Leadership in Lockdown

As someone that specialises in Leadership Development I have been thinking about the Leadership lessons that we can secure during lockdown. Here are some thoughts for the Team Leaders out there.
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Face to face is better than email

The lack of actual one-on-one connection to someone can ultimately cost us what we really want.
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Emotionally Intelligent leaders create great cultures. Here's why!

Emotionally intelligent leaders take the time to find ways to hone their abilities to connect with their people and create a positive working environment.
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Develop your Presentation Skills

The only way that we will really ever get better at delivering presentations, is by actually doing more of them ourselves. Here are a few other ideas that may help.
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Resolving Conflict Effectively

Here are some effective methods that you can use to ensure that you take charge of a situation and manage conflicts more effectively.
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The Art of Managing Up

Managing up is the process of consciously working with your boss to obtain the best possible results for you, your boss, and your organization.
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How to deal with Chronic complainers

These tips will help you find the best approach to deal with chronic complainers.
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Decision Making

Get enough information to make an informed decision and then trust your gut
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Speak up at Meetings

People can often quite easily overcome their phobia of participation, using one or more of the following tips.
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Achieve Exceptional Results with Delegation

Delegation can be uncomfortable but it is an essential trait of being a leader.
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Prioritising Tasks

A well-structured workload is the key to good time management.
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How to Improve Communication Skills

Communication skills top the list of attributes that are required to succeed in the workplace. With the rise of social medial and texting some of the basics are being forgotten – even by some of our most prominent world leaders. Here is a refresher.
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I want to become more Patient!

Here are some ideas as to how to control your feelings when things did not always happen as quickly as you expected.
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Authenticity

Oscar Wilde said, "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken". Wilde made it sound so simple, but living with authenticity is a real challenge.
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Securing Discretionary Effort

Determining how to get the best from people at work is an ongoing quest for anybody leading a team. So what is it that makes people invest the extra effort, take ownership of objectives and accept responsibility at work?
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Developing Confidence

Developing your self-confidence is an important skill to develop if you want to fulfil all of your goals and aspirations.
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How to Make Better Small Talk

Making small talk is a part of everyday life but it can be intimidating. Here are some tips that will help you overcome any anxiety and develop your ability to start up and maintain conversations with others.
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Everything you need to know about negative feedback

There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there on giving corrective feedback. If you really need to criticize someone’s work, how should you do it? I dug into our archives for our best, research- and experience-based advice on what to do, and what to avoid.
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Do this to be the most popular person in the room

Decades ago, when a friend of mine and I were both young and ill-educated about the ways of the world, he said,"Betty, this is why guys and girls are so different."
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10 Ways to Improve Your Team Engagement

Engagement with an organisation starts during the interview process. And a proper induction process is essential so make the first day meaningful.
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How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don't Want To

There’s that project you’ve left on the backburner - the one with the deadline that’s growing uncomfortably near. And there’s the client whose phone call you really should return – the one that does nothing but complain and eat up your valuable time.
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Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People?

A lot of ink has been spilled on people's opinions of what makes for a great leader. As a scientist, I like to turn to the data. In 2009, James Zenger published a fascinating survey of 60,000 employees to identify how different characteristics of a leader combine to affect employee perceptions of whether the boss is a "great" leader or not. Wait, weren’t you going to try to go to the gym more often this year?
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The Power of Praise: 'Thank You' Goes a Long Way

Don’t hold off until annual performance reviews to praise stellar employees. A simple “thank you” here and there can boost efficiency and even help your business make more money.
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Bad habits of good negotiators

Negotiations start with the exchange of information. Many people view this process like playing a poker game. Why should I tip my hand before I’ve seen yours?
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What motivates us at work?

"When we think about how people work, the naïve intuition we have is that people are like rats in a maze," says behavioral economist Dan Ariely in today’s talk, given at TEDxRiodelaPlata. "We really have this incredibly simplistic view of why people work and what the labor market looks like."
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Creative Leadership: Humility and Being Wrong

During one of the 2004 presidential debates, an audience member stood up and asked Democrat John Kerry if he could give an example of when he had been wrong about something. The questioner was asking the question as a measure of character and trying to divine whether Kerry, like President George W. Bush, was a leader who never admitted an error in judgment. (Bush had been adamant in the contention that “no mistakes were made” in the Iraq War.)
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A Case for Sustainability

"Business as Usual" as the prevailing Business Model for Boards and individual Directors is now increasingly (perhaps even exponentially) out of touch.
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7 Surprising Reasons Why You Have Healthy Corporate Culture

"In order for a company to realize success over the long-term, they must first create a healthy work environment and then maintain it.
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The Hard Science of Teamwork

Like many people, I've encountered teams that are "clicking." I've experienced the "buzz" of a group that's blazing away with new ideas in a way that makes it seem they can read each others' minds. We think of building teams that operate on this plane as an art, or even magic. It's not something you can plan; it's lightning-in-a-bottle stuff that you just embrace when you're lucky enough to come across it.
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