CEO Today - May 2022

Focus on behaviours that will yield the business results. The goal of this step is to make certain that they understand why particular actions are being taken – they do not have to agree. It is important to make that distinction. We will never get all employees to agree with every directive the company has, so attempting to do so is an exercise in futility. However, looking to reach a point of understanding allows our employees to process the directive in their own time, on their own terms, which positions them in a place of “empowerment to choose” rather than being “forced to do”. Tip #3 - Adapt As the needs of your organisation change as do the needs of your employees. It is important for you to consistently adapt to those changes. They may come in the form of communication preferences, career trajectory, type of leadership needed, and a plethora of other things. Regardless of what form the change appears, the goal is to adapt in a way that continues to inspire your employees to strive towards the strategic objectives of the organisation. It’s important to note that you can never change a person or employee, you can only inspire them to change themselves. Your ability to adapt is the catalyst for their inspiration to change. Tip #4 - Demonstrate The idea of “do as I say, not as I do”, is not effective when leading talent. All behaviours that you’d like to see in your employees must be demonstrated by you first. Your demonstration will increase the likelihood of their adoption. For example, if you are interested in implementing a system of accountability for performance management, it is imperative that you show your employees how you are holding yourself accountable when you fail to perform. This action sends the message that you are part of the team, not above it, which is essential for creating a strong team culture. How can this be achieved while living a happy and fulfilled life outside of work? Always strive to keep yourself inspired as a person and you will live a happy and fulfilled life outside of work. Inspirational people have an exceptional ability to lead themselves effectively while focusing on the greater good, which inspires the passion in others to do the same. Their presence in our lives plants the seed thought of “I can do more and be better”. As a result, we raise the expectations that we have of ourselves, which is the essence of what makes these leaders so inspirational. The way to keep yourself inspired is by focusing on continuously improving in the areas that you need to develop, then sharing your journey for benefit of others. By providing transparency of the failures and successes of their experience, you create a safe space for people to identify with you. Through this identification, a connection is built such that, as the leader shares the journey of continuous improvement, it strengthens the belief that continuous improvement is possible for the person being led. The idea of the possibility is what sparks the inspiration. Always remember that inspiration lives at the core of your most vulnerable self. When allowing your true authenticity to be seen, it creates the greatest amount of synergy, which has universal benefits for all of us. has already been provided through the experiences of one another. As a result, my coaching methods are centred around creating awareness and perspective, managing energy and emotion, removing success blockers and implementing a sustainable system of accountability. This is accomplished through conducting a series of assessments, exercises and coaching sessions that help create alignment within oneself that cause tangible, positive change in all aspects of their lives. What are your top tips for being a successful leader? You can be a successful leader if you strive to L.E.A.D. your talent instead of managing them. Often times the terms management and leadership are interchangeably used incorrectly. We should lead people and manage processes, not vice versa. People were never meant to be managed. We are not machines. We have thoughts and emotions that must be considered before our talents can be optimised. The ability to connect with your employees on a human level will determine your effectiveness as a leader. Here are 4 tips on how to L.E.A.D. your people in a way that is mutually beneficially for them and the organisation. Tip # 1 - Listen Employees know more than we give them credit for knowing. There is value in seeking to understand their perspective. Ask questions about things that matter to you and the business, and then listen to their feedback with an open mind. The goal isn’t to judge what they are saying as right or wrong, but rather to gain another perspective to be considered as you work towards finding a solution. In addition, listening also humanises you as a leader. It sends the message that you are approachable, open, and dedicated to doing things the best way - not your way. Tip #2 - Educate Educate your people early and often. Teach them what you know, not only as it pertains to their jobs but also as it pertains to their career journeys. Contact Email: Telephone: +1 (973)930-4500 41 EXECUTIVE COACHING

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