What’s Inside Your Leadership Tool Box?

Lundberg Headerby Isabela Lundberg, Featured Contributor

AS WE GEAR UP for a New Year of personal and professional success, are you ready to deal with the unexpected and seize opportunities?

Leadership-Toolbox-toolsFor successful leaders, this often goes beyond general leadership styles and habits.

I believe it is essential to practice task–oriented leadership: That is, clearly define the objective, the right team and necessary infrastructure. Planning, organizing and monitoring performance then becomes much easier to measure.

I’ve also learned that when leading big and complex projects (or small and simple, if they ever are simple 😉 is to have a high regard for people as we focus on the task. Because in the end, people drive outcome.

With that said, here are 7 tools that you can deploy as you: [message type=”simple”]

  1. Deal with Difficult People – Knowing the best techniques and skills to address difficult situations. For example, it’s important to recognize the difference between a team member’s apparent arrogance and their real insecurity about performing a task.

It is a true leadership art to know when and how to change our perspectives, how to react (or not react) when challenged and to choose the best approach for each situation.

We won’t always be right. But we – and our teams – will benefit from the wise choices we make.

  1. Ask Powerful Questions – It’s a great skill to be able to ask the powerful questions. It is truly an art to develop superb listening skills. The right balance can make a tremendous difference in our professional and personal life. Equally important, it can help determine how quickly, effectively and profitably a project can be completed.
  1. Are Calm in the Storm – Few things can give you a greater advantage in tense situations than a calm and collective presence. It what in many ways separates the good from the exceptional leader.

Remember that there is profound difference between danger and fear. Danger is confronting a rabid dog in a dark alley. Fear of being confronted by a rabid dog in a dark alley is an emotion. It’s not real. When everyone around you is fearful of a situation or potential outcome, ask yourself if the danger is real. It’s probably not.

  1. Negotiate Like a ProfessionalGo for win-win! How? By striving for overlapping mutual interest. This will develop trust and enhance your credibility by helping the parties involved reach an optimal solution. It is magic in action to see smiling faces after hard decisions and challenging negotiations. Show what is possible!
  1. Leverage Mastermind Groups – Discover the true power of a mastermind group to keep your skills sharp and gain a new perspective on difficult problems. Many of the greatest minds in business leverage Mastermind Groups to assist them to excel and stay on the top their chosen fields.
  1. Have Fun and Be an Evangelist – Harness your powerful presence through fun and positive appearance and interaction with your team . Share your belief and trust in what the company is doing and find ways to demonstrate that belief.
  1. Create a Company Mentoring Program – Find a way for as many people in the company to have a mentor. The results may astonish you. Higher employee retention, enhanced work satisfaction, motivation, productivity, drive and passion are common. Oh, and the end result is higher profits for the company.[/message]

Mentoring can also be used in the on-boarding process. Take a page from the NHL. It’s a tradition that rookie players actually live with veteran players and their families. While I’m not suggesting your new employees bunk in your basement, assigning a mentor to new employees will create greater results quicker.

The key, of course, is to pair the right mentor to the right “mentee”. With a robust mentor program in place, the matching becomes easier and more accurate over time.

Now, with these tools you are equipped to coordinate, communicate, motivate and delegate your most valuable asset – your employees and team members. Please share with us other tools or ideas that you are using and find to be very helpful. I read all of your comments and will respond accordingly. Love to hear from you!


Izabela Lundberg
Izabela Lundberg
As a passionate advocate of lifelong learning and thought leadership, Izabela proudly prides herself and ethically serves as a transformational leader delivering global business advisory, coaching, strategy through leadership and organizational development, and innovative learning High-Performance Impact Method™ framework at Legacy Leaders Institute. By aligning and supporting business growth objectives, she works side by side with executive leaders from Startups to Fortune 500 companies. For more than two decades, Izabela demonstrated a unique ability to identify, create, and deliver solutions to complex global business challenges with her unique perspective. As a result, she successfully increased talent and team engagement, performance, revenues, and overall organizational impact in dozens of selected companies. Today, Izabela helps talent and teams come together to accomplish more than ever before with her progressive solutions and worldview (living in six countries, speaking six languages, traveling to over 45 countries, and working with diverse teams from over 100 countries). Besides, Izabela earned a Master of Science in Leadership and Organization from the University of Denver with a focus on Strategic Innovation & Change and Organizational Development & Training. She is #1 International Best Selling author and her book, The World Messenger, that is highly respected by academics, athletes, and business leaders worldwide. To receive a signed copy, go to right NOW! Need to speak with Izabela right of way? Follow & Connect with Izabela on LinkedIn and email her at [email protected]. Game On, Champions!

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  1. Recognize and remember managing and leading are complementary … in that to have one is to have the other … where some situations require Ml and other situations mL, most require the dynamic balance of M and L. Appreciate your thoughts Izabela ))smiles