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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.

Trust: The Cornerstone of Relationships and Leadership

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Trust is the key to meaningful leadership, relationships and influence. Most of us know this, but how do we develop trust in the workplace and at home? It is fascinating to see people grow and develop.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Know Your History, Purpose and Direction

CoachStation

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.

The Leader Journey is Long and Worthwhile

CoachStation

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.

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

CoachStation

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 Complexity of Business Communication

CoachStation

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.

What Are Personal Values and Do They Matter?

CoachStation

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.

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.

Customer Service Is Not Rocket Science

CoachStation

At the risk of over simplifying a very complex topic, the customer service experience we deliver is often only the service we expect ourselves. But, when providing a service in the moment it is easy to forget our own expectations.

Leadership: Setting Standards and Expectations

CoachStation

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 [.]

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.

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.

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.

Coaching and Mentoring – The Need For Accountability

CoachStation

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.

Does Leadership Intent Equal Business Success?

CoachStation

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: 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 Lessons from a 19th Century Genius

Leading Blog

W ILLIAM JAMES, one of the great thinkers of the late 19th century and the father of modern American psychology, has much to offer the modern executive.

4 Characteristics of Great Teams

Leading Blog

T HE AMERICA'S CUP is the world’s oldest international sporting trophy, first contested in 1851 when the schooner America crossed the Atlantic and beat 15 British yachts. The trophy became known as the America’s Cup for the winning yacht in 1851.

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Effective Communication is about Understanding Emotion

Lead Change Blog

Imagine a world in which you wouldn’t experience any emotion whatsoever. What would your life look like? No, it wouldn’t be drab, as that’s an emotion. Nor boring, peaceful or any other state of mind which implies an emotion is being experienced.

9 Things Positive Leaders Do

Leading Blog

J ON GORDON is a prolific writer. He has written at least a dozen books on leadership that I am aware of. The Power of Positive Leadership summarizes much of his thinking and provides a great introduction to all of his other work. As a result, it is full of good practices and thinking.

4 Things Solitude Will Do for You

Leading Blog

W E LIVE in an age of noise. Getting some time for yourself is a challenge. But if we are going to lead effectively, we need white space. We need solitude. I know none of us have any extra time, but there is overwhelming evidence that taking a time-out to simply think is foundational to your success.

5 Ways You Can Improve Your Relationships

Leading Blog

K NOWING how to work with and relate to people is an imperative. Relationship building is critical for anyone wishing to rise to any position of leadership. The guidelines for achievement are many. Here are five ideas you might be able to start using today: Avoid becoming an antagonist.

Benefits of SBA Certifications for Women-Owned Businesses

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How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust

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Eight Ways Mentoring Brings Out the Leader in Your Employees

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Patty Alper “Employees want to be part of something that is bigger than a company. The business culture is internally based, but the philanthropy is external. That volunteer ethos provides something more than a quarterly return on earnings.

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What Kind of Innovator Are You?

Leading Blog

I N EVERYTHING WE DO, we bring with it our personal view of the world. That is both our biggest asset and contribution and our biggest obstacle. We can easily get caught up in trying to make things be the way we think they should be from our perspective. It’s what leads to most of our issues.

Leadership Lessons From Running A Half Marathon At 3AM

Joseph Lalonde

Why I Ran A Half Marathon At 3AM Many months ago, my pastor came up with a crazy idea: Let’s run a half marathon! For those of you who don’t know, a half marathon is 13.1 miles. That’s a long distance to go by foot.) That sounds crazy enough on its own.

Executive presence is an inside job

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It’s not unusual for an executive to be puzzled that they’ve been told they need to develop “executive presence” in order to move into executive levels in an organization. The question on their mind is “What is executive presence?”. Rightfully so.

Leading with Trust

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Paul J. Zak, PhD : One-third of business leaders surveyed in 2015 said that retaining colleagues is their number one concern. Everyone knows that people are mobile. About one-quarter of employees say that they will look for a new job in the next year.

How to Motivate Yourself When You’re Exhausted

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Humility is the New Smart: Are You Ready?

Leading Blog

S MART used to be a quantity game. “I I know more than you. I get more things right.” But Ed Hess and Katherine Ludwig say that in the new Smart Machine Age, that’s losing game. The new smart is about quality.

10 Signs Your Leadership Strategy Doesn’t Work

Lead Change Blog

In any professional environment, management is composed of a leader and a group of colleagues working collaboratively. Together, they work towards their team’s goals. Ideally, the team should meet their targets and perform well under an effective management.

5 Leadership Lessons I Learned by Walking the Camino de Santiago

Leading Blog

T HE Camino de Santiago is a network of ancient hiking paths that all lead to a shrine to St. James in northwest Spain. I first walked that trail – 435 miles over 29 days – in 2013 and have returned twice since.