Four Leadership Essentials

As a leader, it is important to have a lens to view your leadership through. This way, your decisions and actions can be filtered and evaluated as useful or not, in alignment with your values or not, and appropriate for your context or not. There are a multitude of models out there, some more complex than others. For me, simplicity allows me flexibility and adaptability, things that I value. For your consideration, here are my four E’s of leadership. My leadership should… Encourage Sometimes the people we lead need to me reminded why we value them in the position they occupy. Encouragement can be simple reminders of the skills they bring to the team. It can also take the form of celebrating wins, both small and large. As leaders, we need to remember that our encouragement adds energy to the roles and activities of those under us. It is also important to remember that the lives of those we lead are bigger than the role they play in our organizations. Questions for your leadership – How do you celebrate wins and progress? How often do you do this? How often to you check in on your people’s lives outside the organization? How safe do your people feel to answer your questions honestly? Empower Empowering others to lead or perform their tasks means giving them the space to operate. Recognizing that others will not do things the way that you would. Giving others space to fail (not out of incompetence), evaluate, and refocus. Empowering is felt as trust by those you lead. The nemesis of an empowering leader is an anxious...

The Four E’s of Leadership

As a leader, it is important to have a lens to view your leadership through. This way, your decisions and actions can be filtered and evaluated as useful or not, in alignment with your values or not, and appropriate for your context or not. There are a multitude of models out there, some more complex than others. For me, simplicity allows me flexibility and adaptability, things that I value. For your consideration, here are my four E’s of leadership. My leadership should… Encourage Sometimes the people we lead need to me reminded why we value them in the position they occupy. Encouragement can be simple reminders of the skills they bring to the team. It can also take the form of celebrating wins, both small and large. As leaders, we need to remember that our encouragement adds energy to the roles and activities of those under us. It is also important to remember that the lives of those we lead are bigger than the role they play in our organizations. Questions for your leadership – How do you celebrate wins and progress? How often do you do this? How often to you check in on your people’s lives outside the organization? How safe do your people feel to answer your questions honestly? Empower Empowering others to lead or perform their tasks means giving them the space to operate. Recognizing that others will not do things the way that you would. Giving others space to fail (not out of incompetence), evaluate, and refocus. Empowering is felt as trust by those you lead. The nemesis of an empowering leader is an...

Gaining Influence

As a leader in several volunteer organizations, I have much experience in recruiting volunteers, empowering teams, creating internal and external partnerships, and developing a sense of ownership. Because of this background, I was asked as a leadership coach give a short staff development workshop at a local counseling center. Within their context, the need is to build a client base. In order to achieve this, the staff needed instruction on how to develop advocates and build partnerships. Advocates who will speak from their experience create an organic word of mouth in the community each counselor is attempting to influence. For the staff of this counseling office, the difficulty was compounded by the fact that people are reluctant to talk about their counseling experience. For the client, seeing a counselor often comes with a sense of shame or weakness. Beyond the individual level, the staff was looking to build partnerships with other organizations where they could provide their services. How does one gain influence? Speaking broadly, there are two main approaches to making big asks of people’s time and/or behavior. 1. Tell people WHAT you want done. This is the most common approach. All of us do this with some degree of frequency. Most people employ this method exclusively. The WHAT  is easy to verbalize because it is in the forefront of our mind. The WHAT takes less energy to communicate. The WHAT sometimes gives us the result we want, namely compliance. Yet, it is rarely the most effective method for being influential. It is asking for hack clash royale obedience and the response will be for the doer to simply get the job...

Gain Perspective. Live Well.

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