“Leadership is a gift – a gift that requires you to set a direction; motivate, inspire, and develop others; and deliver results that matter. It is also a journey. It is about your experiences and the influence you have onothers. Leadership is certainly about the work that gets done, but it is much more about how the work gets done and the relationships along the way.
- Clarity is Essential
- Competence is Critical
- Identify Your Constraints
- Unlock Your Creativity
- Concentrate Single-Mindedly
- Have the Courage of Your Convictions
- Develop Your Character
- Plan Every Detail in Advance
- Organize Your Work Before You Begin
- Staff Properly at Every Level
- Delegate Effectively
- Inspect What You Expect
- Keep the Boss Informed
- Focus on High Productivity
- Maintaining and raising quality
- Developing and improving systems
- Coaching employee performance
- Communicating across the organization
- Collaborating across the organization
- Resolving conflicts
- Building employee motivation
- Leading with emotional intelligence
- Building teams and team performance
- Managing change
- Managing your time and priorities
- Working with ethics and integrity (p. 6)
2. Ability to trust
3. Ability to use imagery
4. Ability to identify blocks when they occur
5. Recognizing the importance of adversity (p. 7)
What additional characteristics of Exceptional Coaches can you add to this list?
What was the best advice you have received from a coach?
“Our workplaces are full of human “doings,” not human “ beings.” So says Mitch Ditkoff, the man who spends his days trying to humanize corporate work environments.
“Most people tamp down their real selves when they go to work. However, if you want to bring your ‘A’ game you have to bring your real self to work each day. That’s the only way the best of your natural creativity will emerge.”
Human beings are thoughtful, inspiring, compassionate and creative, so why don’t we bring this into the workplace?
One evening, an old Cherokee told his grandson about a conflict that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves within is all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, worry, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other one is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, wisdom, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth compassion and faith.”
Pick ONE of these and practice the same one each day for the next 21 days.
“Our natural instinct when someone questions what we’re doing is to defend our position. When someone appears to completely ignore rules we get even more irate. But in doing so we miss the point: why is this person being challenging?
Definition of Maverick: One who refuses to abide by the dictates of his group: a dissenter! So says the Readers Digest so it must be true. But Mavericks should not be classed as trouble makers but rather as a valuable asset that can help your business become more robust and exciting.
· How do you handle mavericks?
- Manage for the best and not the worst.
- Don’t engage in police work.
- Be honest.
- Trust everyone.
- Let your first response also be the caring response.
- Care about yourself too. (Ray Ferch & Spears, 2011, p.131-132)
How can you utilize these guidelines into your life?
What other guidelines would you add to this list?
From: Ray Ferch, S. & Spears, L.C. eds. (2011). The spirit of servant-leadership. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press.
Run a Social Club, Not a Sweatshop!
Smithson, D. (2014). What managers don’t know: how to be a better manager, leader, and entrepreneur? Theinformbook.com
“How many times do you hear people say: ‘There can’t be much work going on here with all the talking?’ Do you say it yourself? If you do, why do you?
The fact is that we spend almost half of our waking hours in a working environment! If we’re not enjoying the time then we’re going to be miserable. And if we’re miserable then we’re hardly likely to be very productive are we?