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Leadership traits are very diverse and sometimes uniquely suited to the specific leader that exhibits them, but few traits inspire others to greatness. Obviously for a leader to truly lead all he has to have is followers, but what the leader does beyond that separates the average leader from the truly transformational leader.
Those traits are unique but not foreign, they are just so simple we fail to recognize them at times. Let’s look at 3 keys to inspirational leadership:
Updated 10/2/18 Think about how leadership style affects employee motivation by answering this question: Would you work for a company whose former employees say both, “It was incredible!” and “I’d never work there again”? If you want to work for… Continue Reading →
You’re a new manager, coming in to meet with your employees. What is the best way to make a good impression and earn trust with the employees quickly? Hint: It’s not by immediately running down your educational background and list of credentials. Instead, try spilling your coffee, tripping as you enter the room, or making some other small but noticeable mistake. The point is, don’t take yourself so seriously.
Sound crazy? It’s not — as long as you really do have the background and credentials to give yourself credibility. For the past 50 years, researchers have been studying how people can make themselves more likable, and one classic study found that a high-performing person who does something a little vulnerable becomes more attractive to those observing.
Happiness! A new puppy? A perfect bowling score? Your favorite pineapple upside-down cake? Those things would probably make most of us happier (although some might opt for chocolate cake instead). Work might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “happiness”.
Even at the wackiest Silicon Valley startup, it’s unlikely that employers will provide puppies, bowling or cake to increase happiness. But business owners know that employee satisfaction is extremely important. Happiness is defined as “subjective well-being” by experts at UC Berkeley. Both research and experience show that happy employees–those who feel more positive emotions and a deep sense of purpose–are more productive.
Do you remember watching ‘The Karate Kid’ back in the 80s, and then coming out of the cinema feeling like you wanted to be a winner just as Daniel San was? Or watching ‘Remember the Titans’ and wanting to be part of a team that was just as great, with a coach that was just as awesome and wise? How about ‘Patch Addams’ and feeling like you wanted to be part of that movement of free clinics that helped people in need? Of course you remember!
Generation Z or affectionately, “Gen Z” are the clued-in, cyber-smart, connected people born during the 1990s, the years when the internet and smart phones were becoming fast, pervasive, and endlessly useful. These people are in their mid-twenties and bringing their special style to office environments throughout the business world. They are the first generation that has never experienced a world without the internet. Knowledge has always been at their fingertips. Communication was always universal, fast and cheap. What will it be like working with people like that, with that kind of kink in their brains? What is the Gen Z leadership style like?