We spend an inordinate amount of time, and a tremendous amount of energy, making choices between equally attractive options in everyday situations. The problem is, that while they may be equally attractive, they are also differently attractive, with tradeoffs that require compromise.
Leaders’ calendars are packed with meetings and conference calls along with self-imposed pressure to multi-task while participating in those discussions. Finding a spare time slot is a challenge. But, if a calendar is a reflection of our priorities, we should include the 5 essential activities that keep true leadership at the forefront.
Company leaders who are drowned in day-to-day urgencies often don’t take the time to strategize, to rigorously evaluate and then initiate strategic changes. Such changes are made recklessly, or not at all. The former wastes precious resources and time, while the latter invites stagnation and decline. But it does not have to be this way.
Many feel that their ability to be authentic is dependent on their organizations being authentic. An authentic organization should allow and encourage those working there to be their best selves and so create a sort of self-reinforcing power.
Delegation is not a binary thing. There are more options than being a dictator or an anarchist. The art of management is in finding the right balance. Use the Seven Levels of Delegation to remind yourself that there are more options than doing everything yourself.
Just as the numbers of protons, neutrons, and electrons define the potential for chemical synergy, the combination of common interests, common values, and complementary talents defines the potential for team synergy.
Think about the people you know who are successful in their personal and professional lives. Were they born destined for success? How do they make reaching goals that most would consider completely unfeasible seem so easy?
Some believe certain people are born leaders. Others think an individual can learn to be a leader. Regardless of how you may feel you obtained your leadership skills, there are always ways to enhance your abilities.
Superior leadership requires going beyond personality characteristics and qualities. Exceptional leaders have developed abilities that, if you didn’t know better, you’d swear were supernatural. The good news is, you don’t have to be born on another planet or have a Greek god as a parent to develop these powers.
Passion is undoubtedly a prerequisite for greatness in any walk of life. A burning desire to achieve only exists if you love what you do, and you cannot fake this. If your team doubts your passion, it’s not possible to create a vision for them they’ll want to follow.
Leadership is not really about traits or habits. It’s primarily a behavioral phenomenon. So let’s be practical for a moment and discuss the sort of behavior we consistently value in our most cherished leaders.
Leaders who exhibit strength and empathy have a stable center from which they operate. At their core is an unwavering belief in themselves and those around them. They have the uncanny ability to persevere through the toughest and trickiest of situations with poise and grace.
Launching and leading a successful small business requires much more than a great idea. Effective and highly successful businesses have highly effective and successful leaders at the helm.
Some bosses are harder to forget than others. While bosses can be unforgettable because they make life miserable, the most memorable bosses stick with us because they change us for the better.
You work hard at building your business. That’s a good start, but do you have what it takes to be rich? And by "rich," I mean the ability both to generate material wealth and achieve what matters to you most.
Whether it’s a political leader, high-ranking military official or successful startup founder, there’s a common thread that ties these powerful individuals together. While timing, hard work and passion are all prevalent, powerful people also possess the following 11 habits.
To be successful and feel the fulfillment of your success, strive to have an impact. Strive to make a real difference in lives of others. Live for those opportunities to help. Deep life satisfaction comes from being a really good human being.
While what people are influenced by changes with the season, the unique habits of influential people remain constant. Their focused pursuit of excellence is driven by nine habits that you can emulate and absorb until your influence expands.
Being a leader requires that you spread your attention across a wide variety of business issues, it’s impossible to be an effective leader and a full-time doer. Therefore, it’s essential to reset expectations of where you can add value.
Whether you are a small business or startup, restaurateur or retailer, the difference between success and failure across industries stems from one word: leadership. Those in charge truly set the stage for success.
If you want to be a leader whom people follow with absolute conviction, you have to be a likable leader.
Leaders don’t look for excuses for why they can’t act like an owner. Instead, they embrace the challenge of ownership and encourage their teams to do the same.
Leadership is investing in your people, do the work up front to find the best talent and identify the ones with potential for leadership and build a stronger organization.
There are three big mental shifts that aspiring leaders must make in order to develop thinking capacity and capability
Leadership development is in a crisis, but learning leaders can do something about. They must prepare those incremental leaps in development so managers and employees can become successful leaders
Great teams have one or two people who know how to lead by example; they set the tone for how to work. They provide focus as well as inspiration.
In the new world of leadership 2.0 where open source has had a deep and enduring impact far, leaders are required, but they are different.
Bombarded with the pressure to make decisions quickly and wisely, leaders often seek the counsel of trusted colleagues. Yet, the greatest resource for making sound decisionslies within us; our intuition.
Bringing on new senior leadership at the right time can be a huge boon for the company's growth, while hiring mistakes at the executive level can be devastating.
The key link between happiness and leadership effectiveness, researchers say, seems to be that happy people typically demonstrate a certain management style called transformational leadership.