If I had been trained during my high school years to learn from my mistakes and adapt and understand emotions, motivations, and behavior, enabling me to manage stress and handle challenges more effectively, I’d likely have increased my ability to make better decisions. Fortunately, there is always time to start.
So, I invite you to understand self-awareness and how it can help us become assertive, make more informed decisions, and improve our outcomes.
How often have you met someone who promises publicly to give back? Even more will invest in spreading peace, love, and happiness through investing in people, protecting animals, and conserving the environment; further, support veterans’ causes and help build an innovative community for homeless people. I read an article about a philanthropic leader, and the word that instantly came to my mind was empathy for someone I hadn’t even met in person.
Let’s dive deeper into how empathy can elevate a leader’s significance, why it’s crucial to develop this skill, and how to achieve it.
The Harry Potter book series has sold over 600 million copies worldwide in 85 languages. Each movie costs more than $100 million to make, and the franchise has made over $9.5 billion worldwide. The audiobooks have been listened to for over one billion hours, and the series has been adapted into eight blockbuster films.
It may be hard to believe, but Harry Potter’s author Joanne Rowling faced many struggles in her career before achieving success. However, her unwavering confidence played a vital role in her journey. As confidence is a crucial trait for any leader, I invite you to explore this skill further and discover ways to develop it.
Maintaining a positive attitude is not just about staying optimistic when faced with challenges and adversity, but also having an encouraging mindset that fuels our creativity and energy, inspiring us to come up with innovative solutions that lead us to higher levels of achievement. Unfortunately, negativity is always present, making it a challenge to stay positive.
Although we may possess innate positive qualities like resilience and optimism from birth, continuous development, and reinforcement of positivity throughout life are still necessary. I encourage you to examine this attribute more closely and explore methods of enhancing it.
Zobel de Ayala, the former CEO of Ayala Corporation, a conglomerate based in the Philippines, initially focused on traditional business ventures like manufacturing, and agricultural business before turning his attention to emerging industries such as tech, real estate, and infrastructure. Although his initial neglect of these new industries was a mistake, his strong leadership, decisiveness, and visionary approach have helped Ayala Corporation become a highly successful conglomerate in the international market.
As a leader, possessing the trait of decisiveness is crucial. It’s worthwhile to delve into the meaning of decisiveness and explore ways to cultivate this skill in our leadership.
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.