Well it is that awesome and wonderful time again. Time for the International Leadership Blogathon. Actually it is past time, but who is keeping track. Once again we are going to have another thrill ride through the world of leadership in the 3rd Annual International Leadership Blogathon. Last year I held the event and it was even more amazing than the first one, so much so that it crashed my website from all the traffic. This year I am better prepared.
Today the leadership trait to ponder is Appreciation. I see so many leaders that fail miserably in appreciating all that their staff has done. They congratulate a few that rode on the backs of many others, or they criticize on one hand, and show appreciation on the other. I see many leaders that kick-themselves and their staff for not achieving an objective, yet fail to appreciate all the was actually accomplished.
Silos are Ugly! Some time ago I worked with an organization that offered telecommunication services (60% of revenue) as well as IT services (40% of revenue). The two service types were very complimentary to each other, and each had the potential to boost and feed revenues and profits on both sides of the company. Unfortunately, there was a big frustrating and annoying problem that caused contention, fighting of resources, hurt feelings, and lack of innovation. That problem was a big wall, which in the business world, we call… silos!
Today the leadership trait to ponder is Trust. The dictionary defines Trust as: the firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something. Over the years, I have grown to value this trait greatly, it is so easy for a leader to lose the trust of their staff through one false move. If a leader does not take the time to build trust among their staff, and to avoid things that betray that trust, their ability to lead will be greatly diminished. Below are some of my favorite quotes to help inspire and illustrate this trait. As you read these quotes, think about how you can exemplify this leadership trait in yourself, and build trust among those that you lead; it might take time, but it is worth it.
In the book “All I Really Need To Know, I Learned in Kindergarten” author Robert Fulghum gives tips for everyday life; including “clean up your messes”, “wash your hands”, and “flush.” These are all great things to do, regardless of age or location. These lessons can be directly applicable to great leadership, one of which is to SHARE.
Today the leadership trait to ponder is Simplicity. The dictionary defines Simplicity as: the quality or condition of being easy to understand or do; something that is simple or ordinary but enjoyable; lack of subtlety or penetration. Below are some of my favorite quotes to help inspire and illustrate this trait. Simplicity can be one of the most difficult things to accomplish. I have seen compensation plans and processes that were so complicated that all it brought was disdain and frustration towards the leader. As you read these quotes, think about how you can exemplify this leadership trait in yourself.
This week the leadership trait to ponder is Respect. I was once facilitating some activities with an organization to determine the values of the company. Respect came out as the number one most requested value from the employees. Through some subsequent conversations, I discovered the reason it was so popular. It was because no one was feeling respected by the CEO or management.
When I was 14 my Boy Scout leader took us rock climbing for one of our monthly camping trips. I had a blast. I fell in love, head over heels, for rock climbing. In school I would close my eyes and think about being off on some far away cliff face. When I went to bed I would imagine myself climbing through difficult maneuvers and hope for a climbing dream. I would train and exercise for the soul purpose of climbing; making sure that I did not gain too much muscle mass, but instead gained strength and stamina.
Today the leadership trait to ponder is Hard Work. This might sound a little bit odd of a thing to ponder. I think most leaders and managers probably believe they work too many hours as it is; but being busy and working long hours, does not necessarily mean you are working smart or even working hard. The dictionary defines Hard Work as: “Characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks; tending to work with energy and commitment; persistence in action to carry out our tasks, no matter the size of the obstacle or reason to not continue to carry on.” Below are some of my favorite quotes to help inspire and illustrate what it takes to be a great leader, through the characteristic of working hard. As you read these quotes, think about your own work ethic, and how you exemplify this leadership trait within yourself. Later this week I will be talking more about this topic and sharing the most important lesson I was ever taught.
As the leader of your team, it is your job to encourage and enrich as much potential as possible in each employee that you oversee. Real leaders not only see the potential in the obvious places, but in those “diamond in the rough” employees too. Read on to discover three ways in which you can pull out the best of qualities and polish talent until it shines.