Posts Tagged ‘Leadership’

PostHeaderIcon WHAT’S YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE?

By Vernalee

Good Morning!
I am feeling tremendously inspired these days.
I feel really blessed to enjoy what I do. I love the tasks, the people, and the environment.
I don’t even feel like I’m working at all.
Silly me!
Am I leading, managing, or just having fun?
I haven’t defined my actions.
However, let’s see what the experts say.
Some folks don’t desire leadership roles.
Why add the additional pressure?
Right?
But for those leaders out there, this one’s for you.
Though we use the terms interchangeably, one of the top masters of the game, Peter Drucker, defines management and leadership this way. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
With that said, the question becomes – what type of leader are you?
According to several experts, leaders are classified like so:
1)“The pacesetting leader expects and models excellence and self-direction. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “Do as I do, now.”
2)The authoritative leader mobilizes the team toward a common vision and focuses on end goals, leaving the means up to each individual. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “Come with me.”
3)The affiliative leader works to create emotional bonds that bring a feeling of bonding and belonging to the organization. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “People come first.”
4)The coaching leader develops people for the future. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “Try this.”
5)The coercive leader demands immediate compliance. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “Do what I tell you.”
6)The democratic leader builds consensus through participation. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “What do you think?”
Management experts like to label the same things differently. So much for the nomenclature, it’s the outcome that counts; agreed?
All right, let’s look at another similar classification of leadership styles to bring the point home.
Here we go:
1) “Laissez-Faire
A laissez-faire leader lacks direct supervision of employees and fails to provide regular feedback to those under his supervision.
2) Autocratic
The autocratic leadership style allows managers to make decisions alone without the input of others. Managers possess total authority and impose their will on employees.
3) Participative
Often called the democratic leadership style, participative leadership values the input of team members and peers, but the responsibility of making the final decision rests with the participative leader.
4)Transactional
Managers using the transactional leadership style receive certain tasks to perform and provide rewards or punishments to team members based on performance results. Managers and team members set predetermined goals together, and employees agree to follow the direction and leadership of the manager to accomplish those goals. The manager possesses power to review results and train or correct employees when team members fail to meet goals. Employees receive rewards, such as bonuses, when they accomplish goals.
5) Transformational
The transformational leadership style depends on high levels of communication from management to meet goals. Leaders focus on the big picture within an organization and delegate smaller tasks to the team to accomplish goals.”
Back to me; the original question – that is.
Here lately these days, my passion lies in empowering others; in finding growth and opportunities for them personally, professionally, and to some extent, spiritually.
I consider myself an “old fashioned” motivator with a southern streak.
Maybe, that’s leading; maybe not.
I’ll say, you should follow the leader; whoever that may be.
I’ll help you … to follow the dollar!
Both paths should take you where you need to go!
Right?
Let’s go to work!
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Source: www.fastcompany.com; www.smallbusinesschron.com
remendously

PostHeaderIcon 26 QUALITIES THAT DEFINE GREAT LEADERSHIP

By Vernalee

“John Quincy Adams said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
Great leadership has the potential to excite people to achieve extraordinary things, which makes leadership among the highest of callings.
Measure yourself against these 26 attributes and ask yourself how you can lead from your very best qualities:
1. Authentic –
Be genuine and reliable, trustworthy, and always the same person.
2. Brave –
Develop courage in the face of risks–and bad outcomes.
3. Character-driven –
Character resonates with people and impels them to follow and trust.
4. Decisive –
Determination and daring make great leaders unshakeable.
5. Engaging –
Connect with enthusiasm, empowerment and encouragement; remember that everyone can make a positive contribution.
6. Fearless –
If you are brave in your thinking and daring in your actions, you can accomplish anything.
7. Goal-oriented –
Goals provide governance to vision and mission, guiding people and organizations to a meaningful purpose.
8. Humble –
Leadership with humility means service to others, ownership of your own mistakes and failures, and openness to learning.
9. Inspiring –
Leading with intuition and intelligence gives everyone around you room to grow.
10. Just –
Always seek to be guided by truth and reason; be a champion of equality and fairness.
11. Knowledgeable –
Be so well informed, learned, and cultivated that people are drawn to you for their own enlightenment.
12. Listener –
Good leaders speak; great leaders listen. When you’re listening to others, you’re learning from them.
13. Motivating –
Mentor and encourage those around you. Inspire them to take chances.
14. Noble –
To be a great leader, live in a way that draws others to emulate you.
15. Optimistic –
To lead with optimism is to be confident, cheerful and positive, leading to openness and opportunity for all.
16. Progressive –
Keep moving, increasing and growing, and pioneering new frontiers. Those around you will gain energy from being part of a dynamic enterprise.
17. Qualitative –
Always choose quality over quantity; hold yourself and those around you to the highest standard.
18. Reliable –
Show people they can count on you in good times and bad by living up to your word. Be dependable and consistent.
19. Supportive –
When you’re encouraging, caring and sympathetic and helpful, offering feedback both positive and negative, you give those around you the confidence they need to persist.
20. Trustworthy –
People are reassured by dependability, reliability, credibility and competence. Have faith in those you’re leading, and they will have faith in you.
21. Unbiased –
Be impartial and open-minded; hold to the value of listening, learning, giving chances and being open to opinions.
22. Visionary –
Be innovative, imaginative, and perceptive. What differentiates great leaders from the rest is they not only have plenty of ideas but also commit to carrying them out.
23. Wise –
Wisdom in leadership is more than just being wise–it’s using that wisdom to give insight and inspiration to others.
24. Xcellent – (with apologies for the liberty in spelling)
Aim for distinction and virtuosity, motivate yourself to always give your highest quality effort.
25. Yearning –
One test of a true leader is a constant longing and hunger. Always be looking to be more, do more and make a difference in a big way.
26. Zealous –
A devout drive to be dedicated to something bigger than yourself fuels a fierce passion to be help others be successful. Embrace that intensity and put it to work to better the world.
When you embrace these attributes from A to Z, you walk the path of great leadership. Begin now and see where you end up.”
Will your face appear on Mt. Rushmore?
Who knows?
Your leadership will tell!
Photo credit and source: www.Inc.com

PostHeaderIcon EXPERIENCE NEVER GETS OLD

By Vernaleeimage
I recently watched the movie, “The Intern.”
In fact, as it was full of valuable takeoffs, I found myself watching it on HBO several times.
Starring Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro, it is very entertaining; a must watch; a story of old school wisdom joining forces with a young entrepreneurial approach. A twist of the ordinary, a 70 year DeNiro is the interm. The movie clearly demonstrate that experience never grows old. “The Intern” is full of leadership lessons.
Take a look:
1. Keep moving.
2. Leaders set the tone.
3. If there is a hole in your life, fill it.
4. Leaders can get blindsided. They can’t see everything coming. Step back,
breathe, and see what’s happening.
5. Celebrate good things.
6. Passing the leadership baton can be difficult.
7. Find the formula for fair distribution of work. Stop piling up layers and layers of work on a person where it is not manageable.
8. Your ways may not be as productive as you think.
9. You’re never wrong to do the right thing.
10. We think that we’re less screwed up than we really are.
So what if your boss is not a leader? What if he/she leaves a lot to be desired?
You will soon realize that you can’t change them. You can only change you. Learn to not be like them!
Imitating poor conduct, be it from a leader or not, is not advisable.
By all means, don’t let their mishaps rub off on you!
Maximize your potential which may include leaving an environment where leadership and opportunities are absent or poor.
Rather, carry this cadre of quotes to motivate you:
A. Success never sleeps nor does it wait. It is available 24x7x365 even if
you are not.
B. You will make mistakes. Learn from them.
C. When was the last time that you did something for the first time. Keep
trying.
D. Not taking risks ultimately lead to failure.
E. Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.
F. Look back at past mistakes as a lesson, not a regret.
G. Positive things happen when you distance yourself from negative people.
H. Ego, particularly an inflated one, is the enemy.
I. Business success = mission, strategy, and resources.
The list goes on.
Allow these lessons to be learning experiences whereby you can move from Point A to Point Z pridefully and successfully.
Don’t let others be your stumbling block! Keep moving; don’t give up!
Reach for the sky!
Photo credit: www.pixteller.com; Source: www.jmlalonde.com

PostHeaderIcon EXPERIENCE NEVER GETS OLD

By Vernaleeimage
I recently watched the movie, “The Intern.” In fact, I found myself watching it on HBO several times. Starring Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro, it is very entertaining; a must watch; a story of old school wisdom joining forces with a young entrepreneurial approach. A twist of the ordinary, a 70 year DeNiro is the interm. The movie clearly demonstrate that experience never grows old. Without question, though not always the case, our bosses and company owners should be leaders. “The Intern” is full of leadership lessons:
1. Keep moving.
2. Leaders set the tone.
3. If there is a hole in your life, fill it.
4. Leaders can get blindsided. They can’t see everything coming. Step back,
breathe, and see what’s happening.
5. Celebrate good things.
6. Passing the leadership baton can be difficult.
7. Find the formula for fair distribution of work. Stop piling up layers
and layers of work on a person where it is not manageable.
8. Your ways may not be as productive as you think.
9. You’re never wrong to do the right thing.
10. We think that we’re less screwed up than we really are.
So what if your boss is not a leader? What if he/she leaves a lot to be desired? You will soon realize that you can’t change them. You can only change you. Learn to not be like them! Imitating poor conduct, be it from a leader or not, is not advisable. By all means, don’t let their mishaps rub off on you! Maximize your potential which may include leaving an environment where leadership and opportunities are absent or poor.
Rather, carry this cadre of quotes to motivate you:
A. Success never sleeps nor does it wait. It is available 24x7x365 even if
you are not.
B. You will make mistakes. Learn from them.
C. When was the last time that you did something for the first time. Keep
trying.
D. Not taking risks ultimately lead to failure.
E. Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to
do and what is right to do.

F. Look back at past mistakes as a lesson, not a regret.
G. Positive things happen when you distance yourself from negative people.
H. Ego, particularly an inflated one, is the enemy.
I. Business success = mission, strategy, and resources.
The list goes on. Let all be a lesson learned whereby you can move from Point A to Point Z pridefully and successfully. Don’t let others be your stumbling block! Keep moving; don’t give up! Reach for the sky!
Photo credit: www.pixteller.com; Source: www.jmlalonde.com

PostHeaderIcon TOO MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN

By Vernalee
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Too many cooks in the kitchen generally refers to too many people working on the same project with no central direction while achieving inferior results. They are busy cooking and dicing ingredients of some sort, but no one knows what the other is doing. Although the meal is prepared, it doesn’t taste the best or reflect superior quality. Let’s move this scenario to the office. When directions to perform tasks are coming from too many people, (many of which don’t know procedurally what to do), you usually end up with an organized mess! Many times the tasks at hand do not get accomplished or they are performed in a substandard fashion. Whether in the kitchen or at the office, the absence of leadership is a major stumbling block. Who’s in charge? Everybody, anybody, and nobody! Think about it! If there is a strong leader, it doesn’t matter how many people, cooks or otherwise, there are. A good leader gives clear cut and solid directions. A good leader trims the fat. He / she can “cook” up a storm and is not afraid to get their hands dirty. They are credible, respected, and their judgment is trusted. They walk the talk. People follow them instinctually in the kitchen, in the office, in life. If and when a meal is burnt, it is easy to blame the cook; but at the end of the day, it is the management (the leadership) that takes the hit. The buck stops there. Dreaded they are if they let the cooks spiral out of control. Mediocrity, at best is served.
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PostHeaderIcon 95 – 93

By Vernalee
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I, as many other Cleveland fans, emotionally watched Game 2 of the NBA finals. Though the game was a nail biter, the Cavaliers brought home the victory! I am truly not a sports analyst by any stretch of the imagination, but I venture to calculate that the championship rings will be placed on the hands of the Cavaliers. Leadership will be a big determinant. Beyond the athleticism, without a doubt, LeBron James is unequivocally the best and smartest leader. He is in my opinion “hungrier!” I admire people who do what they set out to do! King James is a doer! He walks the talk! We, your fans walk with the team and you – as we are “all in!”
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PostHeaderIcon Chiefs and Indians

By Vernalee
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Reportedly, when the historic “We are the World” was being recorded, conductor Quincy Jones made one introductory statement to the exceptionally talented singers. “Check your egos at the door” was Quincy’s simple phrase. Those six words solidified his leadership. While Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Wonder and others were in “his house,” there was only one boss. That boss was unequivocally Quincy! All of the talented and veteran singers occupationally were “chiefs”, but in Quincy’s house for this recording, they were “Indians.” His instructions, directions and rules were the order of the day. He had the control baton in his hands.
What a lesson learned! No wonder “We are the World” was a highly acclaimed, award winning blockbuster success that climbed the charts while showcasing a captivating video. Its charitable proceeds fed and provided for many. Clearly, beyond the singers’ incredible talents and voices, the primary success factor rests with the fact that everyone knew their place! If you are a struggling boss with inferior leadership abilities, maybe you should walk a mile in Chief Quincy’s moccasins!
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