The life of a leader is hectic. Competing demands for time, complex business decisions to make, challenges that require immediate attention. With everything coming at them, leaders naturally look for the quickest way to solve problems. Unfortunately, in their haste to move on to the next thing, they sometimes solve the wrong problem. The consequences can be unnecessary confusion, lost time, and wasted resources. How to avoid this in your leadership life? Use critical thinking skills to slow down and make sure that you identify and solve the right problem.
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In their book, The Confidence Code, Kathy Kay and Claire Shipman say, “Confidence is hard to define but easy to recognize. With it, you can take on the world; without it, you live stuck at the starting block of potential.”
It’s true that it is easy to recognize confidence in others. Why does it seem that some leaders exude confidence? They seem to believe that they can indeed take on the world and you believe they can too. How can you boost those feelings of confidence in yourself so you don’t remain “stuck at the starting block of potential”?
As the world of work changes to be more global and more flexible, leaders are much more likely to be responsible for leading a team of virtual workers. Research indicates that virtual teams provide a lot of benefits for organizations including increase in employee retention and an increase in productivity. However, leaders are finding that they need to adjust their leadership style in order to get their virtual teams to that more productive state.
Generally, leaders of virtual teams do the same things as leaders of in-person teams, including setting expectations, providing direction, communicating vision, building trust, having regular one-on-one conversations and team meetings, holding team members accountable for their work, and developing them. However, how they do these things differs when they lead virtual teams.
One can easily argue that honing our communications skills is one thing we can all do to increase our success and achieve the results that we want. It may not be the only thing we need to do, however, working on improving our communications skills and interpersonal interactions will always prove to be a positive and enlightening endeavor.
The communication gap is not just a generational phenomenon. It exists in every type of interaction – between parent and child, boss and employee, teacher and student, husband and wife, between siblings, friends, neighbors, colleagues and on and on... There is a constant struggle in our communications to have our message be perceived as we intended. If you have ever found yourself saying, “That is not what I meant” or “I believe you misunderstood what I was trying to convey”, then you have experienced the communication gap. The key is to create awareness around the fact that the gap exists and then work to modify your behavior to close the gap.
Entitled, lazy, self-absorbed, and spoiled are words I often hear about millennials. Millennials, myself included, would beg to differ. We see ourselves as ambitious, creative, passionate and risk-takers.
Millennials value purpose and passion in their careers and yes, they will go out looking for it. 44% of millennials say they will leave their current position within two years. It’s not because we’re not loyal enough, it’s because we are looking for a company that best fits our needs so that we can settle down and be loyal.