Do You Have Enough Leadership COURAGE To Commit?

by blogadmin 7. August 2018 01:48

Leadership demands we are people of courage. Courage is usually reserved for people who are rescue workers, or in very dangerous situations. While leaders are not usually called upon to save lives or enter into potentially harmful situations, they are called upon to do things that others hesitate to do.

Some areas leaders must be courageous in include:

-following your gut when everyone tells you you're crazy

-having difficult conversations with people

-moving forward in a new direction despite the risks

- facing your critics and listening openly to what they have to say

- looking in the mirror and seeing yourself for who you really are

-sticking with your principles even though it might cause pain

-challenging your comfort zone and facing your fears

Many decisions are not clear cut and cannot be reduced to a spreadsheet. However, someone has to make the commitment to proceed or withdraw if necessary. 

Leaders must move the team and organization ahead to fulfill their purpose even when there are obstacles to overcome. Leaders are the ones who set the destination and help in charting the course to reach the goal. Leaders must have the most courage to do what is right, even if others disagree.

Courage is not easy. No one is born a hero, or without a fear of falling. The difference is our choice to be held back by fear, or to move full steam ahead. Make that choice to be a person of courage and watch your influence grow. Watch your employees grow. Watch your team grow. Watch your organization grow.

Be courageous and commit!

Personal Challenge:

-From the list above, pick one or two areas you can begin to change. Write them down on a sticky note and keep somewhere on your desk. Work on these areas daily until they become commonplace. Then write down two new ones and proceed with those until you are couragesouly confident!

All The Best,

Rhoda 

BOOST Your Emotional Intelligence At Work

by blogadmin 31. July 2018 00:57

Carol Helsel | HR & Recruiting Edition | July 31, 2018

 

Most people know it's not a good idea to be highly emotional at work. Emotional intelligence or EQ is the ability to identify and manage our emotions. Have you considered, though, our ability to manage other people's emotions? Or what type of emotion we should display for any given situation?

Research suggests that people who are more emotionally intelligent are also more successful at work, in relationships, and stay healthier. Psychologists say it's not easy to improve, but if you are brave and motivated enough to want to learn how others see you, you can make positive changes.

Below are listed first 10 of "21 Quick and Easy Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence". Check them out and get a good start onto becoming more emotionally healthy. Do take some more time to read the full article as it is very valuable to overall leadership and personal growth. 

1. Pick one area below to improve on.

2. Surround yourself with people who don't necessarily agree with you.

3. Find a "career" mirror or friend to help you reflect on your emotions.

4. Assign someone to be your "loving critic" at work.

5. Try to see things from another's perspective.

6. Give people the benefit of the doubt.

7. Ask people directly what they are feeling.

8. Learn to empathize without getting overly emotionally invested.

9. Pretend to be humble.

10. Know what sets you off and watch for it. 

Personal Challenge:  What area did you pick to begin working on? How about picking someone to serve as your "career mirror" or "loving critic"? Talk to that person today to begin seeing yourself as others see you.

You Say You're Approachable?

by blogadmin 25. April 2018 04:43

Rhoda Kreuzer | Special Communication Edition | April 25, 2018

At times, we can all come across with an aloof attitude or seem put out. We all have our moments, but some dwell in Sourville. Your ability to connect with people and stay connected is directly determined on how approachable you are. Simon Sinek puts it another way in his Ted Talk, "Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe".

Colleagues and customers will marginalize you if you lack approachability. Family and friends may even disconnect from you if they cannot gain your attention, if you always seem moody, appear constantly busy, or put yourself on a pedastal. If people cannot trust the consistency of your attitude and moods, they simply will not trust you. They will stop approaching you and communications shut down. No communications means no team work.

Personal Challenge: 

Take a short quiz published by Mindtools.com to get an idea of just how approachable you are. Score yourself and then think about the suggested strategies for becoming more approachable in 4 different areas: Look Available, Listening Skills, Verbal Communication, and Body Language. Focus most on where your score is low. What simple change to the way your manage or communicate will make the most impact? 

     

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