Positivity is not usually the first quality someone asks for in a leader, however a positive attitude is a vital force when it comes to motivating people. Positive teams who enjoy their work are generally more productive and engaged, and this stems from the top.
Confident, supportive leaders breed more collaborative and creative teams, and that makes a very attractive workplace for drawing in new talent. Being positive is contagious, and a team with a collective positive attitude is more likely to go above and beyond for a leader, and workplace that they are happy and proud to be a part of.
As leaders, we sometimes treat our leadership style as a product of our environment and corporate culture, rather than as a product of ourselves. Our leadership is a personal matter though, much of it stems from within and is influenced by things personal to us. Our experience, our ideas, our knowledge.
Understanding our personal leadership brand is an integral part of how we build consistency in our professional relationships and how we are perceived. Just as failed commitments and substandard interactions damage a corporate brand, our personal leadership brand suffers alike.
The motivation to become a leader in your field can come at any stage in your career. Perhaps you are just starting out and have a clear vision of where you want to progress to in your role; or maybe your own leader has approached you out of the blue with an opportunity. If you are ambitious and know that leadership is a goal for your future, it would be good to be able to answer the question – what is it about being a leader that’s important to you? Are you keen to inspire others, pass on your own experiences, or help a team achieve something great together? The right motivation will ensure that when things get tough, and they most likely will, that you will want to remain in your leadership role. The desire to be a good leader, and to succeed in a new, more accountable role is a powerful motivator and a key part of deciding if you are ready to lead others.
It’s been over 50 years since David J. Schwartz published ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’ with the simple premise of “Think BIG to live BIG”. Now, in 2019 what power does ‘Thinking Big’ have for today’s business leaders?
In his book, David Schwartz tells us that we need to upgrade our thinking; that before we can achieve big things, we need to thinkbig things. He believes that success is not determined by the size of your brain, it’s determined by the size of your thinking. So, how do you think big, and how can that help you be a better leader? Here are a few strategies from the book to help you think bigger to be better.
As leaders, we seek to be consistent in the work we do and the relationships we build with our stakeholders. A fundamental part of the trust they place in us is based on our consistency. This doesn’t mean however that we always have to be at the office, that we must always be contactable, that we never shut off.
Posted on Thu, August 29, 2019 in Leadership
When it comes to leadership, we often tend towards presenting a uniform version of ourselves. Consistency, strength and honesty are the values by which our stakeholders will know us. While these are helpful attributes, we often emphasise them at the expense of presenting a more dynamic and truthful version of ourselves as leaders. Vulnerability is as important a part of our leadership as our expertise.
Posted on Thu, August 15, 2019 in LeadershipPage 1 of 20 pages 1 2 3 > Last ›
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