The key tips to good leadership

by | Sep 24, 2020 | Blog, Tips | 0 comments

The beauty of leadership is that there is something for everyone; whether you’re extroverted or introverted, a people-person or a recluse, there is a leadership style that suits YOU and good leadership is a skill that is 100% learnable. People often talk about ‘natural leaders’ but often these are just people who have had more experience working in a team scenario, or they’ve had a role model to learn from, or perhaps they’re just guessing their way along but they’re doing it confidently, and 50% of good leadership is confidence 😉.

A common misconception of leadership is ‘but I’m not in a leadership role’. The reality is, we’re all in leadership roles, whether you’re a mother, or a friend, or a solo-entrepreneur, or a CEO, or a junior assistant, there is so much you can learn about your role (and about yourself) from a leadership perspective, which is why we wanted to share our 3 hot tips for leading with confidence 💪

🔥 HOT TIP LEADERSHIP #1 – Play to your strengths.

As we mentioned already, regardless of your personality type, there is a leadership style that suits you – use it. Don’t try to be something you’re not. We often think of strong leadership as the Big Boss barking orders at the front of the board room, but this is in fact only one very small style of leadership. If you naturally don’t feel comfortable being an authoritarian leader, then don’t do that. Find what feels right for you and practice it as much as you can. A key part of being a good leader is authenticity and trust. Be true to you, and you’ll build trust and respect with those around you.

🔥 HOT TIP LEADERSHIP #2 – Plan and Prepare.

Confidence comes from feeling prepared, so take the time to get to know your role and the people you’re working with. Gaining knowledge and insight also helps you feel prepared, so do some research, and make sure you feel full ‘in the know’. From here you can get planning. You cannot be a confident leader without a plan. Whether this means getting your processes sorted, or doing a few test runs, it is worth it. Setting aside blocks of time each month to review processes and organizational structures might initially feel like a time-waster, but in the long run, this will benefit both your business and your confidence as a leader as it will help you feel in control and ready for anything.

🔥 HOT TIP #3 – Communicate well.

Generally speaking, this is, of course, a tip for all areas of life, but when it comes to leadership, effective communication is absolutely crucial. Your team needs to know exactly what your expectations are, what their actions are, the timelines, and the quality of delivery. An effective leader is someone who is able to make those around them feel comfortable, and confident in their own abilities. If they know exactly what you expect of them, then they can be confident in their own abilities to deliver. Open and honest communication channels mean that everyone feels heard, listened to, and valued, and this is a vital aspect of building trust within your team.

The key thing to remember is good leaders are those who want to support, develop, and grow, the people around them. Communicate clearly and be authentic in your approach, and you will be well on your way to being a strong and fearless leader.

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The key tips to good leadership

by | Sep 24, 2020 | Blog, 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.

 4. ASK QUESTIONS

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.

6. CIRCLE BACK

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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The key tips to good leadership

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