Leadership Superhero: Is There Such a Thing?

Superman

When we hear the word Superhero we think of the fictional comic book, cartoon and movie creations.  These characters are larger than life and always find a way to use their powers to benefit people and defeat evil in the world.

And people everywhere often long for superhero powers!

Seeking Super Powers

In training sessions, a common ice-breaker and conversation starter is the question, “If you could have one super power what would it be and why would you choose it.”

My question is slightly different:

Is there such a thing as a leadership superhero? 

To answer that question I did some research on some better known superheroes as a basis of measurement.

Here’s the punch line:  There are leadership superheroes all around us, and odds are that you are a leadership superhero too.

Fictional Superhero

Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and Iron Man have been some of the most popular superheroes over the past seventy-five years and are still going strong today.

Let’s examine the similarity between these fictional superheroes and real life leadership superheroes:

Super Powers:

We all know that fictional superheroes have super powers.  Real life leadership superheroes have super strengths.

Fictional superheroes all have superior intelligence, strength, agility, and stamina. In addition, they each have special powers.

  • Superman has x-ray vision
  • Batman has a photographic memory
  • Spider-Man can cling to most surfaces
  • Iron Man has a high-powered armor suit with built-in weapons

Leadership superheroes all have super strengths.

In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins describes the super strengths of leaders who had taken their companies to the top:

“Creates superb results yet is humble…Drives sustained results with inspired standards not their personality…Prepares the next generation of leaders for success…Accepts responsibility for mistakes while giving credit to others for success.”

Super Timing:

Fictional superheroes are most often seen as normal people who have normal jobs and bring out their super powers only when help is needed.  Real life leadership superheroes are involved in the same projects and tasks as everyone else, but they use their super strengths when called on.

  • Superman is Clark Kent – newspaper reporter
  • Batman is Bruce Wayne – industrialist
  • Spider-Man is Peter Parker – freelance photographer
  • Iron Man is Tony Stark – businessman

Leadership superheroes know when to act.

In his book Strength Based Leadership: Great leaders, Teams, and Why People FollowTom Rath says this:

“What great leaders have in common is that each truly knows his or her strengths – and can call on the right strength at the right time.”

Super Perseverance:

Fictional superheroes have overcome significant setbacks in their lives that helped mold them into who they are.  Real life leadership superheroes have experienced failure and used it to be better the next time.

  • Superman was orphaned as a baby when his home plant self-destructed as he was transported to Earth on a spacecraft
  • Batman witnessed his parents death at eight years old at the hands of a mugger
  • Spider-Man begins his super hero career letting a criminal escape who later murders his Uncle
  • Iron Man builds his first suit of armor while being held hostage by an enemy army

Leadership superheroes finish strong.

John Maxwell, leadership expert and author of the new book Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn says this:

“Leaders recognize that they will likely fail, but that their perseverance allows them to stand back up after the fall and move forward with confidence.”

My Leadership Superhero

Based on all of my research, here is my definition of a Leadership Superhero:

A Leadership Superhero is someone who learns and grows from setbacks in their life, holds a regular job and uses their strengths when help is needed.

This is why I say, “There are leadership superheroes all around us and odds are that you are a leadership superhero too.”

So do you have what it takes to become a leadership superhero? Are you playing to your strengths and surrounding yourself with people who compliment them? Are you learning, growing, and developing other leaders? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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To Mentor or Not to Mentor, That is the Question

Mentoring

Albert Einstein once said, “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.” If one agrees with Einstein, then there is no question IF mentoring is important, it’s only IF YOU should be a mentor. 

So if you want to be a  mentor, here is how you do it…

What is a Mentor?

The definition of a mentor is “a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.”

The word mentor actually originates as a character in the Greek classic The Odyssey. Mentor was a close companion of the king and was entrusted to keep the king’s son safe until he returned.

Since we now use the name Mentor to describe “a wise and trusted counselor or teacher” you might assume that Mentor did a tremendous job in protecting and guiding the young son.  However, in the classic we find that Mentor’s efforts on his own were of no use in protecting or counseling or teaching the son.

It was not until Mentor obtained wisdom from the gods that he was able to give sage advice and encouragement to the son.

A mentor is simply one who passes on the wisdom they have obtained during their life.

Why Should You Mentor?

The universe is built on self-sustaining cycles. Each cycle must give to the next to receive back in return.

There is a cycle to energy. It can’t be created or destroyed; it simply changes forms. Potential energy can be converted to kinetic energy, which can be converted to thermal energy, and then return to potential energy. The original energy remains.

There is a cycle to water. The limited amount of water that exists, continuously cycles through its various forms: evaporation from the earth, condensation in the clouds, and precipitation back to the earth. Water is never created or destroyed.

There is also a cycle to wisdom. In the book of Ecclesiastes we read, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Like energy and water, wisdom is not created nor is it destroyed, it is simply cycled.

You must give that which you have received to open the pathway to receive even more.

Who Can Be a Mentor?

This story helps answer that question:

“Once, a man was so busy building his house that he didn’t have any time to plant trees. When he finished the house, he became occupied with his job and couldn’t take time away to plant trees. He met a woman at work; they married and had a daughter. His life became so busy with his family that he didn’t have time to plant any trees.

One summer day he was outside playing in his backyard with his daughter; the bright sun was making them both very hot.

Daddy,’ she said, looking up with her hand on her forehead to shade her eyes. ‘Why don’t we have any trees in our yard?

He thought about what his daughter asked and replied, ‘I guess I was always too busy to plant any trees. I’m sorry I didn’t plant any when I built the house. It’s too late now. Even the fastest-growing trees would take at least five years to reach a height that would give us shade.’

To which his daughter replied, ‘Daddy, in five years I will only be eleven years old. I’ll still want to play in the backyard with you then, and I’ll still want shade from the trees then. So you’re right, the best time to plant trees would have been when you built the house; but the second best time to plant those trees is right now.’”

In this story, the mentor is the five-year old daughter who teaches her father that it’s never too late to make the right choice.

Anyone can be a mentor if they are willing to pass on what they have learned.

When Should You Mentor?

I once had the opportunity to take batting practice in Boston’s Fenway Park and to talk with Hall of Fame Red Sox great Jim Rice.

Jim talked about how he was mentored as a ball player throughout his life.

  • He honed his athletic ability in his neighborhood growing up with older kids where he learned how to work hard to be better every day.
  • Rice learned the art of catching a fly ball off the Green Monster from Carl Yastrzemski when he was just a rookie.
  • Ted Williams showed him how to hit out of a slump before he was ever in a slump.

Rice then demonstrated how to swing the bat to get a hit every time. Wow, batting lessons from a hall-of-famer – it doesn’t get better than that. Well, they only way it could have been better is if I had those batting lessons before I got up to take batting practice.

Teaching others what you know is best done before they need to use your knowledge.

Back to the original question: “To mentor or not to mentor?” The answer is “YES you should!”

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Leaders: 4 Ways to Improve Your Ability to Think and Learn

Think and Learn

Successful leaders need to think and learn on a consistent basis. It’s been proven that stress reduces our ability to learn.

Fight or Flight

Our response to stress is born from the “Fight or Flight” response that is critical in danger.  In these types of situations like a car accident, we need the rise in heart rate, blood pressure, and sugar in our system to boost our energy.

This short-time reaction to a short-term situation is not only beneficial, but it is required for survival.

Long-term exposure to the “Fight or Flight” response causes physiological changes that reduce our ability to learn.

The Franklin Institute reported that Robert M. Sapolsky, a Stanford University neuroscientist, showed that “sustained stress can damage the hippocampus, the part of the limbic brain which is central to learning and memory.”

The institute goes on to say this about chronic stress:

“Chronic over-secretion of stress hormones adversely affects brain function, especially memory. Too much cortisol can prevent the brain from laying down a new memory, or from accessing already existing memories.”

Good News! It’s reversible

Arline Bronzaft, PhD, an expert on the stress of noise pollution, conducted a study in the 1970′s in a New York school.  Some of the classrooms faced a loud subway rail and others were quiet.

Her study documented that by sixth grade, the children in the noisy rooms were a year behind those in the quiet rooms in reading skills.

But good news was right around the corner. This noise-induced difference in reading skills was reversed after acoustical tiles were installed that reduced the noise of the subway trains.

However good remedial methods are in reversing negative efforts on learning in humans, the great news is that it is all preventable.

Great News! It’s preventable

Here are four ways to improve your ability to think and learn by preventing stress

Positive Thoughts

Our thoughts can reduce stress in our lives just as sure as they cause stress in our lives.

Napoleon Hill author of the best-selling book Think and Grow Rich said:

We are what we are, because of the vibrations of thought which we pick up and register, through the stimuli of our daily environment. Resolve to throw off the influences of any unfortunate environment, and to build your own life to order.”

Here are some environmental influences that can occur each day, and ideas on how to reduce their stressful impact on your life:

ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCE STRESS REDUCER
Demands on your time become more than you have time to deliver. -Recognize what is important-Organize what is due-Prioritize when it will be done
New situations arise -Learn  from the facts available-Seek guidance from others’ past success-Do the best you can
You doubt your own abilities -Remember your past success-Focus on common experiences-Tell yourself you can

Soothing Rhythms

Studies show that brainwaves resonate in time with the rhythmic stimulation. Slow beats encourage the slow brainwaves that are associated with meditative states.

The first experience a newborn has in the hospital is stress: bright lights, poking, prodding, cold air and using its lungs for the first time.  Of course babies cry, I would to.  All birth room doctors and nurses know by training what every mother knows by instinct: the baby will be instantly soothed by placing it on the mother’s chest so the familiar rhythm of her heartbeat can be felt and heard.

There is a large industry for swings and bouncers for children as they move into the toddler ages.  Why do they sell so many? Because the soothing rhythm of moving back and forth calms the stressed toddler.

Music has the same effect on stress.  California State University music therapy professor Ron Borczon said, “The most powerful aspect of music is rhythm…Rhythm will help you get more excited when sped up; when slowed down, it helps the body calm down.”

According to Elizabeth Scott, M.S., wellness coach, author and health educator, “The change in brain wave activity levels that music can bring can also enable the brain to shift speeds more easily on its own as needed, which means that music can bring lasting benefits to your state of mind, even after you have stopped listening.”

Tip for Success:

Invest in music, sound machines, or, if you can afford it, move to the beach to hear ocean waves to stimulate your brain with soothing rhythms that will help prevent stress.

Regular Exercise

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. If you’re not an athlete or even if you’re downright out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management.”

Exercise fills your brain with endorphins.  This natural chemical produces what is commonly known as a “runner’s high,” which brings a positive and energized outlook on life.

While you exercise you take your mind of the day’s stress as you concentrate on the weights you are lifting, or the tennis ball you are hitting, or the laps you are swimming.  You will return to your stress causing issues with a calm perspective, able to think through your options.

Tip for Success:

Schedule time each day to get up and move away from your stress.

Inspirational Atmosphere

In John Maxwell’s latest book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, he says this:

“Everyone needs a time and a place to pause and reflect.”

Here’s a quick description of the contents of my inspirational atmosphere – my home office.

The first section contains a collection of many different bible translations, in depth bible studies, and recent translations of ancient historians like Josephus.    This section keeps me grounded on my foundation of leadership.

The second section contains a picture of my wife and me at the very spot where we met.  I also have pictures of my two children at school and in sports.  This section keeps my focus on my number one leadership assignment.

The third section contains pictures of the United States of America’s most important historical leaders, and copies of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Emancipation Proclamation. This reminds me whom and what made America the great country that it is.

The fourth section contains many shelves of leadership books that I have read and continue to re-read.  These are my textbooks in leadership where I perfected my life’s dream.

The last section contains memorabilia from many trips and seminars that reminds me of how very blessed I am to have had these experiences in life.

Tip for Success:

Create a place to pause and reflect that surrounds you with wonderful memories that takes your focus off of you and directs it to what is really important in your life.

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Leaders: How to Set Expectations For Success

Dunce

Leaders: People will perform up to your expectations – set your expectations at your team’s full potential, then help them succeed.

Names Effect Enthusiasm

Sports teams select names that are meant to encourage the team to succeed and inspire the fans to cheer.

Some professional teams have names that represent action like:

  • The San Diego Chargers
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Chicago Bulls

Other teams have names that celebrate their towns like:

  • The New England Patriots
  • Phoenix Suns
  • Montreal Canadians

Can you imagine sports teams with a name like: “The Fumblers” or “The Strike-Outs” or “The Penalty Box?” Of course not.

Naming People

Similarly, no person should be named in a way that limits their opportunity to achieve success like: “Advanced as far as they can” or “Not smart enough” or “Not leadership material.”

Maybe that person’s strengths are better used in another role that will free them to shine.

Successful Leaders don’t limit growth, they help people discover and develop their strengths.

German author and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said:

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming.”

The level of enthusiasm of your team, and of you as the leader of the team, will be positively influenced by having a positive image of each member of your team.

Names Influence Effort

Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson performed an experiment in 1966 known as The Pygmalion Effect, which tested the effect of teacher expectations on student performance.  Teachers across 1st through 6th grades were told that certain students were expected to perform at a very high level in the coming year.

Rosenthal and Jacobson then randomly assigned students to randomly selected teachers and gave the names of the students to the teachers.

At the end of the school year, this randomly selected group of students achieved markedly higher gains in IQ scores than the rest of the students.  Why?  Because the teachers expected these students to be successful and worked hard to make sure they were.

People will achieve up to the limit of their expectations.

James Rhem, the executive editor for the online National Teaching and Learning Forum, said:

“When teachers expect students to do well and show intellectual growth, they do; when teachers do not have such expectations, performance and growth are not so encouraged and may in fact be discouraged in a variety of ways.”

Leaders have to expect that each of their team members will succeed, then work hard to make sure that happens.

Names Should Fit The Role

Abraham, the patriarch of the Jewish Nation, was once known as “Abram” which means “Exalted Father.”  At that time he had one son, Ishmael, and he was near 100 years old.  God appeared to Abram and told him that his descendants would number more than the stars.  From that point forward he would be called “Abraham” which means “Father of Many Nations.”

Marion Morrison used the stage name John Wayne because he wanted to be a rugged movie star.

What’s In a Name

Theodor Seuss Geisel began signing the name Seuss to his work in his college’s humor magazine.  The correct pronunciation of Seuss is “Soyce” but it was mispronounced “Suss” which sounded like “Goose” as in the nursery rhymes.  That was fine to Theodor who intended to use his pen name for his humorous work anyway and save his real name for a future serious project.

The “Dr.” was added to his first published book in honor of his father who wanted Theodore to be a doctor.

From this day forward, every member of your team should be named “Successful,” in the specific role they have been assigned.  The definition of success may be different in each role.

Your job as the leader is to help define success for each person and assist them in accomplishing up to their new name – Successful.

From the inspirational diary of Anne Frank comes this truth:

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.  The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”

What name have you given to your team, and to each member of your team?  Do you believe that they can be successful?  Have you limited the growth of your team by naming them “Unable to succeed?”  Your expectations of your team will drive their performance.

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Top Five Reasons People Fear Being A Leader – Debunked

Leadership Quote

Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City, has a brief, concise, but for many a frightening, definition of Leadership – “I’m responsible.”

The root of all leadership summarized in two words and five syllables.

It really makes you stop and think about what you are getting into if you choose to be a Leader.

Of Facts and Fears

All of us have fears that we’ve developed over the years.  Some are well founded in facts like touching a hot stove, or getting cut on broken glass.

Others are due to a lack of understanding like children being afraid of monsters under their bed.

This is one of the benefits and at the same time detriments to the human condition:  the more experience we have, the more we think there is to fear.

This is a good thing when it protects us from making harmful mistakes; it is a bad thing when it prevents us from achieving success to our full capability:

Accepting the responsibility of leadership is one of those fears that some have developed over their years of experience.  There are five top reasons some fear to be a leader.  Each one can derail a promising leader if they let it stop them from learning and growing and becoming all they can be.

The Top Five Reasons People Fear Being a Leader – Debunked

1) I Am Afraid To Fail

The Fear:

There are many examples in history and in recent times of leaders failing.  It may even be your own boss or the company you work for that failed.  If you are going to be a leader, you want to be successful; but you think the risk of failure is just too great to try.

The Truth:

You won’t succeed every time you try. But like all our modern day sports stars, you are guaranteed to finish last if you never get up to the line of scrimmage, or on the court, or in the batter’s box. To get a chance to win, you have to take the chance to lose.

“The only real failure in life is the failure to try.”

 Let’s look at a few statistics from the world of sports:

  • The greatest football quarterbacks complete only six of ten passes.
  • The best basketball players make only half of their shots.
  • In baseball if you can get a hit more than three out of ten times at bat you’ll be in the hall of fame.

UCLA College Basketball coach John Wooden said:

 “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.  I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”

 2) I Have Failed Before

 Fear:

You may believe that because you have failed before, you are a failure.  Since you made a mistake, you don’t deserve the chance to try again.

Facts:

If you have failed before, congratulations, you are in good company.  Failure is not the end of the road, it is just a step on the way to success.  The truly successful person believes they are never down; they are either up, or getting up.

 Abraham Lincoln failed at many of his endeavors until he became the President of the United States.  What did Lincoln think of failures?

 “My great concern is not whether you have failed,  but whether you are content with your failure.”

Thomas Edison, the holder of 1,093 United States patents and the inventor of the phonograph and the incandescent light bulb said:

I have not failed.  I‘ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

 3) I Am Not A Born Leader

Fear:

We all know larger than life leaders.  They are frequently on television, the internet, and newspapers.  We have studied them in the history books.  They are the Presidents, CEOs, Head Coaches, and Generals that command our attention.  If you are not just like these leaders, then you must not be meant to lead.

Facts:

No one is a born leader. But in the same way neither is anyone a born pilot, or farmer, or scientist, or teacher, or anything else for that matter other than a human being.  However, everyone is born with a personality and abilities that can be developed into greatness.  Anyone can be a leader if they know where their natural strengths lie and use them to lead.

“No one is born as a leader, but everyone is born to lead.”

Donald O. Clifton the former board chair of Gallup and author of four books on strength based leadership: Soar with Your Strengths, Now, Discover Your Strengths, StrengthsQuest, and How Full Is your Bucket? said this:

“A leader needs to know his strengths as a carpenter knows his tools, or as a physician knows the instruments at her disposal. What great leaders have in common is that each truly knows his or her strengths — and can call on the right strength at the right time. This explains why there is no definitive list of characteristics that describes all leaders.”

 4) I Don’t Know Enough About Leadership

Fear: 

You have the desire to be a leader, but don’t think you have the knowledge. There is so much you don’t know and it takes so much time to learn everything.  It seems the best leaders have been doing this for many years.  You believe that you can’t step out and be a leader until you know all there is to know.

Facts: 

You don’t have to know everything about leadership to lead. You just have to know a little more than the people you are leading. (Click here to tweet that)

I heard this funny story that demonstrates this point well.  You don’t have to be the fastest person in the world to win races; you only need to run faster than the people behind you in each race.

Two guys were hiking in the deep woods one day. They got a bit off track and wandered into the part of the woods were bears have been known to live. The frightening sound of a bear was heard.  One of the guys bent down and started tightening his shoes. “What are you doing?” the other one asked. “Lacing up my shoes so I don’t trip when I run,” the first one answered. “Everyone knows you can’t out run a bear,” the second one said. To that the first guy replied, “I don’t have to out run the bear, I just have to out run you,” and he sped away.

5) I Don’t Know Everything My Team Does

Fear:

You may believe that you can’t lead a team unless you have a mastery of every aspect of what your team does.

Facts:  

You don’t need to be the best at everything to be a leader; you just need to be the best at leading.

International Leadership Guru John Maxwell says it this way:

“Some people believe that great leaders have all the answers. Not true. Successful leaders don’t know everything. But they know people who do.  If you ask me a question related to one of my organizations and I don’t know the answer, I know which person in the organization does.  If you ask about my profession, I may not know the answer, but with a phone call or two, I can talk to someone who can answer the question.  And if you ask about the details of my life and schedule and I don’t know the answer, I guarantee you there’s someone who does – my assistant.”

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Leaders: The Keys to Purposeful Motivation

Carrot and Stick

You motivate everyone around you every day whether you know it or not.  Motivation can be a positive force or a negative force.  They key to success in motivation is to recognize its power and use it to positively change the lives of everyone on your team.

Successful leadership relies on motivating your team to accomplish the goals you have set.

Lee Iacocca said this: “Management is nothing more than motivating other people

Purposeful Motivation

Purposeful motivation is not a one-time event.  It isn’t something you set in motion and let it run.  You can’t just delegate motivation to someone else.  As a successful leader, motivation is your number one job.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”~ Zig Ziglar

As basic to life as a shower is, so is motivation to leadership.  You just can’t lead without it.

The In’s and Out’s of Motivation

There are two types of motivation: Positive and Negative Motivation.

Positive motivation works by drawing people in. Negative motivation works by pushing people out.

Let’s examine both of these types of motivations to see how they work toward organizational excellence.

On Positive Motivation

Congratulation, Celebration, and Cultivation will bring Calibration

To motivate your team to succeed:

  • Congratulate members on their positive outcomes
  • Celebrate positive movement towards the goal with the whole team
  • Cultivate the strengths of each person on your team
  • If you do these things, they will Calibrate their behavior to your expectations

Congratulate

“If you woke up breathing, congratulations!  You have another chance.” ~ Andrea Boydston

Every day each member of your team does something worthy of your congratulations.  Let’s start with showing up for work.  Do you say good morning as you walk in the door?  This makes for a great way to start the day.  Wouldn’t you like to hear someone say, “Thank you for allowing us to benefit from your strengths today?”

Then there are the obvious ones like completing projects on time, facilitating a meeting well, giving a presentation to the executives.

Nothing says thank you like saying thank you. It’s that simple.

Celebrate

“There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate.” ~ Robert Brault

Somewhere near the end of a year, each team will be establishing its goals for the following year.  These goals usually define success as accomplishing something by year-end: sales goals, profit goals, new customer goals, etc.

The leader sets the vision for how the team will accomplish its goals.

It’s hard to stay motivated if the goals are something that can only be achieved twelve months in the future.  Help your team stay motivated by breaking the year-end goals into smaller pieces: quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily goals.

Then you can celebrate reaching goals not just at the end of the year, but at the end of each day, week, month, and quarter.

Cultivate

“Mentor, mentor, mentor. Encourage and cultivate the next generation of leaders” ~ Tom Peters

It is human nature to grow, to become better every day.  A leader can tap into that desire and provide opportunities for their team to achieve greater and greater success.  Investing time with your team through mentoring is an essential component to motivation.

Calibrate

cal·i·brate  [ kálli bràyt ] Noun: To check, adjust, or determine by comparison with a standard. –  American Heritage Dictionary

As your team sees their success, they will model their behavior after yours.  Through your motivation, a cycle of expanding success is started.

On Negative Motivation

Domination and Denigration will bring Repudiation

To motivate people to fail:

  • Dominate each discussion with only your opinions
  • Denigrate individuals by focusing on every misstep and weakness
  • And they will Repudiate your behavior and leave

Dominate

“Your job is to make the best decision, not to decide.” Jamie Dimon

There is a limit to the knowledge of any one person.  The leader who limits decision to only their opinion will see their team lose interest in offering differing thoughts that many times are better thoughts.

Denigrate

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations” ~ Steve Jobs

The only way to never make mistakes is to never try.  The leader who disparages their team for mistakes will soon find the team stops trying.

Repudiate

“Lack of loyalty is one of the major causes of failure in every walk of life”  ~ Napoleon Hill

Loyalty is a two-way street.  But it starts with the leader being loyal to the team.  Negative motivation is a sure way to eliminate loyalty, and ensure failure.

So what are some of the ways you can learn to positively motivate your teams toward achieving excellence in their daily work? What are some of the tricks and techniques that have worked best for you? Conversely, what have you seen in your workplace that has soured the mood and made people leave? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Denis McLaughlin
Denis McLaughlin is President of Leadership GPS, Inc.
He is a Leadership Development Expert, Coach, Teacher, Speaker, and Writer
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