4 Biggest Weaknesses of Great Leaders...P.S. It's Not What You Think!

by blogadmin 27. August 2018 05:04

 

Carol Helsel | HR & Recruiting Edtion | August 28, 2018

You are a leader of a growing organization on the verge of huge success! You are close. You can feel it. Yet, you're not quite there. You scratch your head puzzled by what's missing. After all, you are a really good leader which is why your business is where it's at, right? Yes, except that a track record of success can breed patterns of behavior that can turn strengths into weaknesses when the business grows quickly. You don't want to hurt your company now.

Here are the 4 most common Achilles' heels of great leaders:

1. LISTENING (TO FAKING IT). Are you giving the appearance of listening lately? A business leader starts out as a genuinely good listener-attentive, curious, and interested. Then as success comes along with massive demands on their time, they start to fake it. The reality is they are paying attention and processing less of what they do hear.  The result is that the leader becomes more and more isolated and less informed.

TIP: Make a conscious effort to stop and truly listen. Repeat back what you're hearing. Do you really understand what's being said? 

2. MULTITASKING (DIMINISHES FOCUS). One of the strengths of most great leaders is the ability to get through a huge volume of work. Another is to be "in the moment" and focus. As the business grows and demands for time are stretched, guess which strength wins out? Multitasking. Because of the allure of decreasing the amount of work, the leader's ability to focus on a singular issue lessens. One on one meetings change to routine memos. Darting outside to take phone calls becomes routine. The quality of your decision-making suffers inordinately, and your credibility make take a beating as your team realizes you are not really "present" anymore.

TIP: Try multitasking only when you're alone. Discipline yourself to be fully present and in the moment when you are with others.

3. SNAP DECISIONS (BECOME LESS DEPENDABLE). Ahhh...experience and judgement: the two skills that got you where you are today. You quickly assimilate data, appraise the situation, and call the play. You get it right more often than not. But because of growth, your business handles more data now than you can possibly assimilate as quickly as you once did. So, your snap decisions aren't as dependable as they once were, but because you are the big kahuna, no one is telling you any differently.

TIP: Take trip down to the field or front line (or a "secret shopper") and find out if the last decision you made really did work in practice or if it's just sitting there, clunky and irrelevant that everyone is trying his or her best to ignore. 

4. COMMUNICATION (TURNS TO MANIPULATION). You're proud of your communication skills. Your ability to paint a vision and to communicate it in a way that motivates others is at the core of who you are. It's a key skill that has gotten you where you are today. Early on, you realized that you're so good at communicating and motivating others that you could short-circuit the process, avoidy the lengthy process of collaboration and getting buy in. Now, as success brings a gigantic workload, there simply isn't enough time to motivate others. You've slipped into manipulation as a default. In other words, your team is doing what they are supposed to be doing, but with minimal effort. 

TIP: Ask yourself, "how often recently has your team taken an idea of yours and not only implemented it, but honed in on it and improved upon it? If the answer is "rarely", chances are you've slipped into default manipulation mode.

 All The Best,

Carol 

(See more: Les McKeowen, CEO. Consulting by Predictable Success @PredSuccess.)  

 

3 C's to Success!

by blogadmin 22. August 2018 01:31

  

  

Rhoda Kreuzer | Leadership & Team Building | August 22, 2018

Do you or your teammates have the 3 essential characteristics that lead to success? Read carefully through each one and do a quick personal or team assessment.

1. COMMITMENT. Commitment sounds easy, but is much harder to accomplish. In a world where everything is constantly changing, we tend to downplay the importance of commitment. Stick to obligations, appointments, and deadlines. Stay true to your word and follow-through.

2. CARING. Caring seems like a simple attribute. To say someone is caring can be compared to someone sayng someone is patriotic. It is in everyone's power to do, yet so few people really do reach out and care for others. People ask, "How are you?" But, are they really listening to your answer or seem concerned with understanding your needs? Instead, we rush on to the next urgent task.

Success comes when leaders listen and physically, emotionally, spirtually care for those around them. They are present in the moment and touch others with a sense of humanity. It does not matter how large or small, but they take a heartfelt interest in the needs and concerns of those they lead and serve.

3. COURAGE. Courage is addressing the unknown, confronting the difficult, and moving forward because it is the right thing to do. It's when we do not have all the answers, but we continue to strive for our goals. Take the risks if it's right. Courage is seen in the small things of life, not just the big. 

With which "C" do you need to expand your capacity to be an effective leader or team? Focus on strengthening these characteristics over the next few weeks and watch your impact and team grow!

ADDED FEATURE:  7 Ways Parents Can Raise Successful Kids 

All The Best,

Rhoda 

 

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 

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