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Five Easy Project Leadership Tips

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Here are five easy project leadership tips to make you a great leader. A great leader works for his or her team. They support their team consistently and fairly. A project leader has to realize that they are in service to the team rather than vice versa. A team leader who is selfishly looking for results to drive their own motives will not garner the same respect and dedication as one who shares in the success of their team with all. If you are looking to improve on your team leadership skills then take a look at this article from James L. Haner, who brings us five tips to becoming a great project leader. 

True project leaders are not project leaders for themselves. True project leaders seek to bring out the best in their team mates . . . not put themselves on a pedestal.  They let team members realize their own success. True project leaders are remembered for the right reasons.

False project leaders, on the other hand, are those who acquire a project leadership position for their own glory. They talk a lot about “I” . . . and not a lot about “we.” False project leaders are remembered for the wrong reasons.

You can become a true project leader by practicing these five teambuilding steps.

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You can become a great project leader by following the five tips presented in the article above. Project leadership is ultimately about achieving results but the difference between doing this the right way and the wrong way is as big as the Grand Canyon. A leader should have the mentality that they are working for their team members by seeking ways to empower them to do their job better. A leader needs to take charge and proceed by showing a positive example for their team to emulate. Just follow the five easy project leadership tips to become the truly great project leader that you have been striving to be.

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Great Leadership Depends On the Right Mindset

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Great leadership depends on the right mindset, whether it’s in the office or on the field.

Robert Sutton, author for the Harvard Business Review has written this article which explores the concept that great leadership depends on the right mindset. Whatever your mindset is, that’s what your team will mirror. They will follow your lead. If changing your mindset is something you think will make you a better leader, remember slight adjustments go a long way in my experience so don’t try to change everything at once.

Great Leadership Depends on the Right Mindset

…At the same time, I’ve come to conclude that all the technique and behavior coaching in the world won’t make a boss great if that boss doesn’t also have a certain mindset.

My readings of peer-reviewed studies, plus my more idiosyncratic experience studying and consulting to managers in many settings, have led me identify some key beliefs that are held by the best bosses — and rejected, or more often simply never even thought about, by the worst bosses. Here they are, presented as a neat dozen:

 

  1. I have a flawed and incomplete understanding of what it feels like to work for me.
  2. My success — and that of my people — depends largely on being the master of obvious and mundane things, not on magical, obscure, or breakthrough ideas or methods.
  3. Having ambitious and well-defined goals is important, but it is useless to think about them much. My job is to focus on the small wins that enable my people to make a little progress every day.
  4. One of the most important, and most difficult, parts of my job is to strike the delicate balance between being too assertive and not assertive enough.
  5. My job is to serve as a human shield, to protect my people from external intrusions, distractions, and idiocy of every stripe — and to avoid imposing my own idiocy on them as well.

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I disagree slightly with number three, of course a great leader will empower their people to do their best work and accept that progress comes in small achievements but the goals of the team are what drives the work forward so don’t forget the big picture and occasionally remind yourself and the people you are leading what the goals are and that you believe they can reach those goals. See for yourself how much great leadership depends on the right mindset and let us know how it works out.

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The Importance of a Leader Being Able to Admit Mistakes

In our book Enlightened Leadership we talk about the importance of leader being able to admit mistakes.This not only humanizes you in the eyes of your employees, but it also fosters our model of self-responsibility and creates an environment of freedom to make mistakes – something which encourages people to take risks and grow. In this article on PR Web, we see how many leaders are refusing to admit their faults and how this affects their employees.

The Importance of a Leader Being Able to Admit Mistakes

In new research conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), a significant percentage of UK line managers have an exaggerated sense of skill and ability to effectively manage their staff. Jane Carroll of Personnel Solutions, HR consultants Manchester warns that situations like this could be affecting company productivity.

‘The cohesion of a team of staff is a crucial aspect to a company’s success, especially regarding smaller, newer enterprises. With small amounts of staff, often in close working contact, it’s essential everyone gets along well and tasks are completed smoothly,’ says Jane Carroll of Personnel Solutions, a Manchester based HR company. ‘If one member of the team is difficult to work with, the effects can be devastating to productivity.’

The study involved 2,000 employees and managers and revealed that one in four line managers – representing nearly 2million employers in the UK possessed an over inflated opinion of themselves and their abilities, which the CIPD warned would impact negatively in various aspects of business.

‘How a line manager behaves directly affects the staff below,’ explains Jane Carroll of Personnel Solutions,HR consultants Manchester. ‘Being unaware of the challenges faced, reoccurring issues and praise due can cause frustration, stress, and in extreme cases staff absences and sickness, all of which can often be avoided.’

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Do you recognize the importance of leader being able to admit mistakes? How have your mistakes actually benefited your or your employees?

 

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Good Leaders Know Which Values to Emphasize

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An executive chef is responsible for knowing which values to emphasize.

Today I want to examine the issue of clear values as they relate to leadership. As important as it is to have strong values, good leaders know which values to emphasize. In every aspect of business, values come in to play, and each individual is responsible for upholding the values of the company they work for. I really liked this article I found on Sea Point Center that get this message across very clearly.

Good Leaders Know Which Values to Emphasis

Can everyone in your organization explain each of the values and how they personally act on them? They can at companies like Disney, Starbucks, Southwest, McDonalds and Google – all listed in the top 15 of the 2012 most admired companies.

Why I fired my tree service company

Our fruit trees are sprayed three times during the summer. One day the tree service showed up while my teenage son was mowing the lawn. They were both still there as I returned from work.

The man had aimed his sprayer at the apple tree, but it was a windy day, and the spray was blowing directly toward my son. I jumped out of my car and ran to the man yelling, “Watch out! Your spray is blowing on that boy!”

“I know,” he replied in a reassuring voice. “I asked him, and he said he didn’t mind.” – The boy might not have minded, but his mother sure did!

Because the company had not clearly articulated and communicated safety as guiding values to their employees, they lost my business.

Don’t wait for senior leadership

If you are a team leader, you must help your team translate the company values into team values in order to make them actionable. I don’t want to let senior leadership off the hook, but if the company hasn’t articulated values, it’s not an excuse to wait. Go ahead and create your own team values.

  • Identify the values needed to support your team’s purpose. Don’t assume that any are understood. If integrity or ethics are important, it needs to be listed.
  • Don’t choose more values than people can easily remember. You don’t need to list each person’s personal values. As long as there are no values conflicts, they can still act on them. Focus on the values that are the key drivers to accomplish your mission.
  • Communicate them clearly and frequently so everyone knows what they are. Translate them into behaviors, not simply a list of words. Describing behavioral examples helps people understand what they look like when they are lived.To Read the Full Article click here…
Check in with your employees and find out if they understand what the core values of your company are, recognize that good leaders know which values to emphasize and good employees can interpret those values into consistent actions.
Which values do you emphasis in your business?
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7 Attributes of a Good Leader

We find that sometimes, a bullet-pointed list is just what we need to keep a positive attitude in focus. It is like having those little post-its on your mirror or your fridge that remind you of what is important. We think these 7 attributes of a good leader, posted by Barbara White on Greenstein, Rogoff, Olson & Co are right on the mark.

7 Attributes of a Good Leader

How often have you heard the comment, “He or she is a born leader?” There are certain characteristics found in some people that seem to naturally put them in a position where they’re looked up to as a leader.

Whether in fact a person is born a leader or develops skills and abilities to become a leader is open for debate. There are some clear characteristics that are found in good leaders. These qualities can be developed or may be naturally part of their personality. Let us explore them further.

  1. A good leader has an exemplary character. It is of utmost importance that a leader is trustworthy to lead others. A leader needs to be trusted and be known to live their life with honestly and integrity. A good leader “walks the talk” and in doing so earns the right to have responsibility for others. True authority is born from respect for the good character and trustworthiness of the person who leads.
  2. A good leader is enthusiastic about their work or cause and also about their role as leader. People will respond more openly to a person of passion and dedication. Leaders need to be able to be a source of inspiration, and be a motivator towards the required action or cause. Although the responsibilities and roles of a leader may be different, the leader needs to be seen to be part of the team working towards the goal. This kind of leader will not be afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty.
  3. A good leader is confident. In order to lead and set direction a leader needs to appear confident as a person and in the leadership role. Such a person inspires confidence in others and draws out the trust and best efforts of the team to complete the task well. A leader who conveys confidence towards the proposed objective inspires the best effort from team members.
  4. A leader also needs to function in an orderly and purposeful manner in situations of uncertainty. People look to the leader during times of uncertainty and unfamiliarity and find reassurance and security when the leader portrays confidence and a positive demeanor.

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Of course, we realize that there are far more than only 7 attributes of a good leader. We’d love to hear any you think have been left out of this list.

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Middle East

We can talk about the theoretical importance of these two qualities in a successful leader, but how does one translate the theory into team inspiration? In this article posted by Rahilla Safar on Huff Post World, read how one woman is making a big difference using her skills of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Middle East to help her team understand the significance of personal responsibility .

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Middle East

Entrepreneurship and innovation have become buzz words in much of the Middle East. What are some examples of work you’ve done where you felt that you truly had an impact in this realm?

Leena Al Olaimy: Entrepreneurship and innovation have certainly swept the region by storm, and it’s time social entrepreneurship and social innovation were in the spotlight! Last year we developed and ran a pilot of our Leadership Bridge Program (LBP), in partnership with Baraka Ventures.

Most of the Middle East’s youth population lacks access to social entrepreneurship education and a foundation in ethics and social responsibility — which goes hand in hand with creating leaders who can accelerate social change.

We created the LBP, a three-day intensive program that promotes youth empowerment, and inspires young leaders to play an active role in constructively shaping their communities and countries for the better. Essentially, it is about molding and empowering the region’s future responsible business, government, religious and community leaders. We’re currently trying to roll the LBP out across the region, and provide a platform for Arab youth to connect and collaborate on regional issues from a young age.

As much as I value the work we have done with the private and public sectors, the last day of the LBP was definitely one of the most moving moments for me since co-founding 3BL.

With over half of the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region being under 20, do you think there is enough emphasis on teaching youth leadership?

Leena Al Olaimy: I think the attention towards teaching leadership is growing, but you can’t ‘learn’ leadership theoretically without actually putting those leadership skills into practice. I don’t think there are enough opportunities that allow students to hone their leadership skills. I also don’t think there is enough of an emphasis on responsible leadership.

Moreover, often times, leadership programs will only focus on students who are in the highest percentile in terms of academic achievement — which is not necessarily an accurate indicator of an individual’s capacity to become a leader.

We have a lot to learn from people such as Leena Al Olaimy, whose entrepreneurship and innovation in the Middle East are paving the way for how to inspire our teams and thus succeed our ever-changing global market.

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Leading By Example Shows Strong Character

Leading by example shows strong character.

Leading by example shows strong character, the best leaders I’ve ever known were great because they knew how to inspire others to adopt an enthusiastic attitude. Strong leaders don’t need to scream and yell or threaten or criticize because a good leader steps in and helps out.

Leading By Example Shows Strong Character

There’s the boss who tells everyone to stay late, and then leaves promptly at 5:00pm to go golfing. There’s the supervisor who criticizes everyone for spending time on the Internet, but is discovered buying groceries online in the middle of the afternoon. And the CFO who recommends layoffs to stop “unnecessary spending,” but then buys herself brand-new luxury office furniture. Do you know any of these people?

There’s hardly anything worse for company morale than leaders who practice the “Do as I say, not as I do” philosophy. When this happens, you can almost see the loss of enthusiasm and goodwill among the staff. It’s like watching the air go out of a balloon – and cynicism and disappointment usually take its place.

If you’re in a leadership position, then you know that you have a responsibility to your team. They look to you for guidance and strength; that’s part of what being a leader is. And a big part of your responsibility is to lead them with your own actions.

So why is it so important to lead by example; and what happens when you don’t?

Why It Matters

There’s an old saying about the difference between a manager and a leader: “Managers do things right. Leaders do the right things.” (It’s best to be both a manager and a leader – they’re just different processes.)

As a leader, part of your job is to inspire the people around you to push themselves – and, in turn, the company – to greatness. To do this, you must show them the way by doing it yourself.

When You Don’t Lead by Example

We’ve seen just how powerful it can be to lead by example. But what happens when you don’t follow this rule? How does your team feel when you tell them to do one thing, and then you do the exact opposite?

As we said earlier, if this ever happened to you, then it shouldn’t be hard to remember how angry and disappointed you were.

When leaders don’t “practice what they preach,” it can be almost impossible for a team to work together successfully. How can anyone trust a leader who talks about one thing, but does another?

Good leaders push their people forward with excitement, inspiration, trust, and vision. If you lead a team that doesn’t trust you, productivity will drop.

 

Apply This to Your Life

  • If you ask a co-worker to do something, make sure you’d be willing to do it yourself.
  • If you implement new rules for the office, then follow those rules just as closely as you expect everyone else to follow them. For example, if the new rule is “no personal calls at work,” then don’t talk to your spouse at work. You’ll be seen as dishonest, and your staff may become angry and start disobeying you.
  • Look closely at your own behavior. If you criticize people for interrupting, but you constantly do it yourself, you need to fix this. Yes, you want people to pay attention to one another and listen to all viewpoints, so demonstrate this yourself.
  • If, in the spirit of goodwill, you make a rule for everyone to leave the office at 5:00 p.m., then you need to do it too. If you stay late to get more work done, your team may feel guilty and start staying late too, which can destroy the whole purpose of the rule. The same is true for something like a lunch break – if you want your team to take a full hour to rest and relax, then you need to do it too. Click here to read more…

As I always say leading by example shows strong character and good sense. Much more is accomplished when people feel they are respected and appreciated and when a leader rolls up their sleeves and gets their hands “dirty”, it never goes unnoticed and the results can be quite remarkable.

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