You are a “boss in the middle”. Free will says so.

img_0340It’s common knowledge that we have free will.  God gave us this so we’d be free to genuinely love Him.  He states in Mark 8: 34-35 that, if we want true life, we need to drop our own desires in order to follow Him and support His kingdom.  By extension, He is also saying, you have a choice!

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Teaching people how to think.

IMG_0335.PNGPeople make decisions every day. These decisions can be difficult, depending on different internal and external factors. These factors can quickly turn a normal task, into an abnormal task. Failure to make the right choice in key situations can lead to undesirable outcomes.

As leaders, we can’t be with our people 24/7. It’s impossible to train for every scenario. Instead of focusing on detailed and specific solutions, a broader approach needs to be taken.  We have to teach people how to think.

We have to develop within our teams the specific skill of utilizing objective analysis in order to solve problems.

Read on for some ways that will help you teach people how to think.

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The Boss is still talking…

img_0327Ever have a boss that was a great story teller and really seemed like they cared about their people? This person says all the right things, is the center of attention and seems “bigger than life”. They are often the loudest ones in the room and have everyone’s ear. Is this person also a bad leader? Worse yet, are they a bad leader who doesn’t know it? I’ve seen this before. Being a leader is more than having an outgoing personality. It’s the ability to influence people and groups towards expected ends. Read on about true leadership.

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Defeat Nervousness

img_0322Have you ever had to do something that made you nervous? It could be a particular project or a conversation. You may be preparing to confront someone or go into a meeting you know will be uncomfortable. The thought of doing it gives you an anxious lump in your throat and butterflies in your stomach. As leaders, these situations are inevitable. Read on for four ways to calm your nerves and come out on top.

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Fear keeps you alive, but it doesn’t allow you to live.

img_0319Some people say a little fear is good because it keeps you out of harms way. Our innate, natural need to stay unharmed and healthy, keeps us from jumping off a bridge or driving our car at maximum speed. Fear of pain keeps us out of trouble for sure, but there are times in our life, when we allow fear to have too much freedom. See what fear does if left unchecked and what you can do about it.

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Leaders must say no when necessary.

img_0300A new leader might think, “It would be great if I could give my team everything they desire.” Higher compensation, benefits, resources, information, the list goes on. But a good leader understands, not only is that impossible, it could also be detrimental. Continue reading for 5 reasons why saying “no”, when required, is important.

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