You know the saying that “2 heads are better than one” – well what about if you had access to 10 heads?
Running your own business can be a lonely and frustrating experience and, whilst the buck ultimately stops with you, you don’t always have the solutions to the day to day problems that running a business throws at you.
A MasterMind group provides you with access to a peer network and an experienced business advisor and facilitator (that’s me!), that helps you grow your business and get valuable advice to help you deal with the issues that land on your desk.
For reasons that aren’t exactly clear to me, there’s a powerful tendency to overcomplicate the whole notion of leadership: what it is, why it matters, and how it manifests itself.
I’m not saying it’s a simple concept to master; quite the contrary. We see the evidence of this all around us in our daily lives: whether in business, politics, sports or other endeavors large and small, it’s not easy to find effective leaders who’ve built an enduring record of success.
The best way to be a leader, and to help shape high-potential young people into the leaders of tomorrow, is to ensure that these five abilities are always the focal points:
1) Getting the strategy right.
2) Executing that strategy.
3) Putting the right people in the right places.
4) Managing dual priorities that others see as conflicting.
To be clear, there are as many different leadership styles as there are people. Yes, lots of smart people have created models to define and describe basic leadership styles, and yet all of us bring our uniqueness to the equation too. Perhaps the simplest of leadership style models divides leaders into “people leaders” and “task leaders”.
Leaders must be focused on both tasks andpeople – leaning too far either way can cause challenges for the leader and those following them. The cleaner and less complicated approach is to lean towards the task focus.
Many leaders today don’t belong in leadership positions anymore. The success factors for leadership have changed drastically because of the demands of a new global marketplace. It’s not only about evaluating the charts, graphs and the numbers – it’s much more than that now.
Leadership has become more instinctual and requires broadened observation to connect the dots and understand the patterns of performance probability about the business, its people, its clients and the marketplace it competes in – simultaneously.
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“Power consist in one’s capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and a gift of cooperation.” ~ Woodrow Wilson
Have you ever brainstorm with a group and made what seemed impossible come to physical reality? When people of like minds come together it creates this unbelievable well connected vibe that eventually benefits everyone in the group.
That’s how it is when you have a mastermind group. When all of you can swap ideas and what each one can do in order to get result(s) that you want, then you’re definitely going to attract it.
Making decisions is a difficult task for many business leaders, especially if the decision will have significant impact. Having an intelligent decision-making process is critical for even seasoned, top-level leaders.
“Possessing the ability to make wise decisions quickly in the context of the organization’s culture is a crucial skill,” says John Mattone, a recognized expert leadership. In his new book, INTELLIGENT LEADERSHIP, Mattone breaks down great decision making into seven steps.
There is a famous English phrase: When the going gets tough, the tough get going – implies that despite of the difficult situations / circumstances, the individual with the right mindset will work stronger to confront the problems
Accomplishing something worthwhile takes time, at times longer than you’d desire. If you’re not wary, it’s effortless to become downcast, and that causes it even difficult to pull off the achievement you be worthy of.
We are a society that puts a huge emphasis on rewards, and a school of psychology is based on it. In behavioral psychology, an American invention, there are two ways to stimulate a response from someone, either reward them or punish them. This two-way mechanism works with lower animals - dog and horse trainers, for example, use food treats to reinforce the behavior they want - so it should work with humans, or so the logic goes. If you want a certain behavior out of prisoners, for example, behaviorists advise giving privileges as a reward for obeying the rules and punishment for disobeying them.
Scanning headlines, popular literature, and reflecting upon what my colleagues and I experience on a daily basis, I am struck by how many leaders (managers included) have seem to either have forgotten, never learned, or are too self-absorbed to get it. It, being the Golden Rule of leadership: Leading others is a privilege that is earned, not a right. Leaders who understand that leading others is a privilege understand that leading, first and foremost, is about service.
Why is it that so many leaders seem to forget that leading others more than any thing else should be held in reverence? Sure, you might have earned the role—late nights, played the political games just right—and maybe you legitimately deserve the leadership chalice. Congrats. However, being the leader does not always mean you deserve to be the leader.
And just because you are the leader does not mean you have a right to lead others. You have been granted the privilege to lead others. Being the leader means that you have been placed in a position to serve others—your customers, investors, your team, and the employees who are part of the company or division you run.
Winston Churchill said “It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.” There is a sweet spot you need to find as a leader. You can’t spend too much time dreaming about a future you aren’t sure how to get to, but you also can’t fail to set goals and develop plans that will improve revenue performance.
Churchill is encouraging us not to look so far ahead that we set our eyes on a destination for which we have no clear route in which to get there. This is very important advice!
Here’s a quick summary of the five leadership character traits that set leaders apart:
Hunger for wisdom: Leaders are learners; no surprise here. There is a humility found in this trait. Leaders know they must keep learning and growing. Have you committed to a lifestyle of lifelong learning? What is your plan?
Expect the best: Leaders always begins with a picture of the future – a preferred future. If you can’t expect the best, and articulate a better tomorrow, why would anyone want to follow you? Is the glass half-full or half-empty? It’s always full — half-air and half-water.
Accept responsibility: The best leaders don’t blame others. He or she is willing to accept the outcome and consequences of their actions and those we lead. Interestingly, leaders own negative outcomes and share, or even deflect, positive outcomes with others.
Respond with courage: Courage is where intention moves into action. Virtually every decision a leader makes requires some level of courage — strategy decisions, calendar decisions, people decisions, expansions and budget decisions. Is there a decision you need to make today?
Think of others first: This is the bedrock of becoming a leader people want to follow. Are you a serving leader or a self-serving leader? The people you lead know the difference. If it’s all about you, you’ll always struggle building followship. Rather than always seeking value from people, try adding value to people.
Given the amount of advice available on how to be an effective leader, one would think that those who lead would have it down to an art.
Nevertheless, it can be difficult to parse through the wealth of sometimes paradoxical information, and I’m sure we all encounter leaders that believe that doing anything to get their own way is the only way to lead.
While everyone has a natural leadership style, the potential leader may not know how to deliver this style effectively or compassionately. I’ve found that the following five attitudes, in addition to being easy to remember, help those tasked with the charge to be in charge get in touch with their inner leaders and exercise their skills towards achievement and outer peace.
Questions, I learned early on in may career. Now, I like to think I make a positive contribution to developing people (it is my job after all) but I get more positive responses from people after implementing one of my very simple success habits which will enhance your leadership and management career. So I thought I would share it with you.
Communication between generations has become drastically different; and in a increasingly age diverse workplace where Baby Boomers thrive on face to face interaction and tech-savvy fast moving Millenials prefer email, leaders must master the fundamentals of communication to keep the organization moving forward toward its bottom line.
There are many do’s and don’ts of effective leaders. One of the most important skills a leader can learn is how to build and increase trust. Through leadership training, books, videos and blogs there is a lot of information out there on how to effectively build trust with those you lead. My own personal favorite and one I highly recommend is “The Speed of Trust,” by Stephen M.R. Covey.
Many of the leadership skills we read about or attend training seminars on are common sense. But for one reason or another some leaders never learn them. However there is one piece of common sense that leaders better get, and it still surprises me every time I see a leader do it. It is sarcasm.
Thought leadership is back in vogue in a big way, and there are many who claim the thought leader mantle without a clue as to what thought leadership is and what it takes to attain the status.
With that being said, I will outline the elements of thought leadership and the accompanying benefits of that status. The term itself has only been around 19 years, first showing up in the Booz Allen Hamilton excellent magazine Strategy and Business.
A thought leader is an individual or company that is widely recognized as an authority in a specific niche. They are sought out by the media, conferences and potential clients for that expertise.
If you ever wonder why we’re in a crisis of leadership all you have to do is to watch and listen to those in positions of leadership. While there are clearly many aspects of leadership that must work together in harmony in order for leaders to be effective, everything breaks down when leaders don’t understand how to engage effectively.
Let’s start with what leadership is not: Leadership is not a monologue, a speech, a lecture or a filibuster. Leadership is not talking at or over people. Leadership is not sequestered, does not live in a bubble or operate in a vacuum. Leadership is not exclusive or arrogant. Leadership is not about the leader.
Look beyond the boundaries of next quarter or next year. Vision Intelligence must be learned over time as you become wiser about how trends extrapolate, and how industries evolve. Only a handful of leaders out of any sampling of 100 actually have developed this ability. The others just step onto the gerbil wheel of their careers each day and deal with whatever is close at hand that will get them the largest bonus by the next measuring date.
Leaders by their very nature are under pressure to have advanced intellectual and emotional intelligence. In today’s economy, they better add one more – VQ, The Vision Quotient. The pace of change is speeding up. Each and everyday, the competition grows a bit smarter, and more of them from all over the world, extend into your territory. New technologies come on the market and mutate the foundational ways that organizations connect with prospects and complete transactions.
Leadership charisma and personal charisma are very different things.
They both involve the same kinds of personal attributes--the ability to project confidence, the capacity to engage others, skill in articulating ideas, vision, and goals—which may explain why some leaders aim for one when they should be developing the other.
Personal charisma is centered on the individual, as is the case with celebrities. Leadership charisma exists when a leader is charismatic in the service of the organization, for a greater good, or a higher purpose.
While personal charismatic traits can help a leader, too much of a good thing becomes unhelpful. Leaders who concentrate on constantly influencing others, for instance, may reduce the motivation and ability of their people to stake out their own opinions.