Many call her one of the most effective communicators, who has made an indisputable impact on society and on the history of journalism. She is Oprah Winfrey, who has influenced thousands of followers with her communication style and has been recognized as an American institution and icon.
Great communicators are known to be great leaders. In the same way, great leaders are known for having great communication be one of their best characteristics.
Let’s see why it is essential for your leadership to have effective communication skills and let’s look at some of the basic elements of it.
Ayla Hutchinson, a New Zealand native, is known as one of this century’s innovative leaders. She had a different perspective than most and provided a solution for her grandmother so she wouldn’t get hurt cutting wood. Today she is an entrepreneur and in recent years has become a role model for young inventors around the world.
Those who find different, effective, and efficient ways to solve a challenge or move toward the future have found the secret of innovation.
As leaders, I invite you to see how innovation takes us to higher levels of achievement and what the most important characteristics of innovators are.
Low morale in teamwork, among other things, is due to a lack of responsibility. Whether it is by the group leader or one of its members, this lack of commitment creates a dishonest environment, where others do not want to work.
In general, we know that being responsible means we must do what is expected of us. Also, we must be committed to each of our actions and ultimately our decisions.
I invite you to see the importance of responsibility as a leader and how as a leader you can measure your level of responsibility and commitment to your teamwork.
If you admire action movies, you may have seen one where the main character had to achieve a great act, save the world, or themselves. Regularly, one of the characteristics of these characters, which leads them to achieve what they set out to do in a very short period of time, is their ability to concentrate and focus on their goal.
In real life, this character is the leader. Leaders are leaders because there is an objective, a goal, and a vision. Let’s be reasonable though, just because there is a goal does not mean that the leader can lead themself or others to achieve it.
I invite you to look at what it really means to have focus, why you cannot lead yourself or others without developing the ability to focus on your goal, and how you can test yourself to discover your ability to focus.
We live in a hyperconnected world. We have a large workforce in virtual, mobile, and decentralized offices. Teams and organizations increasingly become more diverse. Today many companies are on social media, using traditional communication channels less and less.
If we add to the above the economic, social, political, and health challenges of recent times, it is no surprise that ethical standards are defied amid all this pressure and complexity in which we live.
Let’s look at how today, more than ever, we must lead with integrity and how we can facilitate the process of making ethical decisions in these times.
Many people say that to be successful you must follow your passion. I think it would be better to say that to be successful it is not only necessary to follow your passion but to also live with passion.
If you have ever heard or read the stories of Vincent Van Gogh, Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, or in recent years, the stories of Deepak Chopra, Richard Branson, or Oprah Winfrey, you will understand what it means to find your passion and live with it.
I invite you to take a closer look at why passionate leaders achieve their goals and how to assess passion in your leadership.
On the road to achieving your goals, the determining resource is You. Not just because you are the only one who knows your goal, but because you have the desire to make your dream come true. However, there is no goal that we want to achieve that does not involve sacrifice. Small goals require small efforts, big goals require big sacrifices.
I invite you to see how you can ensure that the most valuable resource: yourself, is in the best condition to achieve your goal.
One of the areas that frequently challenge us is maintaining consistency between what we say we are going to achieve and the decisions and actions we take daily. Whether situations that are out of our hands happen or we change our minds, the reality is that we regularly have inconsistencies between what we want to do and what we end up doing.
Let’s see how we can avoid being inconsistent between what we say and what we do; and how we can have more clarity in our next step.
One of the most important lessons my mentors helped me understand is that the hardest person to lead while achieving my goals is myself. With the desire to make more efficient decisions, increase control of resources, and take responsibility for my personal and professional growth, I began to improve my ability of self-leadership.
I invite you to examine how you can improve your ability to lead yourself, how it will help you get closer to your goal daily, and how to increase your intentionality to achieve it.
There is a well-known phrase that says SUCCESS LEAVES TRACES; even more, so that we must find them, follow them, improve them, and learn from them. While this is great advice, it can easily be misunderstood, as your plan for success must be personal.
Why is it important that you have your own definition of success? And how can you add your personal touch to your plan to achieve it?