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Leadership

GG helps you improve your English. I would like to help you improve your leadership ! This is what I found in my mailbox today :
"Most members of a team know when they’re doing their work well. They often have a particular area of expertise, and they have deadlines and deliverables.
For leaders, it’s a bit different. How do you show that you’re leading? Here are five competencies that good leaders demonstrate. They are related to one another, and each is framed with a question to help you think about opportunities to display leadership.
1. Visibility - We know that leaders need to be seen by followers--from formal presentations and announcements, to a crisis, to simple “managing by walking around.” The less-obvious occasions, however, are easily overlooked. They can be lost opportunities, or powerful expressions of leadership.
As a leader, when do you feel out of your comfort zone? Maybe it’s when you have to deliver bad or unpopular news, or mediate a conflict between direct reports, or perform a necessary task that you just don’t like. One CEO client told me that he found it hard to celebrate the “small to medium wins” that his team wanted acknowledged. He considered these victories just part of doing business. His solution was to ask his executives to publicize accomplishments up to a certain level, allowing him to save his praise for the really big achievements.
Ask yourself, “How am I visible to others when I don’t want to be?” The answer is not to pretend to like being visible--far from it. Instead, ask yourself this question prior to an uncomfortable event, and use it to help you prepare. Consider some behavioral options, and put yourself in a different mental space. Then you’ll be able to be visible in a more productive, less stressful manner.
2. Preparation - Many leaders are great at preparing the logistics of leadership (the facts and figures in a plan, or the pitch for a presentation). Too many leaders, however, don’t prepare regularly for the deeper daily requirements of leadership. This is a shame, because most leaders face complex challenges, relentless claims on their time, and increasing pressures to deliver on goals over which they don’t have direct control. A bit of regular preparation goes a long way.
Just as athletic activities involve physical, mental, and emotional energies, leadership is a “whole-body practice” and requires preparation of the whole person. The next time you are running through your checklist prior to a leadership event, ask yourself, “How have I prepared my whole self for this?”
3. Comfort - This is closely related to preparation, because leadership discomfort is greatly enhanced by a lack of preparation. In order to be more comfortable as a leader and to appear that way to other people, you need to practice (which is simple preparation repeated). By “comfortable,” I don’t mean perpetually happy or even relaxed--I mean grounded in your complete e

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  • Can we also learn something about how a good leadership looks like by watching, for example , Captain 'Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek' - The Next Generation? Does that sound ludicrous? I hope not.
    One remark of him I still remember: "Off the record- there is no real subsitute for being in charge."


    Hoping this doesn't look like nerd-talk: I deem Jean-Luc Picard a better leader than Captian Kirk.
    Kirk was more of a daredevil and a go-getter and a vain hero than an objective leader. And he often just settled altercations with his fists.


    Personally, I can't imagine being a leader and I don't want to be one. And I hold on to the adage: "There can't be only chiefs- there also have to be indians", because someone still have to do the work.


    Without somebody inventing the scents and perfumes, without somebody winning customers and without someone maintaining the IT landscape, a leader wouldn't have anything to lead.

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