For superheroes, getting into professional mode is as easy as slapping on some spandex, a mask and a cape. For the everyday entrepreneur or corporate leader, however, the proper work mindset is less about attire and more about adopting a professional persona. Your professional persona is your personal branding in the workplace. It refers to the way that you conduct yourself publicly in a business setting, and the image you project to coworkers and colleagues. Far from contrived or inauthentic, it’s simply the polished-up way that you present yourself professionally. Here’s Timothy Sykes, take on professional persona, writing here for Entrepreneur.com
No one ever became a great leader without first becoming a great communicator. Great leaders connect with people on an emotional level every time they speak. Their words inspire others to achieve more than they ever thought possible. Here is Travis Bradberry’s take on what makes a great communicator from Success.com.
Honoured to be interviewed by Asia Pacific Associate Editor, for Entrepreneur.com Aashika Jain. In this article I cover what makes a good leader and why culture is so important. Enjoy!
Great Leaders Only Serve Their Teams says This Leadership Advisor You are only as good as the people around you, says Mark Bilton. Leading 40 countries as the Group Managing Director of one of the most popular coffee chains in the world is no cake walk. When it comes to culture, strategy and transformational change, Mark Bilton raises his hand as among the best in the world.
The word authenticity is derived from the same Greek word as author. Becoming an authentic leader requires day-to-day focus and lifelong commitment to self-discovery. Many executive coaching programs seem to emphasize personality more than character. People are often coached on how to act instead of how to be. This charm school approach produces only superficial, short-term results. With sufficient stress, all the old patterns usually return.
This story is about three things: dress codes, leadership and common sense. When I was a CEO I used the same mechanism and believe me it is highly effective; you can’t talk about empowerment and decision making if you’re still telling people how to dress in the morning. If they are good enough to work for you they can probably work that out! Here is Bill Murphy Jr, executive editor of operations, Some Spider, and founder, ProGhostwriters.com’s take on the issue. (Origanally appraered in Inc.com. It’s about a $62 billion company with roots going back 100 years–the kind of giant, legacy organization you might think would get bogged down with bureaucratic minutiae. And it’s about how it wound up with a dress code running only two words long.
We’ve all heard before that change is the only constant in life. Well one of the biggest jobs of a leader is to navigate their team through change. Whether your leadership style is servant-, relationship-, participatory-, or transformational- based (or a combination) leading others to actionable results is an unwieldy task. There is a big gap between pronouncing that change is needed and then actually affecting change. What’s involved? What mindsets are required? Natalie Nixon Principal of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC writing here for Inc.com, asked 6 leaders with a diverse range of leadership styles their perspective on what it takes for a leader to affect change. Here below are their thoughts.
Benjamin P. Hardy is a contributor, for Inc.com. here he asks some pertinent questions about your leadership potential. Are you unstoppable or average? Do you get derailed by prior success? Are you thinking linearly or exponentially? In short what are the things unstoppable people do compared to the rest of us; Do you do these 10 things?
1. Don’t get crushed by success.
“Success can become a catalyst for failure.” – Greg McKeown
Wouldn’t it be nice if your staff could handle things by themselves without asking you to be the final arbiter on every decision? Wouldn’t it be nice if your team could solve problems as they arise, taking more ownership and freeing you up to focus on growing the business? Imagine if they found ways to increase sales, reduce expenses, and preempt problems all on their own. Imagine if they took initiative to explore what markets your company should expand into. Or if they came to you with ideas for breakthrough products. Imagine if they not only participated in the company culture, but also participated in growing the company culture and grooming the next generation of company leaders. Great questions asked by By David Finkel Co-author of, ‘Scale: Seven Proven Principles to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back’, writing here for Inc.