Critical components of effective leadership

by | Sep 10, 2020 | Blog, Inspiration, News, Tips | 0 comments

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”

This quote is from Sheryl Sanberg. With a reported net worth of $1.7 billion, Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg is one of the wealthiest women in the world.
In nearly 10 years at Facebook, Sandberg has grown to be one of the most recognizable faces in Silicon Valley. She has spent most of her career facing stereotypes about women in leadership roles. So, she definitely knows a thing or two about being a good leader.

Lifting others up

Sheryl is passionate about increasing the number of women in leadership roles and she hopes a more balanced representation of women to men in higher positions will come soon. She sees the true test of successful leadership to be about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence. Being a leader is about lifting others up, supporting them, and empowering them to take ownership and responsibility. This is a very simple concept but at the same time one of the most misunderstood concepts in today’s world. Bad leadership directly impacts the success of any team, and so it is crucial for every business around the world.
But what kind of leader do you aim to be? How much impact on others will you have? What will be your mark on the world?

Leadership style

In terms of leadership style, Sandberg is a transformational leader. Transformational leadership, by definition, is about creating a connection with people on a level that increases motivation by setting high expectations, providing support for achieving those high expectations, and celebrating the successes. Empowering others is one of the critical components of effective leadership.

Component of effective leadership

Giving the right energy to others will help them to give you the right energy back. Build others up with your positiveness, allowing them to be open for better things to come. Encouragement is an expression and assurance of one’s hope and future in words, presence, and sincerity. When someone feels acknowledged and appreciated they tend to perform better. Making your team members feel valued can create a huge increase in your productivity and your team’s success.

If you are looking to get the best out of your team, it is also so important to show kindness and empathy in everything you do. If you meet your team with your passion, your support, and your trust, you can reach incredible goals.


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Critical components of effective leadership

by | Sep 10, 2020 | Blog, Inspiration, News, Tips | 0 comments

For many years now, the Millennial workforce has been consistently changing the way we work in more ways than one. As noted by NBC News, aside from raising awareness over various topics such as employee and workplace well-being, work-life balance, and flexibility, this new generation of professionals has also made it the norm for managers and company leaders to provide a steady flow of feedback.


This reality has eventually led to the emergence of hundreds of millions of resources on the different ways to give effective feedback. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about being on the other end: there just isn't enough information out there on how to receive feedback well. That being said, here are six tips that can help you get the most out of all the feedback you receive:

1. Handle your emotions offline 

We can't help it if certain comments make us feel certain ways -- we're only human after all. However, your emotional response is yours and yours alone to deal with. To ensure that you are capable of addressing every piece of the feedback with determination and an open mind, get negative emotional reactions out of your system through simple breathing exercises.
An article by Pain-Free Working explained how exercises like deep breathing, the 4-7-8 breathing technique, and the lion’s breath technique can help release tension in the head, promote relaxation and improve your mood in just a few minutes.

2. Identify good intentions 

Taking in criticism or feedback can be hard -- no matter how meaningful, constructive or true it may be. However, it is something you must overcome in order to become better at receiving feedback. Again, you have to remember that the person giving you an evaluation isn’t out to get you and intentionally hurt your feelings. They are there with the intention to help you see points of improvement.

3. Actively listen

Whether you are listening to a talk or participating in a class, the only foolproof way to learn as much as you can is by listening actively. This undeniable truth also applies when taking in feedback. When the other person is sharing his or her feedback with you, make sure to listen closely. Let the person share their complete evaluation, without interruption. Avoid analysing or questioning each and every comment, and instead, focus on trying to understand what the other person means and the perspective they are coming from. Once they are done, The Muse suggests repeating back the comment to ensure that you got everything right.


In addition to repeating the other person’s comments, it would also be in your best interest to ask questions if there are parts that you weren’t able to fully grasp. Asking questions will not only show how willing you are when it comes to understanding their assessment. This simple act can also help you have more clarity, get to the root of the issues raised and have access to some possible solutions for addressing said issues.

5. Learn from each feedback

Even if the feedback you’ve received is unfavourable, there is surely still something you can learn from it. Just like how you would try to ‘Overcome Failure’, ask yourself why you got such commentary. Then, use that knowledge to further improve your work and to ensure that the next feedback you’d get will be much better.


As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words. With that in mind, after making sense of the feedback you've received, make sure to work on the items mentioned and issues raised. It would also be a good idea to circle back with them to see how things are going from their perspective. Doing so will not only strengthen your relationship with them, but also provide you with an opportunity to get more feedback.

Feedback can be thought of as two-way streets. Meaning to say, in order for it to be as effective as it can be, the giver should know how to offer meaningful comments while the receiver should know how to receive assessments well.


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