I think that perhaps sometimes we take things too seriously. Amirite? And that business interaction after interaction kind of just blend into each other and get pretty redundant. I am also a massive fan of shaking people out of their normal thought patterns and bringing their attention snapping back to me. So today I think we should have some fun and bring back some totally tubular words that we all know so well and inject them into our conversations over the next week. Sound cool? [Read more…]
I have been doing a lot of speaking lately and consulting some really cool businesses. Lots going on, and everyone has a different style as a leader. But when I go home and hang out with my super cool dog, Roxie Girard, I marvel at her natural skills as a leader. [Read more…]
Recently I dove into a brilliant book called The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C Maxwell. Once in while, something like this just slaps me in the face with a reality check and gets me inspired! I don’t know why I had not read it yet, but I am glad I picked it up, and it got me thinking, “What kind of leader have I been lately?” So I got to work on taking my own personal notes, and even did some work on my whiteboards which is something I suggest you do with anything you are trying to learn – see my post on Are You Truly a Professional? Then Develop Yourself. Without diving into the book in detail like a book report, I thought I would share with you the insights I gleaned and offer some suggestions on how to use it for yourself.
Start by asking yourself if you truly want to be a leader and inspire others, or are you content just holding onto your position in management? Leadership is there for the taking, if you are willing to start working on YOU first. Ego has no place in leadership, that’s what managers are for.
“I don’t know if that applies to me because I am just old school.” We hear this quite often in business when new ideas and technology are introduced. And it is not just from the older workers. So when you hear this, flags should go up because what the term old school usually implies is resistance to change and quite often fear. Someone is holding onto their old ways of doing things because it is safe. Change is scary. Old school could also mean that we perceive the old ways of doing things as the best way, regardless of the truth of it. But success in business requires the ability to handle change effectively and manage the resistance to it.
So how do you address these “Old-Schoolers?”
Whether you are just starting out or have an established business, at some point you will hit a roadblock and need to re-focus. It might be that you have ran too hard too fast and are overwhelmed, or you might be finding your sales are stagnant. If you go back to basics and ask yourself the following five questions, you should be able to craft a clear idea on how to get back on track. If not, it might be time to ask for help from someone outside your organization.
Everyone has the ability to lead in some way. Most people think they have to wait until they are in a supervisory or management position before thinking about their leadership style. Leadership is not a title – it’s who you are. And if you truly feel like you will make a good leader, start cultivating the skills necessary to get there.
What skills make a good leader? See if you have any of these:
Peter Drucker, who wrote The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership said, “The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers.”