Can the confidence you hold from your past successes lead to a misstep in your current endeavors?
David had one goal as he walked down the hall with his head hung low: make it back to his office without running into anyone. He watched the floor pass beneath him, still unable to believe his end-of-the-month meeting with Greg, his manager, went the way it did. A few weeks earlier, a family emergency […]
Suzie, a rising star sales rep in her company, exits Damien’s corner office. As regional sales manager, Damien is known for hitting his numbers and creating innovative ways to achieve targets. However, despite his good results, Damien’s progress to the next level of leadership has stalled. As Suzie takes a deep breath walking toward her […]
Regarded as the foundation of emotional intelligence, emotional self-awareness is a leader’s capacity to understand his or her emotions, the behaviors that emerge from them, how they affect one’s performance, and how others’ perceive them as a result.
Although high IQ makes leaders smart, high emotional intelligence (EI) makes leaders great. An effective leader with high EI can navigate the complexities of the market and the emotions of themselves, their teams, and their customers.
Leaders who “check their blind spots” position themselves for success by knowing what competencies they possess, how those relate to the success of the company, and how others around them—peers, direct reports, customers, etc.—perceive their day-to-day effectiveness. In other words, a 360-feedback survey is a professional development, “How’s my driving?” sticker.
Truth is, no matter how thrilling or frustrating the year was, every leader can capitalize on the opportunities the end of the year brings to reflect and ready themselves to begin the new year with fresh outlooks, eager teams, and renewed confidence.
Executive leaders operate at the crossroads of many pressures. They’re human, which means another reality emerges at leadership’s crossroads: fumbles. So how should a leader lead in light of the inevitability of a fumble or mistake? How should they lead when it occurs?
Of all the abilities an executive leader must possess, delegation may be the most crucial. Delegation is intrinsically connected to every aspect of executive leadership.
Inspiring leadership takes intentionality every day to adopt, contextualize, and translate these practices into your leadership habits. And while three- or four-day conferences play a genuine role in a leader’s growth, they’re no replacement for a leader’s pursuing intentionality today so they can be effective tomorrow.