How to go from auto-pilot to living and leading in context

Aristotle said “We are what we repeatedly do.” The guy knew what he was talking about.

How we choose to act and what we choose to do every day, is part of what defines us as human beings – and as leaders In today´s manifesto, Linda Fisher Thornton talks about how you can go from auto-pilot to living and leading in context, simply by becoming aware of your behavior. Get inspired here What Ethical Leaders Believe

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1-Minute Playbook: How To Create a Healthy Leadership

When your employees are experiencing that they work in a healthy work environment, and theyteam building feel good, their sick leave decreases and their creativity intensifies.

But that´s not all, your employees´ loyalty to your organization as well as their solidarity towards each other increases. Naturally, all of this means that your organization´s productivity climbs. So how do you create a healthy work environment? It´s easier than you might think – you simply:

  • Set clearly defined goals and communicate these in a understandable way
  • Encourage your employees
  • Give your employees the opportunity to control their work situation and to grow, professionally and personally
  • Inform, inform and inform
  • Get your employees “onboard” by having them participate in and take ownership of decisions
  • Lead by example
  • Be aware of potential negative issues and act swiftly if problems arise

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Grow And Develop Your Team

Great Leaders Go FirstThe very soul of leadership is a leader’s commitment to growing and developing people and this is accomplished when leaders – acting as servants – use their words and actions to convey faith, hope and love to their team members.

On the flip side, when leaders communicate fear, hostility and doubt to his team members the confidence, work morale and productivity of the team takes a nose dive. The Bible explains the power of communication this way, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue. And those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21).

Leaders can use their words to build people up or tear them down. Many leaders are not even aware of which of these two effects their words have on their team members.

Mastering the art of communication as a leader, means getting your team to react to what you are saying in the way that you want. However, to succeed in this, you need to educate, motivate and inspire them. You need to educate your team members about why you are asking them to do something. People will follow direction, but they will only do that reluctantly if they don’t understand why they are being asked to do something.

Your words – and you actions – should motivate your team to want to react in the way you desire. To inspire means the ability to touch someone in a positive way with your words and actions – lead by example. This will encourage your team members to do something they might not have done otherwise.

Remember that successful leaders provide the foundation and the fuel that allow others to achieve success. So keep on educate – motivate – inspire!

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Gossip At Work – a Good or a Bad Habit?

What is it that really drives us to gossip at work? And is there any way to change the habit of gossiping?

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Are You Really a Compassionate Leader?

There’s a great deal of focus in my life on personal and professional growth right now. It consumes me – in the most positive way – and I find it absolutely great, fun and so very inspirational. Anyway, I was talking with a friend today about my thoughts on the importance of a leader being compassionate – personally and professionally.

I firmly believe that no successful leader or individual can lack compassion as to me that equals being unaware of your true essence as a being. A compassionate individual sees things in people – they see their strengths and weaknesses as well as their passions and fears. They see what makes others special and they work to draw that out. A great leader recognize that compassion begins from within. And that it is only when you can forgive and love yourself, as you can give that forgiveness and love to others.

Fall, to rise again

However it seems that it is not until one individual, at one point or another in his/hers life, truly has fallen down that (s)he fully develop – and practise – compassion as it should be practised. This might not be so strange though considering that it usually is in the process of getting up from such “fall down” that you discover who you really are, what you truly care about and how you want to live the rest of your life. You learn so much more on the way up than you possibly can do at the top.

“Maybe it is true that it’s only when you have nothing, that you can learn what is truly meaningful to you!” – Ulrika @GustoLifeGroup

A great compassionate leader has done this journey, personally – spiritually – and professionally. And it’s through that journey – those challenges – that they have come to recognize that each and every one of us have something special within us. Such aware leader, or individual, also knows that it’s only through developing a meaningful relationship with another person that you can draw the gift of genuine compassion out in the open.

“Compassion is a verb.” – Ulrika @GustoLifeGroup

It’s not enough to just feel it though. Compassion is worthless unless you in fact do something with it! And this is why humility is the precursor to compassion. Humility is what opens you up in a way that enables compassion to “flow in” and become real.

A compassionate relationship

In a compassionate relationship you pull another person in by genuinely listening and asking questions. There’s a valuable lesson for you to learn from every individual and situation you encounter. As a compassionate leader you constantly need to ask yourself,
– Do I make people feel better about themselves?
– Do I make them feel like they are capable of achieving more than they ever thought they could do?
– Am I courageous enough to enpower others or does my fear cause me to micro-manage/want to control instead?
– What can I learn from this individual and this situation?

“Great leaders dare to be vulnerable” – Ulrika @GustoLifeGroup

That’s what compassion is all about – letting go of fear, daring to be vulnerable and be encouraging, caring, sharing, listening and loving towards others! And it’s amazing, it can be as easy as just listening or saying a kind word to a loved one, a stranger or a fellow employee.

True compassion

In his book An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life, Dalai Lama writes that true compassion “has the intensity and spontaneity of a loving mother caring for her suffering baby. Throughout the day, such a mother’s concern for her child affects all her thoughts and actions. This is the attitude we are working to cultivate with each and every being. When we experience this, we have generated great compassion.” Simple. And beautiful!

“A man is walking along a beach and comes across a boy picking something up off the sand and gently throwing it into the ocean. Curious, the man asked, ‘What are you doing?’

‘I am throwing starfish into the ocean,’ the boy answered. ‘The sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them in, they will die.’

The man said, ‘Well, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t possibly make a difference.’

The little boy bent down and he picked up another starfish and threw it into the surf. He smiled at the man and said, ‘But I made a difference to that one.’ ” – The Star Thrower

5 Values of Any Great Leader

leadershipWhat would your life look like if you lived from the perception that your thoughts could change your world? What would it feel like if you knew that every single day you were doing exactly what you were meant to be doing? How would it be to live life from a place where you are true to yourself and not despite of this but because of it, you are living in pure abundance?

That is what it’s like to be a really great leader. And it’s something that everyone can achieve – regardless if you’re a leader in your profession or in your personal life. Mums and dads are leaders too!

Here are 5 values that any great leader live and lead by:
1. Authenticity
Great leaders represent themselves in a genuine way. Be honest and clear with who Authenticyou are and what you stand for. Strength of character is a huge part of success!

2. People First
The numbers are important but they mean nothing without the people. Great leaders lead from the heart as they know that leadership is about connecting with people. Focus on the individuals – customers and employees – and people will listen to you.

3. Integrity
It’s simple – without integrity you’ve got nothing. Great leaders speak their truth – which is not the same as being rude – and never use words that aren’t in alignment with who they are. Integrity is also following through with what you say you are going to do – don’t make promises you can’t keep.

Excellent4. Excellence
Great leaders always push the envelope and raise their standards. However, be wise and don’t do this in an attempt to achieve a perceived level of perfection – no human is perfect. We are all a work in progress.

5. Discipline
No one becomes a great leader overnight or by chance. Great leadership is a result of disciplined creation. Get clear on what you really want, be committed to what you do and your efforts will be rewarded. That’s a universal law.

Implement and practise these values in your own life and leadership. Don’t postpone living a life where you are true to yourself and of service to others – you’ll get to live the life of your dreams!

 

Tuesday’s Wisdom: It’s Not About You

Leadership is not about You. Your special talents and gifts are not about You. Your Life is not about You nor is it for You. Your life and your purpose is to be serving other beings – sharing of all your talents – for a greater good. It’s all about service.

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Saturday’s Wisdom: Be True To Yourself

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Lead from heart to mind

Great leaders serve as a catalyst for bringing people togetheristock-radiant-sun to focus and channel their creative efforts towards improving their productivity in their organization. The ability to do this, to act as this catalyst that people actually choose to listen to and follow, isn’t something that great leaders are born with. Sure, one can of course be born with certain specific characteristics that are specifically suitable for leadership. And some of those characteristics need to exist in order for an individual to be a true leader – one that others want to and choose to follow – such as the ability to listen to others, to make people feel and know that they are recognized and appreciated for their efforts and contributions, to lift people’s spirits up instead of dragging them down, among other valuable and necessary qualities.

Great leaders have the ability to lead from their heart and with their wisdom as the essence for their leadership. They lead and live from heart to mind, not from mind achievementsto heart. To lead and live with our wisdom as our own personal guiding light is to be living a fulfilled life. It is what our core values in combination with our experience, knowledge and intelligence brings us. Our core values support us in getting to know ourselves and others, as well as in discovering what we find valuable and important. It’s in knowing and living according to our own values that we find life rich and purposeful.

It is also in knowing and living your core values that you will set a solid foundation for becoming a great(er) leader. By knowing who you are and what you stand for on all four dimensions that our human nature withholds, you will at any time be (capable of) feeling a sense of joy, compassion, balance and focus – as a human being and thereby also as a leader. This will surely be positively noticed and appreciated by the people around you. This is what makes a leader charismatic.

Great leaders are always open to new insights. They are aware of the importance of discovering new ideas as foundation for growthimagesCAHEZEUG in all areas of life. Great leaders view life as a continuous journey of development and consider every experience as a possibility to learn something new. They are curious, observant, eager to try and to learn. They want to share their experiences with others and generously do so. Great leaders share of themselves, openly and vulnerable from their hearts – they use their wisdom to share of their truth. This is their greatest strength as such view of life, and of development, also inspires and encourage the individuals around them to implement the same positive approach to professional, and sometimes even personal, growth. Great leaders inspire people to become the best they can be.

“Let your light shine. Be a source of strength and courage. Share your wisdom. Radiate love.” – Wilferd Peterson

Great leaders value and take time for reflection as this is an important part of ones growth journey. Take some time to reflect on and answer the following questions.

What are the two or three most important things that motivate you?
What values are the two or three most important ones for you – the ones that you feel brings you a deep sense of satisfaction, joy and happiness?
What are the things that you current feel brings you the feeling of great satisfaction in the a) physical, b) social, c) mental and d) spiritual dimensions of your life?

A wise person knows that perception…

imagesCA0416D2…shapes everything that happens in life. And perception is a matter of choice. Indeed, it’s a blessing to be able to choose how personal experiences and the world at large are viewed. As a result, we can choose to see peace, rather than conflict; love, rather than fear; abundance, rather than lack; and we can to see a divine plan, instead of random chaos. Abraham Lincoln is credited with wisely saying: “Most of us are just as happy as we make up our minds to be.” So very true.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

Choose happiness and you will be happy. Choose to see the best in your team and they will be inspired by it. Choose to see other beings as fellow spiritual travellers and they will feel encouraged. Choose to see your employees as team members and they will fight for victory. It is truly amazing how fantastic and simple life really is. Don’t make it complicated – it’s so very easy.