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11 Leadership Improvements to do Today

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Leaders can integrate these 11 improvements to their leadership skills today. Being the best leader that you can be should be constantly in the back of your mind. Taking the time for even fifteen minutes a day about how to improve on a leadership skill will be time well spent. Leaders hold a heavy weight on their shoulders but are in a strong position to lighten the load by improving their skills. Take a look at these 11 improvements from Margaret Buj and make it a priority to start working to improve today. 

In one leadership study, qualities such as assertiveness, adaptability, intelligence and conscientiousness were cited as the most important. Research clearly shows that transformational leaders – leaders who are positive, inspiring, and who empower and develop followers – are better leaders. They are more valued by followers and have higher performing teams.

As a result, it would only make sense that you strive to improve your leadership skills and get the most out of life for everyone in your sphere.

Consider some of the following tips for how to become a better leader and think about ways that you can implement these strategies in your daily life.

1. Have a clear vision

Take the time to share your vision, your mission and your goals with your team. Your job as a leader is to provide a clear path that your team can follow. Your team also must understand why the goals you have set are valuable to them. Take the time to explain to them, in detail, why and how your vision will not only improve the business, but how it will benefit them in return. Include your team in your strategic planning sessions, ask for feedback and get them to “buy into” your vision for the future of the company.

…More at Top Ways to Improve Your Leadership Skills | Career Rocketeer

Leaders should take their role seriously and work on this list over time. There are eleven great improvements to make today, tomorrow and every day. If we practice a skill it becomes a habit and these natural leadership abilities will become ingrained in your persona and make you a more efficient, likeable, and intelligent leader. Leaders can incorporate these 11 improvements to their leadership skills today. 


Leadership and Employee Motivation

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Leadership can always improve employee motivation by tweaking a few key factors. Employee motivation can be a difficult task for managers and leaders when the dominant company culture is lax. It can be extremely challenging to tackle a workplace culture of laziness that has invaded and become the norm. Motivating employees is all about intrinsic reward and satisfaction. Leaders must be able to tap into this internal drive for achievement to get employees motivated. Ray Williams writes more in depth on the subject below. 

It turns out that people are motivated by interesting work, challenge, and increasing responsibility–intrinsic factors. People have a deep-seated need for growth and achievement. Herzberg's work influenced a generation of scholars and researchers–but never seemed to make an impact on managers in the workplace, where the focus on motivation remained the “carrot-and-stick” approach, or external motivators.

What do we mean by motivation? It's been defined as a predisposition to behave in a purposeful manner to achieve specific, unmet needs and the will to achieve, and the inner force that drives individuals to accomplish personal and organizational goals. And why do we need motivated employees? The answer is survival. Motivated employees are needed in our rapidly changing workplaces, and to be effective, managers need to understand that and do something about it.

…More at How to motivate employees | Psychology Today

Leaders require employees who are motivated because motivated employees are the work-horses of the office. They are go-getters who want to succeed for themselves which translates into success for the company. Leaders can and should develop a methodology for designing projects that are intrinsically pleasing to their team. This is not to say that you need to make up work for your team but rather you should adjust your presentation method and frame the project in light of how it will impact the company and the team by working on it. In other words, give the project purpose or meaning. Leadership can always improve employee motivation by tweaking a few key factors.


Leading For Productivity

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A leader has to be a good motivator when leading for productivity. Productivity is all about producing results. Results are impossible to achieve without enough willpower and energy to accomplish the desired results. A leader needs to be the one to set a good example by arriving at work invigorated and ready to tackle the day's work. This can be accomplished so that one's personal life does not interfere with their work life. Teams admire and follow a leader who acts as an energizer for them. Marcia Zidle has more information on energizers and how they improve everyone around them.  

What is an Energizer?
They aren’t necessarily extroverted or charismatic. They’re people who always see opportunities even in challenging situations;  listen to others and value their ideas, show integrity in dealing with others and avoid maneuvering to get their way. They’re high performers and people want to work for and with them. Bottom line: Energizers have full tanks that propel them to success.

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As a leader and manager, are you overworking yourself and absorbing responsibilities that are not always yours? If so, then it is time that you took a serious look at your workload and eliminate the peripheral or non-essential work and delegate it out to your team. Your function as a leader is to energize your team and be a driver for productivity. An overworked and stressed-out leader is hardly a leader. Leaders need to set the example for their team by putting their best foot forward each day and coming to work ready to go. Leading for productivity requires you to motivate your team to achieve results and it all begins with you leaders out there.


Leaders Can Motivate Their Employees With These 10 Ideas

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Try these 10 ideas for leaders looking to motivate their employees. Motivation is a tricky prospect because a balance is needed between too little and too much reward. Incentivizing employees with perks beyond salary and benefits is sometimes necessary to get employees focused and motivated again. Each company's leaders must decide what is right for their work force as well as their business. Ten great ways to motivate employees are presented by Patricio Robles

It's nice to believe that a 'good job' offering a decent salary and reasonable benefits package will do the trick, but in today's highly-competitive business environment, the truth is that it's more complicated than that.

The devil is often in the details, and motivating employees requires a thoughtful approach to compensation, benefits and perks — both tangible and intangible. Here are 10 specific things companies can offer employees to keep them motivated.

…More at 10 ways to motivate employees | Econsultancy

Keeping employees motivated, happy and healthy is great for business. People who are more engaged in their work are more productive and enthusiastic employees. Motivation can come in many forms but one of the surest ways is to get people to be intrinsically motivated to succeed. This, unfortunately, is also the most difficult method of motivation but is by far the best method. Be sure to read all 10 ideas for leaders to motivate their employees with. Try a few on this list today and let us know what works for you. 


Leaders: Here are 5 Ideas for Keeping Employees Motivated

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Five ideas for leaders to keep employees motivated. A great leader has the ability to bring out the best in their team. One skill that every leader must deftly perform is keeping employees motivated. Keeping employees motivated is a task that every leader will come up against when leading a team for any length of time. Stagnation is a burden to success in business and one to be avoided. Employee morale is a key component of successful companies. Guy Farmer brings us five ideas on how to keep employees motivated. 

It can be challenging to keep employees motivated in any organization in the face of deadlines, workloads, interpersonal conflicts, rules and directives. Proactive leaders are able to motivate their employees even when times get tough because they understand how to help people inspire themselves instead of forcing them to think and act a certain way. Here are some practical ideas on how to keep your employees motivated:

1. Praise employees. Catch people doing things well and let them know that you value their work. Praise desirable behaviors, it will increase the likelihood that people will behave that way in the future. Reinforce positive behaviors rather than correcting people when they’ve, “Done something wrong.”

2. Design and implement motivational activities. Create a weekly program in your workplace where people celebrate each other. You’ll appreciate how much you can boost morale by setting aside twenty minutes weekly so people can praise each other for a job well done.

…More at How to Keep Your Employees Motivated Guy Farmer

An effective leader has to find a way to keep their team together working toward a common goal. Providing your team with a unified purpose with clear goals will go a long way in building a foundation of teamwork that will breed success. People want to be valued with meaningful work so engaging people in work that they feel makes a difference is key. Be committed to your plan for motivating employees by offering incentives and activities that value hard work and dedication. Employ these five ideas for keeping employees motivated. How do you inspire greatness in your workforce?