Mar 7
8 Ways to Improve Your Work Relationships
Many of us spend more time with coworkers than we do with our family and friends, so it's in our best interests to make the most of our work relationships. Your ability to develop positive, supportive liaisons also influences your ability to advance your career. These allies can be your greatest cheerleaders when you are being considered for a promotion or a new job. Glassdoor Blogger Amy Elisa Jackson recently interviewed career coach Jenn DeWall about how to venture beyond happy hour small talk and build more authentic, professional connections with your coworkers that can also benefit your career. Be…
Feb 20
When Employees are Ripe to Fill the Gaps in their Leadership Skills
One of the foundational practices I detail in my book, The Respectful Leader, is looking for diamonds in the rough. Leaders who acknowledge their team's excellence in skills and perspectives foster an environment where employees feel respected. Respect creates greater loyalty among employees and commitment to go the extra mile. This recognition also inspires a growth culture where team leads are empowered and motivated to further develop their leadership skills. Forbes Contributor Jeff Boss recently interviewed leadership coach Sacha Lindekens, author of How Leaders Improve: A Playbook for Leaders Who Want to Get Better Now. The book details the RIPEN…
Jan 19
Advocating for Respect: Overcoming Skeptics Who Claim We’re Oversensitive and Too Politically Correct
Hearing about Donald Trump’s recent meeting in which he made disrespectful comments about immigrants and other countries reminded me of an incident I witnessed over 20 years ago, while facilitating a corporate leadership strategy session. I watched – paralyzed – as the CEO of a global company literally screamed obscenities and personal abuse at his direct reports for failing to meet their business goals. While it was a scene I hope never to witness again, it marked the beginning of a life studying and teaching others about the nature and power of respect. How Far We’ve Come | What We…
Dec 15
15 Bad Leadership Habits
15 Dec, 2017. 0 Comments. Engagement, Leadership Presence. Posted By: Gregg Ward
Mistakes happen, but when mistakes become habits, they erode your ability to be an effective leader. Even worse, these bad leadership habits can become contagious with your team. Forbes Contributor Deep Patel ranks top 15 bad leadership habits to ditch before they turn into big problems: 1| Lack of Reflection Time - It’s easy to get distracted with deadlines and neglect setting new goals. Set aside a few minutes at the end of your day to consider what went well, what needs improvement, and reassess your goals moving forward. This personal and professional reflection is your compass to help you stay on…
Dec 5
15 Effective Communication Tips
Lack of effective communication skills can have grave effects when entrepreneurs face business challenges, especially during rapid growth. Entrepreneur Guest Writer Josh Steimle offers a checklist of 15 ways to keep the communication channels clear and maintain solid, trusting relationships with employees and clients. 1| Be direct with assignments. Most people are hard-wired to be passive bystanders. Instead of asking for a volunteer from the group, be direct and give specific team members opportunities to contribute. 2| If you say it, mean it. Be an empathetic, respectful leader when addressing challenges and always deliver on your promises. 3| Think globally;…
Nov 21
10 Things Great Leaders Do During Crisis
When facing a major disaster, whether cyber or environmental, great leaders respond with planned action, rather than reflex reactions. Leaders who neglect advance planning risk the possibility of mistakes that can cost them customers and hurt business. In a recent Inc. Magazine article, JetBlue Chairman Joel Peterson offers his personal observations of crisis management and top 10 best practices among great leaders when “what if?” becomes “what now?” 1| Customers First – Be sure people depending on you are taken care of and keep the lines of communication open before, during, and after a crisis. 2| Employee Safety – Addressing…
Nov 7
Study: During Uncertain Times, Voters Choose Dominant Leadership
Over the past few years, we’ve seen a rise in popularity of strongly controlling and hierarchical leaders among voters in the U.S. and abroad. From the 2014 election of Narendra Modi in India to Britain’s Nigel Farage leading the 2016 Brexit campaign and, most recently, the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President, analysts have struggled to answer one question: why? Dominant Leadership vs. Prestige In their recent Harvard Business Review article, Hemant Kakkar and Niro Sivanathan of London Business School used evolutionary and social psychology research as a basis for distinguishing dominance and prestige as two approaches to leadership. Dominant leaders are…
Oct 24
Helping Employees Fill the Passion Gap at Work
Are deadlines and production quotas casting a shadow over your team’s enthusiasm on the job? Are you asking the right questions along the way? A lot has been written about a leader’s role in helping employees tap into their passion on the job, yet a 2014 Deloitte study suggests lack of excitement is a big weak spot in America’s workforce. Researchers found up to 87% of workers aren’t achieving their full potential due to lack of passion for their work. Connecting employees to the big picture, finding out what drives them, and knowing when to let go is a challenging puzzle for…
Sep 26
Tips for Establishing An Authentic Leadership Presence
If you’re a leader in a large organization, your employees might not even see you as a real person. Everyone has his or her own mental image of you, but that might not reflect who you actually are. Randy Conley, author at LeaderChat.Org, describes how to gain trust and present your authentic self. In order for your employees to know you, you have to be REAL: Reveal, Engage, Acknowledge, and Listen. Reveal information about yourself. Leaders tend withhold personal information because they feel the need to maintain a distance from their employees. This belief is often misguided. Let your employees…
Aug 29
Show Your Employees You Trust Them
When employees feel like their boss trusts them, they perform well, put in extra effort, and work confidently. When employees don’t feel trusted, they aren’t as productive or engaged. According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, managers need to actively demonstrate trust in their employees. Here’s how. Evaluate the current atmosphere. First, ask yourself if your organization’s policies are risk-tolerant – in other words, do they encourage or discourage employees? Many organizations have policies designed to minimize risk, which can be interpreted by employees as a lack of trust. You’ll also have to examine your own leadership style. Do…