Leadership

7 Ideas to Enhance Your Leadership in 2014

by Kimberly on January 6, 2014

7 Ideas to Enhance Your Leadership in 2014We all know the power of leadership. Let alone through the media, we’ve witnessed that power in our own personal lives and careers, through the people we’ve encountered, or for some of us, through our very own actions. This post is for those who desire or who feel called to that great, delicate art of leadership. Here are seven ideas to help you lead and succeed in 2014.

  1. Listen to and consider others’ ideas and perspectives, even if they differ from yours. Especially when they differ. Not only do leaders stand to gain insight and learn something new, but also they demonstrate respect. Mutual respect goes a long way toward accomplishing a vision.
  2. Make a regular habit of showing your appreciation. For some, it might be helpful to carve out time weekly on the calendar to make a quick call, or write a short note of thanks.
  3. Leaders are not know-it-alls, though, unfortunately, we’ve all met some who have taken on this role. Determine to learn something new this year.
  4. Humble yourself before others. Admit you’re wrongdoings. Apologize for bad judgment. Acknowledge your lack of skills or knowledge. Besides, everyone knows about them anyway. And people love working alongside those who serve others with humility and grace.
  5. Allow your people to win and to shine. Leaders don’t hog the attention. They know that they don’t work for the company but for the people within the company. So shine the light on others. Give them the tools, resources, and praise they need to be winners.
  6. Engage and empower others. Utilize their strengths, talents, passions, and career goals to help them succeed in the workplace. Tap into their motivations and giftings, and you’ll tap into their potential.
  7. Be positive, even in the face of adversity. Often, it’s not whether something is “realistic” or not that a goal is accomplished. Sometimes, it’s through sheer vision, determination, perseverance, and attitude. No one wants to work with a negative, critical soul. But people warm up to a leader with spirit and optimism.

So how will you demonstrate leadership this year? What should I have added to the list? Put your comments in the box below. And please pass this post along if you found it helpful. Happy New Year!

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5 Reasons Why We Get Stuck

by Kimberly on February 26, 2013

getting unstuckStuck.

It’s that dark swamp of icky-ness we sometimes fall into. It’s that sense of going nowhere, of not moving forward, of wasting our precious, precious time.

Quicksand.

Stuck, sinking deeper and deeper into the abyss of paralysis.

There are several reasons why we get stuck:

  • Because we’re afraid
  • Because what we want doesn’t align with our values or beliefs
  • Because we only see one or two choices or possibilities instead of the gamut
  • Because we’re perfectionists and can’t see the perfect option or path
  • Because we insist on seeing the whole picture–the outcome–before taking a step forward

Where are you stuck? In a relationship with a colleague? With your spouse or child? Determining a leadership move? Taking a career path? Venturing into a new business opportunity?

And why?

Only when we define why we’re stuck and can visualize what it would look like on the other side can we gather the courage, identify the course of action, and move forward with purpose and clarity.

Are you ready to get out of the mud?

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23 Ideas to Increase Your Joy, Success, and Satisfaction in Work and Life

January 2, 2013

Well, it’s that time of year again when people begin to think about their future and what they want their year to look like. Regardless of whether or not someone makes New Year’s resolutions, everyone wants greater joy, success, and satisfaction in work and life. Here are 23 nifty ideas to inspire you. The key? […]

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Why Leaders Should Behave Like Dogs: 4 Doggy Lessons for Work and Life

December 26, 2012

Know a great leader whose feet smell like corn chips and is hairy to boot? I do. I work alongside her nearly every day. Actually, there are two of them. Right by my feet, where they lay silently, waiting for me to bless them with a glance their way, eager to thump their tails on […]

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13 More Easy Recognition Strategies for Home and Work

December 11, 2012

In my last post, I listed 10 easy recognition strategies for leaders and colleagues in the workplace, and promised you some more. However, I thought it would be relevant and fun to list those that can be used at home as well. Here are great ideas to spread the love around. Appreciation and Recognition at […]

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Off the Wall Christmas Contest for Work

December 4, 2012

In a previous post, I talked about giving out an award (even for zany reasons) as a means of recognizing and appreciating others. Here’s an off the wall Christmas contest, based on a game I played many years ago. It’s called “Guess the Christmas Carol.” Okay, so perhaps it’s not business-y enough to deserve a […]

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Gratitude and Appreciation: 10 Easy Employee Recognition Strategies

November 28, 2012

Winston Churchill said it best: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” This brings to mind employee recognition, though the topic is certainly relevant to anyone you encounter. Here are 10 easy, no or low cost ways to recognize others and demonstrate your appreciation: Take her […]

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The Loser-Leader Who Lost It

November 16, 2012

So I like to call myself a leader. Leading my coaching clients. Leading my groups. And perhaps the most difficult–leading my kids. Now whether I’m a good leader or a not so good leader is debatable. And clearly I will not have that kind of debate with my children because I’d probably lose. Case in […]

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A Twinkie Lesson in Recognition and Appreciation

November 5, 2012

She’s been given life, and the only favor I wanted was her Twinkie. Luscious, puffy golden sunshine cake surrounding creamy white goodness. But no, do you think she could share her delectables? My daughter transformed into a hyena, snapping her jaws at me, protecting the treats she received from a recent church party. Does she […]

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9 Steps for Creating a High Performing Coaching Culture

October 31, 2012

Want to be more empowered, effective, and successful? Get a coach. Want those same attributes to define your company’s culture? Well, that’s another story. Based on research conducted by the Center for Creative Leadership, “[L]eaders are confident that coaching cultures benefit the business in ways that include: increasing employee engagement, job satisfaction, morale, collaboration and […]

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