The Best Leaders Empower Others
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The Best Leaders Empower Others

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 what they think are…

Effective Leaders Foster Open Communication
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Effective Leaders Foster Open Communication

As a leader, you want your team to follow you. To follow you, they need to trust you. To trust you, they need to believe what you say, and they want to know you care. It’s even better when you trust them too. Part of developing that trust, respect, and rapport you need to lead is open communication. It doesn’t just…

3 Steps to Solve Problems More Effectively
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3 Steps to Solve Problems More Effectively

You can tell the effectiveness of a leader by the size of the problems they tackle. More responsibility brings greater problems and bigger decisions. If the problem was easy to solve, someone else would have already solved it. As a leader, you already understand the value of solving problems. Now it’s up to you to help others solve problems more effectively….

The Most Effective Leaders Never Stop Learning
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The Most Effective Leaders Never Stop Learning

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 they need to have all the answers. Successful leaders never stop learning —…

Executive Leaders Model Growth and Potential
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Executive Leaders Model Growth and Potential

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 the results from their perspective from that moment in time. But…

5 Tips to Effectively Reward Performance
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5 Tips to Effectively Reward Performance

Celebrate the behaviors you want to see more often. When you discourage mediocrity and reward performance, you create a high-performing culture. Strong performers need to be recognized as such, and they need to be developed even further. Here are 5 tips to consider when rewarding great performance. 1.When most managers think of rewarding employees, they think about raises, bonuses, and perks. And…

Executive Leaders Encourage Dialogue
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Executive Leaders Encourage Dialogue

  Often, great ideas come from healthy debate. When team members exchange ideas and opinions, new ideas can emerge. Working collaboratively always produces better results than working competitively. When people compete within an organization, they don’t support each other toward the shared vision. This creates a culture of self-interest, rather than organizational interest. Competition is healthy for competitors, not for team members. Imagine…

Why You Need to Check for Understanding
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Why You Need to Check for Understanding

It happens all the time: we think we’re being understood, but we’re not. And we have no idea. We often don’t bother to check to make sure people understand us, even when it’s critical. It doesn’t help that most people don’t want to admit they don’t get it, especially to the leader. You may get a nod or even an…