With the chaotic pace of business these days, the art of leadership is under continuous scrutiny. I remember 32 years ago when I spent the summer working in an automotive plant; when the leader came and told me to do something, I just did it. It wasn’t about what I thought, they just wanted my brawn. But we all know it is not the same world anymore. Leadership in the past was more of a right. If you had tenure in a business and you were ‘tough enough’ you got promoted into a leadership or management role. Your focus was simple: push as much work out the door as you can.
2011 flew by so fast, as it is incredible to think the year is coming to an end. The beginning and end of a year are always filled with the most excitement. It’s a time to reflect on your business’s performance and overall success, it’s also a time to seek out how you see the New Year playing out. Think about what it is that you and your business want. Is it to increase the organization skills? Increase your products and services to clients? Or how about just an overall improvement across all areas of your business?
Have you ever asked yourself the question…what am I going to do for ME today? All too often, we find ourselves wrapped up in the everyday happenings of life to take a moment to take care of ourselves. It may make us feel guilty or unproductive to think of ourselves before others and instead we continue to focus on those around us…spouses, kids, co-workers, bosses and the public in general.
15 to 30 seconds. That’s all the amount of time an employer needs to know if you’re in line for an interview or not. Hundreds of resumes go in and out of businesses every year, let’s make sure your next resume stays on that desk. 15 to 30 seconds is not a lot of time to impress an employer, that’s why less is better but making less, more powerful. It is hard to produce a winning document if you don’t know what employer’s are looking for. So let’s take a walk through of what you should include before you hand out your next resume.
Are you trustworthy? Enthusiastic? Confident? Relaxed? Ambitious? Do you have the ability to think outside of the box? If so, you are on a path to be an exceptional leader in your life, whether it is at work or your personal life. People like you, they have faith in you with your composite of great leadership traits.
Every business man/woman wants a winning team. I can guarantee that if you go up to the ‘Big Cheese’ at any business and ask, “Do you want a winning team?” they will respond by saying, “Yes! A winning team is a strong team.”
Success does not depend on some intangible, innate ability that only a few lucky people possess. It depends on five habits that can be cultivated by anyone. Highly successful people tend to practice the following behaviours:
First, write down everything you did yesterday. Really, stop and write it all down. Now, read it over. How many things on your list made you happy? How many made you miserable?
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing day after day. Life can seem boring and monotonous. Without any newness in our lives, it’s easy to dwell on and magnify our problems. Don’t allow yourself to settle for consistently average. Take steps to upgrade your life.
All healthy relationships require boundaries. They serve as guidelines, outlining acceptable and unacceptable behaviours for others. Interestingly, both bullies and victims tend to have weak personal boundaries, leaving them prone to co-dependent relationships.
To strengthen your personal boundaries:
• Take responsibility. Ultimately, you know what you need and want. Do not allow others to decide this for you. They may disagree with your choices – that’s okay. Be firm. They are responsible for their own feelings and reactions towards them.