calculated risk

Yes, Growth Is Risky

by Sonya Shelton

Trying anything new is risky. But it’s new ideas that catapult organizations to higher levels of growth and success. People aren’t motivated to follow leaders who are satisfied with the status quo. Of course, your organization or its industry may typically be risk averse, and taking risks doesn’t mean you have …

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effective feedback

Are You Giving Effective Feedback?

by Sonya Shelton

Because managers and executives struggle with the process, feedback has developed a negative reputation. Feedback doesn’t equal criticism. Feedback is providing someone with observations that influence their performance. Since influence is your number-one job as a leader, it stands to reason that giving feedback is an important part of your role. …

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change leader

How to Lead your Team Through Change

by Sonya Shelton

In today’s business world, not only is change the norm, but the speed of change continues to accelerate. Dealing with change and leading others through it can be challenging. No matter what business you’re in, your ability to lead your organization through change can make or break your success. Changes come …

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set context puzzle

Strengthen Your Vision by Setting the Context

by Sonya Shelton

As the leader of your organization, you understand the context behind your vision and your decisions. It’s part of the environmental considerations you need to understand. However, not everyone sees the context the same way you do, so it’s important to explain it. To really make your vision come to …

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Communication

Take Time to Express Your Intentions

by Sonya Shelton

In any situation, where there’s a vacuum of information, people will make it up. This is especially true of leaders in organizations. People constantly interpret the motives of everything the leader says and does. So it’s best to express your intention, so no one wastes …

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reinforce vision

Successful Leaders Reinforce the Vision

by Sonya Shelton

To keep your team moving in the right direction, you need to reinforce the vision. That doesn’t mean you have to recite it like a parrot; it means getting your team engaged and keeping them engaged. Talk about possibilities in the context of your vision. …

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Influence

How to Use the Power of Influence

by Sonya Shelton

Ultimately, leadership is influence. We all influence each other, every day, one way or another. Great leaders influence the behavior of others ethically and intentionally to create value and make a contribution. They understand influence is at the core of all the work they do. …

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Connect With Others

Executive Leaders Connect with Others

by Sonya Shelton

The Wall Street Journal reported that the executives identified as “high achievers” cared about both people and profits. Average achievers focused on production, and low achievers were most concerned about themselves. Building relationships with people can also build success. Plus, having real relationships makes going …

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Why Executive Leaders Set Clear Objectives

by Sonya Shelton

Clarity is an important factor to the success of a leader, a team and an organization. If people aren’t clear about their role and what they’re supposed to be doing every day, they will swirl and become less and less effective. To progress toward your …

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Priorities

Setting Priorities is Key to Leadership Success

by Sonya Shelton

Distractions can tempt us every day. Other people have their own agendas for our time and attention. We might have the best intentions of working on our priorities, but other things get in the way. We may even become so ambitious that we create a …

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