As someone who falls near the line between introvert and extrovert, my natural tendency to proactively engage with others varies. Yesterday, the sun was shining in Rochester and the temperature soared into the 60’s. It certainly did not feel like March. Maybe it was the weather; maybe it was just me,
Are you focusing on what’s most important?
The top business issues for 2012 all require proactive, strategic and thoughtful leadership, according to a recent report. Consider how your organization measures up. What can you do better to increase your business success in these areas?
Instead of pooling our potential and leveraging the strengths of others, we sometimes compete for supremacy—perhaps not overall domination, but at least some agreement of where each has the ultimate say. Successful leaders recognize and yield to the power of others. And from that, they become more powerful.
Self-deception is comfortable and safe, easy and natural. It’s also limiting and destructive. To meet the needs of ourselves and others, we must admit failure, learn from it, and modify our behavior for positive future outcomes.
Instead of relying on contingent rewards as a motivation strategy, offer employees some flexibility to accomplish tasks in their own way. This provides an opportunity to make the job more fun. Drawing motivation from within—rather than focusing on an external prize—drives employees toward personal fulfillment and better business results.
We achieve most as leaders by inspiring others. But first we must understand ourselves.