Tag: Influence

Your Leadership Wake: How Do You Guide And Support Others?

Leadership Lesson: Leadership is about building others, engaging their best, and challenging them toward their best, to build toward a common goal.

This previous post had broken down the power and influence of leadership impact and introduced this series of posts covering where the wake from a leader’s actions can be observed and felt.

It outlined how a leader — or anyone, for that matter — can create and leave behind a positive, exhausting, or neutral experience for those around them, based on how they approach different areas such as collaboration, communication, and expression.

It asked us to consider what a leader leaves in their wake.

This post is one of many in the series which breaks down a few of the areas in which…


Through Your Leadership, Overall, How Do You Pass Leadership Lessons On To Your Kids?

Leadership Lesson: Sharing lessons ensures the continuity of the lessons, sharpens our own understanding, and allows us to improve the lessons through our own experiences.

Among all the other lessons we try to pass on to our kids, what are the leadership lessons we can pass on to our children to put them on the right path to their own success and greatness?

Leadership is not only limited to the workplace. Your ability and aptitude for leadership – to make an impact on and influence your environment, for better or worse, whether in an official position or not – follows you wherever you go.

It exists not only in formal policy and directives, but informal and passive actions and steps.

Leadership is not only about considering what you…


How Does Your Role As The Leader Make The Case For Your Organization or Mission?

Leadership Lesson: Beyond being in the position to gets things done, we also serve as a representative of our organization, where we are the face and ambassador of our group’s quality, ability, and reputation.

How do others outside of your organization view you? Not your leadership, not your organization, not your workforce. YOU.

Leadership, for the most part, takes into consideration what happens within an organization – how the organization and its mission are driven, influenced, and shaped by its leader.

The organization already should have its ongoing reputation established, staking its claim in its industry.

The workforce should be known for its commitment to quality and pride in the work delivered.

But what kind of capital does a leader hold with those on the outside who may or…


Your Leadership Wake: As A Leader, How Do You Share Your Opinion?

Leadership Lesson: It’s important for leaders — or any of us, for that matter — to be aware of how we convey our opinions, because the they are shared by a leader can set the stage, for better or worse, for the environment.

This previous post had broken down the power and influence of leadership impact and introduced this series of posts covering where the wake from a leader’s actions can be observed and felt.

It outlined how a leader — or anyone, for that matter — can create and leave behind a positive, exhausting, or neutral experience for those around them, based on how they approach different areas such as collaboration, communication, and expression.

It asked us to consider what a leader leaves…


Your Leadership Wake: As A Leader, How Do You Share Your Knowledge?

This previous post had broken down the power and influence of leadership impact and introduced this series of posts covering where the wake from a leader’s actions can be observed and felt.

It outlined how a leader — or anyone, for that matter — can create and leave behind a positive, exhausting, or neutral experience for those around them, based on how they approach different areas such as collaboration, communication, and expression.

It asked us to consider what a leader leaves in their wake.

This post is one of many in the series which breaks down a few of the areas in which a leader has the ability – and opportunity, depending on how you look at it – to establish their impact and…


Listen To Your Gut: How Do You Feel When Your Leader Is Around Other People?

Aside from what a leader does in the workplace or mission environment itself, what do you take away from how your leader carries him- or herself around other people?

Do you use those moments to pick up on certain attributes you admire, are indifferent toward, or could actually denounce?

In general, there seems to be an endless number of leadership lessons we can learn, each with a different understanding of what goes into effective leadership.

But leadership isn’t only learned in the classroom, in a book, or in a theory. It can in fact be taken on and refined in the real world as we witness the examples of leaders in action.

The theories of books and leadership programs – and blog posts — can only outline…


Leadership Hypocrisy: Do You Ask People To Do What You Won’t?

Are you a hypocrite?

Yes, that’s a real question that seeks an honest and self-reflective response. Whether it’s in your work or personal life, do you ask others to do things you won’t? Or, conversely, do ask others not to do something you do?

Oftentimes, we look at situations that we’re involved in, whether in life or at work, with the ultimate hope that they’ll benefit us — and rightly so. This isn’t to say it’s for selfish reasons but instead so that we are able to do our best in whatever environment we are working.

But, do we hold certain standards which yield better results for ourselves while undermining others by not holding the same standard for them – whether we are the ones impacting them or…


How Does The Role You Play In Your Leader’s Audience Impact Your Effectiveness?

When it comes down to it, leadership isn’t about title but instead about making an impression, being invested, and wielding influence. Even the smallest of steps and actions of impression, investment, and influence can both make a difference and set the example for others.

One would be amazed how easy it is to influence people in a positive manner through example, demonstrating to others what is possible. One can shape the environment, even if just taking one small step at a time.

Much in the same way we can influence others through our examples, causing them to adjust their own actions and approach, the example can also be set with how leadership can be shaped.

Consider the current catch phrases one might hear nowadays — “managing up” or…


What People Teach Us: Caitlyn Jenner, Her Community, And The Opposing Side

In a recent interview on WBUR’s Here and Now, Caitlyn Jenner spoke about her life, covering topics spanning from her early life, to winning Olympic decathlon gold as Bruce Jenner, up into her revelation of her lifelong identification as female. Jenner also covers these topics and more in her new book.

An interesting part of the conversation took place when it turned to politics.

At the time Jenner revealed her newfound life as a woman to Diane Sawyer on 20/20 in April 2015, she was asked how the Republican establishment would accept her.  Jenner was a known conservative whose newly-revealed identity clashed with the well-known traditional, conservative, and religious values of the Republican Party. At that time, she believed it would be a…


In The Course Of Your Leadership, How Do You Pay It Forward?

So much goes into our leadership and development — in the present, for the future, and from the past.

Years of education and experiences combine to make up who and what we are today. It is up to us to take into consideration what is in our past, to determine what it is that made us who we are, and utilize it to our benefit.

In the course of reinforcing and developing our own leadership, if we’ve had those great and beneficial experiences, we should do two things with them. First, we should learn from them and consider them lessons learned for our future advantage. Second, we need to share those experiences, and their resulting benefits, with others.

We should share those lessons with those…


The Senate’s Plan: What Kind Of Nuclear Options Have You Witnessed?

Politics can play out everywhere, at every level of any kind of organization, in varying levels of severity and impact, from the most obvious and extreme positions to the sleight, unseen, or subtle plays, no matter the industry, field, or environment.

Lately, Washington has been the epitome of overreaching and dismissive authority for the sake of one’s own mission and cause, long-lasting consequences be damned.

A great example exists in the latest episode of the soap opera confirmation process of Neil Gorsuch as President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, which exhibits the irresponsible and haphazard turn politics of any kind can take.

In short, the Democrats in the U.S. Senate — the minority in that house –- are shooting to filibuster Gorsuch’s confirmation, frustrating…


In Your Life And Work, What Do You Allow People To Take From You?

Leadership Lesson: Make sure you don’t allow others to take anything away from you. Period.

Are you allowing others to dictate the course of your leadership and professional development? The development of those abilities and skills may be more out of your control than you know or would prefer.

But that’s only if you let it be that way.

These types of developments are not limited to the proactive steps you’re taking to gain from and influence your immediate environment. Nor are they confined to how you react to factors in your environment.

Beyond what you are proactive and reactive about, they are as much about what you allow to happen, and that can dictate the direction in which your development and growth are heading.

Proacting, Reacting, and…


7 “Presidential” Lessons: Trump Vs. the Mainstream Media

Weekly leadership and professional development lessons seem to be ripe for the taking in the era of the Trump Administration.

This past week, President Trump continued declaring his distrust of the media, hammering the mainstream outlets during his now-infamous first major press conference since assuming the Presidency.

During the presser, which he peppered with more unsubstantiated claims, Trump continued claiming how fake the media was, calling out outlets by name, and picking and choosing which questions he was going to answer by first asking people if their question was a hard one. In one instance, he even called on one reporter but then told the reporter to sit down as he felt the seemingly straightforward and innocuous question about whether or…


How Do You Balance Your Power Once You’ve Ascended In Leadership?

Disrupting the balance in an environment undermines the steps one can take to evolve and improve the environment. Through disruption which is too powerful and “unhinged,” you risk not just resetting policies, but relationships.

Politics aside, leadership needs to be about assurance and reassurance. Part of those assurances is that, in addition to meeting the goal desired by and for the organization, a minimal level of stability needs to exist in the present moment as work is being carried out to reach said goal in the future.

Regardless of a leader’s individual stance on an issue, it is on them to reassure their followers of, at the very least, a minimum level of continued maintenance and stability of the group going forward as decisions…


What People Teach Us: Bernie Sanders — Making The Case To Detractors

Politics aside, what can we learn from each other?

In this particular example, how do you try and convince someone of your position?

Do you do it in an abrasive manner — yelling, ridiculing, and denouncing the thoughts of that person you’re trying to convince — or do you take the time to calmly ask them what they need, to find out what their perception is and then provide points to either corroborate or question their assertions?

Communication is more about how we acknowledge, speak to, and respect each other more than it is about what our message actually is.

There’s a way to completely disagree with someone without being combative. Unfortunately, we rarely see this approach. We’re used to seeing people on…


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