Top 5 Strategies to Empower Your Team

6 coworkers hands in center stacked

Top-down style of leadership is not an effective way of leading people. The mistake many leaders make, whether consciously or not, is to believe that they need to “command” or “shape” their team members. Which can lead to resistance, and, more importantly, unhappy team members. Fortunately, there’s a powerful way of thinking that can help…

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Corporate America Is at a Crossroads

Country Dirt Road Intersection

Which side of history is your company going to be on? Flexibility or rigid structure? As leaders, we have ample evidence that remote working is achievable on a large scale over the last year. With COVID-19 forcing us all to shelter in place, that left no alternative but to work from home. That, for the…

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Leading Through Pandemic Exhaustion

COVID-19

Your employees are exhausted. You are exhausted. It is not just COVID-19 that is making everyone exhausted. Everyone appears to be on or near the edge. The consistent increase in daily stress is unrelenting this year. The 2020 election, no matter which side you are on, adds to the stress. Social unrest adds to the…

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4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Leadership Skills

4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Leadership Skills

Whether you are officially a leader in an organization or not, we all use leadership skills in our everyday lives. Here are 4 easy ways to improve your leadership skills no matter your official role. Listen. If you are not asking people questions, you aren’t listening. It is critical as a leader to hear what…

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Helping Others Succeed is Part of Leading

Helping Others Succeed is Part of Leading

Helping others succeed is an integral part of leading. Without it, you ultimately don’t succeed. Supporting individuals comes in many forms. An important one is helping them advance in their careers. Some people are very motivated in their advancement, while others are not. Use these suggestions in helping others succeed as part of leading and…

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Common Leadership Mistakes

Common Leadership Mistakes

Leaders over time, if not careful, can find themselves in a self-made bubble or with blinders on as to what is going on around them. This lack of awareness can lead to mistakes which can erode the trust your team has in you. Opening up your awareness to when you make mistakes will help you…

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Leading With Transparency During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Leading With Transparency During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Transparency is defined as: the quality or state of being transparent. Transparent is defined one way as: readily understood, another way as: characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices. I would define it also as: clarity. It depends on where you are and how much you can disclose. Being transparent as…

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Highly Effective Ways to Lead Others

Highly Effective Ways to Lead Others

When teams have an effective leader, they are more productive, with higher job satisfaction, and lower turnover. There are many ways to be an effective leader. Different situations require different skills. Use these highly effective ways to lead others: Focus on the company’s goal. All employees are working for the same company and same company-wide…

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Part 6 – Ways to Build Your Leadership Skills

Becoming the Leader

Becoming the leader you know you want to be requires time and commitment. There is no better time to start than today. Think of a manager you had that you truly enjoyed working for. What did you appreciate about their leadership style? What skills did they use to be an effective leader? Regardless of your…

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Part 5 – Can Introverts be Effective Leaders?

Becoming the Leader

A study on the failure of introverts to emerge as leaders showed that introverts don’t emerge because they think the extroverted behaviors required to be a leader as unpleasant or unenjoyable. If you are an introvert and feel that way, no reason to become a leader. If you want to go for it, look at…

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