One of the most important things you will do as a leader, is develop core members of your team. It starts, however, with one major step.
I wanted to repost this, as I learn this lesson over and over. We all get angry and that’s okay. It even happened to Jesus more than once, so don’t get upset that you got mad at someone. It’s how we react that matters. If we do it right, anger can actually be used to our advantage.
Living in a world where everybody likes you and your choices is not ideal or realistic. Here’s an old story about myself that I wanted to re-post, as it taught me a very valuable lesson. Maybe someone else can learn from it.
The pastor at my church said hurt people, hurt people. But free people, free people. I began to write down the differences between the two groups and what I found was a pretty big eye-opener, especially as it relates to leadership.
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.
So I got some feedback on my post yesterday, about being in service to others. Not so much in comments on WordPress, but in my personal relationships. Today, I will clarify.
As a leader, you will have times where everyone wants something from you. It will seem like the questions never end, the requests get bigger and the time required to respond to these needs takes away from your “personal time”. You may say to your self, “I can’t get a break” or “I need some time alone” or “I just want to do what I want to do”. The truth is, the more you are entrusted with leadership duties, the more you will be called on by others to fulfill their needs. There is, however, a way to do this without losing your mind.
As a leader, there will come a day when you have to fire someone. It’s not pretty and certainly isn’t something that many people are comfortable doing. Unfortunately, I’ve had to do this several times and it never gets easier. Mostly it’s because we’re human and inherently, a lot of us want to see the good in everyone. We also don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings. Yet, people underperform, everyday and people get fired, everyday. I’ll offer 5 ways to ease the process.
I’m hearing all over the news today about Oprah Winfrey possibly running for President. Really? I guess anybody can try this job. Haven’t we learned anything? Isn’t it time to take this job seriously again? It’s no secret that Trump is having a rough go. I mean c’mon. President of the United States, no experience needed, just a desire to do it and money. What other organization can a person run without any experience, better than a qualified person with experience? McDonalds? Nope. Trash Man? Nope …
As we prepare for 2018 to roll in, I wanted to take a look at the concept of resolutions. There are folks that make them every year, swearing that “this is the year I’ll do blah blah blah”. Some keep the resolutions, while most fail to do so.
Others don’t waste their time. The thought being that they will break the resolution or that making a promise to do something worthwhile, like eating healthy and exercise, should be lifestyle changes totally detached from a “time of year”. They don’t want to make empty promises to themselves.
So what’s a leader to do?