Anyone can be a leader at any level, in any organization, even without a leadership “title”. This includes work, home life, charitable organizations, church groups, clubs, etc. Conversely, just because a person has a leadership “title”, doesn’t mean they’re a good leader i.e.; Manager, VP, Sr. Analyst, President, Father, Mother, Deacon, Board Member, School Trip Chaperone, etc. It takes certain characteristics to lead. Like the chameleon, leaders must see and adjust to different situations in order to reach goals. They work with the environment, not against it. In order to do this, they’ve got to have the right mindset. Let’s call it A+ leadership, for everybody.
Like the chameleon, leaders are not able to stay one way. They must develop the type of character that can anticipate, accept, adapt and administer. To become a problem solver and a voice of influence, these skills are very necessary.
So, you had a rough day. Why smile?
A 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.
Leaders learn a lot and know many different things. Some of these things can be learned on the job or through various industry experience. A lot of times, education serves as the background for a leader’s knowledge. But there is one thing, that every leader must know in order to succeed, no matter the business or industry, no matter the level of leadership. If a leader fails to understand this, they will fail. Continue reading to find out what every leader must know.
High performance teams require strong leaders, capable of influencing experts towards a specific goal. Leading a group toward any vision requires an understanding of people. This understanding only comes by listening well.
As a leader, being grateful should be considered a key component in your leadership skill set. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked. When utilized properly, gratitude has many benefits and works to increase your influence. We should use this with co-workers, family, friends and anyone we care about. But it’s not simple. There is a specific way to say “thank you”.
Do you want to get better? Do you want to lead people effectively? Do you want people to believe in you? Do you want to align people around common goals? Well, if the answer is yes, here are 5 things you must do.
My job was pretty disgusting. The first time I became a lead person was about 20 years ago. I worked in a facility that laundered hospital scrubs and linens. Think about that, dirty hospital sheets and towels. Let your imagination run wild and I guarantee you won’t be able to think of how nasty this place could get. I’ll spare you the details. Anyway, I worked here because Continue reading “This isn’t what I thought it would be…”
Whether they offered you the job or you were “voluntold”, either way it’s begun and you are now a “boss”. So now what? First, let’s take a deep breath and think about this.
The word “boss” carries a lot of weight with it. So much weight that it comes off a little negative. A common theme of this website will be to destroy the historical idea of a “boss” and bring the modern middle manager into view. Continue reading “So, you’ve been promoted to “boss”. Now what?”