This week I have the pleasure of helping to promote the book Awakening Compassion At Work by Monica Worline and Jane Dutton. It is a definite must read for all organizations, leaders, managers and employees too!
Awakening Compassion At Work opens our eyes to the power of and importance of compassion in organizations and reveals caring as a competitive advantage that fuels innovation, service quality, adaptability, retention, and more.
The quiet power that elevates
Suffering in the workplace can rob us of humanity, dignity, and motivation. Often silent and left unaddressed, suffering is a costly drain on organization productivity and potential. Marshaling evidence from two decades of research with organizations in a variety of industries and sectors, scholars and consultants Monica Worline and Jane Dutton show us how small actions can have big effects. Offering a view of compassion that is grounded in the best of social science research and the new science of compassion, this book teaches four ways that anyone, regardless of position or role, can bring more compassion to their work lives. Continue reading
One of my favorite leadership authors is back! I am excited to be participating this week in the launch of Leaders Made Here by Mark Miller. I love Mark’s work and this is no exception. Mark truly gets what it takes to be a great leader and create more leaders, not just followers. Mark’s work is easy to relate to as he uses storytelling to reinforce the messages and lessons that he wants you to learn. He is an author that I consistently recommend to others.
The following is a guest post from Mark Miller.
Excellent leaders are few and far between. If you’ve worked at a couple of different jobs in the past, then you’ll probably know what it’s like to work under a leader that doesn’t have the proper qualifications to be ordering you around. There are many reasons that make working for poor bosses extremely difficult: lack of communication, their own personal agendas or even their lack of skill in their fields. However as much as we dislike our leaders, we have to still do our jobs to keep the business running smoothly.
But if you’re looking for the traits of a great leader, then look no further than below. For every hundred people that claim to be a great leader, only a handful are actually qualified to make that claim. So whether you’re looking for the traits of a person who you should follow, recruiting a senior member for your business or even if you want to become a leader yourself, here are some undeniable qualities of a great leader.
The question of whether great leaders are naturally born or created through a combination of environment, circumstance and effort has long been debated. There are strong, compelling arguments to back up either side, but for many, the question is purely intellectual.
For those of us in recruitment, training, and development, the answer to this question matters a great deal and has far-reaching implications. It can help determine who among a set of candidates has the capacity to lead and benefit our organizations long-term. Investing in the wrong individuals can cost companies time and money, not to mention damage to their reputation. Conversely, employees with leadership qualities tend to remain with companies longer, perform better, and have higher overall morale.
It should be noted that in the years to come, finding potential leaders is going to become even more of a pressing issue than it is today. Various sources have attested that there will be a leadership scarcity, and point to factors such as demographics, globalization and underdeveloped pipelines for future company leaders as the cause. In 2015, a Business Human Capital Challenges report stated a lack of leadership was one of the top business concerns, and a Global Workforce Leadership survey claimed leadership is the hardest skill to find in employees.
What, fundamentally, is a boss? Is it someone who dishes out orders and expects results? Is it someone who is approachable regardless of any given circumstance and is “nice”? Or is it both? Or is it something else entirely? Running your own business comes with a steep learning curve. You need to go with the gradient. There is no point in sticking your heels in the mud and refusing to change your methods. Being in charge comes with elevated status. People can choose to use their status to make changes, but they may also think that they deserve priority. What tools does it take to be a finely tuned leader in business?
The job of a leader is to grow more leaders. But with the increasing demands on businesses and time restraints, that is easier said than done. More often than not, new leaders are promoted into positions without the proper training and left to sink or swim.
It doesn’t have to be that way. As a leader you can take charge of your team’s leadership development and use the tools and systems that you already have inside your organization. Developing the leaders of tomorrow should be a priority as the success of your organization depends on it.
That’s why this week I am helping to promote the new book, Leaders Ready Now: Accelerating Growth in a Faster World by Matthew J. Paese Ph.D., Audrey B. Smith, Ph.D., and William C. Byham, Ph.D. The authors provide you with everything you need, to help identify the core techniques and systems to move ahead, and grow new leaders from within your organization to keep up with every growing demands.
There are plenty of challenges that come with running a business. But some of the tasks that aspiring business leaders think will be most challenging turn out to be simpler than they thought. When you work collaboratively with your team and take advantage of technology, nothing should stop you. Here are five tasks that are probably easier to deal with than you thought once you try.