When you’re in a position of leadership, you know there are actions happening behind the scenes. The rest of your team is oblivious to these happenings.
Unfortunately, when they’re happening in secret, your team doesn’t understand the reasons you’re making the choices you’re making.
This may lead to you being viewed as a bad leader. What you need to do is to help your team to understand what’s happening.
In a recent post about bad leadership, I mentioned a couple of things you may be doing that causes your team to think you’re leading poorly. This post is a great example of why you need to help your team understand the inner workings of the business.
You don’t have to go into the deep details but you should at least explain a few key points of the business to your team. This can prevent a lot of grief and agony. Read more...
You’ve probably felt the battle raging within you. To hold onto your beliefs. To boldly proclaim and do what you feel is right.
The world is crying out around you to do that what they believe to be true. All the while trying to pull you to their side and strip away your integrity.
There’s a battle happening. The battle to maintain our integrity while living in a world that beckons us with the desires of others.
Months ago I wrote a blog post with quotes from Nelson Mandela. I also shared leadership quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
While these posts received quite a bit of positive attention, there were also questions regarding the posts. Partially relating to maintaining your integrity while being told to tweet something one of these great men had said. Read more...
Honesty is the bedrock of trust. Without it, you have nothing. This is why we must nurture trust.
Sometimes it’s worth it to go above and beyond the expected reward. This video shows how a couple of honest people were rewarded.
What are you doing to encourage and reward honesty?
Leaders are constantly trying to give feedback to their team. It’s essential that your team know whether or not what they’re doing is correct. Thus feedback has to be given.
But how often do you stop and welcome feedback as a leader? Stop and think about that…
If you’re like most leaders, you’ll discover you haven’t been receiving feedback as often as you should. Maybe not at all.
It’s easy to dismiss feedback the further up the chain you get. Whether it’s as an organizational leader or the leader of your home. The higher you rise, the harder it is to welcome feedback.
To become a great leader though, you have to be open to feedback. Feedback tells you whether or not you’re doing something right, if it’s effective, or if things need to change.
Start listening to the feedback given to you. Read more...
There’s nothing more valuable when you’re leading than establishing credibility. Credibility is establishing trust and being believable. Can you see why a leader needs to establish credibility to lead well?
There was once a time when a man’s handshake was his contract. It seems those days are long gone.
Yet you can help bring back those days. You can be a man, or woman, who has credibility.
Credibility is vital in leadership. It’s hard to gain and easy to lose. This is why great leaders are constantly building their credibility.
How are they doing this, you ask? They take the hard road and credible leaders make sure they’re upholding their own standards.
Here’s what else you can do to establish credibility:
Follow through with your promises: Great leaders build their credibility by keeping their word. When they say they’re going to do it, they do it. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Their word is their bond. Read more...