Since all leaders have to deal with negativity and criticism, regardless of position 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..”
Most leaders naturally fall into either the climber or connector camp. They are 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?”
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 recovery. 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 People
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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One of the pitfalls that can stop potential leaders is the desire to focus on 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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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. 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
• Making an unpleasant choice Continue reading “Strategic Management To Become Better Leader”
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.