37 Traits of Leadership

  1. Resiliency
  2. Integrity
  3. Charisma
  4. Vision
  5. Fairness
  6. Consideration for others
  7. Leading diverse employees
  8. Intellectual stimulation
  9. Courage
  10. Loyalty
  11. Dependability
  12. Self confidence
  13. Responsibility and accountability
  14. Flexibility
  15. Judgment
  16. Perseverance/tenacity
  17. Desire
  18. Mentoring and developing
  19. Decision making
  20. Communications
  21. Negotiation
  22. Delegation
  23. Empowerment
  24. Prioritizing
  25. Decisiveness
  26. Physical and emotional stamina
  27. Goal setting
  28. Planning
  29. Organizing
  30. Measuring business performance
  31. Measuring employee performance
  32. Assessing risks
  33. Reward and recognition
  34. Political diplomacy
  35. Timing
  36. Competitiveness
  37. Execution – getting things done

Strategy Demystified

The term strategy is widely used and applied to many processes and situations in which are not strategy. The concept of strategy is misused in many circumstances and not truly understood. Most people look like a deer in the headlights when “Strategy” is mentioned. The following is a quick and concise guide to understanding “Strategy”. The thought leader behind the following is Richard P. Rumelt and his book is “Good Strategy – Bad Strategy” and I highly recommended it.

“A good strategy honestly acknowledges the challenges being faced and provides an approach to overcoming them….Strategy selects the path, identifying how, why, and where leadership and determination are to be applied” – Richard P. Rumelt

There are three (3) elements of strategy:

  1. Diagnosing the challenge
  2. Guiding the policy
  3. Taking reasoned action
  • First you have to “define the challenge” in order to create a strategy.
  • The strategy has to be practical and has to address the critical issues instead of ignoring them.

Goals are not strategies – This is a common mistake so make sure you understand the difference.

Strategy defines the framework for taking action to meet goals” –Keith Lawrence Miller

Defining a strong strategy

  1. A strong strategy stands a strong chance of accomplishing its mission.
  2. A strong strategy builds strength through its design.
  3. A strong strategy applies strengths to the most promising opportunity.
  4. A strong strategy allows for mission pivots or timely adjustments to deal with new conflicting information.
  5. When creating a strategy, you always need to consider the competition.

Questions to Create a Strong Strategy

  1. What are the competitions strengths and weaknesses?
  2. What are our strengths and weaknesses?
  3. Where are the leverage points?
  4. Where are the opportunities?
  5. What are the risks involved?
  6. How can we put pressure on the competition to take away their focus from their strengths?
  7. What is the hidden power of the situation that neither side has identified?

“Leadership needs more than charisma and vision – Leadership needs a solid strategy” – Richard P. Rumelt and Keith Lawrence Miller (combined)

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Preventing Cognitive Shortcuts from Damaging Leadership Relationship Building

All of us develop cognitive shortcuts to efficiently comprehend the abundance of available information in a short amount of time, but concurrently we are also creating untrue assumptions about the world around us. Our information processing is not perfect and the created incorrect assumptions create an additional workload in the future. Working with incorrect data leads to more faulty information that damages processes and relationships.

Cognitive shortcuts stem from previous experiences.  A cognitive shortcut is a fast way to interpret information based on previous experience. The assumption is that the present situation will reflect a similar previous event and aids in faster information processing, increased reaction time, and decision-making.  Unfortunately, mistakes occur because situations and people are not always consistent across time and the unidentified variance creates confusion with the interpreted message.

Leadership is about relationships. Relationships take time to develop and cognitive shortcuts about others lead to false assumptions that damage important relationships and inhibit mutual growth.

Cognitive shortcuts are dangerous because they incorporate hidden stereotypes.  Stereotypes are created from cultural values so they have a small amount of truth, but stereotypes do not apply to everyone within a category and can be very offensive if recognized.

Leaders need to be mindful of their judgments and how their cognitive shortcuts play a role in their behavior. Additionally, leaders need to be careful of which cognitive shortcuts they use within relationships because false attributions can severe important business relationships. Leaders need to master the phenomenon of cognitive shortcuts in order to be effective in leading others and cultivating secure mutually benefitting relationships.

Why Goodwill is Priceless

Goodwill is derived from an accumulation of respect and the compounding effect can inadvertently change the world. Creating awareness within communities about having an abundant possession of goodwill promotes additional goodwill through the phenomenon of social proof, and an inherent human need to join a movement.  Goodwill promotes added commitment and can catapult an average leader into the ranks of the immortals.

Ten ways to acquire goodwill:

  1. Refrain from expressing a self-serving attitude
  2. Don’t be afraid to show others your human side
  3. Remove de-motivators from others perceptions
  4. Become an advocate for others desires
  5. Demonstrate daily adherence to your organization
  6. Become a role model for others
  7. Support charities
  8. Enable others to become difference makers
  9. Become a symbol of integrity by walking the talk
  10. Provide opportunities for development

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Client-Centered Leadership

Rule #1 for successful client-centered leadership is to identify who are the clients. The common assumption is that business clients are customers, but the concept of client includes: vendors, employees, customers, board members, partnerships, media, and family. Satisfying everyone is an honorable achievement to strive for, but is usually impossible to sustain over time.

There has to be a framework for understanding the wants and needs of each client group in order to effectively promote successful business. Failing to support a link in the system could cause either temporary dysfunction or long-term damage that creates a tipping point of failure. Understanding the connections between clients and the impact they have on each other is essential to attending to needs.

Accomplishing a strong system of client-centered leadership will promote a cult-like following and commitment from clients. The system will advance to become self-sustaining for periods of time. The client-centered leader will need to attend to any needs in order to maintain system development.

The client-centered leader understands what is happening in the day-to-day interaction between client and business. The operation has to provide a win-win situation for both client and business in order to promote positive momentum for the system. Leadership is the core support for system development and leadership competence directly affects the organization ability to succeed. The increased responsibility is why industry leaders are rewarded with lofty compensation and their impact justifies the business allocation.

Executive Coaching directly impacts the ability to promote client-centered leadership by creating a customized framework around the individual leader’s traits and how they interact with the organization. Identifying solutions that target the discovered gaps with client disconnect and enabling the leader to address the immediate concerns to improve business processes.

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New Leader – Team Communication Error: Problems and Solutions

Great individual performers who are promoted to leadership positions are used to producing superior results which are the reason for their promotion. These standout performers have customized frameworks set in place that guide their performance.  Their frameworks have taken years of development and their work experience and education has created a blueprint for success. As a new organizational leader, these company superstars’ job roles have changed. Now they need to rely on the work ethic of others to complete tasks and projects. They assume their job is to motivate a similar work production from their team members and this assumed inherent belief causes conflict.

The newly appointed leader tries to impose their work style on their team members because they have learned the most effective way for project success within the organization. A team member wants to use this information to leverage their ability to complete projects out of respect for their team leader and organization, but specific work styles are not always for everyone. The company as a whole wants prototypes of their new leader because of the superior gains realized through their company superstar’s individual performance. Everyone involved wants to meet this goal, but the internal structure cannot support the mission. Solutions are needed to avoid a domino effect of failure before it is too late.

Imposing the leader’s work style on team members has a way of backfiring, and causing internal conflict because people have different abilities and styles that are sometimes inflexible. This misalignment causes frustration, friction, and a lack of effective communication for everyone involved. Ultimately, the project suffers, employee’s turnoff, and the company superstar is now seen as an incompetent leader.

Leadership coaching removes the situational dilemma associated with leadership promotion by providing a framework for understanding different work styles and mediates the communication to improve the overall message. Usually, a new leader’s message gets lost in translation because of the emotional elements involved in these novel situations such as the transition to having enlarged responsibilities while at the same time having less control. The new leader has to understand the new territory of leadership and how to effectively navigate the controls by influencing team members to execute their style effectively to complete the project with excellence and on time. Leaders hold accountability, create a vision, communicate the mission, and inspire their team members to contribute their best. Leadership coaching provides the support system needed for new leaders to steer their team to success and create greater gains for their organizations sustainability. As you can see, the return on investment for leadership coaching is impressive when understood in the correct context.

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Outsourcing Power and what it means to you

Globalization is here. Large organizations outsource work for cheaper production. Produced quality is similar when compared to higher priced competitors regarding a large variety of projects. Outsourcing has enabled more choices and flexibility for awarding work.  Outsourcing has improved our choices and fueled worldwide competition. The ability to outsource has saved valuable time, stress, and finances that have enabled greater overall production.

Outsourcing has removed the entitlement behavior that dominated the workplace for decades which promoted slow to average growth. The adaptation to outsourcing has improved workplace productivity and created a fiercely competitive environment that produces record-breaking results.

Outsourcing work is not only for organizations, but rather, anyone can leverage the evolution of globalization to improve their individual productivity and overall lifestyle. Outsourcing can add years to your life by removing stress producing projects from your to-do list and which creates valuable free time that enables an alignment between activities and passions.

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Coaching for Creating a Competitive Advantage over the Competition

The competition is comfortable with certain success levels and creates beliefs that every connecting variable will remain in a predictable specific state once they achieve their goals. They create false beliefs that the world has become stagnated and their current situation will remain stable. They choose to ignore the fact that multiple variables which affect stability are constantly changing and their security will eventually be challenged. A skilled coach defends their client against creating false beliefs and challenges executive thinking to become aware and prepared for unseen variables. Adapting in advance for future challenges creates a competitive advantage over the completion.

The strongest leadership quality is having or developing an accurate vision of what future challenges will consist of and communicating this vision effectively to the team in order for everyone to take proactive action for positively increased results. Maximizing your strongest ability is your competitive advantage and leveraging a professional coach to identify weaknesses and co-develop strategies to enhance innate strengths is optimal for continued success. Creating awareness of external variables is a specific skill that talented coaches possess and aid the greatest leaders to make world-changing decisions. Coaches are the unsung heroes behind the scenes of leadership that provide a competitive advantage for our greatest leaders.

Access to and support from a skilled coach is paramount for having a competitive advantage. The qualities of a certified coach that support leadership include being: empathetic, non-judgmental, holding accountability, challenging assumptions, actively listening, acknowledging, being a confidante, possessing a high level of intellect, trustworthiness, being knowledgeable, and being single-mindedly focused on client success. Innate skills of talented coaches are: having a superior will to succeed, identifying the positives, creating strategies to compartmentalize negatives, focusing on task, understanding situations and the variables that affect them, empathizing with the client’s perspective, expertly guiding the client to acknowledge their blind spots, and positively supporting client development through acknowledging achievements.

Our parents were our first true coaches and they bask in our successes. They supported us from behind the scenes and provided timely advice that aided our successes. They take great pride in seeing us achieve. We all would like to relive those days when our parents provided that bit of advice or support that helped us realize our purpose. A great coach knows how to fill the void that we all experience. The special innate abilities combined with the trained coaching qualities are the foundation for a competitive advantage over the competition. Our greatest leaders had great coaches that supported their development behind the scenes and we all need a superior support system to outwit and overcome the daunting obstacles that life projects in our direction.

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The Blame Game

The basis of blame is called the Fundamental Attribution Theory. This theory describes the error involved in attributing blame and is a valuable asset for a leader’s knowledge base. The basic concept involves blaming mistakes that others make on their personality or individual qualities and the mistakes that we make are blamed on the situation. We give ourselves the benefit of the doubt but not others. This automatic reaction is human nature and the most seasoned and educated of us make this error in judgment.

The best of us recognize our false attribution as it occurs and make proper adjustments in order to be fair to others and to the situation at hand. Understanding that we make this critical mistake is important for leaders because they are solely responsible for influencing the actions and behaviors of their followers.  If the leaders insist on the continuation of this mistake then their team will follow their lead and create a culture of blame.

People make mistakes – some more than others – sometimes mistakes are the fault of individual qualities and other times it’s the situation that creates the error. We need to treat people how we would like to be treated – the blame game creates mistrust and dysfunction within teams. Leaders need to be able to decipher the difference between mistakes that are caused by the situation or individual qualities in order to be effective leaders.

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Participative Management and Leadership Success

The most influential concept of successful management is Participative management: Respecting people builds trust which fuels innovation, not institutions that advocate for coercive management. Those who are coercive will either evolve their management style or face extreme loss and eventual failure.

Leadership success is judged on the six following variables:

  • Individual achievement
  • Team or Organizational Achievement
  • Employee Satisfaction Ratings
  • Succession Planning – Leadership Replacement
  • Strength of Organization before, During, &      After
  • Finally, LEGACY: World Influence, How Leaders      are Remembered

 

Successful leadership will acquire the majority of the stated above variables and the ultimate judges will be those who followed.

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