Do You Hear Me?
Listening well is the essential first step to effective communication. If we truly hear what others are saying, we are communicating effectively and connecting to those around us. How many times have we thought we communicated effectively with someone, only to find out they didn’t hear a word we said? We might think we’ve communicated … Continue reading Do You Hear Me?
Leadership Skills: Random vs. Purposeful
Most of us learn to lead in a very random fashion. We learn from the people around us in our careers, and we generally have little or no control over the great majority of people we are exposed to in our work. If we are lucky enough to work with strong, effective leaders, we learn … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Random vs. Purposeful
I’ll Text You Next Year
Forget quarterly and annual reviews. In today’s workplace, it’s all about instant feedback. Millennials have learned to expect instant responses to texts and very quick turnaround on Internet searches. As they populate the workplace in greater numbers, leaders need to learn how to engage their employees by providing regular feedback about performance much more frequently … Continue reading I’ll ...
Can’t Get No Satisfaction: Collaborative Leader to the Rescue
For Collaborative leaders, it’s all about satisfaction and support. Unlike the other four leadership styles we discussed in last week’s blog, “Pick a Style: The Five Types of Leadership,” Collaborative leaders focus on production and people concurrently. Their philosophy is that a dynamic balance must exist between the two, as production and people are interdependent. … Continue reading Can’t Get ...
Pick a Style: The Five Types of Leadership
When it comes to leading effectively, learning to choose the right leadership style is everything. Depending on personality, circumstance, and goals, we need to understand which style is suitable for the situation at hand. Two highly regarded leadership academics, Robert Blake and Jane Mouton, have identified the five leadership styles: Bureaucratic, Supportive, Directive, Traditional, and … Conti...
Dola’s Lesson on Leadership: Get Flexible
A true leader can influence people’s behavior. They do this by flexing – or adapting – their leadership style in a way that meets the needs of the people around them – individuals or teams. Adaptable leadership is a subtle, sophisticated skill that can have a tremendous impact. Personal Power Vs. Position Power What exactly … Continue reading Dola’s Lesson on Leadership: Get Flexible
Affirmation: Thanks for Your Contribution
Good job. Nice work. Affirmation is the least used, yet most powerful, motivating tool we have. It only takes a moment to thank and appreciate a contribution from a colleague. Yet, sadly, we often don’t take the time to do it. In survey after survey in companies across America, fewer than 30% of employees characterize … Continue reading Affirmation: Thanks for Your Contribution