Jan 2
To Be a Great Leader, Learn to Delegate
One of the greatest challenges for many new managers lies in a self-transformation from task master to leader. This transition involves the ability to effectively delegate responsibilities to other team members and empower them to succeed. Harvard Business Review Contributor Jesse Sostrin discusses this common management dilemma and offers strategies to help streamline your workflow, build employee competency, and boost your leadership impact. While your coworkers may admire your willingness to roll up your sleeves and get the job done, you’ll inevitably overextend yourself and alienate team members from valuable work experience when holding onto tasks that should be delegated.…
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…
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…
Jun 6
Conflict: Taking the Temperature
As a leader, it’s your job to identify conflicts and help resolve them, but sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. According to Mark Gerzon, president of the Mediators Foundation, knowing if a conflict is hot or cold is the first step to resolving it. Gerzon explains what makes an issue hot or cold and how leaders can work to make conflict productive and reach innovative solutions. Hot conflicts are easy to identify – they occur when people are highly emotional and can include aggression, shouting, and even threats. In cold conflicts, people are more likely to…
May 9
What Are You Feeling?
Do you really know what you’re feeling? We often use general emotions like stress or anger to label our feelings, but we should be digging a bit deeper. Having a more nuanced understanding of our emotions can help us to better address them. Gaining “emotional agility” can be the key to successful interactions with yourself and others. Susan David, faculty member at Harvard and author of Emotional Agility, shares three things you can do to identify and understand your emotions in a recent Harvard Business Review article. Branch out. When you experience a strong emotion, label it. Then, come up…
Mar 28
Tackling a Disrespectful Remark
What would you do if a coworker said something that you found disrespectful? Studies show that how people predict they would react in a situation differs from what they actually do. Amy Gallo, contributing editor at Harvard Business Review, outlines a few options. Decide if you’re going to say something. If you stay quiet, you might be sending the message that the comment or behavior is okay. If you speak up, you may be able to change the person’s future behavior, but you could also face a harsh reaction or risk your job security. If you’re a manager, remember that…
Jan 31
Unpredictable Boss?
31 Jan, 2017. 0 Comments. Respectful Leadership. Posted By: Gregg Ward
Does your boss have mood swings that vary from happy and optimistic to rude and angry? Sudden outbursts and erratic behaviors can negatively impact your work and your relationship with your boss. In the Harvard Business Review, Carolyn O’Hara gives suggestions on how to be proactive about an unpredictable boss. Investigate | Try to understand and predict mood swings by paying attention to patterns. Is he set off by stressful situations? Is she particularly volatile at a certain time of day? If you understand when or why your boss acts out, you can work on a strategy for handling it.…
Jan 17
What To Do With a Two-faced Colleague
17 Jan, 2017. 0 Comments. Respectful Leadership. Posted By: Gregg Ward
Do you have a coworker who acts wildly different depending on whether the boss is in the room? Some employees may be quick on their feet, dynamic, friendly, supportive, charming, and respectful when the boss is around, but rude, dismissive, or lazy in their absence. Not sure how to deal with it? Amy Jen Su, co-founder of executive coaching and leadership development company Paravis Partners, gives suggestions in her Harvard Business Review article, “How to Handle a Colleague Who’s a Jerk When the Boss Isn’t Around.” Realize it’s not about you. Don’t take it personally. Your coworker’s behavior is likely…
Dec 20
Why You Need a “Leader Surrogate”
20 Dec, 2016. 0 Comments. Respectful Leadership. Posted By: Gregg Ward
As a leader, you’re probably aware that connecting with your employees is the best way to become a powerful and inspirational boss. This can be a difficult task, especially if you’re in charge of a large company. In the Harvard Business Review article “Make Sure Your Employees Have Good Things to Say About You Behind Your Back,” Nathan T. Washburn and Benjamin Galvin explain why many leaders go about trying to connect with their employees the wrong way. Employees often disregard traditional attempts like emails, social media, or speeches, which can come across as bland and scripted. More than anything,…
Dec 6
Making the Transition into a Respectful Leader
6 Dec, 2016. 0 Comments. Respectful Leadership. Posted By: Gregg Ward
Christine Porath is an expert on civility in the workplace. In a study conducted with the Harvard Business Review, she found that respect was more important to employees than recognition, appreciation, vision, feedback, or growth opportunities. How can you adjust your behavior and transition into a more respectful leader? Follow these suggestions. Discover your best behaviors. Ask colleagues, friends, and family for examples of how and when you treat people well. Summarize their comments and look for patterns, then leverage the information to understand what you’re already doing well – and keep doing it. Find out your weaknesses. Repeat the…