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LEADERSHIP C omes D own to U nderstanding H ow O thers C ommunicate
FROM THE DESK OF Ron Cousins
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The kids have started going back to school and are increasing their knowledge on a daily basis. Have you considered learning something new lately? Currently, I am in the middle of a training course to increase my productivity. Breaking bad habits and replacing themwith good ones is a daunting task — challenge accepted! Two things that have made a huge impact for me so far are clearing out the distractions and quit multitasking. Distractions are the atomic bomb to cognitive processes. I’ve always thought of myself as a great multitasker, but now I know better results are produced when focus is on a single task. Have
With the rapid rise in leadership training and development of best practices, the opportunity to learn effective leadership skills is at the fingertips of anyone who wants it. Books, podcasts, and training seminars are just a few of the training mediums used, but even with the considerable amount of information available, leaders everywhere continually fall short in one significant aspect: Leading others is not about fitting your team members into your management style; it’s about you fitting into theirs. There’s a common belief that to be a great leader in business you need to have a plethora of skills and an even more substantial breadth of knowledge. But this rationale couldn’t be further from the truth. Leadership isn’t about knowing every detail about your industry, and it certainly isn’t about being the best at your job. To be an effective leader, you need to help others achieve their goals. Leading in a style that meets the needs of your team doesn’t come naturally to most people, and that’s why a great leader is so valuable. They are capable of adapting to meet the needs of those they lead. It’s a multifaceted objective that requires a lot of emotional intelligence and a willingness to collaborate. While there are many strategies to help leaders understand how to lead others properly, communication is the most important part. In many instances, someone is placed in a leadership role because they have a distinct personality and skill set. Those who climb the ladder are often strong-willed and communicate in a particular way. The biggest mistake leaders make is trying to communicate in a way the people they are leading don’t fully understand. To provide an example, let’s use the fictional people Natalie and Larry. Natalie is in a leadership role at her company where she manages a small team of people. Larry works under Natalie and communicates with her on a daily basis. Natalie is a nose-to-the-
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