Archive for Leadership Skills
When you take a peek at what useful attitudes successful leaders have in common…it’ll give you a taste of how simple leadership skills training can be for you and your team, family or organization. Let’s explore just how simple the 3 top attitudes are-
1- Being Enthusiastic- This makes you magnetic and unstoppable. There is no store online or offline where you can buy a bottle of Enthusiasm and if there were, I’d be teaching you to go get it and market it because it truly is a golden key to personal freedom. Your Enthusiam spreads to others and creates feelings of excitement, energy and vitality. The best way to get a good feel for how powerful those with Enthusiasm are is to look at the Greek meaning of the word, “God Flowing Through”. Enough said.
2- Remaining Curious- Tap into a person who is hungry to learn more about what’s going on around them and I’ll show you a person who is evolving, moving ahead, connecting daily and living their dreams out to their fullest. Always remain open to your kid-like “natural born” curiosity.
3- Wrap your ego in humility- Most successful leaders have large egos and love to self-promote. It is the leader who knows how to manage this personal flair with modesty and service to others that will be most attractive to others. Think of your ego and wrap it up in beautiful “humility paper” so that you end up with a complete package that delivers the goods to others and yourself as a leader. You want to be the beautiful package, not the ugly one that is arrogant.
Stop for a moment and list a few of the great leaders that you admire and find these three attitudes at the core of their success. I’ve been blessed with a very large list of leaders in my life who have had these attitudes. If you haven’t, then make a choice today to find great leaders and surround yourself, learn, and grow into the leader you were meant to be.
Cheers to your leadership skills training and your evolving journey- Sharon Ann Irwin
Here are 10 key things that you can do as a leader that will give you the special powers required to move with no wasted motion. Get more organized in order to stay in your personal leadership power. This is what people are looking for when selecting a mentor. People will follow the leaders that are in a flow, not a leader who is ”out of control”.
10 Moves for Personal Leadership Development-
- Set your priorities- this is simply doing things in order of importance. Most people will have challenges with doing things in order of priority simply because of the number of things on their list. To get into motion with this first step, take the last week of each month and pre-plan your next 30 days.
- Get your priorities on your calendar- Once you have your next 30 days mapped out, get it into your calendar to aviod the tug and pulls you will get for your time. If you have an assistant to keep your calendar on track, give this to them to manage for you. If you don’t have an assistant, make sure you’re getting it into your calendar and then communicating it with those closest to you so you’re on track for the next 30 days.
- Do projects one at a time- When you look at good leaders, they are focused on one thing at a time til it’s done.
- Organize your work space- If you have enough room to spread out, have a small meeting area for you and your team, and then have an area where you create.
- Use your driving time for the smaller things and growth- Keep CD’s and books on hand. Have your wireless phone hooked up. Depending on how much time you’re in the car, you can do all of your follow-up calls in a one way trip home. If you use your drive time wisely, you may be able to accomplish 4-8 hours more each week of growth and progress.
- Create Systems that work for you- Don’t fight systems, seek to improve them and they will be your servants. Systems stands for “save your self time energy and money”. All great leaders have rock solid systems and they are always seeking for improvements.
- Have plans for those spare minutes between your meetings/projects- Keep a list handy of things that can get done in a matter of minutes. When you have these things at your fingertips, it’s such a time saver.
- Work according to your natural rythym- If you are a morning person, then get the most important things done in the morning. If you’re more of a later starter, then use that natural pattern inside of you to get the most done when you’re at your best.
- Focus on your results, not your activities- Take your focus off of efficiency (doing things right) and put it on effectiveness (doing the right things). Work 80% of your time where you are strong. Then 15% of your time on learning and growing and the remaining 5% where you are weak. Actually, if you know you’re weak at it, then outsource if it makes sense.
- Walk your talk- If you’re mentoring others and asking them to do that which you’ve never done, then you’re dead in the water. Always have mentors that have been where you want to go. A mentor with the results you seek. As you continue your journey in the area of personal leadership development of your own unique style will begin to emerge and attract the ideal students and clients to you.
Cheers to your Personal Leadership Development- Sharon Ann Irwin
I met with a trusted advisor recently and we discussed our business plans and looked at our current clients and future clients. We both work with and teach small business owners and entreprenuers how to succeed doing what they love to do most in life. As our discussion unfolded, we both realized that among our clients and partners some were struggling while others were having higher levels or growth and success than ever before. This leads me to the main topic of this article…What is the difference between those who struggle and those who thrive in this new economy?
We noted that our current economy has elements to it that are healthly. Why? It forces each entreprenuer to take stock and eliminate any activities that are non-value producing. Cleans the slate so to speak so the daily habits are focused on value and results.
We saw that the strugglers are the ones who keep their eye on the bad news and get weighed down by it. They spend countless hours in front of the TV looking at the stock market and variuos other time and energy sucking activities each day. Feelings of fear begin to mount and that is projected outward and attracts the other fearful folks in the world to them.
Here are some of the things you might hear or say if you’re a struggler…”There’s no money available right now for credit!”, ” Nobody is buying high ticket items such as real estate!”, ” The housing market is going to take forever to recover!”, ” This BP oil crisis is out of control and it makes me sick!”…. The list goes on and on day in and day out and the business owner starts to say…”My business is not producing.” , “My customers are not buying!”, etc. It’s the vicious cycle that you want to avoid at all costs.
The positive crowd takes all of this negative news and filters key value points out of it. They are able to link what they can do to better serve their clients with all of this chaos floating around. What can they do to bring value into the market? The positive entreprenures create ways to capitalize on the market and have fun doing it. To increase your bottomline, it is critical that you create more value for your customers than you are asking from them in return. This brings your personal value price tag up above the overall direction of the economy.
How can you begin to see where your value can be inserted to create this? Ask more questions of your customers and potential customers, look around at what is keeping them awake at night and then deliver something of value that let’s them sleep like a baby!
Most important…Do what you love to do most, have fun, and teach others who are on the same path how to win! If you’re curious or have questions about how you can thrive instead of just survive in this new economy, feel free to drop me a line…I’d love to connect with you.
Sharon Ann Irwin