Independence Day is upon us in the United States and many will celebrate with fireworks, social gatherings and plenty of barbecued food. It is a joyous time as we honor those who helped create a country of freedom and choice. Along with having the many opportunities, comes a great deal of responsibility and expectation. We need to be open to different points of view and be willing to hear all sides of an issue before declaring our stand. But what is most fascinating about this process is that once you actually behave this way, it becomes a way of life naturally.
In one of my leadership programs this past week, I met a very devoted leader who was overwhelmed with her workload. As she shared her story and challenges with us her face and entire body grew tense and rigid. She was visibly upset, shaking her head as she rolled out her struggles with us.
“I can’t seem to get a hold of all the work that keeps coming my way. Not only is the amount of work beyond doable, but also the people delegating it to me, don’t have a clue about what else I have been asked to complete. As a result I am continually missing deadlines and everyone seems to be… Continue reading | 2 Comments
Leadership is not about a position or title. Leadership is not about taking over a team and dictating what needs to be accomplished. Leadership is not about lecturing others to make sure our ideas are selected for a solution. Leadership is not about being the loudest or smartest in the room.
So what is leadership all about?
Leadership is all about becoming empowered and helping others become empowered. It is about creating cultures of empowerment within organizations and teams. When we feel empowered we can lead with confidence and compassion. We can impact our worlds of work in meaningful and purposeful ways.
Here are five tactics to becoming an empowered leader:
Lauren wakes up the same time each day- 5:30am. She checks her phone, quickly washes, puts on her gym clothes, drinks her coffee and runs to the fitness center for a 45-minute workout or class. She returns home, showers, dresses and heads to work. First thing she does is open her email with a sigh of relief that nothing new has popped up since checking her phone an hour ago and grabs another cup of coffee. She is ready to start her day. Her day is filled with scheduled meetings, assignments to complete and deadlines. She brings lunch to her desk and hopes she will get out by 7pm to meet up with friends. She feels
Whether we lead a team, contribute individually or collaborate with colleagues, our leadership influence depends on how others see us. If we want to grow our career and help others reach their career goals, we need to not only be strong role models but also leaders who demonstrate care for the people we connect with along the way.
No matter the industry, no matter our particular role, leaders must demonstrate that they are the “real thing”. One leader I worked with had a manager who kept changing his mind and was never clear about what he wanted the young leader to focus on. As a result the young leader was a… Continue reading | 6 Comments