They say, “trust who you train and train who you trust, I completely agree. Training the right people with preferable qualities will result in higher productivity and enhance performance. Staff are more confident, compliant and competent by increasing their knowledge and understanding. Training someone or a group of people insinuates a level of trust where your investing knowledge, expertise, time and exercising patience with a level of expectancy. You expect a return on your investment. You expect commitment, loyalty, growth and development. 

If you are going to train your team, allow room for mistakes but enable them the freedom to fail forward. To turn things into teachable moments. Micromanagement of any kind will aggravate and increase anxiety.  If they are properly trained and are well equipped and have adapted to their roles, then if they make wrong moves you can address it because at this point they should know better.

Training individuals you trust is tricky. You can pour into an individual and they either aren’t teachable or have a fixed mindset. That can feel like a tug of war on most days but its best to train anyway and enable them to be liable for the outcome. Sometimes we invest in the wrong people. We fail to recognize potential and good character in others and select sub-par participants. In life, things will happen and people will fail you. However. A good leader you must be able to pivot outcomes. 

Person may have certain skill but require character development. Quick thinking and being a solutional leader are needed here. Everyone should be cross trained to enable gaps and voids to be filled. Sometimes, we humans tend to train people we will perform well in a certain area and neglect others whom we are oblivious to their potential. It’s imperative to be aware and observant. There is potential all around us. Maybe we trained someone in systems management or logistics and although the information is good to know, it’s just not their thing. Could it be they are better off in another department?

A person may fail to produce results. Maybe this person is misplaced and doesn’t need to be thrown away (fired or moved unbeknownst to them) but reassigned. Their strengths have yet to be tapped into. Could it be this person outgrew this role or the role outgrew them?… a major factor to consider.

Anyone who is unfulfilled, underestimated, under stimulated or unchallenged will seem lazy when they are actually frustrated. Your role as a leader is gauge and redirect that. Maybe your company or organization grew and the role is now bigger than their ability. You might need them to partner up, gain new skills or enhance previous ones. They could be overwhelmed and trying not to disappoint the team. 

Most would argue that we can’t always build on strengths, while that is true. Its best to do basic trainings across the board and then have people developed within the area of expertise. We are not neglecting weaknesses. This is were professional development, coaching, “shadowing”, guidance and most of all encouragement is necessary. My mother used to say, “Encouragement sweetens labor”. Some folks will need that push just to keep them motivated and confident. Know that there are various learning styles, levels of understanding and everyone’s abilities are not infinite.

Many Leaders fail at training which is a failure to invest. Don’t allow nepotism or favoritism to take over. I call it the “”shiny new toy syndrome” Trust me, it can be subtle but will always be extremely noticeable. Sometimes, we are eager to train and engage the new that we push the old aside. This will ultimately lead to a decline in productivity, discord, disdain, anger, low morale, decrease in camaraderie and worst of all, division. A leader’s goal should be securing everyone in their place to build a strong team.

New people need to be introduced and integrated without causing a disruption within team dynamic. Leadership is responsible for establishing a culture and managing the environment. If you allow your team members to get lost into the background. When team new team members join, sometimes staff needs to recalibrate. While others may welcome with open arms, others may feel replaced, overshadowed or lose sight of their significance especially if someone new has the same expertise. Stages of a team may need to be revisited here. There are five stages of a teams’ development cycles such as:

  1. Forming – Excitement, questions, expectations and trust building.
  2. Storming – conflict, adaptation, frustration, a shift.
  3. Norming – inclusion, flexibility, resolve, acceptance, cohesion, synergy
  4. Performing – progress, team effectiveness, high competence
  5. Termination – strong conflict or needs change.

Having great knowledge about where your company is and going is critical. Strong conflict management and attention to behaviors are skills a Leader should always possess. The next step is access what type of individuals are needed in each area. Be prepared to develop, train and see where changes need to be implemented. Consider boosting morale in a shifting culture. Its imperative to have on going personal and professional development. Organizations who balance the two have higher productivity, retention and content team members.

Here are some benefits to training your team:

  1. Overall Retention
  2. Strengthens Skills
  3. Increases Understanding / Clarity
  4. Refreshes Current Staff
  5. Provides updates on protocols and methodologies
  6. Increase Engagement
  7. Develop Future Leaders
  8. Builds Relationships

Hope this blog helps you as a leader to develop a healthy work environment and healthy team, all the best!

Entrepreneurship: Creating Something out of Nothing!

Just picture this. You go to a river and desire to work the land to create streams. You are blessed enough to have tools and helping hands. Although it may be some work, we know with some persistence it is completely doable.

But now picture dry land with no apparent water. You do not have any helping hands. You have spent long-time testing and trying out areas where you could tap into water. You’ll dig most times without avail. Some are quite fortunate; they may get exactly what you are looking for which is water. You have just gotten something out of nothing. Moisture trapped under dry land. What a feat and accomplishment but we’re advised to work smarter not harder?

That visual in your mind is that of entrepreneurship today! Miracles are produced with the endeavors of grandeur. Determination to tap into a market with constant flow. What we don’t like to do is tap into a river that’s consistent already to make work easier. When you create a  “start-up” or Brick-and-Mortar business, it’s extremely challenging and sometimes tedious to establish.

Oh, to live the American dream and how astonishing to do so with nothing. Yes, it has been done but quality supplies and equipment all have a price. Sometimes, we may have to do what we dislike until we can fully embrace what we love.

Millennials and people of today no longer desire to work on anyone’s plantation only to be used, abused, discarded, underappreciated, and unaccomplished. Those days and that era are somewhat behind us. We look at entrepreneurship as the future. Trust me it is a new day; times have changed but we must ensure we make wise decisions that will benefit us in the long run. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone and not for the faint of heart.

Sometimes, getting ahead in this dispensation includes biting a bullet or two on a “9 to 5”. Many are lazy, stubborn, inconsistent, or rebellious and cannot submit to an overseer. Others have been hurt, disappointed, and frustrated from past experiences. Then, there is a small group; a peculiar set of passionate individuals who just have a fire, desire, and longing for something more. This group has big dreams and cannot afford to be limited. This group is ambitious and typically desires to make a difference. Their creativity and hunger for innovation can sometimes get stiffed and viewed as intimidating. This group knows their “why” and just needs some help getting started.

My advice, let the job fund your dream until your dream becomes your dream job. Don’t despise small beginnings (Zechariah 4:10).  Don’t be embarrassed about your process, instead trust it.

Take it one day and one step at a time. It may become a part of your speech, sermon, or oration. Begin with the end in mind (Steven Covey). Consider the outcome and create a plan highlighting the benchmarks, tactics, strategies, and set goals. Let your “why” strengthen you for your “who” and motivate you for your “what”. We all must start somewhere. My mentor Dr. Courney M. Bradley always says that “God is not a liar and he won’t give you a preview to then disappoint you with a nightmare”. He wouldn’t allow you to dream big or put a passion inside of you if you were never destined to achieve it. Above everything else he wants us to prosper in every facet of our lives and live our best lives. He is rooting for us all! In 3 John 2 (MSG), it states…”How truly I love you! We’re the best of friends, and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health—that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul”. Let that sink in. He desires for us to accomplish and live well. As Christian Entrepreneurs, we know we don’t have it any easier. We don’t just pray and everything becomes peachy. God is not a genie and miracles are not magic. We must put our faith to work and do something about the inspiration downloaded in us. Then you will witness a flow. He will instruct us on which land, which field, which team, and which tools to achieve success.  Flow is when you submit to THE Someone to help you create something out of nothing.

Black Business & Professional Integrity

The face of entrepreneurship has dramatically changed. Statistically, today’s entrepreneur is fourteen percent female and almost twenty-nine percent represent a minority group. They make up a great portion of the United States GDP (Gross Domestic Product) which is the sum of businesses that add to the American economy. Talk about grit and determination. These groups were often underestimated in the past, but are making their mark as they impact and influence several markets.

Traditionally, people would attend a university and rack up thousands in fees or work a nine to five in hopes that their efforts are acknowledged and compensated. The ladder of success seemed to have been missing some steps making things incredibly difficult for people to reach the top without having assistance. If you pay attention, the million and billionaires who grace covers of magazines are getting younger and diversity, more prominent. Entrepreneurship is the preferred avenue to achieve ultimate life goals. Today, we are in an era of the “woke” generation. There is awareness about any and everything because the information is at our fingertips. Social Media, viral videos, innovative ideas, and technological creations have allowed many to attain wealth quickly. “Throw away the ladder, airlift me to the destination,” says the mindsets of Millennials and Gen Z’s. Hard work is still applauded but they abide by the concept of “Working smarter, not harder!”. If you’re going to do a job, do what you love. People today don’t want to be subjected to a system, ill-treatment (from superiors), or disappointed by unsatisfactory salaries. If you’re going to “go hard” let it be for something you are passionate about that’s ultimately beneficial.

Many are supporting black-owned businesses and other cultural groups to prove that they are not unconsciously biased and contribute to change. Many African Americans believe that supporting a black-owned organization or enterprise is the fulfillment of an Ancestors’ dream. Many would agree that supporting your own culture will …

  1. Keep finances in the community.
  2. Increase representation.
  3. Increases social pride.
  4. Create community staples.
  5. Decrease the negative stigma of poverty, lack, and ownership.

 Representation is imperative right now and everyone is rooting for their own culture to have visibility and awareness. Today, we are aware that being socially and environmentally responsible is preferred. Everything is for a cause or “for the culture” but what happens when a culture has been misrepresented, misconstrued, misbranded, misclassified, and experiences social self-sabotage?

Let’s address the neon elephant on the block. Being labeled a “black business” can potentially hinder growth. I believe that black-owned businesses are often misconstrued because there are so many ill notions concerning professionalism or the lack thereof. Black businesses are not supported by African Americans because many believe that their culture is riddled with a lack of quality, customer service, proper communication, consistency, integrity, and efficiency.

Unfortunately, many have encountered unfavorable experiences with such businesses. While some argue that they experience a lack of support. People of Color prefer to support other races to obtain quality partnerships and encounters. The complaints often expressed… are a mile long but it’s actually social self-sabotage. When someone black says “you know it’s going to be late, it’s a black-owned business”, it is a form of social self-sabotage. Many have lost all faith within their race to produce favorable outcomes. This diminishing of support destroys not just a particular business but the reputation of an entire race.

We all know integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking. “Integrity is necessary, not an optional tool. it is an expression of love and passion for your business. This is the only way for your business to advance and succeed” says Anita from “Siomara’s Catering”. It’s not just doing the right thing but putting your best foot forward with good intentions. Many often associate branding with just colors and images that are presented on a public platform. What they fail to realize is, the true identity of your brand is YOUR character. Your core values, beliefs, ethics, and principles become evident in the brand. “What people say about you when you’re not in the room is your true brand identity,” says Brandon Monti of Connecticut. Your perspective will always creep into the culture and environment you create. What you represent as a person will transition and translate to what you present as a CEO.

The term “Black Excellence” is often a hot topic. African Americans love to use and overuse it to show support, pride, or approval. Vaughn Brandford of Brooklyn states that “I think most people are under the misconception of black excellence. Many utilize it as a shield to be subpar believing that they are exceptional by just mere existence. People believe that somehow it shields black people from discrimination and racism, which is a complete fallacy. We must understand, to be considered excellent, we must be excellent. Most of us won’t get a second chance at a first impression. If we know we’re representing more than just “us” then we should consider it in our presentation. The adjective “excellent” should be used without the “black” label. We should just strive to be amazing and successful owners who just happen to walk in excellence”.

Business Owners Tips to fight against statistics:

  1. Invest in professional development training.
  2. Hold others accountable.
  3. Acquire financial literacy and upgrade financial practices.
  4. Invest in software to remain organized and keep track of invoices and payments.
  5. Apply Ethics in everything.
  6. Vulnerability is a must! It’s not a crime to say “no”, “I’m unable to” or be honest about mistakes.
  7. Keep the bar of excellence high.
  8. Sensitivity training is highly preferred.
  9. Train staff on concepts of customer service and the power of a pleasant demeanor.
  10. Be reliable.
  11. Boost hospitality.
  12. Watch your tone.
  13. No compromise.
  14. Inferior service is not accepted!
  15. Develop a disdain for tardiness.
  17. Contracts are your friend.
  18. Make realistic promises.
  19. Be open to key partnerships.
  20. Learn and teach conflict resolution.
  21. Particiality is unkind. Many will be pleasant to another race but disrespectful or rude to their own.
  22. It’s not a competition but it is a competition. You need a comparative advantage for a competitive market. However, do not compare yourself to anyone else other than yourself. Monopoly is a game to play at home. Some competition is healthy to push you.
  23. Don’t be afraid to share information and resources. Even if people immatate you, they will never be YOU. Your unique presence in a saturated market is still needed.
  24. Do not take clients’ funds without providing a product or service and then ignore them. Clients should not have to chase you.
  25. Communication is your friend!

These tips are not to criticize but to aid in the development and formation of your next level in business. Be encouraged. Find joy and pleasure in what wakes you up every day. When you are intentional about living, you can live on purpose, expressing purpose. Elizabeth, owner of the famous “Bizzy Bakery” in Brooklyn states that “It does my heart proud knowing I can brighten a day just by being myself. I love that God allows me to do what I love every single day. Being respectful is a MUST, but being a nice person is a CHOICE. I just happen to be one of the few where being nice comes naturally to me”. “Lizz” is a prime example of how personal brand affects professional branding. She is extremely jovial and easy to interact with. She is a woman of her word and truly finds delight in seeing her customers happy. Her sweet demeanor encourages potential clients to try her sweet treats.

Dr. Courtney M. Bradley states that “you may not have one hundred dollars, but you can show support in a hundred ways!” It should not take another social uproar or protest in the country to drive people to support each other. Here are some ways to show support and as well as some tips for engagement.

  1. Let go of entitlement. Do not expect “favors” and complimentary service due to familiarity.
  2. Share promotional material on social media to increase reach and visibility.
  3.  Purchase something without an argument or debate about the price. Their time, energy, and resources were invested in their work.
  4. Encourage someone by acknowledging their good work or practices.
  5. Believe in the vision, it’s not just about the individual.
  6. Encourage others to support.
  7. Speak well of the company, word of mouth is one method of organic growth.
  8. Make a payment on time but communicate in case of an emergency.
  9. Arguing and yelling at owners isn’t the most effective way to make a complaint.
  10. Respect their payment methods and rules.
  11. Ask how you can help or volunteer.

To those who are business owners, working hard to set a standard, I salute you. Thank you for your time, energy, sacrifice, sleepless nights, early mornings, creativity, and passion. Your labor is not in vain, many appreciate all that you do to make a client or organization happy. To every person of color fighting against these common misconceptions, keep going. You being your best self helps combat what is contrary. To every female striving for excellence as a “boss babe” thank you. You are creating a pattern for the next generation to follow. The future of ownership and the reputation of modern leadership is in your hands.

Effective Leadership Pt.3

Insecurities & Leadership

We previously spoke about effective leadership and management styles. We have also discussed in depth the do’s and don’ts to leadership. Be sure to check those out.

My question to you today is… Are your emotions killing you professionally?  Too often, leadership is burning out and it’s their own hands. It’s when perspectives and level of self-importance are no longer tools but weapons.   

Whether a leader has a poor self-esteem or an exaggerated one, it affects everyone that they encounter and lead. Insecurities and egos are especially loud. Some leaders are too hung up and getting praises or playing on the emotions of others for empathy. They fail to delegate and run a one-man circus. They tend to take on more than they can handle. If things go wrong, they are quick to blame others or claim that their lack of assistance or the competence of the team is low. When success comes their way, the claim to have gotten to the result on their own. They are eager to receive accolades and high fives for their dedication and hard work. It’s a monster that is never satisfied despite the numerous awards and public recognition. This encourages staff not to work as hard or feel disregarded.

Insecure leadership is especially dangerous because these are the individuals who would put team members against each other. They often vie to create teams centered around on their relationships with others. They prefer to utilize those individuals who fail to correct their wrong or share the same morals and values. Insecure leaders often feel threatened by others and will create drama around others who do not agree with them. They manipulate, seek to control, rule by their opinions and emotions. They often compete with others to fill a void within and will do anything to manipulate, control and defame others.

It is paramount to heal and deal with personal matters. Emotional leadership is often people who set themselves on fire and then watch their team members encounter smoke inhalation. They end up being the cause and cure. The need for external validation will cause harm. We love to say that our professional and personal are separate but that’s not entirely true. The smoke of your personal will seep through barriers and small holes to attack the “lungs” of the innocent.

Insecure leadership will break up teams, visions, missions, organizations, loyalty and drive. And insecure Leader is one who manipulates, seeks control and rule by their emotions instead I’m using wisdom. Wisdom says train, organize, delegate and flow. 

Poor leadership personalities miss out in the joys and benefits of being able to impact, inspire and improve others. A confident and healthy leader will

  1. Teach & Mentor.
  2. Instruct
  3. Organize
  4. Have loyal team members.
  5. Brainstorm
  6. Empower & Impact.
  7. Have a shared vision.
  8.  Delegate
  9. Experience less stress.
  10. Express professional transparency

These leaders are more productive because they have time to focus on what’s important. They can take a stance in their role, make executive decisions and tend to be more focused. They are concerned about the overall well-being of those they are responsible for and their professional obligations. I admonish you, if your personal is starting to interfere with your professional, seek help NOW. If you are unsure, seek the feedback from trusted members who are not afraid to be open and honest with you. Don’t be ashamed to attend therapy or professional help. A better you means a better leader and only then, you can take the globe on by storm.

Effective Leadership Pt. 2

Previously, we discussed several styles of leadership as well as some amazing attributes of an Effective Leader. Unfortunately, just like everything in life there are some contrary perspectives and unfavorable behaviors. Some leaders allow personal insecurities and egos to seep into their work, many unbeknownst to them. They tend to rule with a iron fist. They don’t realize that fear is not the same as respect. Others suffer with superiority complexes which includes manipulation, nepotism, and degradation. These leaders tend to recognize efforts or potential. They rarely know their teams’ weaknesses or abilities. Not knowing your team is detrimental and can cost you everything. You may experience a high volume of turnover in departments and find yourself interviewing new staff more and more as displeasure spreads like a virus. Here are some things that can easily occur..

  1. Abilities are hidden and never get nurtured or developed.
  2. It’s imperative to desire wholeness as a person before leading or entering an industry. Your inner darkness becomes a plague that external parties have to live under.
  3. Underestimating potential and assigning the wrong roles that yield no fruit.
  4. Overlooking your staff because nepotism is prevalent. This will breed jealously, resentment and frustration.
  5. Discrediting hard work with will infuriate Staff. That frustration will result into many unwanted behaviors and many resignation letters.
  6. Lack of professional integrity
  7. Chaotic culture and a toxic work environment.
  8. Division
  9. Staff is in fear of the Leader but have no genuine respect.

Revenue is great but its priceless to have motivated, loyal and dedicated staff that see your vision as a torch to carry. Some may argue that point but let’s talk about what effective leadership looks like. Here are some behaviors, attitudes and practices to avoid…

  1. Sarcasm
  2. Backhanded compliments
  3. Manipulation.
  4. Exercising your superiority complex with a hint of narcissism.
  5. Harsh tones and obvious body langue of displeasure
  6. Unforgiveness of mistakes
  7. Promoting others prematurely or lacking skills
  8. Failure to acknowledge effort and hard work.
  9. Assumptions.
  10. Blame game is always your reasoning for failure
  11. Believing that things are personal.
  12. Internalizing everything instead of being vocal
  13. Failure to train is a form of neglect.
  14. Refusal to trust
  15. Micromanagement
  16. Inability to recognize potential.
  17. Avoidance of conflict
  18. Refusal to fire individuals of high ranking because you fear your company would lose a key employee.
  19. Unwillingness to be flexible.
  20. Poor communication skills.
  21. Tardiness is a lifestyle.
  22. Lack of Corporate vulnerability
  23. Allowing your ego to be your leader.

The above are obvious qualities that are unfavorable. You may say “that’s not me!” but you will never truly know until you get honest feedback. In your sight, you can be the best Leader in the world. Perspective is not EVERYTHING. Your personal brand and what poeple say about you when your not present speaks VOLUMES. Take time to take inventory of whats not on the shelves but inside you. You are the orginal brand ambassador for your company. What is your behavior portraying?

Please if you are a leader or plan on becoming one, keep an open mind. You may know best, but you do not know ALL. Also, some leeway for feedback even on your performance. Leaders are humans like everyone else. They do not always function at their peak. You will never have everything right but if your eager to learn and grow, so will your organization. There should always be room for growth. Remember each member is a plant that you are accountable to grow. It may require replanting, wisdom to know when and where to water, placement of seeds, providing light and ensuring the overall health of the whole.

Effective Leadership Part 1

Whether you have a small team or grand organization, one fact remains the same. No company can thrive without effective leadership. Effective organizations are ones that produce desired results along with high levels of productivity. Everyone’s leadership style is different and is composed of their own interactions with the world, role models and perspective. However, every style does not work. Although success is a speculative and defined individually, an organization is disabled if it is not a learning organization. Learning organizations have one main thing in common, forward thinking Leaders who have excellent social and management skills.

They said the age-old debate is whether “leaders were born or made?” I honestly believe both are true, but one theory holds more weight that we develop as leaders. Look at a small child who is extremely confident or has a natural ability to draw people, motivate ad lead. They are most likely to become leaders. They have an innate ability but sometimes life happens, and they develop poor perspective and behaviors. Who suffers? Everyone they encounter every relationship and interaction gets a taste. Therefore, professional development is essential and often used in all businesses and team structures.

There is always something to learn, discover and develop especially within. Some people can be timid but nurtured by the right leader, they too feel a burning passion and desire to help others and become world leaders. I stand on the belief that there are different types of leaders. Leadership should be viewed as a skill. Some have it naturally and others need to work on things more than others. However, just because you are in charge and call all the shots doesn’t mean that you’re a real leader. A good leader is an effective one.

Let’s take a look at nine main leadership styles and explore its meaning and level of effectiveness.

  1. Democratic Leader– this type of style is effective because the leader makes decisions based on the team members input, feedback, and perspective. This type of leader is one that listens and gives equal say on projects regardless of their place in the work hierarchy.
  2. Autocratic Leader – makes decisions that impact the entire organization without any input. This type of culture created is controlling and the “my way or highway” thinking. Dogmatism in full effect. You can guess the level of effectiveness here.
  3. Laissez- faire Leader – the least intrusive and engaged. This style often allows others to handle everything and refuses to get involved. They trust their team too much and give authority that isn’t observed or managed. This style is least effective an can be dangerous depending on the amount of freedom the leader gives.
  4. Strategic Leader – This leader ensures that all levels of management and operations works seamlessly. This leader tends to be more hands on and is very much aware of what’s going on in each part of the whole. This leader is supportive and is great with ensuring that everyone is motivated. They make excellent informed decisions and likes to plan and organize each aspect of the organization. This style is somewhat effective. The leader has to make sure that they are not too engrossed with multiple aspects so they can focus on what is necessary as an executive.
  5. Transactional Leader – creates an environment that thrives off incentives. Terms and conditions apply here. If you ahvieve “x” by the third quarter, then a bonus will be applied or some other appealing offer. People generally respond to incentives according to economists, but your team should desire to accomplish goals without the competition or a personal benefit.
  6. The Coach – this leadership style is full of positivity and inspiration. Their environment is saturated with high morale. This empowerment-based culture guides and encourages both personal and professional growth.  They are on the sidelines inspiring staff to perform well. They tend to give those locker room and pre-game speeches that inspire and hype up the team. This style highly effective.
  7. Bureaucratic Leader – this leader tends to abide by the book. There is no wiggle room to innovate or make changes. They might listen but will quickly reject opposing views that go against policy. This leader believes in “if its broke, don’t fix it”. There is no need to make reform unless a procedure or policy is posing a threat to the well being of the organization. If what worked in past times is still working, then there is no need to visit it. There is a lack of freedom, expression and creativity with this leader. This leadership style is slightly affective in some atmospheres but rarely affective in others.
  8. Servant Leader – this leader is mostly on the front line leading by example. Its like a Sergeant giving orders from the front line instead of the back. It’s a bold and powerful statement that you are also putting in the word and putting yourself out there. These leaders typically have sincere and loyal teams that wouldn’t mind going the extra mile because they know their leader would do the same.
  9. Transformational Leader – This leadership style focuses on the enhancement of others. This leader pushes others to grow beyond their capabilities. This leader understands that people learn at different rates but knows how to strategically impact everyone at their level. Transformational leaders are like a mix of a parent, a coach and cheerleader. Your always happy you crossed paths and they leave everyone feeling empowered or on a path of self-discovery. This type of leader is most likely to reproduce itself and inspire success stories.
High Resolution Leadership Concept

Successful Leaders who listen, engage and lead by example tend to produce at higher rates. They forge relationships with their members with boundaries. They ensure to foster a culture of creativity and innovation which occurs when your team is encouraged to explore, discover, think, and feel supported. My mother Cheryl used to say that “Encouragement sweetens labor”. I found that to be so true. Speaking down to someone will never get you want. A person who is told that they are believed in is mostly likely to push themselves and find joy in their work. When they find joy, moral is high and becomes the driving force to get things done. Don’t get me wrong you will always encounter staff that’s difficult and challenging but for the most part. Those who are goal oriented, believe in the vision and desire to please you will do their part. Their teams get motivated, establish trust and respect, enjoy their jobs, take their roles seriously. Some characteristics of an exceptional leader are:

  1. Firm with a good balance of humor and are relatable.
  2. Motivates, people leave their presence feeling confident.
  3. Does not mind others growing and succeeding past them.
  4. Promotes
  5. Views feedback as caring.
  6. Believes that unity is birthed in diversity and inclusion.
  7. Believes in a shared vision.
  8. Wisdom based decision maker.
  9. Fairness is not compromised.
  10. Exercise emotional intelligence and mindfulness.
  11. Trust who they train.
  12. Consistency is evident.
  13. Majors in conflict resolution.
  14. Enthusiasm begins with you.
  15. Integrity is always the standard.
  16. Recognizes other leaders and aim to develop them.
  17. Leads by example.

Stay tuned for Part 2 and more information about leadership and some behaviors to avoid.

Your Brand

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Building your brand requires clarity and consistency within your content. – C.George