Leadership Tips

Leadership Tips

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FOR LEADERS AND ASPIRING LEADERS
Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.
John C. MaxwellAccept criticism
Demonstrate your self-confidence by accepting other peoples negative comments without becoming defensive, arrogant or submissive. Look for something useful and constructive in any criticism and thank the person. Show your professionalism and maturity.
Celebrate success
Be quick to praise. A hand-written note on decent paper, not a sticky note congratulating and thanking an employee for a job particularly well done will earn loyalty. When things go wrong, never criticize an employee publicly. Do it quietly and constructively and, unless youre building a case for dismissal, point out something positive as well. If, in spite of their long hours and imaginative ideas, your work groups project bid was not the winning one, involve everyone in a debriefing and decide together what could be done differently next time. Then review what youve all learned together.
Back your staff
Being a leader doesnt automatically mean people will follow you. You need to show that youre behind them. Understand your teams needs. Whether its increased training, upgraded tools, new technology or a shift in duties, be willing to fight for them. You wont always be successful, but its important that you act as their advocate.
Help out
Pitch in whenever you can, even if its only for a few minutes. Show them that you understand their challenges, even if youre not experienced at doing their jobs. Youll be better able to clarify expectations and do meaningful performance reviews if you have up-to-date and hands-on knowledge of their duties and responsibilities.
Avoid gossip

For Leaders and Aspiring Leaders

“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.”
— John C. MaxwellAccept criticism

Demonstrate your self-confidence by accepting other people ’s negative comments without becoming defensive, arrogant or submissive. Look for something useful and constructive in any criticism and thank the person. Show your professionalism and maturity.
Celebrate success

Be quick to praise. A hand-written note — on decent paper, not a sticky note — congratulating and thanking an employee for a job particularly well done will earn loyalty. When things go wrong, never criticize an employee publicly. Do it quietly and constructively and, unless you’re building a case for dismissal, point out something positive as well. If, in spite of their long hours and imaginative ideas, your work group’s project bid was not the winning one, involve everyone in a debriefing and decide together what could be done differently next time. Then review what you’ve all learned together.
Back your staff

Being a leader doesn’t automatically mean people will follow you. You need to show that you’re behind them. Understand your team’s needs. Whether it’s increased training, upgraded tools, new technology or a shift in duties, be willing to fight for them. You won’t always be successful, but it’s important that you act as their advocate.
Help out

Pitch in whenever you can, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Show them that you understand their challenges, even if you’re not experienced at doing their jobs. You’ll be better able to clarify expectations and do meaningful performance reviews if you have up-to-date and hands-on knowledge of their duties and responsibilities.
Avoid gossip

Don’t spread malicious rumors or repeat seemingly inconsequential stories about other people. It takes a strong man to say “I don’t like talking about someone who’s not here,” but it shows integrity. Demonstrate and inspire respect and you’ll also avoid creating opportunities for people to gossip about you.

Dont spread malicious rumors or repeat seemingly inconsequential stories about other people. It takes a strong man to say I dont like talking about someone whos not here, but it shows integrity. Demonstrate and inspire respect and youll also avoid creating opportunities for people to gossip about you.

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