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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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Affiliative Leadership

Understanding and Leveraging the Affiliative Leadership Style When it comes to providing leadership in your organization, do you find yourself coming back to the idea that “people come first”? If so, you probably employ the Affiliative Leadership style as your default style of leadership. For you, success is not solely defined by the attainment of goals, but rather through the ability to ensure that team members emotional needs are met. Happiness and harmony are closely held values to you, and through your efforts you inspire fierce loyalty. An affiliative leader is a caring nurturer who is tuned in closely to the emotions of the people around them. They care about performance and team members’ abilities to achieve goals and objectives, but they are much more interested in how people are feeling in the w…
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Authoritative Leadership

Self-Awareness and Leveraging the Authoritative Leadership Style Are you an authoritative leader? Do you possess an abundance of self-confidence, empathy, and capacity for change? If the authoritative style resonates with you, you’ll be glad to know that, according to Daniel Goleman’s extensive research, this is the most effective leadership style for improving the workplace.   Chances are when you think of what leadership means, your mind generates images of someone who employs the Authoritative Leadership style. This style is characterized by a clear vision and an ability to inspire teams to work toward goals that can make their vision come true. Generally speaking, these types of leaders are not interested in micromanaging their people; they are more interested in ensuring that the en…
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