Latest "Leading Others" Posts
Whether our office (and title) resides on the C level or not, influencing is an integral part of our daily lives and perhaps more importantly, our careers. It has been my experience, that no matter what your title or circumstance, you have the power to influence those around you in a negative or positive way. I have identified four traits that give you influence whether you have the job title or not – likability, strong relationships, expertise and inspiration.
Because we are all familiar with him, let’s take a look at one famous face who recently bestowed his influence on the people of the United States.
Pope Francis recently visited the U.S. for the first time and was welcomed with fanfare more often associated with a rock star than the leader of the Catholic Church.
At a conference last month, I sat next to a professionally dressed and extremely articulate young man who’d recently been hired as COO of a medical services company.
“What are your biggest challenges?” I asked him.
He went on to explain that his board of directors was unhappy because profits had plateaued. His R&D staff was not very innovative. The HR systems were not efficient. The IT department was slow to fix issues. And the sales staff was barely meeting quotas. By the time he finished talking, there were few departments in his organization left that hadn’t been targeted for blame.
“So, where does the responsibility for all of these problems lay?” I asked, genuinely curious to hear how he’d answer.
The man silently stared at me for about a minute.
What makes a truly inspiring leader?
Is it charisma? Confidence? Integrity? Authenticity? The ability to engage and motivate?
BRODY’s Director of Training & Senior Facilitator Amy Glass believes it’s all that and so much more.
How you speak to others, how you respond, how you listen — all of those important communication skills — play a major part in demonstrating executive presence.
Amy will be delivering a workshop on this important topic, “Executive Presence: Increasing Your Command, Confidence & Credibility,” at the ASTD Philadelphia 2014 Regional Conference next Wednesday, May 21.
While the debate as to whether leaders are born or made continues to rage on, research has repeatedly shown that leadership traits can be learned and honed through practice. So, why not sidestep the debate entirely and become proactive?
Dealing with difficult people is a fact of life.
Unless you are a hermit or perhaps let anything life throws you roll off your back and not bat an eyelid, you will run into people on the job who will thwart you, confound you, frustrate you, infuriate you, stymie you, purposely get in your way, and just plain make you crazy.
You will run into people who see things completely differently than you, who do things in ways you don’t agree with and cannot understand, who seem to make it their life’s work to be … well, difficult. It’s also likely that you’ll have managers who are overly critical, coworkers who are lazy or disorganized, and clients who are unrealistic and overly demanding.
Are you nodding your head and sighing as you read this?
The 2014 Masters Tournament is underway as I write this post — always an exciting event for everyone who loves the sport of golf.
This year’s field of golfers consists of 91 professionals and six amateurs, representing a total of 21 countries — all vying for the winner’s coveted green jacket.
The idea of being a “master” has a certain amount of mystique, doesn’t it? What are the factors that afford mastery? Is it raw talent? Luck? Training? Practice? A combination of these things?
I find the whole concept of mastery intriguing. Although we might not get the press, the adulation, or the same high-visibility perks as some of golf’s greats now playing in the Masters, we can still strive for mastery in many different areas of our lives, not just in sports.