In order to become a great CEO, you must learn to make other people successful. That is the key to leadership. You make people successful by listening to and supporting them, providing autonomy, challenging them, giving them guidance and direction and occasionally by issuing direct orders. A good leader has a wide toolkit. They treat all employees the same, yet lead each one in a unique and individualized way.
When the going gets tough, or perhaps just uncertain, everyone looks to the CEO. Is the leader leading, still moving forward? Does the boss radiate calmness and confidence? Does the CEO look like having a plan? If so, we will follow and we will stay on course, stay together.
Do you genuinely want people around you to succeed in their job? Are you ready to help them advance in their careers? Are you willing to give them the advice they need? Are you prepared to spend time trying to understand them and their motivations?
Millennials are uniquely skilled, impressively balanced and socially aware. To lead them, help them become leaders. Avoid the term Millennials and don’t apply too much “management”. Offer guidance. Soon they will lead you. After some time, our digital society will function properly.
The CEO drives strategy but this does not change the fact that the CEO is there mainly to deliver results.
Contrast is a recipe for success. How you go about contrasts will define you as a leader. No matter how insightful the advice you receive, as a leader only you can know how to manage the contrasts of the situation.
A key question in building a b2b startup company is when and how to scale sales. The first rule is “Don’t do it yet”. It is always easier to scale a spreadsheet than a real business.
We may have different abilities and we play different roles, but we are not of different value. Each person in an organization plays an important role. All are worthy of respect and attention.
There is just one way to lead a team to success: by believing in the positive energy of each individual. Doing so sometimes leads to the wrong path. An important moment comes with the next project. A confident team which knows that experimentation is allowed and failures are not punished will be amazingly innovative.
All-hands meetings increase productivity, motivation and teamwork. Committing to a joint goal is easier when everyone is in the same place. Here are three practical tips on how to arrange an all-hands meeting.
When employees doubt their abilities, it might be interpreted as a sign of weakness but can be a question of preparation. They might be your strongest employees. How you as the leader encourage them to take the assignment makes all the difference. Watch the video to learn three useful responses.
Offices are so last century! A distributed team is managed by starting from the top. Go all in online. Manage with vision and culture. Never favor physical proximity. Plan and budget for in-person meetings. State the promise and expectation at hiring. Document and record profusely.
From sense of urgency and patience to adaption and learning from failure. A fast way to become a better leader is by learning from others. Wisdom stemming from decades of doing and thinking can be elegantly expressed in a quote.
If no one challenges the beliefs of the leadership, soon there are no beliefs – only thoughtless, unchanging dogmas. Full consensus leads to utter mediocrity.
Leadership is not something that can be taken. It has to be earned by making the team and its members successful. Here are five things that change when you become a manager for the first time.
To improve meetings, start from the end. At the end of each meeting, ask the participants to rate it. Over time, the meetings you run will improve.