Demonstrate Leadership Courage

Effective leaders need the courage to do what needs to be done … to do what they know is the right thing. Courage is about having the guts, nerve, and heart to do things that foster and support progress. Here are a few strategies that every leader should focus on:

Accept Responsibility

Courageous leaders avoid the temptations to fix blame and focus on the past. They opt, instead, to focus their attention on the future … on ways to solve situations as they are. If you have the courage to take blame words out of your vocabulary and accept responsibility to move forward, there’s a good chance that your team will follow your lead. When that happens, everyone wins.

Create Positive Change

The changes you lead people through today may not have a dramatic effect on the history of humankind, but they can have positive impacts on the professional lives of your team members. It takes courage to move others out of their comfort zones and into uncharted waters. There can be resistance at every point in the process. Therefore, you have to stay at least one step ahead – always focused on the results to be achieved. Embrace change because when you stop changing, you stop improving.

Hire and Promote the Best

When you have an open position, look upon that challenge as a great opportunity. Surrounding yourself with extraordinary talent is not just an important part of your job – it’s also critical to your success! You have the ability to make a tremendous difference in the make-up and performance of your team. Have the courage to “hire tough so that you can manage easy” … and reap the other rewards that come with it.

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It Takes Courage to Be an Effective Leader!

It Takes Courage to Be an Effective Leader!

“Go above and beyond, you get noticed. Screw up, you get noticed. Do good solid work, you’re just there.”  Sound familiar? Actually, that’s a verbatim quote I recently heard from a friend of mine – and it’s one that really got me thinking. As a leader, how often have I been guilty of giving most of my attention to the best performers (“super stars”), and those with performance problems (“falling stars”), while taking for granted the vast majority of team members in between – the “middle stars”? That’s a question you might want to ponder, yourself.
In their masterfully written book Leadership Courage, best-selling authors David Cottrell and Eric Harvey addresses this topic (and many others) head-on. And they provide a wealth of information and strategies for ensuring that your team’s faithful majority don’t end up as theforgotten majority. The excerpts below are definitely worth remembering, applying, and sharing with others.
And here’s something else worth remembering: As the largest segment of the employee population, middle stars are the backbone of your team. Many are people who occasionally exhibit super-star behaviors but are inconsistent in their overall performance. They are important, “on the bubble” contributors – with the potential of becoming super stars … or falling stars. Clearly, your ability to affect the performance of this group is critical to your success as a leader.

Hope you enjoy this excerpt “TIPS FOR LEADING “MIDDLE STARS” from the book Leadership Courage.

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1. Build their confidence by increasing their responsibilities. Start small and then increase as they achieve success. Sometimes employees are unsure of their ability to excel. Allow them to discover their “hidden” talents and encourage them to exceed their own expectations.

2Give frequent and accurate performance feedback. Be specific. Clearly explain what is required for them to become super stars on the team.

3Teach them how to set goals to keep their performance on track. And, by all means, hold them accountable for those goals.

4“Catch” them doing good things, and then praise them. The more you focus on finding the good, the more good you will find … and the more they will do! Reinforced behavior becomes repeated behavior.

5Hook them up with a super star for mentoring. An effective mentoring program provides middle stars with positive role models and encourages super stars to be even more involved. That’s a good deal for everybody!

6Create rewards that appeal to their personal values. Maybe you are rewarding team members in ways that you like to be rewarded – and it is not working for them. They will be happy to tell you what motivates them … if you’ll just ask.

Often, it’s the “small things” you do that will inspire middle stars to become super stars – things like remembering facts about them and their family; asking their opinions on job-related matters; showing empathy when they’re facing a personal crisis; taking the time to listen to them; or merely doing something special when they need a boost. These are, by the way, things that should be done with and for ALL employees.

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Your Daily Inspiration

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Determine the specific goal you want to achieve. Then dedicate yourself to its attainment with unswerving singleness of purpose, the trenchant zeal of a crusader.
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Hire People for WHO They Are!

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Hire People for WHO They Are!
One of the biggest mistakes most employers make is to value previous work experience above all else.
In today’s rapidly changing world, however, experience is “how it used to be done.” When hiring
people, look for traits like hard-working, good team player, dependability, integrity, etc. – rather
than just an inventory of skills they acquired in previous employment.

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