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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10 Ways To Lead By Example

skydiving-658405_1280Good leaders must lead by example. Through their actions, which are aligned with what they say, they become a person others want to follow. When leaders say one thing but do another, they erode trust, a critical element of productive leadership.

Here are 10 of the dozens of ways to lead by example.

  1. Take responsibility. Blame costs you your credibility, keeps team members on the defensive and ultimately sabotages real growth.
  2. Be truthful. Inaccurate representation affects everyone. Show that honesty really IS the best policy.
  3. Be courageous. Walk through fire (a crisis) first. Take calculated risks that demonstrate commitment to a larger purpose.
  4. Acknowledge failure. It makes it OK for your team to do the same and defines failure as part of the process of becoming extraordinary.
  5. Be persistent. Try, try again. Go over, under or around any hurdles to show that obstacles don’t define your company or team.
  6. Create solutions. Don’t dwell on problems; instead be the first to offer solutions and then ask your team for more.
  7. Listen. Ask questions. Seek to understand. You’ll receive valuable insights and set a tone that encourages healthy dialogue.
  8. Delegate liberally. Encourage an atmosphere in which people can focus on their core strengths.
  9. Take care of yourself. Exercise, don’t overwork, take a break. A balanced team, mentally and physically, is a successful team. Model it, encourage it, support it!
  10. Roll up your sleeves. Like Alexander the Great leading his men into battle, you’ll inspire greatness in your company.

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5 Things Successful Leaders Do

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No one is born a leader. Leadership, just like life, is a constant “work” in progress – a never ending growth process. It’s not always easy but it’s always fun! There are a few basic things you can do though to be a better leader:

1. Do. Not. Ever. Loose. Your. Temper.
I can not stress it enough, a successful leader never loses her temper. Your employees might forgive many of your shortcomings but I can assure you, they will not respect you if you can not control your anger. Nor should they – it’s an abusive attribute.

2. Include your team in your decision making process
Some leaders have a tendency to make all decisions by themselves. There’s really no valid reason for that. Your employees are chosen to work in your organization for a reason and regardless of their initial skills, by including them in your decision making process they will not only grow individually and as a team, but their improved workplace engagement will grow your business as well. Also, your employees are more likely to react positive to something when they are trusted with the reason(s) behind your decision. Make “why” one of your new favorite words.

“Great leaders explains the ‘why’ behind their reasoning.”
– Ulrika @GustoLifeGroup

3. Encourage learning
Successful leaders creates an open minded, conscious and positive work environment. Initiatives from their team members are encouraged. “Good” ideas are publicly recognized and ”bad” ideas are never trashed. As a matter of fact, what you say and how you act when presented with a new idea by an employee is part of that which will make or break your success.

boat-606187_12804. Be a coach and a role model
Being a leader also means being a coach. Learn, encourage and if needed, correct your team members. Just like with children, your employees aren’t going to do what you say, they’ll do what you do. Don’t expect – or worse, demand – that your employees live up to a standard that you do not live up to yourself. Lead by being a good example – “walk the talk” in other words.

5. Define your expectations
Clarity is always good! Be clear with your expectations on each individual employee but also on what you expect from them as a team. Use the organizations different policies, work descriptions and the employee hand book as tools – it’s what they are made for.

Remember that your employees have as much invested in your organization as you have. No matter their individual desires and goals, they want to feel good about their work. They want to succeed. As a leader, you’ve got a huge responsibility in making it happen – you can change someone’s life for the better. Do it, by being the best leader you can be!

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!

 

Friday’s Wisdom: Awareness

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Improve your life – and leadership – with gratitude

Philosophers have since ancient times taught that the key to experiencing deeper levelspower-gratitude of happiness, fulfilment and wellbeing is cultivating gratitude. One of the earliest advocates of a daily gratitude practise was well known dutch philosopher Rabbi Baruch Spinoza who suggested that as a way to find more meaning and joy in our lives, we should each day for a month ask ourselves the following three questions:

– Who or what inspires me today?
– What brought me happiness today?
– What brought me comfort and deep peace today?

According to Spinoza this daily practise would lead to profound inner transformation as, by focusing our attention on appreciation, we are moving our ego out of the way. So step out of your ego…and into the broader consciousness – connecting to your heart and soul – and express gratitude on a daily basis. It’ll improve your leadership and your life, on so many levels – this I can guarantee!

“If the only prayer you are saying in your life is `thank you` that would suffice” – Meister Eckhart