Category Archives: Leadership

Share

As a leader in the workplace, one is given many responsibilities that range from banal to exciting. One responsibility that isn’t explicitly outlined in any contract is the use of power in the workplace. Striking a balance between using a managerial position to encourage or motivate and instill​ fear and intimidation is a delicate one – and with vastly different results. Just as superheroes are faced with the decision to use their powers for good instead of evil, leaders should follow in the steps of Superman and Captain America and use the power of their position to create a positive office environment. The pros of positive power Demonstrating one’s power in a business setting can be tricky, but consciously focusing on the well-being of the rest  Read the full article…

Share

Imitation is often regarded as the sincerest form of flattery, but when it comes to leadership, people need to look into developing their own personal style. As the Harvard Business Review noted, several researchers have spent years conducting numerous tests trying to figure out what makes for the best leader, and the results of each research project came back inconclusive. The fact of the matter is that while great leaders do have some traits and beliefs in common, there is no mold that people can simply shape themselves into and expect to command the respect of their coworkers. “No one can be authentic by trying to imitate someone else,” the news source explained. “You can learn from others’ experiences, but there is no way you can be successful  Read the full article…

Share

In the world of business, regardless of the specific field, a leader has many things that he or she must accomplish in a day. And while there are a variety of titles that these people may embody – CEO, floor manager, section director, etc. – it’s imperative that everyone remembers that these are individuals and not simply positions. Oftentimes, many can lose sight of the fact that leaders are just individuals who are doing a job to the best of their ability. One must not forget that the human element of business is what makes industry possible. Opening up Finding a balance can be difficult for managers and leaders. Should you be more of a buddy to employees or strictly an authority figure? The Harvard Business Review  Read the full article…

Share

In the past, we have spoken in depth about how important it is that influential leaders are able to command the respect of their employees. This reduces the chance of conflict within the workplace – if people do not respect management, they are more likely to do things their own way and disregard instructions because they second-guess the people giving these directives. Additionally, when people respect management, they are more motivated to collaborate with each other to achieve common goals. However, respect is not a one-way street. Many times, workers do not respect their leaders because they feel disregarded by them in the first place – managers do not respect their workload, their contributions to the company and their time. A recent study conducted by  Read the full article…

Share

Leaders are responsible for handling key tasks, and how they go about these activities will play a pivotal role in defining their careers. There are such things as remarkable leaders, but there are also mediocre and sub-par ones as well, and this has a lot to do with how managers handle these important activities. So, what are these tasks? Here are a couple of the mission-critical jobs that leaders must excel at: 1. Resolving conflicts Conflict resolution is an area in which many people prefer to avoid. Disputes bring up negative emotions and can get leaders entangled in heated subject matter, particularly when it is two parties that are both passionate about what they do on the job. However, successful leaders realize that unsettled disputes  Read the full article…

Share

Business needs change with time and what an enterprise needs in a leader shifts with the company. Some firms may look for an innovator, others for a captain who can simply steer the ship effectively. Others yet may want someone who can speak well and inspire others. In that regard, there truly is no “best set” of attributes that all leaders should have – rather, what defines optimal leadership skill sets is affected by the time, place and the company in question. That being said, there are a number of attributes many firms do find desirable. Here are four of the more noteworthy ones: 1. The ability to influence others Few firms want managers who lead by positional authority and nothing else. Being an effective manager  Read the full article…

Share

When executives think of the word leader, they may think of someone who is alone in their role – a chief executive officer, a senior manager or a project leader, for example. However, the fact of the matter is that businesses can really benefit by having multiple leaders, even if only a couple of leadership positions exist. This will help them bolster the autonomy of their workforce and gives firms more options in case one person steps down or moves to a new role – they will instantly be able to find a replacement. Huffington Post contributor Stedman Graham made a deft observation when he proclaimed there are far too few leaders in the world. The more leaders there are, the more reliable and effective an  Read the full article…

Share

Business leaders command a lot of respect at the office. Whether they are a top-ranking senior official or simply a project leader, these people are expected to be the drivers of change and forward momentum in the business landscape. Without capable leaders, companies will struggle to achieve organizational objectives and may stagnate or lose ground in their respective markets. However, not all organizations are confident in their business leaders, and even some of these senior employees themselves have admitted they face numerous obstacles that block the progression they want to achieve. A recent study conducted by DDI World polled more than 13,000 business leaders and 1,500 human resource professionals and noted the bumpy roads that many corporations face as they look to develop strong leaders and empower these individuals  Read the full article…

Share

The millennial generation is a unique one. They tend to be characterized as innovative and fast-learners due to the way they have picked up new technologies and made these tools a part of their lives. Millennials are also known as ambitious go-getters who do not settle, they are always looking for new and exciting experiences and ways to grow. Of course, some people also say they are lazy or entitled, which may affect their ability to lead. Whether or not company executives ascribe to any of those beliefs, there is no denying that millennials are quickly becoming dominant contributors in the work force. Citing data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Brookings Institute, The Tennessean recently reported that Generation Y currently accounts for approximately 24  Read the full article…

Share

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” Bryant H. McGill “By mutual respect, understanding and with good will we can find acceptable solutions to any problems which exist or may arise between us.” Dwight D. Eisenhower “Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.” Laurence Sterne “It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character.” Dale Turner ”Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.” Ralph  Read the full article…