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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.


Leadership Accountability

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Generating accountability for leaders can be a challenge. Often we confuse reminders with follow-through. We get so caught up in our own actions that it becomes difficult to see that our team is struggling to generate action amongst themselves. This could be because we believe that once we have reminded someone to do something that their own intrinsic motivation will kick in and take over. This is often not the case though. It is very hard for people to do things that they do not want to do. Look at the obesity epidemic in America. Everyone knows that the secret to slimming down is to eat less and exercise more. How many people follow through on these simple steps? Leaders can start to generate accountability through taking action with their teams. Mark Sanborn discusses this accountability dilemma further below.

Helping people be accountable is more than identifying what they need to do; it is about clarifying what needs to be accomplished.

Clear outcomes can often be achieved several different ways. We tend to be too rigid about the means and completely miss the end. For instance, in the example above, the objective wasn’t running, it was fitness.

Structure your efforts around the end goal, and involve the person you’re working with in determining the “how.” Giving them an active role in creating the process will engage them and create a greater sense of ownership.

…More at Leadership Accountability: Holding or Helping? | Sanborn and

Everyone has goals and new years resolutions this time of year. Goals are a healthy and natural way of accomplishing tasks and making meaningful progress in our lives. Goals and resolutions often fail however because we do not associate a goal with a particular benefit. Leaders can help their teams link benefits with their work goals. It is very important for the human mind to have some driving purpose and a goal without a benefit can be a challenging task. For example, lets say you give your team a project to retool the user interface of the dashboard for your member portal and do not give them a reason or benefit to doing so. Without the why behind the project, it is difficult for your team to see the purpose of the project. Telling them that by retooling the UI you can enhance the clicks on extras that will improve the bottom line by 4% and boost the year end bonuses greatly enhances the motivation behind the task. Leaders need to be able to generate accountability which can be a major challenge.


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?


Engaging Employees is Crucial to Success

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Employees are a leader's most valuable asset. It is crucial for leaders to appreciate their employees and to see them as integral to success in business. There are many ways to keep employees engaged in their work and it all starts with a good leader acknowledging and valuing their employee's talents. Bill Catlette and Richard Hadden give us some ideas on how to keep employees engaged. One method is to guarantee that employees know that they are working for a common purpose.

You should run the organization in a way that permits all legitimate stakeholders–managers, employees, owners, and customers–to benefit, each in their own way. In other words, we must take care to ensure that the interests of each core constituent are meaningfully represented. Of course, this doesn't make everyone an equal equity partner. But we need to recognize that, regardless of the endeavor, each of us is silently (usually) asking the question, “What's in it for me?” (Or “WIIFM?”) Until you satisfactorily address that question, you really can't unleash much productive effort.

….More at How To Foster Outrageously Awesome Employee Engagement

Many leaders fail to purposefully give their employees the intrinsic motivation that can be required to keep an employee constantly engaged. The first step in meaningfully engaging employees is to unite your employees in a common purpose that clearly lays out what they are doing and why. This along with providing meaningful work, high standards, appropriate benefits, and a level playing field will go a long way in getting your employees to remain engaged in their work for everyone's benefit.