Sometimes as business owners, we get anxious and emotional. This can often lead to overreacting to things. But acting and reacting to high-pressure situations can reveal a lot about our leadership ability.[Read more…]
What do I mean by “gracious leadership”?
Great leaders remember the good things their employees do. They try to forget the things that are not in their employee’s character or are not typical for them. They are gracious and willing to forgive mistakes and give people another chance.[Read more…]
The other week a client and I had a tense, challenging conversation. This company has been in financial trouble, but we are beginning to turn the corner. We have some critical leaders, however, who are really under a lot of pressure. Increased activity and rising expectations within the last few months led to tension within the organization.[Read more…]
Do you want your team to develop leaders? Being a leader is all about accomplishing things through other people. To be a successful leader, you have to establish a clear vision of what needs to be accomplished and then bring other people in the organization alongside to make that vision a reality. So how do you develop someone in your organization and help that person become a great leader? Leadership development starts with taking practical, meaningful, small steps with your future leaders. Here are some ideas:
- Allow them to lead smaller teams or smaller groups.
- Put them in situations where they are given specific objectives, guidelines, and timelines.
- Allow them to facilitate a company meeting, lead a company event, or lead a discussion with some of the leaders in the company. This practice is critical for their ability to lead something more significant than that in the future.
“Who is going to run my business after me?”If you are like many business owners, you may be thinking about transitioning business leadership. You have this baby that you’ve created–who is going to care for it once you’ve stepped down? You may be planning to transition leadership to somebody in your family or someone who currently works in the business. Are they going to drop the baton? Are they going to grow the business? Let it stagnate? Die? How involved do I want to be once the transition has occurred? These are questions that swirl around in business owner’s minds and rightfully so. [Read more…]
Here are 2 things to keep in mind when setting expectations with clients:[Read more…]
Last night I was thinking about 3 ways in which goals and accountability helped me just yesterday and how this applies to business goals.
Yesterday morning, after having traveled for several days, I did something that I typically do very consistently: I weighed myself. And I found that because it had been several days since I last weighed myself, I had slipped up a little bit in regard to my weight. Just knowing that immediately resulted in a change of mindset for me concerning my caloric intake.[Read more…]