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7 Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Leadership Skills Overnight

https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/7-brutal-truths-every-smart-leader-needs-to-constantly-revisit.html

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7 Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Leadership Skills Overnight
Remember those old and scratchy vinyl records that would skip and play the same thing over and over until you moved the needle? (I know I'm showing my age, play along.) Well, the Gallup Organization has been playing a tune now for over three decades, one that sure sounds a lot like a scratchy record that won't move forward.

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Leadership and fear

In today's social economy, servant leaders will cast a company vision and enroll their followers to express their voice as co-creators and co-contributors to the vision. 

And their first priority is creating psychological safety among their tribes: They pump the fear out of the room and liberate their people to freely collaborate, innovate, and engage.

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Leadership and trust

Good leadership doesn't happen without trust.

Trusting leadership behaviors great companies are known for:

  • Create transparency
  • Confront reality
  • Practice accountability
  • Talk straight
  • Right wrongs

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Leadership and feedback

Good leaders are willing to listen to feedback.

A leader who listens is open and accountable: he can filter out criticism or drama and find the facts in order to respond appropriately. 

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Leadership and a positive attitude

Good leaders practice positive thinking, even when things go bad.

They view stressful situations from a more positive perspective, which takes emotional intelligence. Rather than getting stressed out about a work situation or a recent failure, they look at it as an opportunity to pause, regroup, learn, grow, and bounce back with renewed energy and focus. 

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Leadership and procrastination

Good leaders are "do-it-now" people. They don't put things off until the last minute, which is a sure way to increase stress levels. 

Good leaders begin doing what they know they should do, and when they know they should do it

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Leaderships and boundaries

Good leaders put strict boundaries on themselves.

They say no to opportunities and things that don't excite them, speak to their values or further their mission in life. They say no to spending time with uninspiring, negative people who drag them down. They say no to overworking and neglecting self-care and family. 

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Leadership and love

Love in the leadership-at-work sense is not a feeling; it's expressed as an "action verb." 

It's love that shows up in meeting the needs of others to get results, clearing obstacles from people's paths, and empowering others to succeed and grow as workers and human beings. It has intrinsic value for both leader and employee. 

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  • Working to inspire and motivate those around;
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  • Work together, complement each other, and function as a team.
  • Able to operate on and enable environments that are more dynamic, team-centric, and connected.
  • Lead and build teams and partner with the broader ecosystems, keep people connected and engaged, and drive a culture of innovation, learning, and continuous improvement.
  • Lead a workforce that includes contractors, the contingent workforce, and crowd talent.
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Demographics And Leadership Destiny

Millennials expect to be developed via opportunities, mentoring, and stretch assignments. However that is hard to come by in top-heavy companies. 

Most millennials think their roles provide little development while most companies report they have excellent or adequate programs for Millennials.