Don’t just be a boss — be a leader. Maximize your leadership skills in the five most crucial areas: decision making, executive coaching, leadership training, strategic management and understanding your leadership style.
Situational leadership changes depending on the type of leadership (direction and support) each of your employee’s needs. Emotional leadership is based more on the theory of emotional intelligences and relates to the situation at hand.
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“What if?”—the ability to imagine things as they never were—is a key executive skill. After pinpointing what you’d like to change, make a list of the clichés that keep everyone on the same playing field. Then take those clichés and twist them. What can you invert or scale to bring a fresh perspective?
“Presence.” You know it when you see it: Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan had it. Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter did not. Dan McCarthy suggests using these acting techniques to gain stage presence:
When you know a big decision is looming, put it on your agenda for the beginning of the day or after a break. Second, remember to engage with consumers’ hearts, not just their minds.
When interviewed about AT&T’s layoffs in the 1990s, CEO Robert Allen said something like, “What do you want me to do? Go on TV and cry?” Hank Gilman, of Newsweek, says, “We called it In-Your-Face Capitalism.” And that landed Allen in the “Bad PR Hall of Fame.”
If people don’t feel safe bringing bad news to you, then they’ll never want to bring anything but a rosy outlook. “So I had to change how I behaved, and start to thank people for bringing me bad news,” says Joseph Jimenez, who took over as a division president for an underperforming company.
Copying what works for one leader and applying it in your own workplace can bring poor results. Moving from good to great means knowing who you are and what you are meant to do.
A great reason for failure won’t save one dollar for your investors, one job for your employees or win you one new customer. It won’t make you feel any better when you declare bankruptcy. Just win.
Imagine you’ve shown up for three days of leadership training. On the first night, you’ve settled in for a good night’s sleep when someone wakes you and takes you to a nearby bay for a two-mile swim. That’s how former Navy SEAL Rob Roy kicks off his 80-hour leadership course inspired by military combat prep.
Governing by rules allows those at the top to believe they can control the actions of those below. Leading from values, though, shifts the responsibility for decision-making to employees. Shifting power to people may seem dangerous, but it can ultimately make an organization more powerful.
Oscar-winning actor Cliff Robertson lived the kind of leadership he portrayed as Peter Parker’s uncle in “Spiderman” delivering the line that gave “Spiderman” its moral heft: “With great power comes great responsibility.”