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Author: Jeff Mcmanus

So, you’ve recently found yourself promoted to the position of leader in your organization? Congratulations! This is a huge step in your journey as a leader, and it’s not something to be taken lightly.   As a leader myself, I’ve found there are 5 tips that can drastically help you transition into the role of leader.   Lead yourself exceptionally well   When you step into a leadership role, you become the one responsible for your team’s success. Therefore, modeling the right attitude...

In your journey as a leader, there will be plenty of challenges you face along the way. One of the best and most rewarding opportunities I hope you get to experience is getting to promote someone on your team to lead others.  It is a big deal for them, for you and the team. Over my last 30 plus years, I have gotten to promote some great people to a leadership role. Let me share 5 quick...

Did you know that 90 percent of all teams are influenced by one specific type of communication? Curious about what it could be? Well, the answer is leading by example.  Most people forget about this in the heat of the moment, and some don’t even consider it a type of communication. But your attitude and how it translates to your team will affect the overall culture of your workplace.   When leading by example, keep in mind that a...

When finding out what it takes to be a leader, don't forget to take into account the 4 L's of great leadership. Believe it or not, the 4 L’s are all about communication. But what are they exactly?  Listen. To be an inspiring and motivational leader, you need to be a great listener at key times. One of the main things I’ve learned over the years is how important it is to spend one-on-one time with my...

In the past, I’ve spoken and written about trust, as well as the actions that breed trust. One day as a few of us on staff were discussing the definition of loyalty, I was reminded of that message. The answers I related to best were straight from our front line team members.  “To be trusted, to do the right thing no matter the cost…sticking together through the good and bad…not giving up, staying committed…always being there…they’ve got your back…someone in the...

Generally speaking, no one likes being micromanaged, but more than likely, you’ve worked with a micromanager at some point in your career.  An employee’s drive and ambition are quickly killed when a helicopter boss is in the mix. Along with affecting the employees, micromanagers also create environments of distrust, over-dependence, and stress.  The crazy thing is, so many micromanagers don’t even realize what they are doing. No one wants to think of themselves as a helicopter boss, which...

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” —Michael Jordan Companies spend a lot of time and money on training employees. Some bring in outside consultants. Others send key staff to off-site training facilities. Others even host their own. Unfortunately, too many companies see little to no return on their investment. Many times, the problem isn’t with the company or people. They try their best to incorporate the lessons into their company and see little...

“Your vision is a solution to a problem.” —Andy Stanley Vision statements can be a powerful way to lead a team to success because they help get every team member working together toward a common goal. If you’ve struggled to put together a vision statement for your team, or if your vision statement has failed to stick, it’s possible your statement is missing one of the following “Three Rs” of effective vision statements. Relatable Vision statements need to be big...

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” —Warren Bennis What is the purpose behind the work you do every day? Pretty standard responses to this question include “to provide for myself” or “to provide for my family.” Although those are important, they suggest the person saying it doesn’t know the purpose behind the work they do; they don’t suggest the people know why their work really matters. Clear, motivating vision statements challenge everyone on the team to...

“Average leaders inspire people to punch a time clock. Great leaders inspire industry and passion.” Joseph B. Wirthlin Becoming an effective leader isn’t always easy. Leadership styles are often developed unintentionally, learned from others who led before you. Additionally, with all the pressures today and multiple pulls on our time and attention, it’s more challenging than ever to lead with a long-term vision in a way that develops the next generation of leaders. Even with the best intentions,...

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