Sunday, July 15, 2018

L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P - (1 of 3)

Talking some more about Leadership, you may remember that I published a series of posts 2 years ago titled: L.E.A.D.E.R (see links below). Being a lifelong learner, I was curious what others thought and found this article by Rita Balian Allen (@RitaBAllen) (and yes I got her permission to share this). Interestingly, we have 2 leadership skills in common. I added the pictures and my comments in green font.

Top Ten Competencies of Leadership:
Listening Skills - conducting and initiating dialogue that requires active and reflective listening; being attentive to what others are saying, asking good questions, obtaining accurate comprehension; focusing on the other person’s thoughts and perspectives; as well as strong interpersonal skills to maintain a productive and substantive dialogue
Emotional Intelligence - effectively communicating between the emotional and rational sides of our brain; EQ can be developed and is defined in four dimensions - self awareness (self-assessment), self-management (self control), social awareness (empathy) and relationship management (relationship building), according to psychologist and author Daniel Goleman 
EWE: For me, Emotional Intelligence is knowing how to lead others with your heart not just with your head. 
In my opinion, EI also referred to as EQ (Emotional Quotient) is the essence of this quote which has been attributed to very many people from Theodore Roosevelt to John Maxwell (italics mine): 
"People won't (actually don't) care how much you know until they know how much you care." 
Action-Oriented - leading by example and creating a culture that enacts values stated and achieves results; doing what you say you will do and what you ask of others; giving priority to the learning initiatives necessary to achieve desired results; and ultimately, having the ability to develop the people around you, encouraging growth, and risk-taking EWE: I believe that everyone has to have aspirations however, without action, you will never achieve those aspirations irrespective of how much you believe and how long you have conceived that aspiration for.
Diversity Awareness - endorsing a culture that understands and recognizes the importance of diversity for success; embracing the cultural, social and economic needs and differences within this diversity; providing positive influences and role modeling; and promoting the value-add of everyone 
EWE: For my thoughts on this, I welcome you to read my articles: 
Variety is the Spice of life

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To be continued...

Friday, June 15, 2018

Can you?

That is a question that comes up now and leaders we need to help those around us give the right answer.

Friday, June 1, 2018

You've got the power...

A few decades ago, I read this quote that has continued to light and even fire me up (pun intended) and this picture is definitely worth a thousand words:

I believe it is important to point out that this is a universal principle irrespective of gender. However, I'll just focus on women in this post since we are the target audience of this blog.

Lighting others up can occur in different ways. A few weeks ago I read someone's Birthday message to her father and she said: " taught me never to look down on anyone except to tie their shoes." What a powerful life lesson! Translating it means that we must never look down on any lady/woman except to "polish" their shoes. This reminded me of this quote: "Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world"* which I wrote** about a few years ago in a different context. 

The point here is that each of us can light up or empower others so they can pursue their dreams with passion and fulfill their purpose. A few years ago, when I volunteered as an Image Consultant with an organization that supports women***, it was amazing how taking the time to "polish the shoes" of the ladies we served made a significant impact on their confidence. A lot of them were competent but lacked confidence. Interestingly, a few weeks ago, I wrote about competence and confidence so I will not derail, feel free to read that prior post****.
Bottom-line: If you truly feel that "you've got it together"
- reach out, look down, look around and help someone else.

If you take only one thing away from this post, remember that:
Each of us has the power to #Empower others...

* Marilyn Munroe

L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P - (1 of 3)

Talking some more about Leadership, you may remember that I published a series of posts 2 years ago titled: L.E.A.D.E.R (see links below). B...