Essentials for Communicating Effectively
Essentials for Communicating Effectively . A special call-out to Catherine Johns for challenging the discussion around Collaboration . For more from The Defender: www.gregorymwade.com . #thedefender #communicationiskey #communication #leadershipstyle #leadership
Global Mindset I The Foundation for Diversity, Inclusion and Opportunity
Is your team diverse in its thinking, perspective and approach? . How do you build a team with a global mindset? . For more from The Defender: www.gregorymwade.com . Thanks to the team at Everwise for the inspiration to produce this video on diversity and building a team with a global mindset. . #diversity #inclusion #globalthinking #leadership #thedefender
The Importance of Developing Self-Awareness in Leaders
The business publication, Forbes, recently reported on the rise and fall of former Cleo CEO, Shannon Spanhake. In the report, Shannon identifies that it was her insecurities that led her to a toxic leadership style all while lying about her age and her educational background. There is a lot we can learn from her experiences. Primarily, what not to do but more importantly, it highlights the fact that leaders aren't perfect (despite what their egos might tell them) and that with insecurities, they can seek support and assistance while they are in office. This, however, takes focus and self-awareness. Join me in this video as we explore the importance of developing self-awareness.
How leaders can benefit from social media
In my close to 30 years of industry experience, I've seen it all on the social media front from CEO meltdowns to CEOs who thrive in the new digital landscape. All of this comes thanks to the transparency that these digital media outlets provide. Thanks to an April 2019 study by Brunswick, nearly half the S&P 500 and FTSE 350 CEOs now have a social media presence, but only one in four have posted within the past year. This is a shocking number to me because the expectations for leaders are very different. Some of these expectations from team members and outside parties include the importance for social media in communications, the positive impact that an external social media message will have on the company and what it stands for, and then ultimately, the role model that the leader will play for employees within the organization. Do you think an Elon Musk would be as popular as he is today if it wasn't for Twitter? Other reasons that employees and external forces are interested in leaders who utilize and leverage social media also include how they go about leveraging and using social media in times of crisis. Leaders with a strong social media position are also in a strong situation where they could actually attract more employees and new talent to the organization. And of course ultimately, it also means they can be in a great position to establish for new business. So what are the some of the steps that you can take as a leader to be able to establish your social media presence both for external purposes as well as for internal purposes? Well, the first is to establish the potential. Take that first step. If you are scared and you're unsure, take the first step of establishing whether it is Crunchbase information, whether it is Wikipedia, or just simply updating your leadership profile on your website. The second step is to build on the first and work with your internal communications team on establishing your social media strategy for your external comms purposes and establishing yourself first at least on one social media site like LinkedIn. The third step is building on the first two. So now you have a strategy in place, but you're now actively engaged with at least one social media platform, again, like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and that you're actively posting on a regular basis based on a calendar of activities. It's not only satisfying, but it gives you fuel. The fourth step, and this is where you are really connected, is where you actually have a presence, and you're actively engaged, leveraging your strategy and your content calendar, where you're communicating across at least three social media platforms. Three out of the four main ones and you'll be in good shape. So for my part, in addition to those four steps, I also like to be able to emulate and to be able to reflect upon those leaders who are just knocking it out of the park from a social media presence. And personally, I'm really pleased to be able to follow and kind of emulate what Adena Friedman, the CEO of Nasdaq, is doing. She's actually active across all four of the major platforms, and she personally is active. She doesn't just have somebody posting for her, and she's very engaging and very purposeful in how she communicates both externally as well as internally, I'm sure, to her teams and her organization. And on top of that, what I like to be able to do as well is I actually like to spend a little bit of time looking at LinkedIn's Social Selling Index, SSI. And I challenge you to go back and look at what your SSI is because it'll give you a really strong indication as to how well connected you are. And I have a good feeling that many of you aren't, and you'll be very surprised by what you find on that SSI index. Here's a great tip for you from the producers at Dreamline Digital, where you can actually leverage the insights you accumulate thanks to Google analytics as well as to LinkedIn, and you post based on what's trending and what's profiling versus how you might feel on that particular day. If you add up all those four steps and more, you will be in a position where you truly are a connected leader. So I challenge you to take those four steps and share with me and post below what kind of feedback and what kind of experience you're having. Thanks again for watching The Defender. Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel. Like, comment, and share below. And oh, by the way, a shout out to the folks over at Dreamline Digital. Don't forget to check out their webpage as well. They're doing an incredible job of emphasizing and supporting leaders in their promotion of their online presence and their social media message. I'm Gregory Wade. You're watching The Defender.
6 Steps for Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence
6 Steps for Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence (transcript below) . Produced by Dreamline Digital Limited (https://www.dreamlinedigital.com) ----------------------------------------------------- What are the four components of Emotional Intelligence? Well, the first is self-awareness. Understanding and recognizing what you think, why you think the way you do, and then why you behave in the fashion that you do. The second is self-management. Understanding your impulses, why you react and why you respond in certain ways in certain situations, whether it's a conflict situation, a positive situation or simply leading an organization. The next is social awareness and this is the underpinning of Emotional Intelligence with a key characteristic of empathy, the ability to be able to put yourself in another person's perspective, in another person's situation, appreciate where they're coming from and be able to respond in a much more holistic and a much more well-rounded fashion. And the fourth component of Emotional Intelligence is relationship management. The importance and the focus in on conflict resolution, and now be able to focus individuals on a common objective and being able to accomplish incredible tasks and those objectives. Those leaders who strive to maintain a high level of Emotional Intelligence recognize that the organization, the team and the company is less about them and more about the team and more about the team success. There's also a greater connection to the things that matter to the business, like your customers. Leaders of high Emotional Intelligence also recognize and see improved communications up and down the organization. The team understands what you stand for and they understand what direction you want to take the organization. And then finally, one of the most important components and benefits is that those leaders with a high EI are able to inspire, motivate, and critically provide a balanced approach to the business, ensuring that you are on a stable ground in terms of your direction. And people really do rally around individuals and leaders with the ability to drive stability, but at the same time growth, inspiration and enthusiasm. So what are the six steps to boosting your EI? The first is reflect on your own emotions. Be self-aware, recognize within yourself what you stand for, what drives you, what challenges you, and then ultimately recognize that how you behave impacts and influences everyone around you. The second is to ask others for perspective. Now, this might be a little bit difficult because you're looking for objectivity, but I can tell you that that is one of the most important steps, because those around you are able to identify your quirks, your challenges, they're being able to identify as well to give you impetus for self-improvement, for growth and for understanding. The third is to be observant. Now, many of you have heard me also suggest it's very important to check your ego at the door. Recognize again that the boardroom, your team, the organization or the company, it's not about you, it's about the team, it's about your customer, it's about your combined success. I would layer into that the all important aspect of empathy, the ability to put yourself at other people's shoes, to be able to understand the challenges that they're facing, what they're encountering in life, what inspires them, what motivates them, so that you can be better able to respond and support them in kind. The next, fourth most important component is to use what I call the pause, and this is a key component of listening and that is taking the time to think before you speak. Don't just react. Think about what you're going to share, what observations you're going to hold, and what you're going to contribute to the conversation and to the team around you. The fifth is, and this is really important as well, is don't entertain gossip. This takes you down a rat's nest that you don't need to be able to go down. The fact is you're a leader, you don't need to entertain gossip and get engaged in negative conversation and negative discussion about your team and the people within your organization. The last, sixth component, is curiosity. Be genuinely curious about individuals on your team, be curious about their lives, be curious about the organization, what their job is all about, and what they're looking to be able to accomplish. By asking great questions, you'll be in a much better position to understand those around you again, and to be able to guide them accordingly as you're looking to be able to accomplish your objectives together. On your journey to boosting your Emotional Quotient, which components do you most connect with and what components do you see yourself working on?
Why do you need a leadership philosophy?
Why do you need a leadership philosophy? . Your leadership philosophy reflects what is important to you as a leader, so that your team/company can understand what you stand for and what they can expect . For more from The Defender: https://lnkd.in/eTAuB6r . #leadership #futureofwork #highperformanceteams Everwise
The 6 Traits of Toxic Leaders
The 6 Traits of Toxic Leaders . On your path to being a GREAT leader, it is important to know what NOT to do. . At The Defender, we are building GREAT leaders. Find out how: https://lnkd.in/eTAuB6r . #makinganimpact #toxic #defender #goingaboveandbeyond Dreamline Digital Limited Everwise
How do GREAT leaders build the teams they want?
Establishing a leadership strategy supported by succession planning, nurturing talent, hands-on experience, investing in learning and development, leveraging internal mentors and outside-looking-in perspectives. . For more on leadership, subscribe to The Defender: https://lnkd.in/eTAuB6r . #successionplanning #leadershipmatters # #futureofwork #highperformanceteams
Are you a "My Way or the Highway" Leader?
Have you experienced a "My Way or the Highway" Type of Leader? How do you Build Leaders and Not Followers? . Watch for tips from The Defender: https://lnkd.in/eTAuB6r . Build Leaders not Followers Maintain an outside looking in perspective Distributee decision making Encourage mavericks Maintain a humble nature Master the art of listening