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Being a leader may not be as easy as it seems.
It takes a lot to become a successful leader. And as Napolean Bonaparte said:
"A leader is a dealer in hope"
Your leadership qualities, and the ability to be a dealer in hope, play a huge role in the development of your career.
Technical skills are definitely essential, but soft skills are equally important in order to achieve long-term success in the world of employment opportunities. Leadership qualities are very much required, especially in the corporate world.
It is more likely that you will be promoted if you have leadership qualities with the power to motivate people because very few people are born with natural leadership qualities.
Here are some of the tips that can help make you a better leader:
How many leaders can you name who have published a book?
With barriers to entry reduced dramatically by on-demand electronic publishing, establishing your credibility by becoming a published author is simpler than ever. Even celebrities, from Paris Hilton to Donald Trump, have done it.
But how can publishing a book further your career and credibility?
Effective, servant leaders know that, to develop each individual’s capability and productivity, you must tap into the whole person–physical, emotional, emotional and spiritual.
You must attend to all of these dimensions.
For physical well-being, the person needs to be paid fairly. She needs to meet her most basic needs like working in a safe, healthy, secure setting. To be well-served emotionally, one must feel enthusiasm, harmony, passion, and support at work.
To be engaged mentally, leaders need to allow employees to use their creativity, innovativeness, skills, and knowledge. And, for spiritual well-being, you need to discover where each employee finds meaning, value, and purpose.
If you are a business owner, you are a leader.
Many business owners think of themselves more as the person who does the work instead of the person who leads the people doing the work.
But if you’re not in charge, who is?
The absence of leadership in a business creates a lot of frustration and challenges, from employee-management issues, to financial issues, to client issues. In my work with small-business owners, I notice that once business owners get into the mindset of “I’m a leader,” a lot starts to fall in place.
But this mindset is just the start – there are many skills that small-business owners need to have to lead their business successfully.
Adapting your leadership style to address the needs and qualities of followers is one of the main components of effective transformational leadership.
The millennial generation, also referred to as generation Y, is the latest emerging group of employees. These are people born between 1980 – 2000 and are different from generation X that preceded them.
Today, the generational issues have taken a different role in the society making them more significant. There are several ways in which this generation differs from its predecessors.
I’ve always had a tremendous admiration for engineers.
Their ability to pull apart problems and their commitment to the exploration of multiple possible solutions are skills I’ve tried to emulate in numerous leadership roles. And of course, they can actually build things.
That’s a talent that has always escaped me.
Throughout my youth and teenage years, whenever the tools would come out I’d ask, “how can I help?”, the answer would always be the same: “don’t touch anything!” It’s humbling knowing that the best help you can provide is to NOT try to help.
Almost everyone has heard that you’re supposed to lead from the front or by example.
Recently we’ve heard the term leading from behind. What do these concepts actually mean and how do they relate to leadership?
As an observer of leadership tendencies you see all kinds of methods or styles being embraced. I believe that this is not an either or decision but rather a transitional act from one form to the next as followers become ready.
Companies are like individuals and communities, they have beliefs and behaviors that shape them.
These beliefs and behaviors are known as corporate culture.
Corporate culture may be written, but in small companies it is usually unwritten. An example is where a bank pays for all its employees’ lunch on Wednesdays and the employees identify with it.
Barron’s Business Dictionary defines corporate culture as “general organizational operating environment including ethical and value structures”.
There is a leadership saying that goes like this: Be sure to share a piece of your heart instead of always sharing a piece of your mind.
What does it mean to share a piece of your heart when you are a leader?
First of all, to lead from the heart means you must enjoy working with people.
Several years ago I had a mentor, named Spence, say, “Mary Kay, visualize sitting right next to the person - working with them side by side. Believe that you really care about what that person needs vs. what you need.”
With increasing pressure on companies to deliver value to Shareholders, Customers, and Employees the quick fix approach taken today is finding external leaders who can lead companies to the “Promised Land”.
In line with this, many major corporations’ shareholders look for leaders who can “produce magic” or “move mountains” and are willing to offer tremendously attractive pay and benefit packages to entice these persons who they believe fit the bill.
Unfortunately, leaders of this ability are scarce with many “pretenders” - witnessed by the lack of consistent long-term corporate success stories.
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