Developing smart leaders who respect the use of their power to influence, educate, and guide their followers.
The global economic and environmental crises are challenging leaders to not just do the right thing but to find the right solutions.
Staying relevant while working to be a leader of a diverse,
To say that being a leader today---and in five to ten years---is more challenging than anytime in history is an overstatement. Yet, as leaders throughout history have learned, assuming the role of a leader means taking on the responsibility to inspire by example and motivate employees to reach their optimum performance and productivity levels. It is an ongoing job that requires continuous learning.
If you seek guidance to help you improve your work as a leader, call me at 646-373-4321 to learn about my coaching approach to leadership development.
Lead with your best,
Recent research by the Saratoga Institute reveals that 32% of employees who voluntarily leave their jobs is directly attributable to poor management. Included in that amount is the finding that 9% of supervisors lack leadership skills.
In the course of working to be a leader, researching leadership development, and educating diverse audiences on the topic of leadership, Leigh has identified six key traits of being an effective leader.
Authenticity. The ability to be fully present for others. You can only earn authenticity through quality interactivity with others. Followers can feel if they have been tricked or misled.
Respect. Starts with self-esteem for who you are and what you can become then extends to how you value others. Leigh's keynote presentation on "Respect: How to Earn It!" draws rave reviews from senior executives and entry level employees as well.
Vision. Be above the moment to see the horizon and beyond. A wise leader focuses on the big picture to get effective perspective on emerging opportunities.
Strategic Thinking. Leaders think about the best paths to reach goals and utilize tactical approaches so that key personnel can achieve needed results for the organization.
Talent Development. Commitment to create a learning environment and to engage in meaningful learning opportunities to help meet new challenges. "The head teacher is the leader no matter the size of the company," according to Noel Tichy, Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and co-author with Warren Bennis of Judgment: How winning leaders make great calls.
Wise Decision Making. Not just for the short-term. Decisions are for the greater good, the long-term investment. Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., and one of the world's most successful investors, said in a televised conversation that "the longer term is pretty darn certain." Leaders invest in wise short-term decisions to realize a long term ROI.
To find out how Leigh can help you maximize these traits, contact Leigh@LTR-NYC.com
When coaching her clients, Leigh uses a situation appropriate set of terms to communicate with her clients. These terms vary and include historical references. Often she relies on terms related to sports in order to help her clients understand their workplace playing field. Sports is a universal language, one that can be understood by individuals at all levels of an organization.
Competing Commitments. Sometimes says one thing but does another---out of habit or fear of taking a risk on new behaviors, behaviors that can hold someone back from full expression of their best self.
Game plan. Strategies to get you where you want to go in order to reach your goals.
Landmines in the workplace. Challenging situations and interactions that trigger strong emotional reactions and set off what can be uncontrollable behavior.
Level playing field. An environment where there are no barriers to demonstrating optimum performance and achieving goals.
Obstacles. Piles of challenges set up by situations, others in the workplace, or an individual's own behavior. An example of an internal obstacle is a woman who had a great opportunity for advancement yet she procrastinated on delivering needed reports for the president, earning her a poor performance review.
Playbook. Collection of information, strategies, and calculated actions to inspire, motivate, and help you plan your progress to meet objectives, attain goals, and advance in powerful ways toward your ideal position at work and career.
Playing field. Where you interact with others, usually the workplace. Leigh questions her clients to see if the size of their playing field is big enough for them. She knows from experience that the size of the elementary school playing field was too small for her ambitious nature; the educator is now thriving in a bigger playing field by teaching in the Management Department at the Zicklin School of Business within Baruch College, the nations most ethnically diverse campus.
Playing to win. An approach that means you give yourself every opportunity to be successful. You use what you can control to change your behavior and achieve positive results.
Playing not to lose is an approach that allows you to avoid risk in order to keep the status quo. This behavior is often rooted in a fear of failure.
Road block. Lack of forward movement to achieve needed results or advancement.
Working to be a leader. Learning from your environment with a level of self-awareness about ways you can continue to grow, innovate, and expand your horizons.
Workplace intelligence. Workplace intelligence is more than your IQ. Your intelligence quotient makes up only a percentage of your abilities to perform and succeed in the workplace. Being highly skilled or earning advanced degrees doesn't guarantee high workplace intelligence. These are ingredients that factor into your overall performance at work. The rest of the effectiveness of your performance is made up of the three areas of workplace intelligence.
To set up a time to speak with Leigh about your playing field, contact Leigh@LTR-NYC.com
Leigh's well-received seminars for corporate, professional, and student audiences are on the changing culture of the workplace and how to develop and implement her six leadership traits. Sample topics of her customized programs include:
Working to be a Leader to Earn Respect, Trust, and Advancement. Learn or improve upon six basic traits to level the playing field of professional and personal competing commitments.
Leading from Your Core for Greater Impact. Develop authenticity by finding out what keeps others from experiencing your essential skills and an empowered presence.
Does Leadership Have a Gender? A Race? A review of media, messages, and myths that hinder recognition of commonalities among leaders and universal capabilities.
Leigh's leadership coaching is a process that can be delivered in different formats:
To find out more about how Leigh's seminars or coaching process can break down and clear barriers blocking top-level performance, please contact Leigh@LTR-NYC.com
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