ENNA A. BACHELOR
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People often debate the question, “Are leaders born or made?” There’s no doubt that some people seem to be born leaders; but on the other hand, there are a lot of people who seem to grow into the role of being a leader by virtue of their accomplishments, promotions, and continued education. Of course, even those who are natural leaders will be more effective as leaders if they purposely develop their leadership skills, and the truth is that any leader can be a better leader if he/she intentionally practices some important behaviors.
There are some leadership qualities that seem more intuitive. However, there are other important leadership skills that any person can develop, and competency in these areas will help improve a leader, even if he/she feels inadequate in some of the more mysterious qualities such as being charismatic, visionary, or dynamic. These may seem rather mundane, but they can…
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What’s the bigger challenge—coming up with good plans or executing those plans?
I showed them a 2×2 grid with Plan along one axis and Execution along the other. I asked the participants to identify where they saw initiatives ending up in their organizations. More than 375 people responded. Here’s where they located most initiatives in their experience:
Bad Plan – Good Execution (13%)
Good Plan – Good Execution (4%)
Bad Plan – Bad Execution (8%)
Good Plan – Bad Execution (74%)
The problem, as this group saw it, was execution.
Are these numbers unusual? No. In Navigating Change: How CEOs, Top Teams, and Boards Steer Transformation, authors Donald Hambrick, David Nadler, and Michael Tushmanreported similar research numbers with 70 percent of their respondents also falling into the…
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Many leaders struggle with balancing their tenacity and their results. Surely there is more than one way to skin the proverbial cat but you can’t just go around like a bull in a china shop, (all the time) trying to intimidate people into producing. You will get “results,” but you probably aren’t maximizing the productivity or creativity in the group. What happens when you are the bull who owns the china shop? Now you are affecting your own bottom line by being reckless.
To be sure, there are times when a leader must be aggressive, Strike a balance and make adjustments as necessary!
ENNA A. BACHELOR
I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down. – Mia Hamm
Your success as a leader is the result of hard work and determination. The path has been paved with long hours of sweat equity and sacrifices you made to be where you are today. Your determination to not let your teammates down or yourself is the result of your all-in dedication and resolve. Don’t allow any setback or discouragement to prevent you from running your race. You are too strong, too talented, and have come too far to quit! Your destiny is within reach!
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Processes improve fastest when those involved understand the whole process rather than just their piece of it. ~ R.Nayak”
Enna A. Bachelor
When it comes to building trust in relationships, someone has to make the first move. One person has to be willing to step out, be a little vulnerable, and place trust in another person. Is it risky? Yes! Without risk there isn’t a need for trust.
So in a work setting, who makes the first move, the leader or the follower? Some would argue that trust has to be earned before it is given, so that places the responsibility on the follower to make the first move. The follower needs to demonstrate trustworthiness over a period of time through consistent behavior, and as time goes by, the leader extends more and more trust to the follower. Makes sense and is certainly valid.
I would argue it’s the leader’s responsibility to make the first move. It’s incumbent upon the leader to extend, build, and sustain trust with his/her followers. Why?…
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