What is one of the most important things you need to know about when you take on a leadership role? Well, you should know about the requirements and you should know what you are talking about when it comes to daily operations. In addition, I think at least equally important is to get to know your team.
Yesterday, I had dinner with a friend and colleague from work. We spoke about different things, but one topic, we spoke about a bit longer: leadership. Part of it was also how we can develop ourselves and what kind of help would be good. At one point in the conversation we spoke about the role of a mentor.
I think that having real-life heroes and heroines is a good thing. They can inspire us, can make us feel gratitude, and help us see that we don’t need to fly or wear a fancy costume to be a factor for good in this world. One of those heroes are mothers.
This is the second installment of the hero series. You can read the first entry here.
Do you sometimes have a difficult relationship with others? You want to improve it, but you don’t know how? Maybe you put him or her into a box.
We are confronted with and exposed to a lot of news. Many people who think or claim they have the answers and know what is right or wrong. Who can, or should I trust when looking for guidance?
Yesterday, I started to write about my view on what role a leader should take. This is the continuation from yesterday.
What should be the role of a leader? Maybe it comes down to how we define leaders and the role they have. With this entry, I want to discover some of the implications of what I see the role of a leader.
Deeply embedded in my life motto is to understand. I want to help others to become happier by understanding themselves and others. I think that through really wanting to understand ourselves and others, we can alleviate most of our pains. But how to become good at understanding?
This will be another new series. From time to time, I want to share stories from heroic figures with you. Or at least what I consider to be heroic. I think it is good to have those stories which stem from real people and are not from our favorite movies. If you are not sure why it matters to have a hero in the first place, you can have a look at this entry.
A part of being a good leader is the ability to develop your team and your team member. In order to be able to develop a team member, you need to get to know him or her. One important attribute are a person’s strengths. You need to be very observant to spot a person’s strengths. Fortunately, this can be trained.
Employee well-being and satisfaction are often stated by companies and leaders as one of their priorities. Unfortunately, the reality looks often different. Maybe it is possible to improve the situation by moving this topic in the center of a planning process.
This entry is actually the first entry of a series which will entail my reflections and thoughts about how work in the future might look like and what are the implications all those changes and the advent of AI and automatization. Especially the implications on us and our relationship with work.
Creating something where there hasn’t been something before is always difficult. This is true for big things such as founding a company, but also small things like coming up with a first concept at work. It is also much easier to build on top of this work, give feedback for adjustments, or criticize. Good leaders should be aware of that, especially when assessing work and giving praise.
There are few things that really upset me, but one of it is when someone doesn’t give credit to another person when it is justified.
A few days ago, I got lucky to take part in an online session with Joan Halifax, who is an American Zen Buddhist teacher. After a short, guided meditation, she invited to ask questions. The main topic was compassion. One discussion in particular kept me thinking. Is the promotion of selflessness in a leadership setting detrimental to the necessary changes in leadership, especially for women?
When I read an article, I sometimes read the comments to the article, too. It is interesting what people think about a certain topic and if you read a lot of comments you get a better feeling what other people think. This happened today as well, and I stumbled upon a statement, made in a comment: I prefer a good dictator over a bad democracy.
What is the most valuable resource we can give? Time.
As of now, our lifetime is limited. Therefore, every choice we make is one that automatically neglects countless others. Giving time to someone else is therefore a wonderful and incredibly valuable gift.
What are two of the most horrible sentences a human being can hear? “You cannot….” and “I cannot…”.
Companies ask themselves how they can get the best out of their employees. They assign mentors and counselors, they develop an individual development plan, and they assess employees against each other fostering competition. All of this should help the company to be more efficient and profitable. But what if that focus on the individual is only the second-best plan?
Leaders have to take care of numerous things. They have to make sure they reach the goals, they need to challenge and develop their team member, they have a huge influence on shaping the culture and so on and so on. So, why should they also care about loyalty?