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Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier. - Charles F. Kettering

The three most crucial goals for leaders are.

If you are going to be an effective leader, then it is essential to know what it is you want to achieve. The job of a leader is to help a team to conduct a specific task in the shortest time possible.

The first goal you should have as a leader is to get a set purpose.

In other words, you need to create a measurable target for yourself and your team that you can work toward. Once you have done that, you can start plotting the most efficient course possible. This might be to increase your profits, it might be to grow your customer base, or it might be to turn over more stock. Whatever the case, you can then measure your effectiveness as a leader by how well you are moving toward those goals to keep your team happy and safe.

Another crucial destination for any leader should be to look after their team.

Whether you are a manager, a parent, or a scout’s leader, being in charge means taking responsibility. Not only are you taking responsibility for completing the tasks, but you are also responsible for the well-being of those under you. Your job is to supply a safe and comfortable working environment where they can feel happy and therefore work their best if something happens to them under your care that is on you.

Three, to grow and develop the team.

A good leader is not someone who keeps the ship afloat, though; a good leader should also have their eye on the bigger picture and know how they want to grow and develop their team, both on an individual basis and based on the team. This might mean investing a little time and money in red so that you can develop innovative ideas and take your organization to new heights. It might mean thinking as a parent about how you can take your family to the next rung on the property ladder. Or it might be providing staff with career progression opportunities to get that satisfactory feeling of moving forward.

Four powerful ways to motivate your team.

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. - Warren G. Bennis

One of your jobs as a leader is ensuring those under you stay motivated and on task. You need to help light the fire and the passion beneath them to get them to work harder and faster and to deliver their best. In this presentation, we will discuss four powerful ways to do that.

One, give them autonomy and authorship.

One of the absolute best ways to motivate any staff member is to give them ownership over their project. This should be something that gives them creative license to complete the work as they see fit. But it should also have their name attached to it, so they can proudly claim what they have done as their own. This makes an essential cognitive shift and is quite different from being a nameless cog in a machine.

Help your team to feel proud of the work they are doing to show your passion.

If you lead from above but constantly complain and undermine the work you must do, you will lose your team's enthusiasm fast. Instead, you must be enthusiastic about what you are doing and genuinely care. And it would help if you found ways to communicate that fact to your team. Passion and enthusiasm are highly contagious. Once you get the bug, it will spread.

Three, explain why.

Stop telling your team what to do and start telling them why. When you tell someone why they need to do something, it helps them to understand what the result needs to be. Not only does this help them to work more flexibly to achieve the results that you are looking for. But it motivates them because they understand why their actions matter to help them develop.

Finally, consider how the work you assigned to different team members will allow them to conduct their goals and progress. Every project or task should be a learning opportunity, which can help with career progression—trying to prove this or finding ways to make the work worthwhile for the individual completing it and not just the broader organization. The key is not to motivate with outside promises of reward or punishment; instead, use these four powerful methods to encourage intrinsic motivation in your team.

How to be an influential thought leader in your industry.

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; results, not attributes, define leadership. - Peter F. Drucker

When you think of a leader, you might think of a manager or perhaps some political leader; your mind goes to military generals or tyrants from history. The word leader can mean things, however. And in fact, it does not even have to mean that you are giving orders to anyone. A leader is simply someone the pack and guides the way for everyone else. Just like you might have a leader pulling forward in a race, you might not be a manager, a tyrant, or even a parent, but you can still be a thought leader and help guide the way for others.

If you are a blogger or an entrepreneur, this is a decisive aim, as it will allow you to influence the hearts and minds of the public, potentially selling more products and helping to create trends. Suppose you are a Creative Leader (filmmaker, musician, artist, or service provider). In that case, this will give you a way an approach needs and find solutions that companies would not otherwise have discovered.

It is also possible for an entire business to be a thought leader in this way. So how does one become a thought leader? How do you become the influencer that everyone is listening to? The answer lies in what we have already said; you must lead the way. That means you need to either be the best or you need to be original. Let us imagine that you have a health blog. For instance, if you make a health blog that is just like every other health blog on the web and that has all the same articles and posts, then there is no way that you are going to be considered a thought leader; you are simply copying a tried and tested formula.

In this case, you are a thought follower. But if you produce your fitness ideas, find new ways to exercise, or put a new spin on your blog to appeal to a different audience, you will be novel enough to stand out. People will start to follow, and you become the thought leader. The other way to do this is to be the biggest and the best resource, but that requires more workforce and investment. Being unique is better. Before you can do any of this, you first need to find your passion. Unless you are enthusiastic about the industry, you are in. You will never be able to blaze that trail.

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