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Countless Different Things Make a Great Leader

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

What you do has fa are more significant impact than what you say. - Stephen Covey

Not only that, but it is also true that every leader is different, and one person's leadership style might differ. But while this is true, there are still consistent features that you will find in any great leader. This presentation will examine five of the most important secrets that all great leaders share. One, they have control over their emotions. Control of your emotions is critical to being a good leader. Leaders cannot be seen as panicking and must not yell or rant at their team when frustrated. You need to be as solid as a rock and forge ahead, even when the going gets tough. This takes immense mental discipline, so better work on it, too. They care deeply about what they are doing. Can you be a leader? Even if you hate what you do? Probably, can you be a great one? Not. Passion comes across when you speak to people. And being excited about your work will motivate the team more than anything else you can do or say. If you do not already love the work, try to find something you love about it or do something else. Three, they see the big picture. Your job as a leader is to see the big picture so that you can delegate work and let your team take care of the details. You might have started in it and risen to management. But now you can no longer be an IT guy. Your job is to know a little bit about every aspect of your work to guide the entire project smoothly for them to take responsibility. As a leader, you are in charge. That means you are responsible when things go well. And when they go badly. Do not blame your team. They need you to be a protective buffer so they can have the confidence to work their best without dealing with the consequences. Five, they care about their team. If you look after your team, then they will look after you. Your team is your most important asset. And your job is to nurture them to get the best out of them. See them only as a resource, and they will quickly lash out and push back. Great leaders look out for that underneath them. And that earns them incredible loyalty.

How to encourage productivity without hurting creativity.

If you are in charge, part of your job is to motivate your team to finish their work on time. In a management setting, for instance, you will have targets you need to meet and deadlines to work to. And that means you must encourage your team to work fast and not spend their time chatting around the water fountain. So, what do you do? One popular choice is to incentivize the work and offer rewards for those who complete their projects on time. The only problem is that, according to psychologists, this can hamper creativity. Why? Because when we are working towards something, we put pressure on ourselves. You enter the fight or flight response when you pressure yourself and become stressed. Yes, even if you are working toward a reward, rather than working to avoid punishment, you still trigger a stress response. To think creatively, we need to relax when we relax and give ourselves space to consider. This causes more neurons throughout the brain to fire. In short, when panicking, you become highly focused on a single type of thinking. At the same time, relaxation allows the mind to wander, where imagination and inventiveness come from. So, what is the solution? One choice is to consider the various kinds of work that need to be done and treat them differently. Data entry, for example, does not need creative thinking to be finished. In this case, supplying rewards or bonuses can be an excellent way to get your team to work faster. But time and space are unnecessary for creative problem-solving or even coding. Your job as a leader is to segregate these kinds of tasks. This could mean putting one team on the grunt work and another on the creative work and then getting them to switch. Alternatively, it could mean creating windows for working on each kind of project. Perhaps let your team work creatively until lunch and switch gears afterward. Although eating triggers the release of relaxation neurochemicals, such as serotonin and melatonin, so you might be better to swap those two around. A leader’s job is to assign the right person to the right job and motivate them in the right way. As it turns out, knowing a minor in neuroscience can come in handy.

How to Turn Your most prominent critics into your most incredible supporters.

History is filled with great leaders and influential characters. These figures might have been quite controversial about what they believed or conducted. But that does not mean we cannot take lessons from how they motivated their followers or dealt with dissidents. In this case, we will look at the point of Mussolini, the Italian dictator who can teach modern leaders how to deal with rebels and naysayers in their ranks. Listen and learn. Transform Gizmo. Mussolini was a political theorist with predefined methods for dealing with various situations that would arise as he led. One such strategy was called Transform mismo. Here, he would take the loudest critics in his party and then get them on his side by giving them jobs of immense importance. This goes against our instincts, but it is a much more effective way of neutralizing a threat than the alternative. Often, when someone is vocally critical of our leadership style, our first impulse might be to cut them off and isolate them, remove them from others whose opinions they might sway, punish them, or make an example. But all this does, is make them more bitter, angrier, and more motivated. Worse, it can make a martyr out of them and turn you into the bad guy. It is only a matter of time before they gather their resources and try to stage a coup.

On the other hand, promoting your critics and giving them a key role within your organization will flatter them and prove to them that you value their opinion. And it would help if you viewed that disagreeing with your own is far more valuable than having more yes men.

What is more, is that this person will often quickly learn the burden of leadership and realize why things are not relatively so easy. They will soften your position and at least better understand your motivations. More than anything else, they will be too busy at this point to become dangerous. That and you will be able to keep a close eye on them. As they say, Keep your friends close and enemies closer. Next time someone in your ranks starts to kick up a stink. Consider offering them a raise instead of trying to shut them down as quickly as possible. You may just create a powerful ally.

Three ways to have a more commanding presence.

An organization’s ability to learn rapidly translates that learning into action is the ultimate competitive advantage. - Jack Welch

A leader does not need to be a mountain of a person with a large chest and broad shoulders. He does not need to be able to command armies with a booming voice and tons of charisma. But do you know what? It sure helps. In this presentation, we will discuss how to give yourself a more commanding presence. And that way, make sure that people will sit up and take notice of one dress for the occasion. As a leader, you need to set an example. And it would help if you made people take you seriously. While it might sound shallow, one crucial way to do that is to dress the part and take care and your appearance. You think that what you wear should not matter. But what you are doing here proves that you care about what you do and can present yourself well. Those are comforting things to see in a leader. Another trick is to try to add a dash of red into the mix, a tie or lipstick for women. Red is one we unconsciously associate with leadership. And it is also a color that draws attention to itself to learn to enunciate. If you are going to be an influential leader, then you will want to avoid mumbling into your chest and speaking with all the volume of a dormouse. Again, you do get quiet leaders, but they are less common.

Learn to project by speaking from your diaphragm, and be careful to pronounce your words carefully. A quick and easy tip is to slow down the pace of your talking. This makes you come across as more intelligent. And it gives you more time to consider how you will phrase the following sentence. If you are struggling, consider getting lessons on speaking appropriately and presenting yourself. Even consider studying opera. Three, develop your charisma. Everyone wishes they were a little more charismatic. And, of course, it is not as easy as simply becoming charismatic. If it were, we all would be magnetic. But there are things you can do to develop this trait. Try gesticulating more and using more space by moving around as you speak. These things have been shown to make others judge us as more charismatic. More important, though, is to find passion in what you are saying. This will naturally lead you to speak up and gesticulate more, as you will believe in what you are doing, which will come across your entire body.

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