by 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?
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”]
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Negotiate Like a Professional – Go 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!