Adopting a connecting leadership style can have a number of positive outcomes for you, your team, and your bottom line. If you want to create leaders within your organization as well as a strong team whose members can handle problems and think creatively and innovatively, then consider learning to be a leader who connects rather than corrects.
Understanding the differences between the two styles and their outcomes is important. It can make the difference between success and failure. Can you identify which style you currently gravitate toward? To help recognize the difference, here is a comparison of the two leadership styles at a glance:
Corrective Leadership Style
Connecting Leadership Style
Benefits of Connecting Style
Points out every mistake.
Points out what they are
Lifts up team members versus tearing them down.
Tells them how to correct.
Asks them what could be done differently or how can they...
Creating a change management action plan will help you implement any necessary changes in your organization. A thoughtful change management action plan will be an enormous benefit to you and your employees now and for years to come. How well you carry out your action plan definitely will impact your company’s profitability and the motivation level of your employees. So, it is really worth the effort to spend some time on this important step. If you are new to my posts, I encourage you to read over the last few to get a feel of what we’ve been discussing regarding change management.
“Companies that change may survive, but companies that transform thrive. Change brings incremental or small-scale adaptations, while transformation brings great improvements that ripple through the future of an organization.” ~ Nick Candito
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Your change management communication plan will be the framework for the lifeline you throw out to your team during times of upheaval. The COVID-19 pandemic more than likely has brought some disruption into your life, the lives of your team members, and how you operate your business. That disruption leads to uncertainty. In general, people do not like uncertainty, and undoubtedly, that’s what your team is feeling right now.
Formulating an effective change management plan and implementing it well will help to smooth out a potentially bumpy ride as your company adapts and changes over the coming months. But to simply create a change management plan and leave it at that is akin to stopping at mile 25 of a marathon. Don’t stop short! Your next step is vital. You need to effectively communicate that plan to your employees. The best way to map out that communication is to create a plan. People don’t like feeling as if...
A change management plan may be the answer to your uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s face it, if you’re feeling uncertainty, frustration, and anxiety during these weird times, you can imagine how your team must feel. In the last post, we touched on all of the possible changes that you and your team have been experiencing during the pandemic and the associated shutdown of many businesses. Seemingly everyone I know has had to shift and change how, when, and where they work, and I’m sure you’re no different. A well-thought out change management plan will help you to formulate, implement, and communicate changes that are coming about.
Drafting a change management plan will help give you and your team more peace about what the future holds. That is a big, bold statement, but that’s the heart of what having a plan will do. When you have an effective plan, all of those random...
The benefits of change management cannot be overstated, and it can help you navigate your business or organization through challenging times. To state the obvious, we are living during challenging times to be sure. So, what benefits can be realized by proactively and thoughtfully working toward an effective change management? More than you can imagine!
Simply put, change management is directing and controlling change or development within an organization. Change management is about driving the train rather than being run over by it. Often, the term change management is used in situations where organizations are making organizational change, but it certainly applies to the upheaval we’re all experiencing during the era of the COVID-19 pandemic. Just think about how much has changed since mid-March, 2020. How are you operating differently today compared to then? Imagine the benefits your employees, your company, your...
When I’m working with clients, the question of how to develop time management skills often comes up in conversation. It’s a great question! So many leaders suffer in silence thinking that they need to power through and try to squeeze more onto their already overflowingly-full plate. Trust me when I say that every leader I’ve worked with who takes the time and effort to develop their time management skills says that it has been a game changer for their career and their peace of mind.
For each client I’ve worked with, it’s clear that two vital elements separate those who are successful from those who take away only nominal improvements. Those two elements are dedication and commitment to actually learning about what works and realizing what doesn’t. I stress both of these because just knowing that you need to develop your time management skills is one thing,...
The phrase “time management in the business world,” makes me think of the old saying, “time is money.” I’d actually argue with that statement. Instead, I contend that time is EVERYTHING! Time is the only truly finite commodity. In the business world, we can always find ways to acquire more staffing, more office or warehouse space, a bigger budget, more equipment, etc. But more time? Unfortunately, as I write these words, no one has invented the ability to gain more time—much to my disappointment.
So, why is it that even though we all have the exact same amount of time each day, we all know people who seemingly have squeezed a few more than 24 hours into theirs? More than likely, it is because they’ve found a way to use time management effectively to move throughout their day with ease. Here’s the good news: you can too! And you need to. Honestly, it is...
I would contend that exploring how to learn time management and then implementing a deliberate time management plan in your career will assist you in accomplishing more on a daily basis and relieve a lot of the stress you may be feeling. Just as importantly, practicing good time management will help you move to the next level professionally. If you are like most leaders, you know the importance of of learning time management, but just how do you go about it?
A class named How to Learn Time Management wasn’t a course that I was offered in high school or college. How about you? I have thought about surveying my friends, colleagues, and clients to see if it was something they came across in their formal schooling. While I have not actually run that survey, my hunch is that the results would show that very few actually were taught how to learn time management. And how unfortunate! Time and again, I hear from my clients that they...
Communication can be the most important facet of how to practice empathy in your leadership style. Striving to become a world-class communicator will do amazing things to help you reach the heart of your employee. Particularly now, couldn’t we all use more supportive relationships, where there is an understanding of each other's challenges and situations?
Communication is always important, but during a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more so. Good communication will calm anxiety and give way to an open, two-way conversation. In times of crisis, you really can’t communicate too much. Be clear and be concise, but communicate! Your team will appreciate being kept abreast of how things are going in the business. In general, people like to know what to expect, and if you’re transparent about what is going on, your communication will show empathy. As we talked about in an earlier series of posts, your...
As a leader, bringing empathy into the workplace during a crisis can be a game changer for you and your team. A time of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, gives us the opportunity to show empathy in the workplace that may never have existed before. When your team knows you care and are in it with them, they will go to the mat for you.
So, what is the best way to show empathy in the workplace? Well, there are a number of them, and we’ve been discussing them over the past few posts, but one of the most important ways is to be a leader with authentic positivity as your guiding light. In these uncertain times, it is much too easy to fall into negative thinking, but we need to fight that at every opportunity. Look for the blessings—yes, even the blessings brought about by the pandemic! Share the silver linings you see with those you lead and ask them to do the same. When we live in a place of gratitude,...