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How To Hold Up Under Criticism..

Since all leaders have to deal with negativity and criticism, regardless of critciewmposition or profession, it’s important for them to learn to handle it con­structively. Greek philosopher Aristotle said, “Criticism is something you can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” However, that isn’t an option for anyone who wants to be successful as a leader. So what do you do? The following four-step process has helped me to deal with criticism, so I pass it on to you.

Know Yourself—This Is a Reality Issue

As a young leader you soon learned that having an upfront position was certain to draw criticism, no matter who the leader was or what he did. Highly visible leaders often have to function in difficult environments such as the office in which the following sign is said to have been displayed: Continue reading “How To Hold Up Under Criticism..”

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How Will You Grow?

As you seek to learn and grow as a leader, let me give you some advice about improve urselfhow to approach the process. After more than three decades of dedi­cated, continual effort to learn and grow, I offer the following suggestions:

Invest in Yourself First

Most leaders want to grow their business or organization. What is the thing more than any other that will determine the growth of that organization? The growth of the people in the organization. And what determines the people’s growth? The growth of the leader! As long as people are following you, they will be able to go only as far as you go. If you’re not growing, they won’t be growing either that or they will leave and go somewhere else where they can grow.

Investing in yourself first may look selfish to some of the people around you. They may even criticize you for it. But if they do, they don’t really understand how growth works. When airline  flight attendants explaining emergency procedures tell passengers to put their own oxygen mask on first before putting masks on their children, is that instruction selfish? Of course not! The children’s safety and well-being is dependent upon their parent being able to help them. As a leader, you are responsible for your people. They are depending on you! If you’re in no shape to lead well, where does that leave them?
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What Kind Of Leader Are You?

Most leaders naturally fall into either the climber or connector camp. They climbersare either highly positional or highly relational. Which type of leader are you? Take a look at some of the differences between climbers and connectors:

Climbers Think Vertical—Connectors Think Horizontal

Climbers are always acutely aware of who is ahead of them and who is behind them in the standings or on the organizational chart. They are the way I was as a young leader reading the reports to see where they rank. Moving up is very important, and the idea of moving down is terrible. Connectors, on the other hand, are focused on moving over to where other people are. They think more about who is on the journey with them and how they can come alongside them. Continue reading “What Kind Of Leader Are You?”

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Listening Problem-Solving

Listening Can Keep Problems from Escalating

A Cherokee proverb says, “Listen to the whispers and you won’t have to heartrust the screams.” Good leaders are attentive to small issues. They pay attention to their intuition. And they also pay close attention to what isn’t being said. That requires more than just good listening skills. It requires a good understanding of people, and it also means being secure enough to ask for honest communication from others and to not become defensive when receiving it. To be an effective leader, you need to let others tell you what you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear.

Gordon Bethune, former CEO of Continental Airlines, took this idea step further when he advised, “Make sure you only hire people who will be willing to kick the   door open if you lose direction and close it.  You may be able to ignore somebody’s opinion if you don’t like it, but if the person has the data to back it up, your intellect should be able to overwhelm your vanity.

A common fault that occurs in people as they gain more authority is impatience with those who work for them. Leaders like results. Unfortunately, that action orientation sometimes causes them to stop listening. But a deaf ear is the first symptom of a closed mind, and having a closed mind is a surefire way to hurt your leadership. Continue reading “Listening Problem-Solving”

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Guarding Against Unrealistic Thinking

As a good leader you have to guard against the human natural bent such as selfish, greedy and dishonest. Asking yourself questions to help you define reality isn’t enough. You have to do more. Here are four practices to help you to become better leader.

Admit Your Weakness

Try to train yourself by voice weakness such as “I

am an alcoholic”,” I must confess to others, “I am an unrealistic person.” Admitting my weakness is a first step toward recovadmint your mistakeery. You can’t define realit

y if you won’t face reality. As a good leader, it is important to know where is time

to get help from other to sove the problem for great of good.

Embrace Realistic Peopleunrealsitic thinking

The old saying “birds of a feather flock together” is really true. Normally people like to be around people who are like them. That may be a good thing when they want to have fun, but it can be a bad thing when you want to lead well. As a leader, you need peo­ple to complete yourself, to be strong where you are am weak. An effective leadership team has members who complement one another.

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Leadership Vision And Fantasy

One of the pitfalls that can stop potential leaders is the desire to focus onresponsibility vision to the detriment of facing reality. But good leaders are both visionary and realistic.  The Law of the Scoreboard in from John C. Maxwell book The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork states, “The team can make adjustments when it knows where it stands.” In other words, reality is the foundation positive change. If you don’t face reality, then you will not be able to make necessary changes.

Bill Easum, president and senior managing partner in Easum, Bandy and Associates asserts, “Realistic leaders are objective enough to minimize illusions. They understand that self-deception can cost them their vision.” That was true for me. My high belief in people and my desire to protect people I loved got in the way of facing the truth—and being honest with them when their performance was hurting the company.

If you are optimistic, and you naturally encourage people, as do, then you may need to take extra care to look reality in the eye and keel’ yourself grounded. Continually cast a realistic eye on

• The Situation—it is often worse than you think.

• The Process—it usually takes longer than you think. • The Price—it always costs more than you think.

If you lack realism today, then you may lack credibility with others tomorrow. As people says, “Facing current reality is o: nasty, but necessary.”

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Why Listeners Are More Effectives Leaders

Understanding People Precedes Leading Them

Leadership finds its source in understanding. To be worthy of the responsibility of leadership, a person must have insight into the human heart. Sensitivity toward the hopes and dreams of people on your team is essential it connecting with them and motivating them.

According famous author John C. Maxwell, Law of Connection, which states, “Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand”. You cannot connect with someone if you don’t try to listen to and understand them. Not only is it not fair to ask for the help of someone with whom you haven’t connected, it is also ineffective. If you want to be more effective = connecting with people, make it your goal to understand them.

Listening Is the Best Way to Learn

It is no accident that we have one mouth and two ears. When we fail to listen we shut off much of our learning potential. You’ve probably heard the phrase “seeing is believing’ Well, so is listening. Talk show host Larry King, said, “I remind myself every morning: nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So, if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.”

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The Best Leader Are Listeners

Steven Sample, in his book The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership, writes, “The average person suffers from three delusions:  that he is a good liver, that he has a good sense of humor, and that he is a good listener.” Plus, Steven Sample says, “Many leaders are terrible listeners; they actually think talking is more important than listening. But contrarian leaders know it is better to listen first and talk later and when they listen, they d so artfully.

The positive benefits of being a good listener are much more valuable than we often recognize. According to Jim Lange in his book Bleedership:

A couple of rednecks are out in the woods hunting when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are rolled back in his head.

The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls 911.

He frantically tells the operator, “Bubba is dead! What can I do?” The operator, in a calm, soothing voice says, “Just take it easy. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.”

There is silence, and then a shot is heard.

The guy’s voice comes back on the line and says, “Okay, now what?”

As this story about rednecks illustrates—we can hear what is said without really listening to what is being communicated. The hunter above heard what the operator told him and technically did make sure that his hunting companion was dead. But had he really been listening, I don’t think he would have shot his partner.

The story may seem silly, but it contains an important truth. When we hear without really listening, our leadership is hound to suffer—and so will our followers. This study that stated proved that we hear half of what is being said, listen to half of what we hear, understand half of it, believe half of that, and remember only half of that. If you translate those assumptions into an eight-hour work day, here is what it would mean:

You spend half your day—about four hours—in listening activities. • You hear about two hours’ worth of what is said.

You actually listen to an hour of it.

• You understand only thirty minutes of that hour.

• You believe only fifteen minutes’ worth.

• And you remember less than eight minutes of all that is said.

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Strategic Management To Become Better Leader

Defining Moments Show Us Who We Really Are

Most days in our lives come and go they are much like all the others and don’t stand out. But there are a few days that are unlike all the others.define moments They do stand out because they give us an opportunity to stand up, be set apart from the rest of the crowd, and seize that moment or to remain sitting with the rest of the crowd and let it pass. These moments which bring for better or worse condition define us and they show us what we are really made of. We often focus on the milestones of life, important events that mark seasons and accomplishments. We happily anticipate a graduation, wedding, or promotion. But some of our defining moments come as a total surprise, often appearing during times of crisis:

• Facing a personal failure

• Taking a stand on an issue

• Experiencing suffering

• Being asked to forgive

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DEFINING YOUR LEADERSHIP

One of the leaders that popular is Winston Churchill, England’s prime minister who stood up against the Nazis during World War II. He was a leader’s leader! He once remarked, “In every age there comes a time when a leader must come forward to meet the needs of the hour. Therefore, there is no potential leader who does not have an opportunity to make a positive difference in society. Tragically, there are times when a leader does not rise to the hour.”

What determines whether a leader emerges to meet the challenge of the hour? More to the point, what will determine whether you will step for­ward to successfully meet the challenges you face? The determination factor is how you handle certain critical moments in your life. These moments will define who you are as a person and as a leader.

How Will You Be Defined?

If you are familiar with philosophy of leadership and, then you know that everyone have their own opportunities to growth. In fact that, there is a not overnight success and from the core principles of John C. Maxwell there is Law of Process call “The Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” which  states, “Leader­ship develops daily, not in a day”. In additional, the choices we make in critical moments help to form us and to inform others about who are we.

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