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Coaching Leaders: Learning To Lead

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Organisations regularly fail to set their leaders up for success. When it comes to development, up and coming managers and leaders themselves are just as responsible and culpable. Coaching provides the opportunity and impetus for growth and change.

Relationships: Understand Your Team to Lead Effectively

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There is little doubt that being a leader offers many challenges and rewards. Being close to those you lead via proximity and emotionally provides the opportunity to meet the challenges and feel the benefits and rewards. .

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Integrity: A Leadership Negotiable or Must Have?

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Is integrity a negotiable trait, or is it one of the cornerstones of good leadership? I recently met with a client who I have known for some time in a different capacity. He is starting up his own business and it is a very exciting time for him.

Avoid a Common Leadership Mistake: Empower Your Team

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Effective leaders make shared goals clear. They also clarify the role we each play in achieving them. Leaders empower their team members and hold them accountable for delivering agreed results. However, to inspire and empower you must have a connection with your team members…a relationship.

Influence and Trust: A Teenagers Perspective

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Influence matters! I used to believe friends were more important than family. Recent events have shifted my thinking. The statement above is how our 14-year old daughter, Maddy, has started to understand the importance of influence and relationships. This year has been a big year for her.

Generational Change and Leadership

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Generations of employees and leaders have been exposed to varying cultures, leadership styles and business practices. Understanding how generational change impacts leadership and organisational learning has become an interest of mine.

Your Employees, Leadership, Strengths and Diversity

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Understanding what your employees want, who they are and what they are naturally good at provides a solid platform for success: personally, professionally and organisationally. Helping your employees by taking the time to find out these things is good leadership.

Brand and Perception: Leadership Essentials

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The leader and employee in today’s environment must possess a credible and trusted brand, much like a company does. This is sometimes also referred to as a personal and/or professional reputation. Either way, people see you a certain way based on your behaviours, words and actions.

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Employee Engagement Survey Results: Fact or Fiction?

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Employee Engagement surveys are barely worth the time and effort taken to produce them. They certainly have questionable content and value for those organisations who rely on survey results for a genuine view of how employees feel. Big statements, perhaps!

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Understanding Your Why, Purpose and Values

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Know your ‘why’ Values and gaining an understanding of your key drivers and motivations matter. I know this because people keep telling me. Maybe not in specific values-related language, but certainly when they describe how they feel and what is happening at that time.

The Importance of Leadership Support in Coaching

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Personal and professional development is critical to the ongoing success and growth for any leader. There are many aspects that will make this development even more effective and sustainable, particularly when participating in coaching.

Know Your History, Purpose and Direction

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Why do you do what you do? Understanding your purpose, what motivates you and most importantly using this knowledge to advantage is key to your success, both professionally and personally. My eldest daughter, Maddy, is currently in year 9.

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The Leader / Employee Divide: Who’s Managing Who?

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One of the biggest challenges for any manager or leader is the relationship they have with their team members. We often read about the need for leaders to be open, self-aware, honest and possess similar traits. But what about the employee? What is their responsibility?

The Leader Journey is Long and Worthwhile

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What makes one leader more effective and capable than another? The behaviours, traits and skills required of a leader are many. Organisations must focus on developing leaders early and maintain the effort once in the role.

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Expectations, Accountability and Leadership

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As a leader, you are required to clearly set expectations and standards for your team and each individual employee. We continue to see that this is an area within organisations that is not as effectively applied as it should be.

What Are Personal Values and Do They Matter?

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Values continue to be an important part of our lives. But do you know what your core personal values are and understand how they impact you and those closest to you? Personal values continue to be important for many reasons, both at work and at home. Based on my recent conversations, it is more relevant than ever to continue to elaborate on this core aspect of our motivations, decision-making process and behaviours. Continue reading What Are Personal Values and Do They Matter? at CoachStation.

Are We Setting Our Leaders Up For Success?

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People get hired or promoted into leadership roles every day. Sadly, when they get the job they may get little or no training on how to lead a team. (1) 1) The opportunity to develop our future leaders before placing them into leadership roles is an obvious one.

The Complexity of Business Communication

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We may well be overcomplicating the language of leadership and business. Poor communication leads to confusion, mixed-messages and a lack of buy-in from our employees.

Coaching and Mentoring – The Need For Accountability

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To genuinely succeed in business, leaders must know their role, continuously develop their skills and be constantly supported to achieve the best they can as a leader and employee. Finding your own development pathway takes ownership, effort and clarity.

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13 Challenges to the Current State of Leadership

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It’s hard to identify why but there are currently major gaps in leadership, in Australia at least. Actually, it’s not that difficult to understand really. The things we want from work are not that different to what we are looking for from life in general.

Leadership Reflection – What I Learned This Year

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Many of us are reflectors. We take time to think about what is happening in our worlds and understand that self-awareness and development matter. Reflection: to think through the implications of action, or non-action; what went well; and the things we might have changed or may alter in the future provides opportunity for growth and change. Developing as a person and leader requires this type of reflection and consideration. Taking the time to reflect is an important step in development.

Leadership: Assessing Possibilities / Taking Action

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Are you someone who is described as action-oriented? Do you assess the many possible alternatives and options before ultimately taking action? I consider that one of the most beneficial aspects of good leadership is the ability (and willingness!) to assess options quickly and efficiently and guide your team through to completion. Knowing what the most appropriate and beneficial action is can be difficult, however this model may help.

Leadership: Setting Standards and Expectations

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One of the biggest challenges for managers who are learning to lead is developing the ability to set expectations and standards and then hold people accountable to these expectations. Understanding the benefits and why to apply a model such as the one highlighted in this blog is relatively simple, however application, consistency and follow-through can be a challenge for many. Many years ago I was introduced to a model titled SOI assisting to set expectations and assess performance. The [.]

Does Leadership Intent Equal Business Success?

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Not really! The consistently large gap between behaviours, intent, desired culture and reality remains an issue. I was flying home to Brisbane last week and had the opportunity to read the latest ‘Inside HR’ magazine from cover to cover. It is always an interesting read with much that grabs my attention. However on this occasion, by the time I was towards the end of the magazine a theme had started to form in my mind.

Leadership Benefits: Self-Awareness and ROI

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Does self-awareness and an understanding of leadership impact really matter to organisations? Nearly all managers and people in leadership roles believe they make a difference. In some cases, this is true. In reality however, the evidence continues to demonstrate that leaders overstate their value and influence. One of the core traits observed in the best leaders I have worked with is self-awareness. This is tightly linked to a willingness to be honest with themselves as well as others.

7 Reasons The Introvert Isn’t Talking in Team Meetings

Ron Edmondson

Ever wonder why the introvert on your team isn’t talking? Occasionally I will hear another leader complain about someone on their team who the leader feels doesn’t contribute as much as others. She’s too quiet.” “I I wish he would speak up more.” “He

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5 Proven Steps to Start a Successful Franchise Business

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Employee Too Valuable to Fire? 6 Leadership Strategies

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4 Random Leadership Principles Learned the Hard Way

Ron Edmondson

Here are four random leadership observations I’ve learned the hard way. And, some I repeated many times. I hope you can learn them from me without having to repeat them. Don’t make solo decisions involving people. The hardest decisions a leader makes always involve people.

13 Financial Mistakes You Could be Making While Freelancing or Managing Your Small Business

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7 Attributes of a Mature Leader

Ron Edmondson

The best leaders I know don’t have all the answers. They haven’t got everything figured out yet. Most wouldn’t even consider themselves “experts” in the field of leadership. (I I certainly don’t consider myself to be one.)

How to Make Meaningful Change

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It takes no courage to stand aloof and complain. Do you wish to lead? Change something. #1. Accept the messy. Acceptance isn’t approval. “The first step toward change is awareness. The second step… Continue reading → Change Leadership Development Leadership

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What an open dialog requires of you

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Photo credit: 123RF. There are times when a you as a leader will need to have an open dialog with an individual, group or team. This might be so that you can get others’ input, thoughts or opinions. It isn’t about pushing your ideas on others, it’s about drawing theirs out.

Shift from Managing Your Business to Growing It

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Use Your Setback For Your Comeback

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How Your Failure Sets You Up For An Epic Comeback Setbacks… Something you hate to experience. Something that tells you that you’re not good enough. That you should just go home. When you experience a setback, you feel like you’re 3 steps further back than when you began.

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7 Qualities of an Easy to Follow Leader

Ron Edmondson

Are you easy to follow as a leader? I might ask – are you followable? Followable may not be a Scrabble approved word – or even a word, but the application and the intent of the word is huge. A followable leader has people who want to follow. See how elementary I can be?

Reinforcements: How to Get People to Help You

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“I actually felt as if I was going to perish, ” said psychologist Stanley Milgram upon asking a subway rider for their seat. Asking for help makes most of us uncomfortable and we often go to great lengths to avoid doing it. We fear rejection. We fear that people we think less of us.

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Hard Advice for Young Leaders

Ron Edmondson

I have some hard advice for young leaders. Before I share , I feel the need to be clear, in case you’re a new reader or don’t know me well, I’m a supporter of young leaders.

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Excellence Often Comes With Quirks

Ron Edmondson

I heard of a very well known band who demanded Skittles and M&M’s in their dressing room prior to the show, but there was always one color, which had to be removed. The color consistently changed.

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What if questions were valued as much as knowledge?

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Photo credit: 123RF. The people with the most smarts win! There are rewards to be reaped for the most knowledgeable people in our society and our organizations. Imagine what might happen if we also rewarded those who are smart AND ask great questions.