Communication can be tricky. Many of us believe that if we ask lots of questions, we are communicating well and connecting with the other person. This may or may not be the case. To communicate effectively, we must ask the right questions at the right time to get the information we truly need. When asking … Continue reading OPEN SESAME: Secrets of Effective Communication
A solid strategy is critical to succeed in business and as a leader. The first step in creating a working strategy is to establish a company vision. Just as your strategy explains and projects success within the given market, your company’s vision serves as the engine that drives that strategy, and, ultimately, the company’s overall … Continue reading Making Your Vision a Tangible Reality
Last week, we discussed the pros and cons of the five main styles of leadership: Bureaucratic, Supportive, Directive, Traditional, and Collaborative. We made the case that collaborative leadership offers the most positive benefit to both companies and staff. And so the next logical question becomes, “How do you adopt a collaborative leadership style?” Step one … Continue reading Collaborative Leadership: Take Baby Steps
Think about your leadership style. There are five main types, each with its own pros and cons: Bureaucratic, Supportive, Directive, Traditional, and Collaborative. If you think about your style, you’ll realize you tend to focus on two main things: people and production. How much you focus on each defines your leadership style and helps you to interchange … Continue reading 5 Leadership Styles: Which One are You?
You’re the boss. You have the title, the responsibilities…and the unlimited power that comes with being the boss, right? Wrong. Two types of power go along with a leadership role: positional and personal. Positional power is an automatic gain; you have certain abilities and authority that are guaranteed while you retain your position; personal power … Continue reading Personal vs. Positional Power
The Art of Leadership You’ve been promoted. Now what? How are you going to lead people who are now counting on you for guidance? To answer this question, we must first understand what exactly leadership is. Though we may think we understand it, and we can certainly recognize its absence—how is leadership defined? Can you … Continue reading The Art of Leadership