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Are You Ready to Lead? 7 Important Questions to Ask Yourself

| | General Leadership

Are You Ready to Lead?

Let’s face it, there are too many people in leadership and management roles who aren’t effective and some are just plain inept.

And because most people leave managers not companies, AND with workplace talent being at such a premium globally, it is more important than ever to have the right people in leadership roles. Great leadership has been shown to be highly correlated to organizational success.

So how did we get to this point?

My experience tells me that over the past decades, technical experts were promoted into leadership roles before they really reflected on what their new role really required to be successful.  Many took the opportunity because it was what was expected by their company, it lead to greater compensation, or if they didn’t take it, their future options were limited. In short, they took the promotion for themselves not for the people they would be serving.

With the growing shortage in leadership as Baby Boomers retire and the Millennials are not yet prepared to lead, there is a risk that businesses will continue this theme of promoting individual contributors who aren’t prepared and don’t have a firm understanding of what it takes to be a good leader. [click to continue...]

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Are You Wired to Lead?

| | Personal Leadership

Are You Wired to Lead?

Anyone CAN lead, but not everyone WILL lead.

Skills are, of course, necessary if you want to lead others over time and do it effectively.  Nonetheless, if you have a purpose for leading and a strong desire to lead, you can develop the skills you will need.

Yet despite ample evidence that leadership can be learned, some people will not choose to lead.

And despite an abundance of natural skills, abilities and disposition that might seem to give some people an advantage in becoming a leader, not everyone who is born to lead will choose to be a leader.

Even in cases where someone is invited to step into a leadership position, there are those who will never step up to become a leader even if they accept the position.

Finally, while there is much evidence that “you don’t have to be THE leader to be A leader,” not everyone will choose to take the lead when the opportunity presents itself.

What could be the determining factor in whether someone takes the lead or not? [click to continue...]

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3 Keys to Listening Better

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We were in a three day meeting. The first one and a half days had gone great.

And then we met an enemy of progress head on – that enemy was the all too human need to prove we are right.

We had reached an impasse in which neither side would give.  We had actually believed we were very much aligned and thought the next conversation would be easy.

It wasn’t.

When we dug deeper into applying the principles we had developed and chosen to follow together, an intense debate began. It wasn’t that we didn’t have a shared commitment or that we didn’t agree on the principles. It wasn’t that people were lying or being compliant when they said they could get behind the framework we created for moving forward.

The problem wasn’t that we were not aligned in principle.  It was that we had very different views regarding how to go about satisfying those principles and achieving our common goal.

On the one side there were people who thought they were taking a stand for something and that they had a great idea.  They could prove it because it had worked before and had evidence that it could work given the new standards. [click to continue...]

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