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As a leader, are you using both your head and your heart?

Do you lead with both your head and heart?

As a leader, we can oftentimes get too emotional or too attached to see clearly and make sound decisions.  It is critical that we use both our heads and hearts to be most effective.  Has there been a time where you made a decision as a leader neglecting one or the other?  In the #CJJblog this week, I give you some tips on how you can use both of these tools to make good decisions when leading your team.  Enjoy.

  • HEART: People are number one priority. This starts with your team members and staff.  Are they your number one priority?  If you treat your team well, it will inevitably spread to your customers as well.
  • HEART: Check in with your team and see how they are doing on a personal level.  Leaders are able to consistently display empathy through thick and thin, no matter the circumstances.
  • HEART: Walk amongst team. Do you want to earn the respect of your team members?  Become one of them.  Whether it’s getting down and dirty in the weight room, or mixing it up on a sales call, there are many ways you can earn their respect and build a stronger team culture.
  • HEART: Be their rock. Never lose control of your emotions.  Even when things get tough, your team needs to be able to count on to stay calm.  Always remember to not get too high or too low, especially in front of others.
  • HEAD: Communication. Are you a good communicator?  Are you able to make the team goals, values, and mission very clear to everyone?  Be consistent with your communication and try to avoid any changes in the direction you are headed.
  • HEAD: Effective meetings. Do you hold effective meetings as a leader?  How much prep work do you do for each one?  Make sure you are able to keep them short and to the point.
  • HEAD: Do you hold everyone involved accountable for their actions?  It’s okay to correct others’ actions, especially when they don’t align with the team values.
  • HEAD: You must build trust with your team and be willing to delegate both tasks and authority to others.  Do others trust you at all times?
  • HEAD: Get Feedback. Seeking out input and feedback from others, while putting your ego aside is a very strong way to be an effective leader.  It shouldn’t matter where it comes from, a good solution should be implemented.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson is hosting a webinar next week on August 12th @ 11am EST.  His guest will be international educator and global leader, Dr. Rehnuma Karim, Ph.D. and the topics of discussion will include: Embracing diversity, Building a successful team culture, and Maintaining a successful team.  You can register HERE.

Life Tip #28: When people think of a person with integrity, they think of you.

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