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5 Signs Of A Good Future Leader

We’ve spoken at length about the importance of mature professionals in the workforce. Part of the reason their years of knowledge and experience can be so valuable is that they can then help shape the talent of a new generation. Much has been said about the lack of high-level experience within the younger generation of professionals and boomers can help to bridge that important gap. Along with mentoring the next generation, they can begin to recognize the talent among younger who can lead. Identifying leaders in the younger generation of professionals is a vital part in building the workforce for tomorrow. So how can you, as a manager or experienced professional, spot those talented individuals who possess the ability to lead? Here are some tips of what to watch for:

They engage.

One of the most identifiable traits born leader possess is a view of the bigger picture. Among younger professionals (and not just younger professionals) there can be a tendency to focus on their own journey and tend to neglect their coworkers or their organization’s greater ambitions. Those who take the bigger picture into account tend to go further and a big part of how they do this is by engaging. They engage with coworkers, the engage with their leaders, and they engage with the organization as a whole. They do their job, but always keep in mind that there are many other moving parts to what they are a part of and being involved makes them more prepared to lead.

Failure doesn’t set them back.

We all stumble in our work to some degree or another. They can be small mistakes made throughout the day or a big misjudgement of your work that can be a more drastic failure. However, how me deal with those failures is indicative of who we are as professionals, and it is the leaders who fail and continue to move forward. Yes, there are some failures that need to be addressed in a more critical way, but largely, a failure is an opportunity to learn. Some people fear the failure to the point that it makes them fear trying anymore. Leaders fail, acknowledge the failure, examine the failure, learn from the failure and go try again. What makes these people good leaders is not only a willingness to take chances without fear of failure, but also an ability to encourage their employees to recover from their own failures.

They allow patience in their work.

The younger generation is sometimes criticized for, what some perceive to be, a lack of drive in their work. I consider this to be an unfair generalization of an entire generation (similar to many unfair rumours about boomers). However, what can sometimes be an issue with younger professionals is being too consumed with getting the tasks done, that they don’t allow patience to enter into their working habits. Efficiency with work is not the same as getting things done as quickly as possible. It means having all the facts and information necessary to ensure that the work presented is the best possible representation of what you can do. Allowing patience in your work and the work of those around you can lead to overall improvement within the organization.

No fear in being open.

What is the single most important thing for a successful workplace? That’s correct, it’s communication. And how you can identify an individual’s willingness to communicate and acknowledging the importance of communication is openness. This can be difficult for a lot of people, and it’s another thing that some people fear. But openness is necessary when you are a part of a community that relies on sharing. This could be sharing ideas, sharing experience, sharing opinions – all of which make for a stronger workforce. Keeping an open mind to the way others approach the work as well as being able to share your own thoughts makes for a collaborative leader who can get the best out of those around them.

An ability to adapt to new situations.

New situations are a fantastic indicator of above-the-line talent. In all honesty, these scenarios are no easy for anyone. No matter how much experience you might have in a position, chances are you will be met at some point with something you’ve never had to deal with before. Some back down from the challenge, others are too thrown off by it to effectively deal with it. A leader is able to adapt to the situation. They don’t complain about why thigs have changed, they don’t get stubborn and try to stick to what’s worked with them before. They accept that new approaches are necessary to grow as a professional, and they remain undaunted when met with these new challenges. It’s important that a leader is someone others can look to as an example when the way forward isn’t always clear.

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18 Quotes About Integrity

What are the qualities most important in business? It’s a hard question and one with many possible answers. However, when you ask most people this question, an answer you’ll hear again and again is “integrity”. It’s one of these qualities that people can have a hard time defining and one that can often get confused. Some mistake stubbornness as integrity. The reality is that integrity is having established and clear principles that you operate by and refusing to compromise those principles for any reason. It is integrity that separates successful companies for ones that eventually fall.

Integrity is most important in leaders. Good leadership means leading by example and a leader without integrity inspires no followers or the wrong kind of followers. So if you’re a leader looking to show the right qualities, hear what some of the most knowledgeable men and women have to say about integrity.

“Do what’s right, not what’s easy.” Anonymous 

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” – Douglas Adams

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity at home.” — Confucius

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” ― Frederick Douglass

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” – Albert Einstein

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“No man knows the value of innocence and integrity but he who has lost them.” – William Gibson

“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.” – Samuel Johnson

“Integrity is doing the right thing. Even when no one is watching.” – C.S Lewis

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” – Bob Marley

“Honest communication is built on truth and integrity and upon respect of the one for the other.” – Benjamin E. Mays

“Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.” – Ayn Rand

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” – W. Clement Stone

“Courage is the foundation of integrity.” – Mark Twain

“If there’s anything that’s important to a reporter, it is integrity. It is credibility.” – Mike Wallace

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5 Ways To Inspire Creativity In The Workplace

Creativity is a concept that is not embraced enough in the workplace. In fact, in far too many workplaces, such a thing is dissuaded more than it is encouraged. The problem is that too many people at the management level see creativity as a way for employees to veer too far off the proven path of success and allows for too much of the unknown or unproven to occur.

However, creativity as it relates to work is a mindset that is beneficial to any company no matter the type of work they do. For problem solving, group work and countless more reasons, managers should try to inspire creativity among their employees whenever possible. Here’s how you can do just that.

Set up collaborations.

People get used to working on their own. Some people like it more and even thrive more from solo work. But that doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from the occasional collaborations. Some people feel more intimidated to try the more creative approaches on their own. When you set up your employees to work in a collaborative way, they begin sharing ideas more openly, they can improve of each other’s brainstorming concepts, and they can find a creative chemistry that just clicks. Allow for more opportunities for this kind of group work within the workplace and see what benefits come from it.

Embrace new ideas.

The tried-and-true way can be safe, certainly, but it can also be stifling. When you get too used to doing things one way, you become blinded to better and easier ways of working. Embracing creativity means letting your employees feel as though they can suggest ways of changing things up. Too often people feel that new approaches are not being looked for, nor are they welcome. Embracing new ideas will help your workforce realise they can have their own input when appropriate.

Support creativity – even when it doesn’t work.

Supporting creativity does not just mean saying yes when a good creative move comes up, it also means supporting the idea of creativity. The concept of creativity is built upon a sort of unknown way of approaching things. Maybe it will work, maybe it won’t, and as you’ll find out, it can often not work. But for creativity to thrive in a workplace, people need to learn not to fear those moments of failure. Don’t dismiss those bad ideas out right. Discuss them with the people who bring them up, learn more about their approach and give helpful feedback. They will learn what works and what doesn’t while still feeling like they can give it another shot further down the road.

Be flexible.

A large part of inspiring creativity in the workplace means allowing some of the established rules to be bent somewhat. As a manager or boss, you’ll know what is necessity to maintain an effective workplace, and which things can be mixed up a bit. For instance, the 9-to-5 way of working is starting to become a bit of an out-dated concept. Creativity can occur outside the regular office hours and allowing your employees to embrace that fact could lead to great benefits. Likewise, the office is not always a necessary workspace. Working remotely can lead to a lot more productivity. These might seem like risks but they can payoff in big ways.

Brainstorm together.

Much like how collaboration opens up the possibility of new ideas to come forward, doing group brainstorming sessions can help bring out the ideas that would otherwise remain unsaid. Brainstorming is a great, no-pressure situation where everyone can throw out ideas, concepts, questions without having to worry about how it will be taken. They can be under-developed ideas, spontaneous or otherwise imperfect, but in the group setting it allows people to just throw it all out there and see what sticks. You’d be surprised how often this can yield some truly great ideas.

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25 Quotes About The Importance Of Leadership

In life, there are leaders and there are followers. Do you believe that?

It does seem like a bit of a simplification to examine our species as a whole and come to that conclusion, but in many ways it is right. Of course the point is not to take the words literally. Leaders and followers don’t refer to our positions in the workplace, but more to our personality and general outlook. Certainly there are managers who are more followers than leaders, and there are mail-room people who are born leaders. And everyone has the ability to grow from a follower into a leader and a bit part of that is inspiration. Gain for inspiration on your path as a leader through this collection of quotes on the subject.

  1. “Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou
  2. “A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.” – M.D. Arnold
  3. “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” – Bill Bradley
  4. “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
  6. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates
  7. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs
  8. “Earn your leadership every day.” – Michael Jordan
  9. “Leadership is an ever-evolving position.” – Mike Krzyzewski
  10. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln
  11. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi
  12. “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John C. Maxwell
  13. “To add value to others, one must first value others.” – John Maxwell
  14. “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision”. – John Maxwell
  15. “Leadership is an action, not a position.” – Donald McGannon
  16. “Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” – George Patton
  17. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
  18. “You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.” – Jeanette Rankin
  19. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller
  20. “Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  21. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer
  22. “It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.” – Adlai E. Stevenson II
  23. “Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it.” – Charles Swindoll
  24. “If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.” – Henry David Thoreau
  25. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward
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6 Traits Any Great Leader Should Have

Leadership is a quality seen in few people. It’s no easy task to be an effective leader and it’s certainly not something you’re born with, despite what some may say. Great leaders develop their skills over time and continue to develop them no matter what role they take. If you strive for just such a position, it’s important to know the qualities that make someone a good leader.

We’ve come up with a list of what we consider to be the most important leadership traits. Of course, this list could be endless, but any leader that truly desires to be effective should exhibit these traits openly and often.

They have confidence

As a leader, everyone will be looking at you during the good times and the hard times. The business world is unpredictable and there will be ups and downs with any industry. You need to be an example for everyone else that you’re not threatened by the down times. Acknowledge and address problems but always have confidence in the organization and its operations. Also show you’re confident in your employees. When they see your confidence it will in turn give them confidence.

They can delegate

Whenever you have people working under you, it’s important to understand their strengths and abilities. Whether you’re in charge of three people or thirty people, delegating responsibilities is a very important aspect of any leader’s role. Just because you’re the leader doesn’t mean you have to take on every job yourself. Use the skills of your team and let them know you recognize their talents. It will take a little less work off your plate while strengthening the team.

They’re positive thinkers

Don’t underestimate the benefits a positive mind can have in an office. That’s especially true when you’re a leader. Addressing problems and mistakes seriously is important, but it’s also important to highlight the positives. A relaxed and happy atmosphere is essential to motivating employees and keeping the work flow productive.

They can manage success and failure

It seems like we’re only focusing on all that could go wrong, but the reality is that a good leader knows how to handle the good and the bad. When an employee makes a mistake or stumbles in their performance, understand that they will likely be harder on themselves they you could ever be on them. The trick is to motivate them and keep them in good spirits so they know not to make the same mistake, but also to remain diligent in the rest of their work.

When an employer succeeds, you must take the time to acknowledge them. A solid employee who is never recognized for their contributions will begin to lose interest in the job and there work will suffer.

They’re excellent communicators

Communication is (arguably) the most important thing in any office and the most underappreciated. When there is good communication within an office, everything is running smoother. There are less mistakes, the collaborations are on point and relationships grow stronger. That solid communication is the result of a good leader. To see such benefits from your leadership encourage communication and make sure your door is always open.

They nurture talent

Recognizing where talent lies and being able to spot it in others is good quality of any leader. Even more important than recognizing talent, however, is knowing how to nurture it. If an employee of your displays the kind of ideas and innovation that suggests they might also make a great leader someday, it’s worth investing some time in that employee. Help them develop skills they have yet to master, show them how the business works, and take them under your wing. Great leaders breed great leaders. Pass your knowledge on.

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