5 Leadership Decisions to Make This Your Best Year of Leadership
This time of year, there is a great deal of focus on business/leadership and organizational planning for the new year. In 2020, this planning is not only important, it is critical. 2020 could bring unprecedented challenges for leaders and organizations, both in an increased need for services but also in a fight for the best available talent to build your team. Leaders must be prepared for this scenario and have a plan in place to succeed where others may fail.
A few years ago, there was a Fortune 500 company with 16,000 employees and locations all over the world. Today, it does not exist. The one thing that caused its demise is also...
4 Keys to the New Year Greatness You Deserve
The clock struck midnight and the calendar rolled forward into a new year.
I would argue we also rolled into a new decade, but the purist like to say it’s another year away before the next decade starts. Since I like to think of a decade as 10 years and even numbers are easier for me to work with, I am saying today begins a new decade.
Are you with me?
20 years ago, I partied like it is 1999 (because it was), but last night I partied like I was ninety-nine. Twenty years has taken a lot of the party out of me. What about you?
As we begin this New Year called 2020, I want to share some thoughts with you on how this can be your best year ever as you lead yourself and others and set you up...
The oak sleeps in the acorn. The bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of reality. ~ Napoleon Hill
What is the dream you have tucked away in your heart for the team you are leading? Maybe it is the team at home, at church or in the workplace. It doesn’t really matter where the team is, what matters is where you lead them.
I am going to share 4 Steps to help you begin to create the type of performance you dream about, or at least I hope you are dreaming about.
Many leaders, coaches, entrepreneurs often think about holding up that championship trophy at the end of a long year, but only a few ever realize this dream. How can you set your team...
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” ~ Mark Twain
The language of leadership
I have often heard language creates culture. Do you believe this is true? If so, look around in your areas of leadership. Is the culture a reflection that you like seeing?
In the greatest book ever authored on leadership it says, “As a face is reflected in the water, so the heart reflects the real person.” Culture is the heart of our leadership. Culture reflects the heart and language of the leader. It goes on to say in this same chapter; “know the state of your flocks and put your heart into caring for your herds.”
Leadership is a...
I always wanted to be “the” leader. I wanted to be the one in charge. I worked hard to get in the position of leadership. I was always going to out hustle everyone else, even to the risk of injury because I wanted to lead by example.
On the sports field, I was not the biggest or strongest, but I was often the loudest; especially when it came to losing versus winning. I would often let others know how important I was to the win and how important they were to the loss.
I’m not proud of some of my actions or behaviors from those days. I can say I have made some apologies along the way. What I have come to learn is leadership is a profession- not a position, a title or anything else.
When I was in the U.S. Army and promoted...
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~Viktor E Frankl
I wish I could tell you how many times I have heard a leader tell me they just need more help. This is probably one of the number one thing I hear from leaders. So, I have heard it more than I can count.
When I was first leading, I learned the term delegation. And I thought yeah that is what I need to learn. I need to learn to give others some of my work so I can get more done. I would give it to them, but I would not give them the authority to make it their own.
I want to share with you the topic of equipping others. What is the difference between delegation and equipping?
Delegation means I hand...
In my home, there was a lack of leadership; or least what I would describe today as effective leadership. My parents and their relationship was quite dysfunctional and filled with violence and abuse toward one another and the kids they were charged with leading.
Looking back on mine and my sibling’s childhood today has made me realize just how blessed I was to learn some of the lessons from my parents and to have some good grandparents and particularly my grandmother. I called her Mamaw.
My grandmother had grown up during the depression and was forced to drop out of school in the 8th grade to help take care of her family. This was a responsibility in those days that we often do not see or appreciate today. Mamaw was a strong...
Do you make commitments and then break them? Maybe you said yes. But I don't think you do break commitments. No, what you break is an agreement.
Agreements are those things you say you want to do or should do. You know we make them all the time. I agree we should connect and have dinner, but then you never do. You see, you made an agreement, but not a commitment.
A commitment should be treated as a binding contract with yourself. However, many of us break our commitments because we aren't really fully committed, we simply agree it is something we should do. We make agreements to people, banks, work, pets, ourselves.
A commitment is something that you have no doubts about. Something you give 100% of your whole self to....
Do you struggle with communicating effectively? Communication is a key part of success at work or in other parts of your life. Top leaders have practiced and mastered the skills that enable them to communicate so well. Luckily, you too can learn these same skills!
Follow these strategies to practice essential communication skills:
When most of us hear the word leadership, we usually think of political officials, CEOs, military commanders, or even athletes. While it's true that you need good leadership skills to excel at these occupations, leadership is a valuable skill that everyone from any vocation or background can use for their benefit and the benefit of others.
Effective leadership doesn't come naturally for most of us. Luckily, there are several methods that you can use to build and refine your leadership skills.
Discover the leader in you! Try these techniques to boost your leadership skills: