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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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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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