Reading for Leading #13: Setting your intention

Setting your intention

Reading for Leading is a weekly leadership tip shared every Monday morning as a pithy suggestion, question or reflection. You can find the whole series here.

“That’s not a challenge I can accept lion down…”
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Setting our intentions is something that we’re used to doing at transition points in our lives – in our New Year’s resolutions, in our marriage vows, maybe even in our annual review. But when did you last set an intention on a smaller time frame?

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Reading for Leading #12: Leadership – swopping MBA for MSC?

Leadership – swopping MBA for MSC?

Reading for Leading is a weekly leadership tip shared every Monday morning as a pithy suggestion, question or reflection. You can find the whole series here.

At the recent Mindful Leadership Conference, Rasmus Hougaard presented data from discussions with thousands of leaders about which traits are most important for success in the role. Three qualities consistently emerged – starting with the letters M, S, C.

The best things come in threes? As a leader, what are the three most important traits?
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Reading for Leading #11: Side-by-side feedback

Side-by-side feedback

Reading for Leading is a weekly leadership tip shared every Monday morning as a pithy suggestion, question or reflection. You can find the whole series here.

Are you sitting comfortably to give that feedback to a colleague?
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Giving feedback to a team member can be a challenging experience as it requires us to be able to create a space for reflection and future improvement rather than shutting down discussion or provoking defensiveness.

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Reading for Leading #10: Two doing lists

Two doing lists 

Reading for Leading is a weekly leadership tip shared every Monday morning as a pithy suggestion, question or reflection. You can find the whole series here.

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At the end of your work week, before you put work down for the weekend, try writing two lists.

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Reading for leading #9: 4 traits that team members rate

4 traits that team members rate

Reading for Leading is a weekly leadership tip shared every Monday morning as a pithy suggestion, question or reflection. You can find the whole series here.

Does your team trust you to envision the road ahead with honesty and inspiration?

For over three decades, Kouzes and Pozner and have surveyed  and discovered what team members expect of their leaders. They’ve consistently found that the the same four traits receive more than 60% of the votes.

What employees seek in a leader that they would be willing to follow is that they are:

Honest – People want to follow others that they trust – for over 80% of people asked, this was their top requirement of a leader. Similar words that come up in this section are integrity and authenticity. Honesty matters not just so that you trust that what you’re being asked to do will have a positive outcome, but because it is tied to values and ethics. If you follow someone that you later discover to have been dishonest, you may feel that your own reputation has been damaged too.

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Reading for Leading #8: Who’s on your relationship radar?

Who’s on your relationship radar this month?

Reading for Leading is a weekly leadership tip shared every Monday morning as a pithy suggestion, question or reflection. You can find the whole series here.

Is there anybody out there? Time to get your relationship radar in order…
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Radar is helpful because it gives us an evolving snapshot of the surrounding environment, forewarning us of what’s coming up, and allowing us time to prepare. It works because the radio frequency waves we send out are deflected back to us when they encounter an object in their path allowing us to calculate what’s located where. 

A relationship radar works in a similar way – allowing you to map where you stand with those you work with so that you can do any necessary relationship-building before you need to rely on someone’s support. 

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Reading for Leading #7: Before you go to speak…

Before you go to speak… 

Reading for Leading is a weekly leadership tip shared every Monday morning as a pithy suggestion, question or reflection. You can find the whole series here.

If monkeys could ask questions…
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Ask yourself:

Is it true?

Is it kind?

Is it necessary?