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How I Found Success Practicing These 4 Habits

Habits
Habits
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We are creatures of habit. We all know some habits are good and others are not. What we forget however, is our daily personal habits translate into our professional lives more than we know. Far too often, I’ve caught myself doing something in the office, that comes directly from my personal habits.

Nothing inappropriate of course.

Rather than focus on the bad habits, there are four important, basic ones, needed in any leadership role.  Continue reading How I Found Success Practicing These 4 Habits

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3 Ways To Be An Effective Leader

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Leader

Leadership ain’t easy. Each leader has a unique style. But each leader uses different styles and methods throughout the day when leading their teams. Each of us strive to be good leaders. Regardless of what our roles, every supervisor and manager wants their subordinates to see them as a true leader. Regardless of your position and leadership style, there are three leadership tools that are universal.  Continue reading 3 Ways To Be An Effective Leader

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Why People Skills Matter To Leadership

People Skills
People Skills
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Did you ever wonder why regardless of the field you’re in, people skills matter? Doctors, lawyers, bus drivers, us creative types, all need to develop and possess good people skills. It’s not easy and honestly what if you don’t like people? In reality, it’s impossible to like everyone. But we have to like enough or at least fake it, to be successful.

I’ve learned my people skills are the key to successful leadership. But how does one build those skills? Where do you start?  Continue reading Why People Skills Matter To Leadership

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Leadership: 3 Things

Leadership

Leadership. I love the word, but what does it really mean? The term “leadership” is thrown around very easily. Yet, too many “leaders” lack the skills necessary to be effective. There’s a difference between leaders and bosses, but far to many self-described leaders are nothing more than a boss.

There isn’t one outline or one specific way to be effective as a leader. Every organization, every team is different. Each scenario or situation comes with nuances that pose challenges. What separates a leader from a boss is how that individual reacts and overcomes. There are however, in my experience, three characteristics that apply to any situation.

Leadership: 3 Simple Things

  1. Start with transparency. Everyone knows you’re the boss. Every member of your team knows, or at least should know, (what they know falls on you too,) your role and theirs. So be open and honest. Transparency doesn’t mean you give away everything. Transparency simply means being accountable and telling the truth. This includes when you can’t share information: tell your team “I can’t discuss that right now.”
  2. Communicate. Yes, you’ve heard this before, but my success has come from communication. I keep my team informed. Remember that transparency? You can only be transparent when you communicate and communicate often. No one on your team is left in the dark. Talk, talk and talk some more. Don’t waste time, but keep everyone informed.
  3. Be accountable. If you’re accountable, everyone else has to be too. Everything starts from the top. You can only expect accountability from your subordinates if you are just as accountable.

 

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.”

John C. Maxwell

Being a leader is never easy, but it doesn’t have to be difficult either. Make yourself the model you want others to follow. The best example is the example that you set.

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