Important Things To Know If You Are In Any Form Of Leadership Role
There is a law of the universe which states that any living thing that is not growing, is actually dying. Learning equals growth.
As we live in a universe that is in a constant state of motion, we have to be continuously learning and evolving because nothing stays the same.
If we take our physical health as an example—if we don’t pay attention to it and eat unhealthy foods or stop doing any form of exercise, then it will affect us in a negative way.
Similarly, if we stop learning, then we will be left behind and won’t be able to keep up with things that are continuously changing.
I remember when I had completed my university studies, I thought my learning days were over. Having spent so much time in an academic learning environment, I couldn’t wait to go out into the real world.
Just like anyone else, leaders have good days and challenging days. A leader’s true character is really tested during challenging times.
Those who are able to step up and face their challenges head-on will continue to improve their leadership abilities, while those who do not cope well, will find themselves facing more challenging situations on a regular basis.
There are many things a person can do to improve their leadership abilities and these include:
Asking for feedback from their team members, peers and superiors.
The reality is that all leaders go through low periods during their leadership journey. Just like a sportsperson will go through a form slump, being a leader can be the same. The key is knowing how to respond during such events.
Why The Ability To Influence Others Is A Key Leadership Quality To Have
Leadership is often regarded as the ability to influence others to act or behave in order to achieve common objectives.
When it comes to mass influence, it’s often a mystery why some leaders are able to create powerful movements whereas other leaders struggle to get their message across to those they want to influence.
In this TEDx talk, influence expert, Teresa de Grosbois, who is also a featured expert in the upcoming online summit, Ignite The Leader Within, shares that “thing” that creates a leader so compelling and influential that the world turns when they speak.
Action Step: Choose one thing that Teresa shared during her talk and apply it this week whenever you are in a leadership role, whether that is professionally or personally.
Question: What was your biggest takeaway from this talk?
5 Actions You Can Take To Get Your Day Back On Track
Sometimes even the most productive people have days where they find it difficult to get into their groove and get things done.
Have you ever had a day, which you started off with the intention to get a lot done, only to find yourself distracted or sidetracked by other things?
The good news is that it happens to all of us. While having an intention to get certain things done on a given day is better than not having any intention, there will be times when unexpected things occur.
If we are not prepared to deal with such instances, we will:
5 Steps You Can Apply To Finish Tasks All The Time
One thing that separates high achievers from ordinary achievers is their ability to get things completed more consistently.
Rather than having multiple partly completed tasks, high achievers are able to focus on a few critical things and do them really well until they’re completed.
In this video, Marie Forleo shares five things we can do to become more consistent, which in turn, will help us get our most important tasks done all the time.
Action Step: Choose one thing that you will apply this week and focus on that for the next week. Over the next few weeks, continue adding a new thing until you have applied all the ideas suggested in the video.
Question: What is another thing we can do to become more consistent with getting things done?
Simple Ideas That Will Make Stressful Situations Easier To Cope With
We’re all in a leadership role in some way, which usually starts with leading ourselves first.
Throughout life, we’ll have many situations where we will be tested, whether that is mentally, emotionally, physically or relationally. How we deal with those situations determines the type of leader we become, which also affects whether we accomplish what we want to or not.
The better we become at managing challenging situations, the more we will grow as a leader. Anyone can learn to deal with stressful situations if they want to. As the great Zig Ziglar said, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”