Are You Ready To Lead?

Leadership is rarely a position that you’re ready for when you walk into the role. Many times, young leaders are thrust into the role of leadership well before they’ve had time to prepare.

That’s a scary proposition. And many leaders bow out before their time is done.

Being in a position you’re not ready for can wear you down. It can break you. You will want to quit.

But that’s because you’re not prepared. It doesn’t mean you can’t become prepared.

We have to be prepared to lead

Abraham Lincoln is often credited with saying:

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

Did good old Abe Lincoln really say this? I’m not sure.

What I am sure about is that the quote is still valid. And preparation is something we must do regularly.

How To Get Rid Of The Bad Apples

One Bad Apple Can Spoil The Whole Bunch

The energy vampires. The whiners and complainers. And the ones who bring down those around them.

These are the bad apples. The ones who are hurting your organization.

It can be hard to get rid of the bad apples, but you must.

You’ve probably heard the old saying “One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch” and not thought much of the saying. It’s cliche and played out. Or so you think.

This saying is also true. When rotten apples begin to decay, these rotting apples emit a gas. This gas can cause the apples touching this apple to rot as well.

Get Rid Of Your Bad Apples

The people we surround ourselves with are like the apples mentioned in the cliched saying. They will impact you negatively or positively.

The Struggles Of Being A Remote Leader With Yengyee Lor

Answers From Leadership Podcast #40

Virtual or remote leadership is becoming more common. You have the ability to lead teams outside of the office. But what do you do to help keep the team connected and working together?

Yengyee Lor knows these struggles. She’s an expert in helping remote leaders lead effectively.

Listen in to today’s Answers From Leadership podcast to learn the struggles of being a remote leader and how to deal with these trials.

Yengyee Lor shares how to lead remotely

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Show Notes

What else would you like listeners to know about you?

For today’s purposes, we’re talking about virtual leaders. So, I’m going to focus on leaders in the virtual world.

How would you define leadership? Whether virtual or physical leadership?

I would define leadership as qualities or skills of a leader that is able to empower others to lead their best selfs.

How To Become An Innovative Leader

Business organizations are looking for the next breakthrough. As a leader, they’re looking to you to be an innovative leader.

The big question is: How do I become an innovative leader?

That’s what we’re going to look at today. We’re going to see where innovation comes from and how you can use innovation in your leadership.

Innovative leadership is great leadership

What Is Innovation?

At its core, innovation is a new method, idea, product, etc. Innovation is bringing something new to the table.

This means you’ve got to be thinking of new ways to do things. How can you look at the current methods of work and take a better approach to getting things done?

Now, innovative leadership doesn’t mean you have to think outside of the box. Innovative leadership means you’re always looking for ways to improve.

Get More Done By Doing Less

I don’t have enough time in the day to get everything I need to done. That’s the cry of so many leaders out there.

You’ve probably uttered those words as well. You feel overwhelmed by all the responsibilities of your leadership role.

I’ve got a little something for you today. You can get more done by doing less.

Do less, get more done

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Today’s post is going to seem counter-intuitive until you digest what I say. Yet I truly believe we can get more done by doing less.

The Myth Of Do More

We’ve been led to believe we need to pack our days full of activity. If there’s an empty spot in your day, you have to fill it.

But that’s hogwash. You know it. I know it. The world knows it.

Yet we still strive to fill our days with task upon task. This is the myth of Do More.