I’ve had it with you! You’re through with the company. Pack your bags and get out of here!
Those words are hard to read. They’re harder to live through. Yet so many potential team members have heard words similar to those above.
They’ve been a part of a team with a bad leader. The leader wasn’t fair or good. The leader was plain bad.
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I’ve seen something like this first hand.
A customer called to complain a shipment wasn’t received. The owner called the shipping manager into his office. The owner began to berate the shipping manager.
Not only did he berate and belittle him, but he also did it in a manner the whole office could hear. Once he was done, he followed the shipping manager out to the floor, slamming doors along the way and shouting threats at him. Read more...
If you’re leading in an organization, there’s a good chance you’re not the top dog. Even then, you still have someone to answer to. This is why every leader needs to know how to lead upward.
Leading upward is all about helping your boss or leader become better. They play a part in your development. You can play a part in theirs.
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Leading upward can be difficult. Scary even. It’s hard to look at your leader and think of ways to lead them.
The good news is that you can lead your leaders. The way you lead others looks different than the way they lead you or the way you may lead others.
How To Lead Upward
John Maxwell suggests you lead upward by becoming a go-to player. To become a go-to player, you need to perform your tasks with excellence and integrity. You have to be a person your leader wants to go to when he needs someone to step in during his absence. Read more...
When you think of yourself, do you think of yourself as a positive leader? Or do you relate more to Eeyore from Winnie The Pooh?
Eeyore is a lovable but pessimistic and gloomy friend of Winnie The Pooh.
Nothing seems to go right for him. He’s always seeing the downside of life. And, his thought-life continues to bring himself and those around him down, down, down.
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You might hear Eeyore say:
But Pooh… the Hundred Acre Woods are always changing. I just can’t keep up. Huff…
Eeyore brings negativity to everything. Even the beauty of nature. He can’t seem to break out of the funk.
Sadly, many leaders are like Eeyore. They bring a constant sense of negativity to their office and their team. Read more...
After years of leading, something begins to happen. The passion you once felt for leading others begins to wane. You feel tired and your heart is no longer in it.
You’ve lost your passion.
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It happens to the best of us. Keeping the passion alive is hard.
Trials and tribulations begin to take their toll. You no longer feel effective. Or maybe turnover has been high and you’re just done.
I feel you. I really do.
Leadership is a lot like the relationships in your life. If you’re not careful, you can lose your passion for them. You can lose your passion for leading.
The good news is that you don’t have to have passionless leadership. You can regain your passion for leading like you can regain your passion for your spouse, your church, or your friends. Read more...
What should a leader consider a win? I’ve contemplated this quite a bit lately. You’ve probably seen me write articles about what success truly means, what a leader’s responsibility is, and more.
All of these are related to leadership wins. Leadership wins are when a leader has something good happen and they were a part of it.
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We all need to consider what we consider a win.
You may think a win will look different leader to leader but wins don’t vary too far from one leader to another. Wins are typically the same regardless of the leader and their organization. It’s the way we define or explain the win that differs.
Leaders Win When…
So, what wins should leaders be seeking? Leaders win when:
Leaders win when they have a healthy home life.