6 Tips to Help You Succeed as a Leader

Christian heads many organizations and several Professional Associations. He was always respected. Whatever he says, goes. He retired recently, and decided to use his knowledge to start a renowned Group to make a difference to others in the community. He was successful. Within a year the group grew to several hundreds, with many eager to join his endeavor.

However,  Christian has one problem. The group has grown and comprised millennials and others who expect a participatory leadership style. They shared ideas which little by little were shut down, avoided, or disregarded. The members now wonder whether it makes sense for them to be involved in the organization.

A Creature of habit, Christian exhibits the traditional authoritarian leadership style. Permit us to say that we are not sure if that is going to hold in today’s society.

Christina Folz in her article titled Lead From Where You Are, shared 6 tips to help you succeed as a leader:

  1. Accept Failure
  2. Embrace who you are
  3. Build relationships early
  4. Question Everything
  5. Find People who Challenge you
  6. Take initiative

Of the points raised my top three include, accepting failure because it means you have tried. You don’t wait around until things are safe before stepping out.

Building relationships is also crucial to success. My own research on Success Strategies confirmed this when I interviewed leaders of several organizations to find out the traits that made them successful.

The third point concerned finding and working with people who challenge you. Doing this encourages creativity, and a creative team propels an organization or team’s success.

There you have it, my top favs selected. From the list, do you have a favorite, or two? Do share.

Cheers!

3 Directions. Which One Are You?

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Do What you Can with What you have, Where you are.  ~Theodore Roosevelt

~Melanie is at a crossroads in life. She graduated college, got a job and has been working ‘just because‘.

~David has worked as a senior manager for over 10 years but over the past three years he has been dreaming of more. His sense of purpose has been lost. He feels he is drifting.

~It’s been 4 years since Carol lost her job due to restructuring. Since then she has worked odd jobs, has big dreams but through fear hesitates to take the step to Enroll to accomplish her goals.

~Mark dreamed of his passion. Took the steps to achieve and now enjoys the benefits of his entrepreneurial ventures. Still he seeks more ways to learn, develop his skills, and grow.

We have all been there. Life’s crossroads beckons times of reflection pushing us to search deep within our souls to find out if there’s more to life. We ponder about the next step. Where should we go? What should we do? How should we do it? or should we do it at all? John Maxwell speaks about the 3 kinds of people when it comes to Viable directions in life. These are:

3 Kinds of People in Pursuit of Goals

1.People Who Don’t Know what they would like to do.

These people are confused. They dabble, drift, with no sense of direction. If they grow, it is without focus.

2. People who Know what they would like to do but Don’t do it

These people are Profusely frustrated. They worry, they fear. They want to step out but are afraid they won’t be able to take care of their responsibilities. Sometimes they are not willing to pay the price to learn, grow, and move closer to their dream. Sadly, these people also miss out on reaching their potential.

3. People who know what they would like to do and do it.

These people are fulfilled. They possess a strong sense of passion, they achieve their purpose, they grow, they learn, they develop. As they strive for more we Chuckle thinking they are perfect but they know better as they seek continuous development.

You may also like What Does Success Mean to you?

This was previously shared but it’s now time for a revisit. Look back on the list, which type resonates with you? Consider. Reflect. Share. Puzzled and need help? Let’s connect.

Cheers!

Where’s Your Dream Travel Destination?

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Paris, Santorini, Dubai tops the list!

Where do you wish to travel in the next 1-3 years? Which destination tops your list? Do you dream of traveling to enjoy the culture of others near or far? Traveling to learn about other people in distant lands?

Like Cavity, in the movie Eat. Pray. Love; Julia Roberts decided to get away to (as it were) find herself. Well she was not alone. The question was asked where’s your dream travel location? A few said “All over the world”,  but while we Sympathize, that doesn’t count. Goals must be specific to be achieved. Here I share excerpts as the masses chimed in:

Destinations

  • Bora, Bora
  • Rome
  • New Zealand
  • Santorini
  • Paris
  • British Colombia, Canada
  • Maldives, Santorini, Rio, Bali
  • Greece, Spain, Italy
  • San Francisco
  • Washington
  • New York
  • LA
  • Egypt
  • Greece, Dubai, Hawaii, Brazil, Paris
  • Mecca
  • Cuba
  • Shiraz, Iran
  • Rance
  • Aruba
  • New Zealand, Hobbiton
  • Greece
  • California
  • Florence, Italy
  • Prague
  • Toronto, Amsterdam, Dubai, Bangkok, Honolulu, San Francisco
  • Las Vegas, Orlando
  • Switzerland, Japan, Havana

Any missing that’s on your own list? Do share!

Cheers!

About That Profile Pic…

LinkedIn Profile Pic

On the job hunt? Networking? Building a business? What does your profile pic say about you? Any Inkling of something Inscrutable? These tips courtesy of Careerealism TV will help.

LinkedIn Profile Picture

  • Cropping People of the Picture
  • Poorly Lit or Blurry
  • Using Instagram Filters
  • Taking yourself too seriously
  • Goofy Expressions
  • Not Looking at the Camera
  • Too Far away
  • Never Use Black and White Picture
  • Not Having a Picture at all

Take a look. The video tells all. Then take a  look at your own Profile picture on LinkedIn. See anything that depicts a failed image? Don’t Stifle your progress. It’s time for a change.

Working on transitioning your career? Let’s connect.

Cheers!

Travel Afar: A Moment’s Notice…

By the way, wanna come?

Leyan was out with her friend buying last-minute items for the apparent Silhouettes of a trip to Europe, when suddenly they asked if she wanted to come. She thought about it. Being away from work for a few weeks she had nothing planned. Like a Trill without thinking too long she turned and said…oh why not.

Immediately they called to book travel arrangements and the next day she was off. Coincidence…don’t you just love ’em?

Have you ever done it? I mean thought about doing something way out of the blue at a moment’s notice? Here, we are not thinking about life situations where you have no choice such as sickness, and others. We’re talking here about just getting up and going somewhere that will benefit and relax you …

Just Because

Just because you’re you. May I challenge you to try it one day. Just get up and do something different…something unique, something you’ve never done before. Trust me, you’ll surprise yourself, while others will be left aghast, you’ll be smiling all the way.

Just do it.

Cheers!

What Area of Your Life Do you Want to Improve?

“What Area of Your Life Do you Want to Improve?” – Brian Tracy

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It’s not a trick question. Your Life, what area do you wish to improve? New entrepreneurs and career seekers jumped in droves to respond.  Surprisingly, common responses pertained to interpersonal skills, communication, finances, self-confidence, and people skills. Here I share some of their other responses.

Top 3 Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs…

  • Trusting myself
  • Quality of Speaking
  • Financial Situation
  • Dare to Change
  • Self-confidence
  • Career
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Making friends
  • Knowledge and Diligence
  • Multilingual
  • Knowledge and money
  • Strength
  • Earnings
  • Work Change
  • communication in order to better network
  • Building business
  • Personal Development
  • Education
  • Freedom
  • Speaking without Self-doubt
  • Procrastination
  • Health and fitness
  • Spiritual
  • Wisdom
  • Technical skills pertaining to technology
  • People skills
  • Setting boundaries
  • Self Discipline

Interested in your own personal development? Any skills not shown? Don’t be Tardy, do share.

Cheers!

9 Reasons People Fail…

Failure isn’t fatal, but failing to change might be. – John Wooden 

Paul sat alone at home depressed. Why does this keep happening to him? He had lost his job last month and sat contemplating what he was doing wrong. There must be something he is missing because he had been terminated from his last 2 jobs in the same way. Though he tried, success seemed to keep a distance.

Paul is not alone. Many, including Entrepreneurs find themselves in similar Dominant situations, often without understanding the reason(s) for loss of a contract or job dismissal. Here I share 9 Reasons People fail.

  1. Misaligned Goals
  2. Self-Imposed limitations
  3. Procrastination…never taking actions
  4. Inability to Face Adversity
  5. Underestimating the Use of Time
  6. They Don’t Plan
  7. They Always Give Up
  8. Always in the Wrong Place
  9. They are Afraid

Want more Candid details? Read article 20 Reasons Success Eludes Some published before yet things have not changed for some people. Apathy can infect any area of our lives and when it strikes it produces failure. The scariest part is how contagious it is. It spreads to other areas of our lives and causes us to get stuck.

If any of the above resonates with you, take the time today to do something about it. Need help? Let’s Connect.

Cheers!

9 Movies That Inspire Self-Discovery…

You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.

“The whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.” Pi

Forrest Gump

The Help

127 Hours

Under The Tuscan Sun

Terrible Idea…Don’t you just love them?

Beautiful Mind

Schindler’s List

Eat Pray Love

There are many more movies that inspire us to believe in our dreams. Movies that encourage us not to give up when the going gets rough. Movies that move us beyond the Horizon into self-discovery… a place where the sky is the limit.

Can you add any of your favorites?

Cheers!