Characteristics of a Bad Leader That Can Harm Your Organization and What to Do About Them

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Bad leaders can damage even the best organization. But what makes a leader “bad”? In many cases, it’s simply a factor of great employees being promoted into leadership positions without the background or experience required to help them excel in those positions. That’s a common situation facing many organizations. Unfortunately, while it’s good to promote… Read more »

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7 Essential Communication Skills for Thriving in Leadership

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Leadership is all about communication. Leaders are literally the conduit with and between people. They are responsible for working with and through their team members to accomplish tasks that will help the organization achieve its objectives.  In the process, they are also communicating with and facilitating communications between, team members and other departments, customers, vendors,… Read more »

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Developing Leaders by Focusing on the Right Skills and Providing Training That Sticks

Leadership is foundational to building a successful company. After all, companies of all kinds rely on people to get the work done, to serve customers, and to drive productivity and success. Those people need strong leaders to provide them with goals, direction, feedback, coaching, and hold them accountable. Unfortunately, too often leadership skills are taken… Read more »

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11 Signs of Ineffective Leadership in Your Organization and How to Fix Them

Most organizations have leaders. Unfortunately, many don’t have effective leaders. The vast majority of leaders aren’t trained to be leaders! Even those who may have pursued a business degree were likely overwhelmed by theory, not practical advice and opportunities for application.  Unfortunately, in many job settings, skilled individual contributors tend to be promoted into leadership… Read more »

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Great Leadership Requires 5 Emotional Intelligence Skills

Chances are you’ve heard the term “emotional intelligence.” As the name suggests, it’s a term referring to individuals’—generally employees’—the ability to monitor and manage their emotions in a professional way when interacting with others. Clearly, it’s also a competency that employers tend to value in their employees. Emotional intelligence in leadership is critical. Emotional intelligence… Read more »

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How to Develop Strong Leaders with these 4 Strategies

Companies that want to succeed in any industry, and regardless of size, need to have effective leaders who can successfully coach and counsel their employees to be engaged and productive. They know this and yet many companies struggle to provide their current and emerging leaders with the training support they need. Not all leaders are… Read more »

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5 Most Important Qualities of a Good Supervisor

It’s long been said that the greatest impact on an employee’s decision to stay with or leave, an organization is dependent on who they report to. Good supervisor qualities are a “must-have” for any organization. Unfortunately, all too often organizations promote employees who have been strong individual contributors without thoroughly assessing whether they have good… Read more »

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How To Focus on the Development of Your Leadership Team

Supervisors and managers are often promoted based on their technical skills and job performance, not their leadership capabilities or potential. If they’re not trained properly in both the hard and soft skills of effective leadership, they are likely to fail, bringing team member performance down with them and negatively impacting the company’s bottom line. Poor… Read more »

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Supervisor Vs Manager: What’s the Key Difference?

It may not be as much of a mystery as “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” but debating the differences between the definition of “supervisor” and the definition of “manager” can generate as much, if not more, discussion! Here we take a look at the similarities—and very important differences—between the two roles to… Read more »

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