Category Archives: Leadership Skills

8 Common Leadership Mistakes

By Sammi Caramela, B2B Staff Writer

Being a leader comes with a host of responsibilities, including handling workplace issues and setting a good example. You’re often held to high expectations as the person in charge, and managing an entire team of people can be intimidating. However, no one is perfect. Here are eight common mistakes that many leaders are making.

Lacking humility

Holding a position of power may be good for your ego, but it’s important that you and your employees know you’re not above your shortcomings. Leaders must not be afraid to recognize their own failures. Struggling with our mistakes helps us grow and makes us stronger. When employees recognize that failure is natural, even for leaders, they’ll feel more open-minded and confident.

Thinking emotionally

It’s easy to let your feelings cloud your judgement. But in business, using emotions as the justification for a decision can be detrimental. When you’re making decisions based on emotion the team may understand the logic backing your choices.  Therefore, they cannot trust your decisions. It leads to confusion, uncertainty of future roadmap plans or the validity of the decisions over time, slowly chiseling away at the effectiveness of the leader. Continue reading

A Good Leader: Characteristics and Some Tips

By Sammi Caramela, B2B Staff Writer

It takes time to adjust to a new position at work, especially when you’re taking on a management role. Your responsibility is to guide an entire team to success; instead of turning to someone for supervision, you’re the person others turn to.

It might feel like you’re grasping at straws, but you’re not alone – many new managers feel overwhelmed. We outlined characteristics of a good manager.

Every manager should work on developing these four characteristics.

Collaborative

You want to be passionate about working with your team and encourage your employees to feel the same. While independent work is important, teamwork can establish a more welcoming, supportive company culture.

Growth-oriented

As a manager, you should focus on helping your employees progress – individually and collectively. Get to know your workers on a personal level so you can help them leverage their interests and talents. Find what works and what doesn’t.

Inclusive

If you want your team to take risks and contribute to projects, you need to make sure they feel comfortable doing so. Leading by example is a great way to achieve this. Just because you’re a manager doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help. Turn to your team when you’re at a loss. Start a conversation, and discuss their comments.

Impact-driven

Every worker wants to feel valued. If they don’t believe their work is meaningful, making a difference in some way, they won’t be as motivated.

A good leader will form a connection between individual goals and company goals, reminding each worker why their job is so important. Show your appreciation for each member’s effort. Continue reading

When your words don’t reach your listener’s attention… Change This!

good_listener.jpg It’s frustrating when your co-workers, audience members, teenager or even your dog (!) won’t listen. While you can’t control how they receive what you say, you can control how you send it. Here are a few tips on why people don’t listen and what you can do to change it.

1. Short Attention Spans

When asked to guess the average adult attention span, most people say around thirty minutes. According to statistics, however, the average adult attention span is actually only seven seconds. That’s right! Every seven seconds you go away somewhere. You think about something else. In fact, you could actually be taking a mental break right now! It is a normal part of how the brain integrates external stimuli like when your computer starts defragging for a moment while you type. Continue reading

Leadership Skills – 10 Ways to Develop Your Potential

leadership21.jpgHave you ever heard someone say, “Actually, I have to admit that I think I am really bad at managing other people. My staff all hate me and I’m incapable of doing my job”.

The answer is no, of course. No one says this either because they don’t believe it, or because they don’t want to appear incompetent. Unfortunately research tells us that from the employees’ perspective, there aren’t that many terrific managers out there.

What should we take out of this dichotomy? Perhaps at the least, we could all admit to ourselves that there is room for some improvement in the way we lead others. After all, it’s not the sort of skill that is easy to get 100% right all of the time. It might just be that we don’t specifically know what improvements to make, so here’s 10 ways to start: Continue reading