Leadership Exposed: Things You Thought You Knew About Leadership

Leadership Exposed: Things You Thought You Knew About Leadership

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Much has been written about leadership: rules, pointers, styles, and biographies of inspiring leaders throughout world history. But there are certain leadership ideas that we ourselves fail to recognize and realize in the course of reading books. Here is a short list of things you thought you knew about leadership.

1. Leaders come in different flavors.

There are different types of leaders and you will probably encounter more than one type in your lifetime. Formal leaders are those we elect into positions or offices such as the senators, congressmen, and presidents of the local clubs. Informal leaders or those we look up to by virtue of their wisdom and experience such as in the case of the elders of a tribe, or our grandparents; or by virtue of their expertise and contribution on a given field such as Albert Einstein in the field of Theoretical Physics and Leonardo da Vinci in the field of the Arts. Both formal and informal leaders practice a combination of leadership styles.
· Lewin?s three basic leadership styles ? authoritative, participative, and delegative
· Likert?s four leadership styles ? exploitive authoritative, benevolent authoritative, consultative, and participative
· Goleman?s six emotional leadership styles – visionary, coaching, affiliative, democratic, pacesetting, and commanding.

2. Leadership is a process of becoming.

Although certain people seem to be born with innate leadership qualities, without the right environment and exposure, they may fail to develop their full potential. So like learning how to ride a bicycle, you can also learn how to become a leader and hone your leadership abilities. Knowledge on leadership theories and skills may be formally gained by enrolling in leadership seminars, workshops, and conferences. Daily interactions with people provide the opportunity to observe and practice leadership theories. Together, formal and informal learning will help you gain leadership attitudes, gain leadership insights, and thus furthering the cycle of learning. You do not become a leader in one day and just stop. Life-long learning is important in becoming a good leader for each day brings new experiences that put your knowledge, skills, and attitude to a test.

3. Leadership starts with you.

The best way to develop leadership qualities is to apply it to your own life. As an adage goes ?action speaks louder than words.? Leaders are always in the limelight. Keep in mind that your credibility as a leader depends much on your actions: your interaction with your family, friends, and co-workers; your way of managing your personal and organizational responsibilities; and even the way you talk with the newspaper vendor across the street. Repeated actions become habits. Habits in turn form a person?s character. Steven Covey?s book entitled 7 Habits of Highly Effective People provides good insights on how you can achieve personal leadership.

4. Leadership is shared.

Leadership is not the sole responsibility of one person, but rather a shared responsibility among members of an emerging team. A leader belongs to a group. Each member has responsibilities to fulfill. Formal leadership positions are merely added responsibilities aside from their responsibilities as members of the team. Effective leadership requires members to do their share of work. Starting as a mere group of individuals, members and leaders work towards the formation of an effective team. In this light, social interaction plays a major role in leadership. To learn how to work together requires a great deal of trust between and among leaders and members of an emerging team. Trust is built upon actions and not merely on words. When mutual respect exists, trust is fostered and confidence is built.

5. Leadership styles depend on the situation.

How come dictatorship works for Singapore but not in the United States of America? Aside from culture, beliefs, value system, and form of government, the current situation of a nation also affects the leadership styles used by its formal leaders. There is no rule that only one style can be used. Most of the time, leaders employ a combination of leadership styles depending on the situation. In emergency situations such as periods of war and calamity, decision-making is a matter of life and death. Thus, a nation?s leader cannot afford to consult with all departments to arrive at crucial decisions. The case is of course different in times of peace and order—different sectors and other branches of government can freely interact and participate in governance. Another case in point is in leading organizations. When the staffs are highly motivated and competent, a combination of high delegative and moderate participative styles of leadership is most appropriate. But if the staffs have low competence and low commitment, a combination of high coaching, high supporting, and high directing behavior from organizational leaders is required.

Now that you are reminded of these things, keep in mind that there are always ideas that we think we already know; concepts we take for granted, but are actually the most useful insights on leadership.

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World of Freebies

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What in the world does ethics have to do with freebies was my first reaction when a fellow freebie hunter introduced me to the topic. As he took me through the tutorial on ethics in the world of freebies he had put together for me, I realized that well the guy did have a point. I have been conscious of my freebie fetish ever since and have strived to become a responsible freebie lover. Dramatic it may sound. For those of you still left wondering, let me explain. Freebies were unheard of before the internet became a household option. Today, the world of freebies is a thing of the past. In fact you would be surprised to know the number of people actually using freebies in their day to day lives.

How and why freebies are beneficial is a known fact. They are free products given away by companies, so make the most of them. But most of us on our crusade in laying hands fail to stop and consider for a moment that freebies exist for a reason. Why could companies possibly want to give away their products for free? There has to be a reason and there is. It is a marketing trick or venture as most companies would like to call it. Most of the times the products that are put up as freebies by companies will be of limited stock. Companies are taking this risk with the hope that their consumers will like the product and will purchase the products. But we as consumers are really not halting to blink before we click on the next freebie available. The website that offers you the freebies is also some person’s effort, at the end of the day. Having said this, let us go over a few things that we could keep in mind before we go freebie hunting again.

Firstly, make sure you need the product. Once established that the product will prove beneficial to you, think about the quantity of how much you need. Agreed that it is free, but leaving some for the rest would be the ethical thing to do. Now that we have established that, let’s take a look at restrictions imposed on freebies. Some websites impose restrictions on the age limit of people who can have access to the product. Being a responsible freebie lover, I suggest you should take these restrictions seriously and respect it. If access to that freebie would be a violation of the restrictions, abstain from sending for it.

While being the good guy here, let me impart another important value to all. Freebies are for the consumer to use. Having briefed you on the suggested moral code in the world of freebies, I have just one more thing to say. Be polite. Freebies cost us nothing. Being polite is going to cost us far lesser. I suggest the next time you leave a website after a good session of freebie hunting, leave a comment in the space provided for it, saying a small heartfelt thank you for having made you more freebie rich. If you have the patience then you could also come back after having used the product to leave a feedback note for the service providers. Companies advertise their products early on, on websites so that their product gains popularity and also to familiarize the consumers with the product such that next time the consumer wouldn’t mind as much paying for the product. They are also looking for feedbacks from customers who make use of their products so that they can correct faults, if any. So, be a responsible freebie fan and the next time you go freebie shopping, you know what to do!

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Improv Comedy for Speakers

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Public speaking. For some, the mere believed of receiving up in front of the group of people and presenting a speech is additional terrifying than heights, snakes, or maybe death. Picture how terrified these people today would be if they had been asked to obtain in front of an audience and speak with nothing at all prepared in advance – no script, no speech, no practically nothing.

Sound insane? Nicely that is definitely what Improvisational Comedians do each day. Improvisational (or “Improv”) Comedy is a kind of theater the place a group of actors take the stage with nothing at all prepared ahead of time and use audience suggestions to create immediate comedy. If you have ever witnessed the popular television display, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” then you definitely have seen Improv Comedy.

The techniques that allow an improviser to make instant comedy can immensely enable any speaker to be a lot more comfy and effective in the platform. Right here are three motives why, if you need to become a a lot more productive speaker, you need to understand the way to be a terrific improviser:

1- Improv Comedy, at its core, is about self-expression. An Improviser has only himself on an empty stage. Every single concept he puts forth comes from within of him. The very best improvisers understand this and trust their instincts and let their thoughts flow out. Similarly, the best speakers recognize the audience is there to find out them. Rather then hide behind other people’s suggestions or type, they are 100% themselves as they speak. Several speakers make the mistake of taking acting classes to be a lot more “dramatic” as they speak. The end result is a speaker that seems fake and wooden. Audiences do not want “dramatic;” they want pure. Practicing improv comedy procedures will help you be substantially much more natural.

2- Improv Comedy is an interactive format. Improvisation may very well be the only art form exactly where the audience is present in the time of creation. Therefore, the audience’s wants, would like, and mood might be taken into account to immediate the subject material. Good improvisers feed off of the crowd’s vitality and assemble material the audience appreciates. The performer pays interest to the audience and tends to make subtle changes as she goes. Speakers would do very well to adopt this strategy. Most speakers put together their speech in a vacuum and provide it precisely as practiced. Having said that, each and every audience is unique. If a speaker pays attention towards the audience as she is speaking, she also can make subtle changes to boost her effectiveness (adjusting pacing, power, volume, etc) When you do this, not simply will your speech be much more highly effective, but you might also produce that coveted “rapport and connection” with the audience.

3- Items will go wrong. A speaker who relies solely on what they’ve memorized might be simply thrown from the distractions that invariably come about. If time gets cut, or a mobile phone rings, or a heckler demands awareness, the speaker could have no response. To an improviser, distractions are just yet another instrument to use to generate their point. A crucial improv attitude would be to “go with the flow.” As a speaker, this mindset will allow you to be unflappable from your stage. You will be considered a genuine pro, and audiences will admire your capability to manage interruptions.

These are just 3 simple ideas which might be a highly effective way in which improv comedy could make anyone a extra powerful speaker. There are lots of far more methods connected to all facets of speaking: material, delivery, storytelling, type, humor, and so forth, but these 3 will be the ideal commencing point.

When you have by no means carried out or made use of improv, then contemplate taking a class. Not just will you study handy expertise for speaking (and life), however it will likely be probably the most exciting class you’ve ever taken!

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The Number one Secret of Achievement

Do you realize what one with the essential secrets of success is – what
tends to make people today profitable in company, sport or any other
element of their lives?
Let me come back to that inside a moment.

Ever given that I discovered that I wasn’t invincible and that my
physique would fall apart over time, I’ve been a member of a
health club.
I’ve attended regularly over the previous fifteen many years and my
body deterioration is almost staying kept in test.

On the other hand I’ve generally noticed lots of new faces at the health club,
a few of which seem to disappear more than a short time frame.
Most gyms and health clubs have a high turnover of members
or “churn” since the marketing and advertising individuals like to phone it.
A single club I know of loses close to fifty members a month and
needs to get the job done hard to sign up that amount just for the
business to stand still.

It’s not that these gyms supply a poor service, on the
contrary – it is because the members – “give up.”

New members join to lose weight or to acquire match. They then
torture themselves on the rowing machines and each of the other
instruments of agony. If, immediately after some weeks of sweat and
pain, they don’t see any visible result – they quit.

You are in all probability away ahead of me on this; because the essential
secret of good results that I mentioned earlier is this – Never
EVER Give up.
This is what separates the winners from the losers in
organization, in sport and in life – that is what results is all

If you have a mountain to climb both literally or
figuratively and you also reach an obstacle – do not give up.
Obtain an additional way round – even go back a quick distance and
come with the scenario from yet another course.

Whatever it is you happen to be attempting to realize, what ever good results
you desire – never ever give up! Make errors – fall down – get up
- fall down – but get up and try out again.

So there you may have it – If you would like results don’t forget what
Winston Churchill the moment mentioned – “Never – Never – By no means give

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