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Internal Leader

Internal Leader

Leaders, Leadership, Leadership Coaching
Self-leadership is not something that most people contemplate. However, those in leadership should self-evaluate in order to clear the way for success. Exploring your inner critic is a must to help you understand what is holding you back from growth. Usually, it can be traced to the power given to one’s inner critic. Turning that commonly negative voice into a positive one can be achieved. Our inner critic is known by many names: Inner Controller, Gremlin, Critical Inner Voice, Critical Voice, Judger, and Guilt Tripper to name a few. Many books might recommend that you ignore this voice as the enemy. My recommendation is to befriend it and make it your ally. This powerful inner voice that is usually the producer of shame or guilt can and should be tamed.…
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Leadership Coaching Benefits

Leadership Coaching Benefits

Leadership, Leadership Coaching, Leadership Development
Investment in human capital is so important in today’s work environment. Providing professional coaching for your leadership team is an investment that will pay immediate dividends. Leadership coaching provides a pathway to building the capacity of your organization. Not only will it benefit your organization but also the individual receiving coaching giving them the opportunity to grow professionally and personally. There is no loser when coaching is implemented for coaching can benefit both high potential performers and lacking leaders that struggle with low EQ. Using coaching as an investment strategy in human capital can benefit a wide range of associates. Leadership coaching will help to achieve self-awareness, elevate leadership capacity, and lead to improved performance. A certified professional leadership coach provides a confidential sounding board that can help unlock potential more…
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Leadership Conversations

Leadership Conversations

Great Leaders, Leaders, Leadership, Leadership Conversations
Leaders have at their disposal a valuable tool in conversation. This important mode of communication is greatly underutilized by leaders. Using timely and effective conversations can make all the difference in elevating your leadership skills. Conversations can create forward momentum. Conversations can stop critical mistakes. Conversations can save time and effort. Because you spend most of the day having conversations, ask yourself if you are leveraging these conversations to influence positive results? Conversations can be about both listening and learning. Leaders should be using conversations to coach in order to receive the best outcomes. Conversations can create connectivity while building trust through personal chitchat making efforts to know your coworkers. Make sure your conversations are give and take, two-sided ones that are engaging. Exercise your leadership communication tool and reap…
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Empathetic Leadership is Essential 

Empathetic Leadership is Essential 

Empathetic Leadership, Leadership
Empathy is a learned skill and is essential in leadership today. Though many may see empathy as weakness, this isn’t true for empathy is action focused. Empathetic leaders are needed in today’s diverse workplaces because generations Y and Z do not flourish with an archaic style of leadership. They expect collaboration, community, and compassion in the work environment. When a leader applies empathy to their skillset, they move towards a mentoring and coaching approach by listening and removing judgment. Empathetic leadership is about putting aside your own bias and seeing through a new set of eyes. Empathy requires the leader to be present in the moment which ultimately embeds trust in the culture. The skill of empathy is like a muscle that will become stronger with use. Demonstrating that you…
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The Joy of Leadership

The Joy of Leadership

Leadership
The recent passing of my mentor, Joy, made me reflect on the key leadership qualities she most often demonstrated: patience, calmness, knowledge, professionalism, consistency, quality, presence, organization, firmness and fairness. Reflecting on the time I spent learning from her reminds me how quickly time passes. As leaders, we only have a finite amount of time to make an impact, though, it might seem like time stands still when you are leading. Joy invested her time in me both as a college student and as a young administrator in training. She shared her wisdom and knowledge through the most precious commodity of time. She showed her joy of leadership by giving to those she served. During this holiday season, take time to reflect on how you can show your “Joy” of…
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Embedding Trust

Embedding Trust

Building Trust, Embedding Trust, Leadership, Leadership Coaching, Trust
Trust is foundational in leadership. Without it, there is no traction. Without it, leaders have a barrier to success. When trust is present, your team feels comfort and safety. In order to embed trust within your organizational culture, you must develop, grow and expect trust at all layers of leadership. Trust does not come with your title. Trust can only be earned when you demonstrate your ability and integrity to be a trustworthy leader.   One of the best ways to build trust is by connecting with those you lead. This connection comes from listening and asking engaging questions. Show genuine appreciation for a job well done.  Consistent effort is necessary, because this is not an overnight project. Trust is cultivated with time and effort. In today’s cutthroat business climate, it…
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Listening Leader

Listening Leader

Leadership, Leadership Coaching, Listening
Listening is a skill that leaders must learn and perfect. Because I recognize the importance and strongly believe in listening as a leadership competency, you can find me on Twitter @listeningleader. Fortunately, I have been gifted with listening as a God given talent. However, most leaders do not naturally possess the talent of true listening. Listening requires you to be present in the moment and focused on the issue or person at hand. If you want to become a better leader, stop talking and listen. A leader that does not value the skill of listening is missing an opportunity. Listening leaders have realized that you can glean far more from another’s intellect when effectively listening. Because a strong leader needs to be an effective communicator, engaged communication begins with listening.…
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Leadership Traps

Leadership Traps

Leadership, Leadership Coaching
When backing out of the driveway or changing lanes in traffic, you check your blind spots as a safety measure. However, many leaders fail miserably at checking their leadership blind spots. Whether your leadership trap is managing instead of leading, loss of focus, or lack self-awareness, taking time to evaluate and identify these blind spots is an important leadership step. Make a habit of looking in your leadership blind spots in order to be aware of potential hazards. Consider using a leadership coach to help you navigate your leadership traps as these traps are limiting behaviors. Awareness, examination, and self-evaluation are valuable exercises. Do not skip these important opportunities in the journey to becoming an effective leader. “Self-awareness allows people to recognize what things they do best so they can…
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Growth Habit

Growth Habit

Coaching Culture, Culture of Coaching, Leadership Coaching
Professional athletes understand that with the use of a coach for athletic training, growth and measurable improvement is realized much more quickly. You, too, can utilize the tools of a coach in your professional life. An executive leadership coach can help you visualize your strengths, navigate your blind spots, and increase your competencies for improved leadership skills. Growing your capabilities as a leader will assure your career path has an upward trajectory. Adopting the habit of growth is critical to effective leadership.“In this world you're either growing or you're dying so get in motion and grow.”-Lou Holtz  Using coaching as a growth strategy will bring added value and give your organization a competitive edge. When an individual chooses coaching they are empowered to stretch beyond their comfort zone where growth lives. Organizations that…
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Catapult

Catapult

Leadership Coaching, Leadership Development, Self Awareness
Commitment to development at all levels is essential to an organization's success. When you support your emerging leaders, it sets a firm foundation. Expanding capacity is a cornerstone of leadership development. A great strategy for organizational growth is found in the many aspects of leadership development. Growing the capacity of your team members creates alignment for future growth. Meaningful leadership development is proof of an organization's focus on the future. An investment in your leadership team through growth opportunities is as equally important as an investment in your bottom line. A 2014 study by The Creative Center for Leadership shows that leadership development can positively identify high-potential employees who are effective to an organization. Developing your leaders will not only catapult individuals but also your organization. Providing management growth and executive coaching opportunities for your executives is a valued leadership developmental activity for your high-potential leaders. Catapult the capacity of…
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Grab Hold

Grab Hold

Engaged Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Development
Leadership takes action and action requires taking hold of the responsibilities of effective leadership. Yes, grab hold for leadership is active engagement with those you lead. Take an active role in casting the vision and expectations for the future. Leaders that blame the past or present circumstances on others are skirting responsibility for their leadership situation. Being accountable, taking responsibility, and owning your successes and failures makes the difference in exceptional leadership. Note, that responsibility and accountability are two different but necessary functions of leadership. Responsibility is task focused while accountability is taking ownership to make sure that responsibilities are achieved. Simply put, responsibility has a broad focus, and accountability is more narrowly focused. With active engagement, “grab hold” leaders will be both respected and effective. Steer clear of disengaged…
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Essential to Leadership

Essential to Leadership

Communication, Leadership
Leadership is action and movement. Leaders provide inspiration, accountably and encouraging energy. These are necessary components of leadership, and without them you are left with status quo. Leaders must be able to communicate well, because effective communication is an essential and highly important leadership skill. Communication as an essential leadership skill is more than just speaking words. It also includes listening and the ability to receive feedback. Great leaders are skilled in sending communication, receiving communication and feedback. Through skilled communication, leaders are able to successfully lead. Being an active and participative leader aids in effective communication, because absent communication leaders are unable to provide inspiration or accountability. This is an area where many with leadership responsibilities fall short. Remember the importance of active communication skills as they will bring…
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Leadership Clarity

Leadership Clarity

Building Leadership Capacity, Change Leaders, clarity, Leadership, Vision
Try leading without a clear vision, and, surely, this will lead to failure. A coherent vision appears only after much hard work and focused time. An explicit vision means there are no questions about what needs to be accomplished. Individuals gravitate to leaders who are able to concisely share their vision. Because these effective leaders demonstrate clarity, they will more fluidly lead their team to extraordinary accomplishment. Creating clarity is said to be one of a leader’s most important duties. Bringing clarity is the ability to simplify and inspire action. “One should use common words to say uncommon things,” ―Arthur Schopenhauer. Leaders with clarity have the ability to bring meaning to the group. Leadership clarity shows confidence. Leadership clarity enhances change, goal attainment, and value alignment. If you are interested…
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Leadership Privilege

Leadership Privilege

Building Leadership Capacity, forward motion, Great Leaders, Leadership
Unfortunately, we are witness to many examples of lack of leadership, i.e. decisions deferred to a later time, delays in confronting an employment issue, leadership absence, refusing to address blatant problems; these are just to name a few. As deferment is not an effective leadership strategy, procrastination will lead you down a road of poor outcomes. Leaders must be forward thinkers looking to the future with clear vision. I recently heard that “Just like Bluetooth and backup cameras now come standard on a Honda Civic, some individuals live life looking in the rearview mirror.”- @dennismcintee GHCA, Summer Convention. Leaders that live exclusively in the past will not be destined for distinction in the future. Being a leader is a privilege, it does not mean you are privileged. Understanding this privilege…
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Connected Moments

Connected Moments

Building Leadership Capacity, Great Leaders, Growth, Leadership, Leadership Coaching
Notable leaders are committed to growth through connections and personal leadership development. It is amazing how many people call themselves leaders but remain stagnant in their professional growth. Growth only happens with action and deliberate intention. Without this effort, there is a disconnect. Effective leaders know leadership is best facilitated with connection; connection to learning and others. This summer, I have the privilege of connecting and collaborating with like-minded professionals at an annual continuing education convention. The theme is: Enriching Lives with Treasured Moments. When reading the theme title, it made me consider what treasured moments might resonate with successful leaders. This in turn made me think about connected moments in a leader's journey. Leaders connect with others through authentic, high-quality conversations. It is through these conversations that we make…
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