How To Be An Effective Influencer

A leader that is influential versus controlling and/or authoritative is much more effective.  By influencing others to achieve an objective, a leader is empowering them which is much more productive and beneficial to an organization in the long run. Influencing others is not easy. So how to does one do it?  In most cases, trying … Read more

What Are Your Super Powers?

According to Dictionary.com, a hero is “a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model.” This does not mean, however, that all heroes are viewed as leaders. The added piece to this is that leaders need to take these abilities and motivate … Read more

Do You Show Grit As A Leader?

Skilled leaders need to demonstrate that they can stand up to others and tackle tough problems.  In our fast-moving world, this is not an easy task but it is necessary for a company to survive. Also, it is important because if staff members do not have confidence in their leader, the organization will lack cohesiveness … Read more

The Importance of Failing Forward

Failing forward, or learning from what went wrong, is a critical component of having a successful career and being an effective leader.  Becoming better from your mistakes, rather than spending all your time focusing on covering them up or defending them, is the key here. As a leader, one must strive to develop a growth … Read more

How to Encourage and Empower Your Employees

If a company is to be truly effective, the organizational chart should be upside down with the leader on the bottom.  His or her role should really be to encourage, empower, and energize their team to perform at their best. In addition, they need to provide their staff with the proper resources, training, and coaching. … Read more

Follow the Leader

The news has covered many stories about CEOs and other members of the senior management team misbehaving in terms of lavish parties, exorbitant salaries, etc.  When the economy tanked, other issues of exploiting executive privileges came to light as well. There were also a few executives who seemed to be unaware that bad practices were … Read more

Leaders are Catalysts for Change

Most definitions for catalyst describe a chemical reaction, but it also means “a person or thing that precipitates an event or change.”  A leader not only has to suggest changes to move an organization forward, but also has to have a solid plan to not only execute these changes, but to communicate them effectively so … Read more

Self Awareness is an Essential Element of EQ for Leaders

Before one can become a leader, it is imperative to be aware of one’s own self.  Too many leaders are not aware of how they behave and then are surprised when their interactions and relationships with others are not as fruitful as they can be. In addition, the way these leaders perceive themselves under normal … Read more

How Do You Validate the Work You Do?

When you were younger and did well on a test or a school project, you may have gotten a letter or numerical grade.  If it was really good, the teacher may have also written “good job”, “excellent”, or some other complimentary words. If your work was not as good as it could be or there … Read more

Bragging vs. Self-Promotion – Effective Leaders Know the Difference

When I was growing up my mother always said to me “don’t brag”. She still to this day feels the same way to the point that she does not even like newsy Christmas letters because she feels the senders are bragging. In her eyes, brag is a bad four letter word. How then in the … Read more