Nobody is perfect. We all have things we need to work on to improve our skills, and this is especially true of leaders. Unfortunately, many fail when promoted to a leadership position. While there are many reasons that can contribute to each individual failure, many of the problems arise because of people who are unwilling to address or downright ignore their own weaknesses.
There are many attributes that leaders must develop if they wish to have a meaningful impact in the workplace. Empathy improves your ability to relate with those you lead, while a focus on accountability ensures that everyone gives their best effort.
But among these many important attributes, the value of humility seems to be consistently overlooked. Part of this is due to common...
There’s a trend to only focus on your strengths. While I agree you should capitalize on you’re strengths, Leaders are doing everyone a disservice (including themselves) if they don’t work to improve in areas they are weakest.
If you’re only focusing on your strengths, that means you’re ignoring the other areas required to be an effective leader. Think...
Quite often we are worried about ourselves. What will we do? How does this impact me? How is this conversation going to get them to like/respect/follow me? All the while, we’re not thinking about the true meaning of leadership: to inspire, empower and serve in order to elevate others over an extended period of time.
We are all guilty. But there’s a method you can put into...
In order to have a successful organization today, a different model is required. One that has leaders at all levels of the organizations empowered to make decisions and model servant leadership behaviors.
So you’re struggling to lead a team. It’s okay, it happens.
After all, leading others in a professional setting is one of the most difficult skills to master. Instead of focusing on what you were doing to get you in this spot, it’s much more important to focus on what you can do to change the tides.
There are six key words in the definition of leadership but one of the most important ones is the ability to inspire others. When you inspire others, you motivate them to do their best work, they set higher goals for themselves and achieve more. Of course, not all business leaders think it’s their job to inspire others and they couldn’t be more wrong.
There aren’t many managers that say being a leader is simple. It makes a lot of sense because there are so many important things they are responsible for.
It starts with building great relationships, connecting their team to a deep purpose, having a vision, setting clear standards, holding others accountable, and being a strong coach just to name a few.
We’ve learned a tremendous amount about implementing successful leadership development programs through our partnership with organizations of all sizes and industries. Whether you work with us or not, these are the 5 critical elements that need to be a part of your leadership development program.