Because those in cubicle world are so visible, there is a subconscious assumption that the person is always available. Following are some guidelines for our workday life in the cubicle world. READ MORE »
Do you know what it takes to be a dynamic communicator? Here is a communication checklist to help you:
- Check your body language, words and voice. Your non-verbal signals tell the real story of how you feel. Ensure that if your words are positive, the body and facial expressions are too. Tight fists or angry eyes with positive words will tell the listener that the message is not sincere or truthful.
Are you comfortable initiating conversations with people you have never met when you are at networking events? How about preparing ahead of time?
First off, do a self-assessment, know what is interesting about yourself and share it! YES, you have many interesting (business appropriate) things to share!
Here are some simple tips to get a dynamite business relationship started:
- Check your body language, words and voice. Your non-verbal signals tell the real story of how you feel. Ensure that if your words are positive, the body and facial
expressions are too. Tight fists or angry eyes with positive words will tell the listener that the message is not sincere or truthful.
- Shift your concentration and put the spotlight on the customer. This is a powerful way to break down barriers and gain cooperation.
In a study with several thousand people, individuals were asked to describe their best bosses. Over and over the respondents said things like, “I rarely talked to her” or “He left me alone,” or “She gave me total freedom to get the job done how I saw fit.” Step aside and let competent workers do what they do best. To be a leader, not a boss – keep your door open, instruct and guide, but do not micromanage. The first step in empowering people is to refrain from doing anything that reduces authority, energy and enthusiasm!
To Be a Leader, Not a Boss
INSPIRE: Inspire Others to Peak Performance. A transformational leader is one who excites and inspires people to perform far beyond their own expectations of themselves. They practice behaviors that cause their people to feel stronger, happier, more confident and committed. Just think what a contented staff can accomplish for your company and career!
INTEGRITY AND TRUTH-TELLING: Our integrity is revealed in our daily actions and reactions on the job. It originates from the heart, not from a desire to gain an advantage over others. An example would be to never pass the buck to cover up our own mistakes. We must be accountable, admitting our mistakes and seeking to rectify them. Even when we are discouraged and tempted to give up or compromise our integrity, we stick to our principles. When tempted, remember this quote by an unknown individual: “A person’s wardrobe tells you what he or she does, but their walk in life tells you what they are.” When people are asked what trait they most want in a leader, integrity and honesty generally top the list. Studies have shown that women bring to boardrooms an increased focus on ethics and positive authority. When the people around you know that you are a person of integrity, they know you can add value to their lives and not worry about your motives. They trust you. In everything you do involving other people, you are shaping and influencing their perceptions of you and the position you hold in their minds.
LEAD BY EXAMPLE: Respected and admired leaders jump in and do what needs to be done. The behaviors that bring you greater success and power always have a connection to inner strength. Think of all of the great historical leaders from Cleopatra to Catherine the Great. They weren’t unfeminine but rather great leaders with an extensive world view.
LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES and OUTCOMES: The impact of a leader has no bounds! An ancient quote from Phillip II of Macedon still holds true today: “An army of deer led by a lion(ess) is more to be feared than an army of lions led by a deer.” Why? A lion is involved, firm and confident, and scouts new opportunities for provisions. They take position for battle AND they take care of their own. Deer are peaceful, passive…and run away when frightened.
NURTURE AND INSPIRE: You can be a great leader without degrading others as you move forward, whether in a career or as a coach. Always be mindful of other’s feelings and never jump to conclusions about their behavior. No one knows what challenges they may be dealing with. Show that you care by finding out what is happening with them and be supportive.