In life, there are leaders, and there are followers. If you’re not leading, you need to figure out who you’re following. Take a look at your leader and be honest, because if they match too many of these traits, you’re following the wrong leader. Be careful when judging, however, because it’s always possible the problem is actually you.
You have heard it time and again – laughter is the best medicine. Humor and mirth offer a multitude of preventive and healing effects and a new study is offering more evidence that laughter has quantifiable benefits for the brain.
There is a difference between simply being a leader of a team and being a motivator of a team. Leaders who are not role models for their employees are not completely fulfilling their jobs as leaders. Set an example for your employees so they strive for excellence within themselves and within your organization. Your staff and organization will succeed if you lead them with a positive example.
When you look into your future, remember there is no cookie-cutter version of your career. Unless it's your plan to stick with the same job for the next 40 years, you'll need to embrace change. However, if you’re like most professionals these days, you can expect to stay in the same job for about four years.
Leaders must take more time to stop, reflect and assess their own thinking, capabilities and aptitudes. They must evaluate how their leadership brand is being perceived by others and whether or not it has grown tired and requires a tune-up. Leaders must take pause and reach out to those before them who have already lived the situations they are about to experience themselves – and embrace these perspectives as nuggets of wisdom in preparation for what lies ahead of them.
You want to do the right things, but a big part of your success also hinges on avoiding the wrong things. To be a great boss, avoid these 9 common traps.
John Michel's insight:
Being a leader isn't easy, and not every decision you make is going to be a good one. But you can be a more effective leader if you avoid the most common mistakes that bosses make. The good news is that, with just a little bit of work and attention, these mistakes can be avoided and your company can thrive as a result. So avoid these 9 deadly leadership mistakes at all cost.
Building the life you want is largely about having the guts to do it. Unless you inhabit a world of scheduled shifts and time cards, you can just leave an hour earlier--even if your boss is still there. Who knows, maybe she wants the office to herself for a while and is annoyed that everyone is hanging around!
Remove the truly difficult people--in life and in business. As an entrepreneur, don't be so focused on the bottom line that you let a bully run amok amongst your staff. Here are some tips to help guard you against the negative effect of toxic people.
Being present, asking the right questions, and listening to what your customers, employees, suppliers, and investors have to tell you creates an invaluable feedback loop for your performance as a leader and for the organization as a whole. Do it consistently and others will follow with astounding results.
The most effective leaders are adept at integrating the demands of managing up and down. They are able to remain effective team leaders while adapting to the needs of those higher up on the management hierarchy.
Give employees the right skills, abilities and time to gain complete dominion over their job. Allow them to go off the farm and continually learn about new things, new ways to do their job. This works, with one small caveat. The person has to be motivated and an auto-didact. Have the energy and gumption to teach themselves on their own time - and enjoy it.
In order to be a truly great leader in this new world, you need to have a real and profound appreciation for followers and their power, as well as the willingness to take the follower role when the time is right. Which can be tricky if you’re too invested in the idea of being "the leader."
The 438th Air Expeditionary Wing/NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan has the task of building a sustainable Afghan Air Force. The advisors mentor in over sixty separate career fields, over one hundred ninety specialties bringing the professionalism and personal touches to the mission. This is an AFN commercial for this wing and the mission.
We can Chose to simplify. We can learn to recognize what is essential and eliminate nonessentials. If we do this then we can operate at a higher point of contribution. this great article provides five simple ways to simplify your life so you can focus on what is most essential.
Great Leadership Comes Down To One Thing Forbes If we agree leadership is an organization's competitive advantage, there is a salient formula to allow us to understand, and I believe predict which leaders will be successful.
It’s easy to attract like-minded people. They fuel us and give a sense of belonging. This after all is a basic human need. A sense of inclusion is a drive that many share. If though inclusion is equated with sameness then just like in high school, you have the cool group and then the not so hip. The liability of the cool group is the risk of absence of diversity.