Just shut up! That’s what you want to say to whining employees. But you can’t. And you don’t have to!
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The worst has happened, and you have to tell your team. And once you deliver bad news you have to help employees deal with it. t’s one of the most difficult situations leaders face. But it’s also your greatest opportunity to become a legendary, empathetic leader.
Who doesn’t love to lead – or be on – a winning team? Everyone does. Winning makes all the teamwork worth the effort. But there’s a problem with teams. They don’t work as well as they used to. And quite honestly, the bar was low before the biggest disruption ever – a pandemic.
Be honest, how many managers at your company are great? I mean really great at their jobs?
Go ahead and count yourself as one of them.
Is your list long or short?
If you’re 100% honest, it’s probably short. According to a Gallup report, “only 10% of working people possess the talent to be a great manager.”
Now make a list of managers who aren’t so good at their jobs.
You know the people I’m talking about. They yell a lot and strut around the office like they’re the best thing since sliced bread.
But there are a lot of other things that set bad managers apart from great ones. Here’s a list of 13 to get you started:
Chemistry, synergy, in-synch, call it what you will: The most critical ingredient every team needs to consistently turn out good results is balance.
So how can you tell if your team is out of sorts?
Teamwork balance is hard to define, but once you lose it, you’ll know. When a team is out of balance, it affects everyone’s performance levels, even when they’re working on their own.
Team imbalance can sneak up on even the most careful and observant managers. To work well together, team members need to recognize each other’s strengths and weaknesses and must trust each other to do his or her job and do it well.
It’s up to managers to pay attention to how employees adapt and work with others on the team, especially if you’ve had an influx of new hires or changes among your veterans.
Let’s set the record straight.
Everyone who is a great leader isn’t necessarily a great manager. And great managers aren’t necessarily great leaders.
So when it comes to the Leaders vs. Managers debate, where do you land?
Here’s a list of 17 traits that separate leadership and management. Go down the list and check off which ones match you. Most of us have some qualities of each. For example, do you have 10 Leader traits and 7 Manager traits? Or the reverse? Are you happy with the answer?
There are a gazillion videos about leadership on YouTube, from Amway to Churchill to TED Talks, and beyond.
But if you just want to breeze through some insightful, fun and focused videos, these nine will do the trick.
Each of these brief (most of them are under 3 minutes) leadership videos succeeds at capturing an essence of leadership at its simplest, yet most profound.
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And the categories are:
“I can’t get out from under this week. The minute I cross one thing off my to-do list, three more take its place!”
Sound familiar? It’s a recurring problem resourceful managers face.
Admit it – there’s something motivating about thriving under pressure. The more we box ourselves into a corner with deadlines, to-do lists and obligations, the more revved-up we get.
But we need to do a better job of spreading things around.
Hate speaking in front of a group? Aren’t receptive to negative feedback? Worried that you’ll fail?
Most leaders feel the same – at least a little – at one time or another.
But if you recognize and work around the most common leadership fears that hold back good leaders you’ll become a great one.
Here are the six most common fears people in leadership positions face and tips on how to overcome them.
As managers and leaders, we depend on our team members as much as they depend on us. The productivity, innovation, and personality of managers create a culture of trust in a business team and also drives success.
If employees feel like they are part of a workplace which cultivates them as thinkers and people, their job satisfaction will increase significantly.
And your job as a leader becomes a whole lot easier.
However, to gain access to your employees’ great ideas and adequately address challenges when they arise, you must first establish a culture of trust in which every employee feels comfortable to speak up and be themselves.
Here are 6 key ways to establish that culture of trust.