Leadership, what is it and what is the difference between being a supervisor and being a leader? There is not a single definition of leadership that everyone concurs on. Manfred Kets de Vries, a professor at INSEAD, states that leadership is a set of qualities, behaviour patterns, personality attributes that makes certain individuals more efficient in accomplishing a set goal or goal.
Leading teams and managing people can be tough. Unfortunately, you’ll never get it right every time. Whether you are just starting out in leadership or you’ve been around for a few years, the goal should be the same. To be a better leader.
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Any supervisor who informs you that encouraging his team is the very first thing on his mind is lying. That's due to the fact that handling individuals is never ever a task and it's hardly ever a concern. Like it or not, that's simply the method it is.
Strategic leadership sounds really hard. You probably need to have a PhD or at least an MBA from a prestigious university right? You need to be sitting in the C-suite too, don’t you? Nope. You can be more strategic too, and it will help you be a better leader.
You are a leader if somebody is following you. This might be as easy as one individual enjoying you and following your example and motivation, to being a leader in your house, your neighborhood, your office and even your country.
It may seem like Thoughtful Leaders need to be self-sacrificing and focused solely on their teams. While this is partly true, we should never lose sight of ourselves during this process. Failing to monitor our own wellbeing will only result in burnout and unhappiness.
These days, it is common to read about strengths-based approaches to leadership and development. The idea is to maximise the talents of the leader and concentrate on them, rather than focusing on their leadership weaknesses.
To pull my socks up after a defeat isn’t the only thing I’ve learned from my Literature teacher. She also taught me to love being rejected. That wasn’t her intention though. She was just doubtful about my potential.
Everybody likes to be helpful. Helpfulness is an admirable trait. It’s nice when people put aside their own concerns for the wellbeing of somebody else. In the workplace however, there are situations where your team members may be too helpful for their own good.
Recently, I came across this article about Gen-Y (millennials) in the workplace. It was fairly typical in that the general point of view it conveyed was that millennials are selfish, entitled and out for themselves. When instead, they should be more grateful for opportunities and have more patience when it comes to their development.
Errors of judgement, misplaced leaps of faith, problems of trust, bad timing, misplaced loyalty, uninformed opinions, wrong assumptions, badly researched bets… Mistakes come in all shapes, sizes and hues.