Leadership…Blah, Blah, Blah!

In our line of work, we are asked to facilitate A LOT of classes on leadership! It’s a hot topic. Every company wants its people, especially management, to lead. And really, it makes good business sense to get your people demonstrating better leadership behaviors. The fact of the matter is, though, it’s not as easy as you think…there are a lot of issues that accompany the pursuit of leadership.

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It’s a BIG world…Fish in it!

“A wise person once told me that you are the average of the seven people you surround yourself with. At first, this seemed like something out of one of those ‘guru’ books, but the more I thought about it, the more I knew this person was right. I was surrounding myself with people who depended upon me to show them the way; people who were seeking my approval and guidance. So I asked myself, “What now?” What I decided has not only helped reduce stress, but is changing my life for the better.

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Mentoring – Not another “buzz” word

Do you have a mentor? Do you encourage your employees to have mentors? Many companies have jumped on the mentoring bandwagon. What’s curious about this is how mentoring is defined by these companies.

Before mentoring was in vogue, you could ask people, “Did/Do you have a mentor in your life?”  If their response was “yes” the answer to the follow-up question, “Were they totally aware that they were mentoring you?” was probably “No.” However, they made a significant impact in the life of the mentee.  So in other words, the mentee chose the mentor.

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I Don’t Need Leadership Training!

“I’m an executive in our company. I don’t need leadership training!”

I would venture to guess that the majority of people who are members of a company’s executive team would think, if not actually say, these words. But if we asked those same executives if someone else on their team needed to improve their leadership skills, we’d get an irrefutable “Yes!”

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