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  1. Quiet Confidence

    Confidence does not have to equate with bravado and brass. Often the best leaders engender loyalty, trust and fellowship through quiet poise and conviction.

    Recently I met one such individual. She did not have the loudest voice nor did she choose to be the center of the group.  In fact, you might easily pass her by in the hall. Still, you knew she was someone when she entered the room; and everyone wanted to hear what she had to say.

    I came away from the meeting with this short list of simple rules in my head. Pardon my assumptions but I wonder what she would think of these. I will ask her next time.

    • Take a stand. It’s not about being right; it’s about being secure in your beliefs and open to other points of view.
    • Listen more than you speak. Opportunities to learn and grow are all around; be open to them.
    • Ask questions. Strength lies in honesty, curiosity, and recognizing one’s limitations.
    • Acknowledge, appreciate and reward others. None of us are alone, nor can we do everything by ourselves. Relationships are a gift to be valued.
    • Own your actions. We are accountable to ourselves, our communities, and the world.

    What do you think? Do you know this person? Are YOU this person?

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  2. Simple Rules for More Effective Leadership

    I recently came upon an article by Nicole Fallon, staff writer at BusinessNewsDaily. In this piece, entitled 5 Simple Ways to Become a Better Leader, I recognized and appreciated what a fundamental and straightforward list of Simple Rules this was. Written for leaders and managers, this short list can help anyone enhance their own effectiveness in myriad situations.

    Great examples of simple rules are clear, adaptable, scalable and user-friendly. So what do you think of these?

    • Connect and communicate with others. How do you want to relate to others and be in the world? Relationships based upon trust, honesty and understanding create a foundation for critical connections and success.
    • Focus on the positive. There is always room for improvement, however, you can make the move from “critic to cheerleader” to create energy, enthusiasm and engagement in others.
    • Show, don’t tell. Be the example of what is possible by doing it.
    • Understand and articulate your motivation. Motives are often tied to values and making a difference in the world. Once you are clear on what is important, share that with those around you.

    You can find the full article here. Thanks, Nicole.

     

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