Why Women make better leaders can be summed up in just one word – “Empathy”. Empathy, the ability to be able to see a situation from another persons point of view. Women seem to be come by it naturally, while most men have to work at developing it. If there ever was a time for true leadership, it’s now. Dee Dee Myers, author of “Why Women Should Rule The World” believes that women are more successful running businesses because women can make people accountable for their actions, but they are also there to support them.
Women around the world are rewriting history. It’s easy to argue that men haven’t been doing such a great job lately. That’s not meant to be a political statement, I’m just stating the facts. Anna Crowe, CEO and Founder of Crowe PR believes that most women have a strong understanding of what drives and motivates people to perform at their personal best, and how to acknowledge different people for their performance.
“Many women, especially moms, are trained caretakers and know how to deal with crisis situations at home with compassion and patience. These attributes become very relevant when a women leader is dealing with crises situations whether this is related to HR or Clients.” – Huma Gruaz
Putting gender aside. Do you have what it takes to be a world class leader?
- True leaders understand themselves and how their attitude affects others.
- True leaders understand that they must communicate in a way that others will understand.
- True leaders understand that every situation is different, so they know they must behave and respond differently. One leadership style does not fit all.
- True leaders realize that they need their people more than their people need them. They understand that success is a team effort.
- True leaders know they don’t have to have all the answers, so they need to surround themselves with people who do.
- True leaders above all, understand that they must lead by example.
- True Leaders park their ego at the door and do what they need to do to complete the task and to reach the goal.
- True leaders understand that it doesn’t have to be just their way.
“Women make great leaders because we are flexible and agile. We can see the direction we thought we should take and we regroup and change course for the better. ” – Danita Harris
I could go on, but I think you get my point. Women deserve far more credit then they have been given. Gender shouldn’t be a factor in whether a person has what it takes to be a true leader. True leaders must master the ability to connect with others and build collaborative teams. True leaders must master the ability to communicate in a way that others will understand. True leaders must master the ability to teach others what they need to know and delegate successfully. If you’re looking to develop 21st Century leadership skills, then take a page out of their play book. You’ll be better for it and so will the people you lead.
Copyright (c) 2020. Brian Smith. Power Link Dynamics. To find out more about Brian and what he can do for you and your organization visit: https://briansmithpld.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attitude – your attitude is 100% in your control. It’s a choice that you and only you get to make 100% of the time. Only you get to decide how you are going to react in any given situation. Only you get to decide when you’ve had enough. Only you get to decide if you don’t have the strength to carry on – to start again on a new path or stay the course. The only difference between those who succeed and those who don’t are in the choices they make. You are the boss of you.
Worth Remembering … “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have discovered 10,000 ways that do not work”. – Thomas A. Edison
I love playing golf. There is just something about it that appeals to me. I think it’s the ultimate game of risk and reward. I can either go for the green in two by taking it over the water and missing the sand trap or bail and take the safer shot by avoiding the water and reaching the green in three. I’m a high handicaper. I know if I don’t take chances and stretch myself I’m never going to improve my score. In a lot of ways golf imitates life. You can either play it safe or take a chance and go for the green in two.
Worth Remembering … “If you want it – go for it. Don’t always play it safe or you’ll die wondering”. – Unknown
If you aren’t taking chances and making mistakes then you aren’t growing. Growth happens outside of your comfort zone. We are the result of our choices, nothing happens by chance. Wishing and hoping won’t make it so. If you aren’t happy with where you are then you need to make a choice. In the words of Larry Winget – “Shut up, stop whining and get a life. Your success is your own dam fault”.
Don’t despair. All is not lost. You always have a choice. Take a chance and go for the green.
Copyright (c) 2020. Brian Smith – Power Link Dynamics. To find out more about Brian and what he can do for you and your organization visit his site: https://briansmithpld.com or send an email: email@example.com
Whether you are in a management position or play a leadership role in your organization, the challenges remain the same. New leadership skills are required for an ever-changing, multi-generational work place. For the first time in our lifetime we have the potential of working with 5 different generations at the same time. Today’s managers and business leaders must have exceptional people skills and master the ability to connect with others to build collaborative teams. They must communicate in a way that others will understand, educate them on what they need to know, and help grow others by delegating successfully.
Connecting: Exceptional leaders have the ability to make an emotional connection. If you can’t connect with others on an emotional level, then you stand little chance of capturing their heads, hearts and hands. Your success and the overall success of your organization begins and ends with your ability to bring people together.
Communicating: Exceptional leaders understand that communication is everything! If the essence of communication is to send the message and have it received as it was intended; then you must keep in mind that you’re not the most important person in the conversation. Ken Blanchard in his book – “The One Minute Manager” believes that communication is the breakfast of champions.
Educating: Exceptional leaders have the ability to teach others what they need to know to complete the task, to reach the goal. Behaviorists believe that we are born a certain style and that each style dictates or a least heavily influences how we like to learn. Exceptional leaders understand the learning style of the person they are working with and deliver the lesson in a style that they like.
Delegating: Exceptional leaders have the ability to delegate successfully. They understand that they can’t do it alone – that it’s bigger than they are. Exceptional leaders understand that if they don’t delegate some of their responsibilities to others, they are robbing them of their opportunity to grow.
Are you looking to become an exceptional leader? Develop your four cornerstones. Learn how to connect with others, communicate in a style that they like, educate them on what they need to know and help grow your people by delegating successfully.
Copyright (c) 2020. Brian Smith – Power Link Dynamics. To find out more about Brian and what he can do for you and your organization visit: https://briansmithpld.com or contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Welch knew how to win. During his illustrious career at General Electric, he spearheaded GE’s rise to a multi-billion dollar a year powerhouse. His “Be-the-Best” style of management became the gold standard in business. If you haven’t read his book “Jack Welch – Winning” be sure to add it to your list of must-reads. I promise you won’t be disappointed. His book offers deep insights, original thinking and solutions to problems all managers and business leaders need to come to terms with in today’s ever-changing, ultra-competitive environment.
Worth Remembering … “Don’t manage – lead” – Jack Welch
What are you doing to clear out your deadwood? For whatever reason, we all have or have had deadwood problems that we’ve ignored. Those are the people in your organization who aren’t pulling their weight. They’re not bad – but they aren’t great performers either. They are just so-so. Jack had a 70-20-10 rule when it came to his employees. Every year, as part of their annual review, managers were asked to identify the 70% of their staff that they wanted to keep – the 20% they were going to promote up and out of their department and the bottom 10% that they were going to let go.
Worth Remembering … “When you become a leader, success is all about growing others” – Jack Welch
Letting the bottom 10% go – the deadwood – is not necessarily a bad thing. You may be doing them a favour. You’ve given them the opportunity to sit back, think about what they would really like to do, and you’ve given them the time to put a plan together to get there. You’ve helped motivate them to make a change or you’ve motivated them to do whatever they need to do to get into that 70% bracket. Either way – your department or organization is better for it. Promoting from within is never a bad thing. If you don’t – you are taking a chance that you won’t lose your top 20% to your competition. Are you looking to try something different this year? Try Jack’s annual 70, 20, 10 rule and clear out your deadwood.
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