Have you ever been thrown a curve ball? Maybe personally or professionally? While unexpected, often good things can come from these kinds of circumstances. Relax, see it, adjust, wait. And gain an experience for the next time you’re up to bat.
Strong leadership inspires strong loyalty. There’s a way to inspire loyalty among your team, a method that might surprise you: Lead with humility. Most managers don’t think of humility as a key to strong leadership. They figure they need to appear as forceful, confident, and in charge. Humility, they believe, will be viewed as a sign of weakness.
Many companies rely on financial incentives to “buy” loyalty from their employees. They pay higher salaries than the competition or offer deferred compensation such as stock options and generous pensions. And yes, this does provide a strong reason to stick around in a job, especially during and after a recession. But most people, believe it or not, find little inspiration in the almighty dollar. They may appreciate their salary and show up for work each day yet still lack the motivation to do their best.
A survey of more than seven thousand American workers found that only 45 percent of workers say they are satisfied or extremely satisfied with their jobs. “At the same time, a much lower number actually feel very ‘engaged’ by their jobs. Only 20 percent feel very passionate about their jobs; less than 15 percent agree that they feel strongly energized by their work; and only 31 percent (strongly or moderately) believe that their employer inspires the best in them.”1
When someone has integrity, they know the right thing, say the right thing & do the right thing. Whether you are an heir to the throne or work a normal 9-5 job, your level of integrity is a reflection of who you are.
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn
Many people ask me how they can become more disciplined. It goes without saying that they realize that most disciplined people are successful and the ones who accomplish more in life. While there is no concrete plan on how to discipline yourself once and for all, I can offer up some useful leadership development tips, such as the following:
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” – Seth Godin
Everyone has a bad day once in a while. Those days when you don’t want to go to work, or accomplish anything. However, those days are fewer and further between when you love what you do for a living. Why should you be passionate about your work? Because…
As you evaluate the appeal of your work space: How “green” is our business? A recent poll by MonsterTRAK.com reported that 92 percent of young professionals would rather work for organizations that are environmentally friendly, and 80 percent are interested in securing a job that impacts the environment in a positive way.5 Members of Generation Y prefer to work in a job that supports or promotes what is beneficial to the environment. It might be preventing pollution, reducing the consumption of natural resources, or actively promoting the appreciation of or protection of natural resources.