistakes. The key to leadership is learning from the mistakes and not repeating the mistakes. Victor Lipman describes five leadership mistakes we can't afford to make in this short article from Forbes Magazine.
The first lady has been opening up about her own struggles and the “insults and slights” that even living in the White House has not protected her family from.
Joe Boutte's insight:
I appreciate her honesty and insight as a leader in the spotlight. Her life is an example of the American narrative we know as the American Dream. Unfortunately, even the American Dream has rough spots along the way. The First Lady's frank speeches at recent commencements exemplify the courage needed for her everyday leadership.
A special graduation took place Wednesday evening in the Daviess County Courthouse when the inaugural class of Leadership Daviess County received their certificates during a special ceremony that featured Indiana Sen.
Solving the social problems behind the Baltimore riots requires the sort of politicians we don't have.
Joe Boutte's insight:
In the wake of the riots we see examples of everyday leadership from the people of Baltimore who refuse to be characterized by the lawless behavior of some their youth. Examples of humanity and community continue to emerge. Although the press seems to want to focus on the sensational, the quiet leaders of Baltimore persevere amongst the noise to repair and rebuild. New leaders will emerge and the press will go away, but it's the everyday, and sometimes, nameless leaders that will transform Baltimore and other urban hotspots. Additionally, the police departments are filled with everyday leaders who build bridges with the community one person at a time. Hopefully, the press will start highlighting the "better angels" of Baltimore, citizens and law enforcement officers. It's the right thing to do! Here are some highlights from the US News article that I find encouraging or transformative:
- "Riots can also serve as a powerful contrast for the goodness in humans – and we all cheered for the mother who disciplined her son for joining the rioters. "
- "We were all grateful for the construction workers who brought materials from their job site to board up broken storefront windows. We all respected the citizens of Baltimore who lined up beside the cops to send a message: This must stop now."
- "Those who are too assured, whose comments are too rooted in the one-note tune of blame, aren’t leaders."
- "If we cannot produce leaders who can connect with the people, the cycle of human conflict will continue in the U.S. Old wounds won’t heal. Fighting will persist. The desire for transformative leadership has never been so palpable, or so remote."
An understanding of what exactly constitutes emotional intelligence is important not only because the capacity is so central to leadership but because people strong in some of its elements can be utterly lacking in others, sometimes to disastrous effect.
Still, it is sign that the field is reaching a certain level of maturity that we are beginning to see some counterarguments. Most notably, a Wharton professor, Adam Grant, who in his own research has reported a lack of correlation between scores on tests of emotional intelligence and business results. While Goleman and others contest his methods, Mayer himself pointed out in 2002 HBR article that “emotional intelligence isn’t the only way to attain success as a leader. A brilliant strategist who can maximize profits may be able to hire and keep talented employees even if he or she doesn’t have strong personal connections with them.” But building those strong connections is still probably a safer bet than ignoring them.
I believe that EI is more than a skill, but more of an understanding of every aspect of leadership or human nature. At its core, EI is about people and recognizing their emotions and how to channel that energy using the skills of influence to create human energy that results in products, excellent service, innovation, ideas, and profits, to name a few outcomes.
Named for the 106th mayor of the nation's largest city and the first African American mayor elected in New York City, the David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum provides a vehicle for analysis, focus and dialogue around the dynamic elements of urban policies, programs, and initiatives. For the past 20 years, this annual forum has addressed many of the challenging issues including education, the environment, labor, tourism, immigration and fiscal crises that successful and urban ecosystems must contend with.
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