I recommend that all managers and leaders work to gain the buy-in from their staff on the direction and ideas of the team. When direction is a group effort and the team works together to achieve goals, then Hard Power is not necessary.
Leadership must have personal accountability at its core or there is no authenticity. Leaders who do not accept the credit for their actions, both good and bad, are not able to gain trust from their teams or bosses. I have found that many times when I stood up, accepted responsibility and took accountability for my actions, I walked away having gained the respect of my superiors.
At our core- we all have beliefs driven by our experiences. As leaders it is our job to identify what events shaped our lives and how those became beliefs. Once we know what happened and how events formed us- we need to communicate those beliefs to our teams, families and through our online personas.
As a leader, when you are prepared to direct your team, make sure you take the time to inspire them and not talk-down to them. Leaders inspire. Look at the word ‘inspire’. The humanityquest.com breaks down the etymology of the word like this: In + Spirare – to breath, conveying the idea of motion or direction.
I have determined that the reason the general subject matter is not good is because the contributors (about 1% of all online users according to Seth Godin) are stuffy, starch shirted managers who do not really understand the actual JOY that a person should get from creating a leader or managing something with skill and focus.
Businesses must bow at the feet of the consumer- EVERY stinkin’ one of us. Consumers are now kings and business must focus on direct interaction with their customers (YOU) or they will die like dinosaurs.
There are countless studies on the positive developments that people encounter when they employ a focus on just one of these 6 areas in their lives. The key for living leadership is to create a solid foundation for each of these areas and then create habits, making it easy to adopt your habits into a lifestyle.
During my career as an IT consultant, I have been asked by many different clients and by various members of my team for information on policies, procedures and templates. There are thousands of small businesses that do not have the time or resources to draft documents or polices for items like acceptable use of computers/media, setting […]
I will say is that the lessons learned in my personal “role” are some of the most directly applicable to my management “role”. Lessons about dealing with teenagers- dealing with your spouse, understanding personal finance… all of these require a deep focus on what you are hearing and how your are being heard. These lessons are built around communication and perspective.
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Taking Life Apart- What Does That Mean?I have decided to talk more about what I want and not just what I do at work. I have had a fascination since I was a child with understanding how things work. I would and still do- dismantle things to see how they work. I believe I have begun to do this with my life experience in my writing. So- here is my attempt at explaining the world I have been tearing apart in order to live my life.