As I continue to evaluate my leadership and my approach to people, problems, and solutions, I find myself dealing with a little of arrogance and pride. I believe I would consider myself just a bit arrogant. Well, maybe even a bit more than a bit, depending on who you talk to.
People create results. And Leadership is essential to attracting and maintaining talented people. Ask yourself what you may be doing to drive your best people away, and start making the changes needed to keep them.
Texting is a convenient way to ineffectively communicate and lose the connection required for influence. Well, not always. Texting does have a place in communication, especially when the need is short and quick.
Our words drive the intended outcome and creates the influence you desire. So the words we choose to respond to an email determines the effectiveness of your response.
You’ve been there. You get an email accusing you of some action or lack thereof. The tone is rude and inappropriate. The sender includes several people, many who have no reason to be involved. As you read what is written, the words enrage your soul.
Balance is important. You never want to go too far one way or the other. Learning to balance your interaction and ultimately your leadership of people requires continuous, delicate adjustments to maintain an effective approach. Balance is stressed in every aspect of our lives — from learning to ride a bike to eating a balanced diet. It should be no different in our interactions with employees and others in the organization.
For the safety professional, improving our individual leadership will enhance our ability to influence others in the direction we believe will eliminate injuries and protect employees.
As leaders, it is our role to help others succeed. That is what leaders do. Our contribution to others has to be measured by something more meaningful than our positions. It must be measured by our ability to help others succeed. This is the accurate measurement of our position and the leadership we give.
Influence is an overused word, but few understand the concept. Many think influence is manipulation, force, and/or intimidation based on their position or status within the organization. That is not influence, that is dictatorial power! Influence is an exchange of ideas, a persuasion of others to a known purpose or direction. Influence is gained through the respect of those who are to be influenced.
We all resist change. But why? Because we are uncertain of the outcome. However, change is invetiable and must be embraced.
Believe me when I tell you that I can offend even when it is meant for praise. We’ve all said things that people interpreted much differently than we thought they would. These seemingly benign comments lead to the awful feeling that only comes when you’ve planted your foot firmly into your mouth.
The phrase,” it is what it is” becomes the motto for many people who allow complacency to embed there lives and way of thinking. In fact, that phrase indicates complacency has overtaken their ability to transform their results.
Complacency occurs in everyone sometime within their personal life and career. However, success is determined by your ability to effectively avoid or move away from complacency.