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.

Stay In The Right Lane

by blogadmin 18. June 2018 03:09

Rhoda Kreuzer  |  Team Building Edition  | June 18, 2018

While driving down a winding road, I quickly came upon a sharp curve in the road. As I started braking, I had that sinking feeling - you know the one where an adrenaline rush follows? I had an overwhelming fear of going into the ditch. Well, I was able to keep control, applying the brakes well enough to make it through the turn and keep on going. After driving awhile, I realized indeed that there were guardrails; a preventative measure set in place to help keep people in their lane, on the road and safe from harm.

In life, teams seem to work at such a fast speed that when there are turns, twists, and changes ahead, they struggle or without much thought must make the needed adjustment. It is taxing and stressful to operate this way. 

Are you picking the right team members? (What happened when Steve Jobs did.) Do you have guardrails for your team? Are there boundaries that prevent them from moving outside their "lane"? How do you coach them (here's one good approach) so that they keep aligned, focused, and in their "lane" heading for the right destination without obstacles? By setting expectations, boundaries, and building in accountability for their work, you create a sound environment for them to make solid decisions.

Your team will enjoy the journey, arrive at their destination safely, on time, and ready to "hit the road" again!

Personal Challenge:

Where does your team seem to face obstacles and get held up the most? What guardrails and boundaries will help them stay on track and in the right "lane"? How can you change your approach in leadership to include more coaching, accountability, and recognition? Start today and enjoy the ride!

 

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