Moving into 2020, let’s talk about leadership. What are the qualities of a great leader? I’ve been an Executive Coach for almost 18 years, and prior to that an Executive in Banking and Telecom. This is a very broad question, and my initial reaction is “it depends”. However, it turns out that really IS the answer! The […]
Empathy an important leadership trait. It is a critical emotional intelligence competency. Emotional intelligence is being aware of and able to manage your emotions, and the emotions of others, to achieve a desired outcome. Empathy is necessary to be aware of others’ emotions and their source, so you can adjust your communication and approach accordingly. Many people […]
Before your first day, think about your professional brand for this role. What do you want people to know about you? What can they depend on you for? What past experience do you have that could help them?
Consider what you already know about the purpose for and the responsibilities of this role. Who will […]
What I’ve seen work during my 14+ years as a corporate executive, and now 13+ years as an Executive Coach, are the following techniques:
Make sure you have a successor. If you don’t, you’ll never be able to move on to your next assignment. Make developing your team and succession planning a priority, and […]
The great bosses give their folks a say in HOW they accomplish a task. It’s the job of leadership to set the vision and strategic direction. Managers break it down into the key goals and high level milestones that will get the company there. Then the great bosses step back and support their people […]
From a leadership perspective, the only good thing about group think is that it creates apparent harmony in the workplace since the group all agrees on whatever it is they’re thinking. But study after study has shown that diversity of though leads to better decisions and healthier firms.
When I was VP of marketing, if […]
Highly influential people generally have the following characteristics:
Character – they lead by example
Expertise – they know their stuff and are great at what they do
Connector – they value relationships and are great networkers who love serving as a resource and referring others
Collaborator – they know how to negotiate and compromise […]
Leadership is setting the vision and direction, while motivating and fully utilizing all resources at your disposal to make that vision a reality. The most important leadership skill to have is the ability to flex in whatever way is required by the situation you find yourself in.
This has been termed “Leadership Agility”. It’s more […]
I’m not sure we can ever really take 100% responsibility for keeping our team engaged and motivated. They need to help too. We’ve all been in situations where we are treating all our folks the same way, and some are upbeat and energized and others are just plain miserable. We can’t force anyone to […]