The “Be’s” of Leadership

leadership-puzzleThis time of year is a great opportunity to reflect on the type of leader we want to be. The “3 Be’s” of Leadership provide a basis for thinking how to be most authentic in our relationships with our colleagues, team members and customers. Enjoy this holiday season and be sure to rest and rejuvenate as much as possible to prepare the great unknown of 2017!

All the best, Carolyn

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Leading and Managing

FPRA Team
FPRA Team

Had a great day with the inaugural class of “Leadership FPRA” of the Florida Public Relations Association, as I presented and facilitated and all day session on “Leading and Managing.” The inspiring, talented PR professionals focused their day on becoming even more effective leaders and sharing their insights  and knowledge with one another on topics including leadership strengths, vision, influence and resolving conflict. Terrific day!

When Saying No is Better than Saying Nothing at All

One of the key challenges that I see leaders face is the lack of prioritization. Leaders find it hard to prioritize their own responsibilities, and find it difficult to help others do it. It is  especially complex when the organization is under constant change and new challenges and resulting responsibilities seem to come in an unending flood. I like this reminder that it is fine – and often necessary – to say “no.” How powerful is that?! Enjoy!

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Build a Great Culture and Protect It – Advice from KIND President John Leahy

Hello! Here is a brief article on an inspiring leader who has great advice. KIND Healthy Snacks President John Leahy brings full commitment to whatever he is doing, and with that comes a willingness to say he was wrong. “The first thing that I personally do, and I really encourage my team to do from a leadership standpoint, is ‘the buck stops here,’ ” he says.

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Rules to Being the Best Boss

I am sure we all want to be great bosses. Here are some steps to remember. I particularly like #4 – making the tough choices to have the right people on your team- including letting go of ones that no longer fit –  is a key to being a great, courageous leader.

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8 Ways to Be a Courageous Leader

We have talked recently about quiet leadership. In this day and age, leadership also requires tremendous courage – to say what needs to be said, to stand up for what is right, to push people beyond their comfort zones and move into the unknown. Here are some excellent tips to keep in mind – enjoy!

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Unheralded Qualities of Leaders

Love this!  Enjoy! Scott Cochrane has been developing a list of overlooked traits he sees in great leaders and employees. These include small things like being prepared and early for meetings, showing gratitude and interest in others, and giving respect to all regardless of status.

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Managing Up in the Workplace

This week the issue of “Managing Up” appeared with several of my leadership coaching clients and teams – some from the perspective of learning how to manage up, and some from the viewpoint of the Leader who wants to encourage participation from team and staff members. This is a great overview of a book on the subject through an interview with the author, and gives some tips on managing up as well as how to encourage more directness in workplace conversations. I hope you find it as enlightening as I did!

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