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Don’t Be a Bully — Be a Leader!

Don’t Be a Bully — Be a Leader! It should come as no surprise to most of you that I would never recommend “bullying” or the command control style as an effective style of leadership. As you know, I’m all about leading through increased employee engagement, self-awareness, empathy, trust, and vulnerability. But if you pay attention to the subject of leadership in the news, you’ll notice that command and control styles of leadership are still being used by even the most notable executives and leaders in business. With that said, it doesn’t mean these styles are effective and should be common practice. So, what do I mean by “bullying”? Someone who leads with a title and commands respect vs earning it. Someone who constantly tells others what to do and can often come across as disrespectful and demeaning in …
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Leading Millennials

Leading Millennials Do You Know How to Communicate with the Next Generation? One of the most important aspects of growing as a leader is the ability to continuously improve your communication skills. Simply put, great communication and effective leadership go hand in hand, which is why I’m always encouraging leaders to consider how they present themselves through verbal and non-verbal communication. But we live in a world in which the ways we communicate seem to transform on a near real-time basis. This rapid change has caused tension in workplaces around the world, where old-school managers often have to find new ways to communicate with and inspire members of a workforce that is increasingly dominated by members of “Gen Y,” the Millennial generation. By 2025, 75% of the workforce will be made up of Mil…
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Are You on Auto-Pilot?

Are You on Auto-Pilot? Self-Awareness and Evaluating Your Own Leadership Style Are you on auto-pilot? Do you react without thinking things through? Feel stressed and overwhelmed by your workload? If so you might be on what I like to call “auto-pilot”. Navigating through your busy days in reactive mode, trying to survive vs. thrive. Stop the insanity and jump off the corporate hamster wheel! When I think of great leaders, they do not operate on auto-pilot. They are very mindful, self-aware, emotionally astute leaders and they “show up” in a purposeful way, striving to move the business and people forward. Several traits come to mind when I think about effective and inspiring leadership. Integrity, charisma, passion, and a powerful ability to engage others are all critical aspects of leadership, but there’…
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Effective Leadership and The Power of Influence

Effective Leadership and The Power of Influence Influential people get things done. Why? Because not only do they produce results on their own; they also have a knack for inspiring others to deliver. As a result, influencers transform their teams into ultra productive units, driven by a desire for excellence and a commitment to achieving the vision set out for them. Most effective leaders are also incredible influencers. In fact, the ability to influence is an essential skill required by leaders, and critical to the success of any team or organization. As a leader, there’s always room for improvement, particularly when it comes to your ability to keep your people engaged and focused on achieving results and goals for the organization. With that in mind, let’s explore how you can be a more eff…
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5 Tips to Avoid Becoming a Bad Leader

5 Tips to Avoid Becoming a Bad Leader I’ve been writing a lot about the characteristics of effective leaders in my blog posts. If you’ve been reading, you know that self-awareness, emotional intelligence and a willingness to always improve are critical when it comes to operating effectively as a leader. But today I’d like to turn the tables a bit and examine leadership from a different perspective. All of us have had the distinct displeasure of working under leaders who — let’s face it — were simply terrible at leading. These leaders failed to inspire us and our colleagues, and they made us less interested in achieving, performing and delivering in order for the organization to succeed. If you’re operating in a leadership role, it’s important to understand what defines bad leadership. When yo…
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Six Major Leadership Styles

Understanding the Six Major Leadership Styles How Can You Become a More Effective Leader? If you’ve been following our blog posts on the six major leadership styles, you know that leadership can appear to be a complicated and a multi-faceted concept. Every leader has his or her tendencies, but the most effective leaders understand that employing different styles at different times is the key to success. Today, I want to wrap up our series on the leadership styles with a review and some thoughts to help you move forward. Why Is Style Important? Leadership expert and Harvard researcher Daniel Goleman identified six major leadership styles as a result of his extensive analysis of more than 3,000 middle-level managers over the course of three years. These styles are so important to understand because, as Gol…
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Coercive Leadership

“Do What I Say and Do It Now!” Understanding the Coercive Leadership Style The Coercive Leadership style may not make sense when it comes to the day-to-day operations within an organization, but it certainly has its place among the six major styles of leadership. This style holds a lot of power, but it’s critical that it’s leveraged properly and only during times when it’s called for. It’s one of two leadership styles (the other being Pacesetting) that has an overall negative effect on workplace climate, but within certain types of scenarios, it’s the only style that is effective. Discernment is key with this potentially volatile style — use it when it’s not called for, and you’ll see why it’s the least effective way to lead a team. However, when it&#…
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Democratic Leadership

Collaboration, Consensus and Communication Understanding the Democratic Leadership Style Democratic Leadership is, in fact, one of the most effective leadership styles when it comes to building a workplace environment where participation and equity of ideas are key. According to researcher and leadership expert Daniel Goleman’s findings, it is the style that’s most closely correlated with responsibility, which means that it’s particularly effective in environments where driving engagement is critical for success. If the Democratic Leadership style is the one that best describes you, it’s important to understand your natural strengths and weaknesses so you can drive results and truly get the most out of each member of your team. However, if this style of leadership seems unnatural because you employ one o…
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Coaching Leadership

I Believe in You! Understanding and Employing the Coaching Leadership Style All too often in the modern business world, we focus on immediate results and taking quick, decisive action. We want results now, which keeps us focused almost entirely on the present moment. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it ignores the benefits that can be experienced by developing people for the future, even if that future isn’t clear right now. The workplace climate is critical when it comes to developing and maintaining employee engagement and excellence, and there is a lot to be said for a leader’s ability to help individual team members excel on a personal level. This type of leader is rare, but they can do more than other types of leaders to cultivate and nurture a winning environment in the w…
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