Charisma may be useful in attracting a following, but it is largely useless when it comes to achieving a long-term, positive impact on the people and organizations we lead. For this, we need character. Effective leadership is an inside-out job.
We’ve all worked with people we may not trust. No matter what you do – interact with them differently, keep a paper trail – you can’t shake your unease around your interactions with them. Yet you’re still expected to produce quality work as a team.
We frequently hear about successes; sporting medals and trophies won, mountains climbed, job promotions achieved, contracts won, new clients obtained, etc. But we seldom hear about failures. Unless you are a sports person losing in public, the failure often remains hidden from other people. Because of this private nature of failure it can feel like ‘I am the only one’. However, behind a list of everyone’s personal successes there is a much longer list of failures, as the examples above demonstrate. Failure is a necessary part of the process leading to success.
Exactly what goes on while we're asleep and why it's so important is an ever-evolving area of study. And while we don't know all of what the brain is doing while we sleep, we do know that it's very busy.
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
With so much uncertainty in the current job market, asking for a promotion can be more stressful than ever. No thoughtful employee wants to come off as overly-ambitious and in certain situations, rocking the boat at the wrong time can create unwanted tension.
However, if you’ve determined that now is the time to ask for that raise or promotion, you should plan your opening ahead of time. According to Forbes, many employees are denied promotions because they fail to phrase their requests in an effective manner.