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Five Ways To Activate Leadership Potential In Your People

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As leaders, most of us would like to imagine that we have all the answers. But we’re constantly faced with new and disruptive challenges that we have no idea how to solve. As we turn to our teams to help us develop innovative solutions, there’s nothing more disappointing than seeing them come back to you with mediocre ideas and lackluster execution.

 

It’s not that your team is wrong. It’s just that they are stuck in the loop of status quo. So, as a leader, you crave new talent with new ideas to drive your team forward. The good news is that the problem may not be that your team doesn’t have the ability to step up to the shifting challenges and expectations of leadership. Instead, you may just need to find a new way to unleash the leadership promise they already have. This means bringing the untapped potential of individuals and teams to the surface, activating it and accelerating development through opportunities and exposure.

 

Here are some of the ways you might be overlooking potential on your team:


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 16, 5:04 PM

If you want to unleash the potential of your team, you must look at the big picture.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, November 18, 7:48 AM

Get outside of yourself and challenge current thinking on finding potential in your people.

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These 5 Strategies Will Keep Your Employees Energized

These 5 Strategies Will Keep Your Employees Energized | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it

The world's top companies are starting to manage employee energy like a strategic asset. They know that ever-increasingly pace of change requires more and more human energy.Any entrepreneur will tell you that it take a tonne of energy to grow a business. The key is to manage it; sometimes you have to exert energy, other times you need to conserve it to go the distance, and after a sprint you need to replenish it.

 

A group of senior executives from companies like Facebook, Alibaba, IBM and Johnson & Johnson got together to come up with strategies to better manage collective human energy in their companies. Here are their top five hacks to maximise human energy:


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 29, 5:33 PM

Top companies are realizing the importance of employee energy and starting to manage it like a strategic asset.

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Why You Need This One Trait to Build a Successful Company Culture

Why You Need This One Trait to Build a Successful Company Culture | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it

How would you describe a superpower in the workplace? Words such as “inspirational,” “influential” and “powerful” would come to mind, but you would rarely think of “empathetic.”

 

Empathy is a skill which is often overlooked in the workplace. Determined by Frans de Waal as the “social glue that holds human society together,” empathy refers to the awareness of one’s own and other people’s feelings, needs and concerns. Having the ability to be empathetic has been proven to prevent poor morale, misunderstandings and conflicts, consequently enabling a person to build significant and long-lasting relationships with others. Empathy therefore is the underrated key ingredient for both personal and professional success.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 17, 7:22 PM

Having this skill is like having a workplace superpower.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, August 17, 11:45 PM
Empathy is perhaps the single most important trait that goes into a successful company! The expression of empathy, eagerness to know more about how your employees feel, the ability to find time for employees are all things that make your company a great place to work in. Unfortunately, the culture of empathy is the most overlooked one because of the need to compete and produce results. We have become mechanical in our dealings with subordinates and even colleagues! 
 
JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, August 18, 2:29 PM
Empathy is a very important skill to build your company culture around.
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7 Questions That Will Change The Way You Lead Forever

7 Questions That Will Change The Way You Lead Forever | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it
Article originally written by James Carbary

Coaching is one of the most powerful leadership and sales tools.

It can be tempting to dismiss it as time-consuming or handholding, but both of those assumptions are mistaken. In his book, The Coaching Habit, Michael Bungay Stanier gives busy leaders advice on how to coach effectively.

In ten minutes or less, you can ask strategic and thought-provoking questions that can help drive beneficial changes in behavior, help build team cohesiveness, and get things done effectively.

Here are his seven questions to add to your coaching toolbox to make your life easier and get big results.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 13, 6:47 AM

Some really excellent coaching questions here, for professional coaches and managers alike!

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 16, 11:11 AM

These are some basic questions that can start the ball rolling. The real power comes in the listening and coaching that follows.

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To Be An Effective Leader Keep A Leadership Journal

To Be An Effective Leader Keep A Leadership Journal | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it

Teddy Roosevelt did it. Harry Truman did it. Want to be an outstanding leader? Keep a leadership journal. As part of my executive coaching work, one of the most effective tools I recommend that powers up the coaching process is a leadership journal.  The exercise of leadership is not unlike a sport you play. When you review your actions in the field you learn what worked, what didn’t, and adjust along the way. Leadership guru Peter Drucker said: “ Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. ”


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donhornsby's curator insight, April 5, 9:20 AM
Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action
 
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 5, 4:23 PM
I think this is an underused tool in many professions. Moreover, we do not journal about what we experience and how we feel about those experiences. We want to shape the world without reshaping ourselves.
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How To Grow Leadership From Within Your Company

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Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, may have retired 15 years ago, but his influence in corporate America still resonates. Not only is he known as one of the most successful industrial leaders of the 20th century—most notably increasing the value of GE by 4,000 percent—but he is also a great example of how a company can effectively grow powerful leaders from within their own ranks. 



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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 13, 2016 4:41 PM

The next CEO of your company may be residing within your company ranks. Here's how to grow strong future leaders from within.

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How Poor Leaders Become Good Leaders

How Poor Leaders Become Good Leaders | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it
They need to practice common managerial virtues far more often than they're doing.

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Kimberly Togman's curator insight, March 21, 2013 10:40 AM

Zenger and Folkman offer up 9 key improvement behaviors they uncovered in the 360-feedback of 71 leaders.  No surprise that better communication, wisdom sharing, encouragement, championing and an ability to motivate others are called out.  

 

For many of the clients I work with improving self awareness and emotional intelligence (the ability to perceive, understand and manage emotions in oneself and others) are also critical.

 

What else would you add to the list?

Kimberly Togman's curator insight, March 21, 2013 10:43 AM

Zenger and Folkman offer up 9 key improvement behaviors they uncovered in the 360-feedback of 71 leaders.  No surprise that better communication, wisdom sharing, encouragement, championing and an ability to motivate others are called out.  

 

For many of the clients I work with improving self awareness and emotional intelligence (the ability to perceive, understand and manage emotions in oneself and others) are also critical.

 

What else would you add to the list?

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Stress Is Making You Micromanage, Which Is Making Everything Worse 

Stress Is Making You Micromanage, Which Is Making Everything Worse  | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it

Are you a micromanager? You will probably say no. Maybe you self-deprecatingly call yourself a “control freak.” Or just “hands-on.” You just “care too much.”

 

And it’s true: You do feel a certain need for a sense of control over your work. You are responsible, after all–perhaps more responsible than some of your coworkers or direct reports. You’re afraid of mistakes and believe that if something needs to be done well, you’d better do it yourself. But this isn’t just because you’re an “independent self-starter” who holds their work to a high standard. It might be that, too, but it’s probably also because you’re feeling stressed.


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CCM Consultancy's curator insight, October 22, 1:44 AM

Work-related stress is a likely culprit. When you feel overwhelmed, you worry that you don’t have a good handle on things–so what do you do? You tighten your grip on everything. The first step to loosening it up (and reducing your own stress in the process) is simply recognizing the impact that your micromanaging is having.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, October 30, 8:07 AM

OVER SUPERVISING a bad habit from focusing on people and results and not their development level at tasks and goals to get there ...

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 13, 5:02 PM
Teaching is highly stressful. Do we end up micro-managing student learning and our teaching?
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Five Simple Tips For Building A More Emotionally Intelligent Team

Five Simple Tips For Building A More Emotionally Intelligent Team | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it

Getting smart people into your company is hard enough. Turning them all into great collaborators and risk-takers is even harder. Even on the most high-performing teams, coworkers don’t just openly share feedback and challenge each others’ ideas all on their own–managers need to create a culture that encourages this. And that usually requires building your team’s collective emotional intelligence. Here are a few straightforward (and entirely low-tech ways) to get started.


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Jose Luis Yañez's curator insight, September 1, 9:03 PM
Five Simple Tips For Building A More Emotionally Intelligent Team
Susanna Lavialle's curator insight, September 6, 6:19 PM
Very good points...I am hoping to become a better manager in the future - and trying to inspire my team members to do their best every day
CCM Consultancy's curator insight, November 13, 12:39 AM

The freedom to question the status quo and bring up new ideas can clear the way for building interpersonal connections that every emotionally intelligent person needs.

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Ask Yourself These 5 Questions Before Deciding On A Leadership Style

Ask Yourself These 5 Questions Before Deciding On A Leadership Style | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it

First-time managers often ask themselves how to develop a leadership style that suits them: “Who should I model myself after? What kind of leader should I be?” It’s great to think critically about your approach to managing others, particularly when you’re new to it, but these questions won’t exactly help you.

 

That’s because they assume that leadership is something you try on and show off, a “style” that’s curated and intentional. But especially in the beginning, your style will be based far less on mirroring others’ habits and behaviors and far more on instinct and intuition. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 8, 6:58 PM

To develop a leadership style that’s authentic to you, let it take shape organically, not through intentional curation.

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The Leader as Coach – 4 Ways to Develop a Coaching Mindset

The Leader as Coach – 4 Ways to Develop a Coaching Mindset | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it

Learning new skills can be awkward and uncomfortable. Think back to the first time you interviewed for a job or spoke in front of a group. It’s possible you made some mistakes, but in the long run you grew and developed.

And if you were lucky enough to have someone supporting and partnering with you—someone coaching you through the experience—chances are that support really helped.

In today’s workplace, business leaders are encouraged to coach their direct reports. To do this, leaders must develop a coaching mindset—a mindset that looks for the potential in others.  Here are four ways to get started.


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Jerry Busone's curator insight, July 7, 7:56 AM

develop and value your people and watch them soar

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Leadership and Coaching Skills - People Development Network

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Leaders are probably more familiar with mentoring - sharing and advising - as a skill rather than coaching. Coaching requires a different set of skills.

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How to create a culture of daily mentorship | eLeadership | Coaching | Mentoring | eSkills

How to create a culture of daily mentorship | eLeadership | Coaching | Mentoring | eSkills | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it

According to a study by Harvard Business Review, young high achievers value mentoring and coaching and often leave their current gigs in a quest to have those needs met. 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 19, 2015 9:41 AM
According to a study by Harvard Business Review, young high achievers value mentoring and coaching and often leave their current gigs in a quest to have those needs met. Companies like Microsoft and KPMG have caught on by giving employees exposure to peers in different divisions to provide fresh ideas and new ways of thinking.

In addition to more formalized training and education programs, many companies also try to foster mentorship within their organizations, often with mixed results. Like matchmaking, mentorship can seem shrouded in mystique and luck. HR departments eagerly set up colleagues for lunches or other work “dates” and cross their fingers that the chemistry will spark. A seasoned pro will take an eager novice under his or her wing and the next generation of great leaders will be born.


Learn more:


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/learning-to-become-a-good-digital-citizen-digital-citizenship/


Simon Awuyo's curator insight, June 21, 2015 4:58 PM

As a mentor I need the mentoring sills and knowledge to be a better mentor.

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To Lead Others, Learn To Lead Yourself First

To Lead Others, Learn To Lead Yourself First | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Scoop.it

Envisioning a better future, setting worthy goals, and following through with sustainable impact first and foremost requires leading yourself. Often leadership is a lonely road. And to keep ourselves inspired, motivated, and energized we need to lead ourselves with our heart, purpose, and devotion.


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donhornsby's curator insight, February 1, 2013 10:36 AM

(From the article): As the late Stephen Covey so eloquently stated, "personal leadership is not a singular experience. It is, rather, the ongoing process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with those most important things."

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 7, 2013 5:14 PM

Purpose, heart, devotion.  Simple.