Category Archives: Effective Leadership

How to be a Modern Leader. 5 Modern Workplace Challenges

By Sammi Caramela, B2B Staff Writer

Today’s business leaders have to deal with ever-changing tech products, globalization and a new generation of workers. Nothing ever stays the same. Just as society changes and develops, so do workplace challenges. As a leader, you must be able to adapt to the technological advancements and economic forces that directly impact your team. Here are five modern leadership challenges and how to handle them.

1. Technological advancements

The latest and greatest tech tools from a few years ago are now obsolete, and business leaders may find it difficult to adjust. But staying ahead of the curve means using these gadgets to your advantage.

The more experienced leader may never feel comfortable with technology. If you’re not comfortable, allow your younger staff to help lead your company into a more technology-friendly direction

2. Globalization

The internet has opened the doors for global business opportunities in many different industries. While the increasingly global economy has given businesses the chance to enter previously untapped markets, it also means that leaders need to be more aware of what happens in those markets.

3. Demographic shifts

Along with globalization, today’s business world is seeing a huge shift in demographics, Engelmeier said. Disposable income and spending power have increased greatly for Generation Y, as well as Latino and African-American populations in recent years, so diverse input in the workplace will be required to adapt to this changing market. Continue reading

How to Admit Mistakes. Are You Really Sorry?

By Sammi Caramela, B2B Staff Writer

No one perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. If you admit to your faults and express your remorse, you might expect to be forgiven. However, managers are rarely believed to be sorry.

The research found that when powerful figures apologize, it comes across as disingenuous. According to leadership coach Jack Skeen, co-author of “The Circle Blueprint” (Wiley, 2017), employees think bosses only apologize to avoid conflict. This belief can be detrimental to your team. It’s crucial for workers to be on the same page as managers, and even the smallest disconnect can cause tension and lead to poor results. Want to ensure your employees trust your sincerity? Here are three tips to persuade your team that you really are sorry.

1. Develop strong company culture.

If you show your workers that you’re interested in more than just their work and how it benefits the company, they’ll begin to trust you.

Talk to your team about topics other than work, and find ways to reverse the roles. So you can cater to them for a change. This can be as simple as brewing coffee for your team or bringing bagels to work.

“If we can see our staff members as human beings and, most importantly, make them realize that we view them as worthy, unique and inherently valuable individuals, they won’t struggle to believe we are sincere when we apologize,” Skeen said.

Anyone can be a boss, but not everyone can be a leader. Be considerate of your entire team, and they won’t doubt your emotions for a second. Continue reading

How to Be an ‘Ingaged’ Leader

By Shimon Brathwaite, Business News Daily Contributing Writer

Traditionally, engaged leadership means involving everyone in the decision-making process. Ingaged leadership takes this one step further: Rather than simply giving everyone a part in the execution phase, ingaged leaders focus on gathering and using employee input in the planning and design of innovative strategies.

It’s important that leaders get employees involved in decision-making by allowing them to contribute ideas when the company is looking to incorporate changes, said Hackel.

After identifying what areas need to be improved, consult with employees who carry out the day-to-day activities. These employees will be the most familiar with the details of these problems and will be able to give insight on what causes problems, such as delays in processes, inefficiencies, etc. Continue reading

Leaders Are Organized

Leaders Have High Energy Levels
Leaders must have plenty of energy, for themselves and for the group they lead. Leaders do whatever it takes, to get things done. People will naturally follow the high energy example set by leaders, and thus the group achieves its goals through enthusiastic work and determination.
Leaders Are Organized
Leaders are able to take a chaotic situation, and organize it. It helps immensely to be goal-directed and focused, as we’ve already discussed. Beyond that, it is important that the leader have the ability to manage complexity and juggle many different priorities. That’s why the art of juggling (throwing three balls or other objects in the air) is sometimes taught at leadership seminars. To successfully juggle three objects, one must learn to pay close attention to one object at a time, without completely ignoring the others. Successful leadership is similar. Leaders must be able to focus on specific issues, while considering them in the context of all the group’s other issues.
Leaders must also be able to identify the skills, passions and interests of each group member, so as to effectively utilize those resources. People will contribute more to the group effort when their responsibilities are appropriate to their abilities, and leaders make sure this is the case.
Often in a group, there is a duplication of effort, which can be wasteful. Good, effective leadership can keep this to a minimum. While it is not the leader’s job to micro-manage every detail, effective leaders need to have a working knowledge of what is going on throughout the group. The leader serves as a communication link between group members, with the goal of making their work more efficient and effective. Leaders don’t do all the work themselves, but they do stay up to date everything that’s going on. By so doing, leaders can spot ways to best utilize all the various resources present in the group, and bring about the achievement of the group’s objectives.
The successful leader must manage and organize competently. To do so, requires clearly stated goals, a well-developed plan of action, knowledge of the resources available to the group, the commitment of each group member, and the discipline to work with diligence. Leadership is hard work, it doesn’t just happen. And much of the work comes in organizing the efforts of the group. Leadership brings with it, many details which absolutely must be attended to. Leaders must be highly organized, or they will be overwhelmed.

Leaders Have High Energy Levels

Leadership-SkillsLeaders must have plenty of energy, for themselves and for the group they lead. Leaders do whatever it takes, to get things done. People will naturally follow the high energy example set by leaders, and thus the group achieves its goals through enthusiastic work and determination.

Leaders Are Organized

Leaders are able to take a chaotic situation, and organize it. It helps immensely to be goal-directed and focused, as we’ve already discussed. Beyond that, it is important that the leader have the ability to manage complexity and juggle many different priorities. That’s why the art of juggling (throwing three balls or other objects in the air) is sometimes taught at leadership seminars. To successfully juggle three objects, one must learn to pay close attention to one object at a time, without completely ignoring the others. Successful leadership is similar. Leaders must be able to focus on specific issues, while considering them in the context of all the group’s other issues. Continue reading

Effective Leadership: 10 Steps

leadership-5000373.jpgMany people end up in a supervisory position or SOHO ownership almost by default. In today’s workplace, if someone stays on their job long enough, they will probably be promoted as others, more senior to them or higher up the chain of responsibility, leave for other opportunities.

The prevalence of this type of promotion can lead to people with little or no leadership skills being promoted into positions of responsibility.

This type of promotion can have many unexpected and negative effects on the current work force if the newly promoted supervisor is lacking basic leadership talent. Since a supervisor’s skill level is visible immediately to those under their stewardship, a lack of leadership aptitude can be catastrophic to the productivity of those now working for the new supervisor. Continue reading

Choosing Most Effective Leadership Training

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[Abounding Abundant Ample Ways To Boost Your Growth!]

This may come as a surprise but there are reliable,
effective and powerful ways to improve your ability to learn
new things.

If you will allow me to use leadership skills training as
our example, you will see how poor learning forces us to
suffer through any one or more of the following problems:

– leadership training programs usually cost serious money –
in fact, some programs are outrageously expensive

– leadership training programs last for a very short time –
quite a few of them run for only one or two days

– many leadership training programs fail to give students
ways to confidently resolve problem situations or meet and
overcome their daily challenges

– less than 1% of all leadership training programs combine
coaching and mentoring follow-ups with classroom lessons

– most leadership training programs like to do ‘raw data
dumps’- the vast majority of them do NOT give you chances to
‘blend’ your learning experiences with supervised support or
practical feedback
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