empower others

The Best Leaders Empower Others

by Sonya Shelton

We become more powerful when we empower others. Great leaders unleash the leader within each person, liberating them to use their own power. Everyone wants to feel like they are contributing to the vision. You can empower others by acknowledging their strengths and potential contributions. First, identify their strengths. Ask people …

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never stop learning

The Most Effective Leaders Never Stop Learning

by Sonya Shelton

  Great leaders are great learners. Getting feedback from others allows you to continue to learn and grow. Just like you want your team and your organization to improve, you also want to improve yourself. Ask others for feedback on a regular basis. Some leaders make the mistake of thinking …

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model growth potential

Executive Leaders Model Growth and Potential

by Sonya Shelton

The speed of your success is dependent on both your own growth as well as the growth of those on your team. They will never grow further or faster than you do. Most people think success comes from luck and appears in an instant, like winning the lottery. They see …

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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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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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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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