What Is Your 2019 Word of the Year?
Are You a Transactional or Transformational Leader?
When I talk about my word of the year and setting goals, people often ask me what comes first – the word or the goal. There is no right answer. Both are important, so it doesn’t matter which comes first. Some years, I start with the word. Some years, I start with the goals.
What is important is clarity.
3 EQ-Related Factors All Women Leaders Must Focus On
Are you a transactional or transformational leader? This is a quick self-assessment, and there are no wrong answers.
Do You Know Your EQ Score? 3 Big Benefits You Might Be Missing
Men are from Mars, women are from Venus. We’ve been hearing this since John Gray published his famous book in 1992 (yes, it was that long ago!). As it turns out, his argument is true when it comes to emotional intelligence (EQ).
How a Peer Learning Group Can Impact Your Leadership Success
It’s one thing to know what Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is, but it’s another thing to take an assessment and know your score (both overall and for each component).
Why Play Is Critical to Leaders
Brain trust, leadership circle or peer learning group – whatever you’d like to call it, having a safe environment in which to discuss challenges, share ideas and learn from others is vital to your success as a leader.
The Fine Art of Setting Goals
How can you incorporate play and joy into your weekly schedule?
Sleep Your Way To a Higher EQ
When you were a child, you probably set goals all the time without realizing it. “I want to get A’s and B’s – nothing lower – in school.” “I want to save up enough money to buy Nintendo for X dollars.” “I want to master throwing a curve ball.”
Even back then, you knew that setting and achieving goals helped you make the most of your life. As an adult, that same principle now applies to you both personally and professionally.
Compassionate Listening: The Ultimate Listening Skill
Sleep is one key to higher emotional intelligence, or EQ. While you are sound asleep, your brain is at work shuffling through your memories and storing or discarding them. This shuffling process results in two things: dreams and an alert and clearheaded mind when you wake up.
The 3 Levels of Listening: Where Do You Fall?
Use compassionate listening when someone is struggling. Maybe their spouse had a mental breakdown, their mother is dying or their child is addicted to drugs. All you do is listen. You don’t have to say anything. You don’t have to think of the next great thing to say. You simply focus on them.
The Simple Act of Listening
Listening is a critical leadership skill. Listening creates connections, and connections allow us to relate to others. The most effective leaders have deep connections with the people around them and can easily talk to them about challenging or difficult topics.
Spiraling Up – and What That Means for Leaders
How often do you have to repeat a question because you didn’t listen to the answer the first time you asked?
Do you ever space out in meetings because you are thinking about dinner, carpools, and errands?
When was the last time you insisted to your spouse that he or she never told you something, but in truth, you just weren’t paying attention?
All day long, you get to pick whether you are in a good mood or a bad mood. You also get to pick who are you going to spend your time with.
This may sound obvious, but your mood and the moods of others have a huge impact on you as a leader. I know some leaders who avoid talking to certain people – even lucrative clients – because they know what they’re going to get – a negative attitude and nonstop complaining.