Over the years, i have been really fortunate to work with and learn about leadership from some amazing leaders. These leaders whether they were running small family run businesses or whether they were running some of the largest retailers in the world, taught me the following 9 behaviours that i believe that all business leaders should try to emulate:
In a previous job, one of my team members told me during a performance appraisal where we were discussing her inability to say no – despite the fact that she was overloaded with work “I was afraid to say no because I thought that i would lose my colleagues respect if I did. But then i realised that i had no respect, because no one trusted me to finish work”
If someone doesn’t like you, chances are that they wont want to do business with you, or want to have any sort of relationship with you. When you are trying to sell something to somebody : whether it is your business, your product or your personal brand, it will be easier to sell to them if they like you.
And when people , customers, employers like you, then it is easier to build their trust in you, your business and your product.
This is a awesome and very inspirational poem that I found on self talk , and how many times your success in your career and your life is dependant on your own mind.
“If you think you are beaten, you are –
If you think you dare not, you don’t –
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t –
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost,
For out in the world you’ll find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of Mind.
“Full many a race is lost
Ere even a race is run,
And many a coward fails
Ere even his work’s begun.
Think big, and your deeds will grow,
Think small and you fall behind,
Think that you can, and you will –
It’s all in the state of Mind.
“If you think you are outclassed, you are –
You’ve got to think high to rise –
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battle doesn’t always go
To the stronger or faster man –
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the fellow who thinks he can.”
Times they are a-tough : The job market is tough, both for hiring managers and for the candidates. Believe it or not Hiring managers don’t have it easy. Getting tons of resume’s , doesn’t mean that it is any easier to find exceptional cadidates. In fact, the opposite is true. We struggle for myriad reasons to find the right candidates , who will make a real difference to our companies.
According to a recent study by the Career Advisory Board, only 17% of 516 hiring managers polled said job seekers possess the skills that companies are actually looking for.
If you want to grow your business and your career, you cannot do it by just sitting behind your desk in your office or cubicle. You can really only grow your business and career by learning to manage by walking around.
Walking around and staying connected is very important to motivational leadership. You will be succesful motivating people if they perceive that you as the manager or leader are in touch.
How do you stay in touch?
By visiting, going and being there.
The thing about walking around, is that it is not just a symbolic gesture. You actually learn a lot.
Yogi Bera (a great baseball player, for those who don’t know), once said ” You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going , because you might not get there.” In other words, without a goal or destination in mind, you’ll never know if you’ve accomplished what you set out to do.
In terms of your career, there is no truism more important than this one: You have to set goals … both long and short term ones … or you may not ever fulfil your career dreams.
People are highly motivated when you as the manager or leader empower them and trust them to go out and do their jobs. Just accept that people wont do the job the way that you do , and you know what …. they shouldn’t have to. When you give people the latitude and flexibility to use their judgement and apply their talents, their progress rapidly accelerates.
In your career, your colleagues can impede you as you strive to do good work and get promoted, or they can help you succeed ! Rather than looking at these colleagues as enemies who you have to confront at every turn or as colleagues who you are fiercely loyal to, you can look at them as whole people with whom you have likes and differences.
Your goal then is to understand both and use both to one another’s mutual advantage. Here are 6 strategies to help you handle how co-workers approach their work differently