How did you show up as a leader today?

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As a leader, every day is an opportunity to serve your team. Leadership is about your presence and your ability to be engaged with the people you lead.Here is a simple reflection technique to help you develop and strengthen your relationships leadership. Remember it’s not about you.  Every night, on your commute home, ask yourself three questions. It’s an honest internal dialogue about how you performed as a leader today. Continue reading

Leadership Conversation with Dr. Steve Broe

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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of talking to Dr. Steve Broe and discussed insights on his upcoming book Leaders Quest for Success. We also talked about some topics from his previous book Leaders in Transition.

Steve Broe, DM Dr. Broe is an executive coach who focuses on personal performance and transformational leadership for mid-career leaders in business and education. He grounds his work on the personal values of freedom, integrity, and creative expression. Well-known as a speaker and a mentor to leaders in Arizona, Steve gives his time frequently to nonprofit organizations.

Steve has over 25 years of management experience in education, real estate, and private asset management. He served as the senior level manager for a multi-state organization with over 120 employees. He opened a charter school organization, won numerous awards for public speaking, and instructed for the University of Phoenix Undergraduate Business and Management program since 2001. He has three times received a Toastmasters International Leadership Excellence award. Steve earned his doctorate in leadership from the University of Phoenix in 2008 with his study of the leadership experiences of military veterans in Arizona schools. Steve is a father, amateur musician, and ardent calligrapher. He has been married to Carolyn since 1980.

Here is the video of our conversation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLJx9C1ZYdM

Leadership Conversation with Mike Henry

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Over the weekend I had the pleasure of talking to Mike Henry. Mike is the Chief Instigator of the Lead Change Group and co-author with 20 other Lead Change Instigators, of The Character-Based Leader:

Instigating a Leadership Revolution… One Person At A Time. His mission: Elevate Purpose, Mobilize People. He’s passionate about energizing motivated people to make a positive difference.

In our conversation, Mike provides us with some excellent insight of what inspired him to start the LeadChange Group-A Global Leadership Community of Leaders Growing Leaders.

We’ll also learn his vision growing and expanding the group on a local and global level. In addition he is giving great suggestions on becoming a better leader and how a starting manager can be a leader with teams.

Three ways to build authentic relationships

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“How would your life be different if…you approached all relationships with authenticity and honesty? You dedicate yourself to building relationships on the solid foundation of truth and authenticity.” Steve Maraboli

As we swim in a sea of messages, texts, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and voice mails, there seem to be a loss of that human touch we all yearn for.  The irony is that with all this social connection, you’d think we’d really feel connected. The truth is we can always make it even better. There is nothing more rewarding than a face to face genuine dialogue.  We want to have an authentic connection, not just virtual conversation. Continue reading

Leading transformational change

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“IF YOU CAN’T RELATE TO PEOPLE AND HAVE QUALITY CONVERSATIONS WITH THEM, THEN YOU ARE NOT GOING TO LEAD ANYONE ANYWHERE.” Paul Aitken

Why is it so difficult to successfully implement change?

Leading change on a daily basis is essential for any leader. Our political, business and community environments continue to change faster than ever. Rapid change is the new normal. All leaders must get ahead of new trends that affect both their industries, businesses and political environments. The ability to anticipate and actively lead change will depend largely on our ability to change ourselves.

To successfully navigate change, you must also, as a leader, understand your own personal reactions to its transitions and adaptations. Your own actions are viewed as the values you embrace as a leader and inspire action in others. Continue reading

Step up your leadership crisis

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A crisis calls many leaders to step up to the plate.  You are the lucky one! It is time to lead!  Leadership is not always easy but it is often needed.  There will be times when many people will crumble under pressure or perceived failure.   Crisis can be a time to shine as a leader.  Discomfort and sudden changes are part of our lives!  Crisis can be a beginning point for any new leader that creates greater possibilities. Continue reading

Leading with Empathy- How Leaders can improve relationships

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“Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.” Oprah Winfrey

Empathy has become a must have component of leadership if we want to build better relationships, exceed customer expectations and connect on a cross-cultural level.  Leaders will need empathy to develop and keep good people in their organizations. Most importantly, leaders continue to cultivate their empathy skills to become more relational and less transactional in their leadership journey.  Daniel Goelman with his work on Emotional Intelligence has said that the main task of any leader is to channel the emotions of his team in the right direction. Continue reading

How Leaders can create a culture of motivating communication

The Five Ws of CommunicationCreating a culture of motivating communication takes time, effort and trust. It is sometimes uncomfortable, and at times can upset the power structure in any organization. Yet it is absolutely rewarding. Your organization cannot survive in an atmosphere of secrecy, stagnation and assumptions.

If you want to motivate and influence your team, beat your competitors and delight your customers, you have to invite and expect people to communicate, and listen carefully to the messages they convey.

Open communication transmit the message in your organization that everyone contribution and input matters and respected. The communication loop energizes people with the power to generate new idea in the work place. Continue reading