Forget quarterly and annual reviews. In today’s workplace, it’s all about instant feedback. Millennials have learned to expect instant responses to texts and very quick turnaround on Internet searches. As they populate the workplace in greater numbers, leaders need to learn how to engage their employees by providing regular feedback about performance much more frequently … Continue reading I’ll Text You Next Year
For Collaborative leaders, it’s all about satisfaction and support. Unlike the other four leadership styles we discussed in last week’s blog, “Pick a Style: The Five Types of Leadership,” Collaborative leaders focus on production and people concurrently. Their philosophy is that a dynamic balance must exist between the two, as production and people are interdependent. … Continue reading Can’t Get No Satisfaction: Collaborative Leader to the Rescue
When it comes to leading effectively, learning to choose the right leadership style is everything. Depending on personality, circumstance, and goals, we need to understand which style is suitable for the situation at hand. Two highly regarded leadership academics, Robert Blake and Jane Mouton, have identified the five leadership styles: Bureaucratic, Supportive, Directive, Traditional, and … Continue reading Pick a Style: The Five Types of Leadership
Good job. Nice work. Affirmation is the least used, yet most powerful, motivating tool we have. It only takes a moment to thank and appreciate a contribution from a colleague. Yet, sadly, we often don’t take the time to do it. In survey after survey in companies across America, fewer than 30% of employees characterize … Continue reading Affirmation: Thanks for Your Contribution
Listening well is the essential first step to effective communication. If we truly hear what others are saying, we are communicating effectively and connecting to those around us. How many times have we thought we communicated effectively with someone, only to find out they didn’t hear a word we said? We might think we’ve communicated … Continue reading Do You Hear Me?
Most of us learn to lead in a very random fashion. We learn from the people around us in our careers, and we generally have little or no control over the great majority of people we are exposed to in our work. If we are lucky enough to work with strong, effective leaders, we learn … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Random vs. Purposeful