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3 Traits of Effective Business Leadership

3 Traits of Effective Business Leadership

What to Watch for When You Have a Need for Guidance

To receive guidance is necessary as part of our growth as business entrepreneurs and leaders. And interestingly wherever we look, someone is always available to assist us.

Fortunately, what we do not know, someone else does.

Whether you are wanting to position yourself as an effective business leader or are seeking out someone to provide you with proper guidance, here are 3 considerations to keep in mind.

  1. Follow the Seven Habits

    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey suggests the following to keep us on track:

    1. Be proactive
    2. You are the programmer of your life, grow and stay humble.
    3. Keep personal integrity- what you say and what you do must match
    4. Think win-win. Value and respect all, employ character based codes for collaboration
    5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood- using empathy, care and open mindedness in interactions
    6. Combine strengths and operate as teams
    7. Employ Continuous improvement- for mental, spiritual and emotional health and balance.
    8.  

  2. Be Honest

    Interestingly I have been a leader all my life and yet had been unconscious of many traits within me that did not allow me to tap into the above list consistently.
     
    I had no idea that my ego often stood in my way. This same ego would give me the impression that I was thinking “win-win” when in fact it was being calculative and self serving.
     
    The ego can be very tricky.  I might have thought that I was open- minded in my interactions yet every ego filters to evaluate based on personal and collective beliefs that can be very limiting and disempowering, and I have had my share to transform in the last nine years.
     
    The ego often unconsciously leads us into power struggles that can become very sticky. If we don’t experience them in our work-life, we certainly end up facing them in our home lives, so they catch up with us eventually! lol
     
    Despite running corporations with 3000 people I had no idea that my ego was censoring EVERYTHING based on its own judgments and programing, and that the reactive knee-jerk actions from the ego had nothing to do with the true self that resides within us.
     
    If I was not operating from my true self- it goes without saying that many of my actions did not fit the seven habits listed by Covey.

  3. Embody Conscious Leadership

    What I have come to learn during the last nine years is that when we are under the direction of a conscious leader we are always being lifted to be the very best we can be, and conscious leaders actually walk their own talk.
     
    They embody the seven attributes listed above effortlessly. This is the power of consciousness- effortless living where the person has disassociated from the antics of the ego.
     
    This consciousness is accessible to all of us by first learning more about ourselves. We have to be willing to stalk all our reactions to understand them and their history within our psyche.
     
    Then we have to move beyond understanding to visit the lessons in our history so that we can be liberated. It all happens systematically so that we truly find our voice to be a contributor in the world.
     
    As we become liberated we begin to embody and live from this pale of heightened consciousness… and that leads to us becoming the effective leaders we wish to be.
     
    Do not get me wrong, we are always learning and growing. There is always more…

The Invitation

My invitation is to ask you to stop and pause before you decide on who should guide you next in your business or home life.

Our world is changing fast. The old paradigms are not working.

Old patriarchal ways of leading are not enough. People who discuss mind-based ideas are not serving anyone- they are simply keeping people stuck in yesteryear.

The new world has not yet unfolded… and many emerging leaders are seeking to find their voice to influence this new world.

Look to see if the person who influences you has actively done the inner work to see who they are.

Has this work been done at the level of their mind, or is it deeper, and you can see and feel their groundedness? Can you feel their courage? Can you feel their knowingness? And can their compassion be trusted?

Look for a conscious leader

This is the only way you will truly benefit yourself and others around you. A conscious leader will walk their talk. A conscious leader will offer a helping hand knowing that it is through your growth in self awareness that your leadership skills will improve.

About the Author, Kindi Gill ACA

Kindi Gill

Are you extremely responsible but tired and wish someone could now nurture YOUR needs? Is your family life in need of a boost and ready to be revitalized into unity? Is there room for improvement in your relationships at home so that your work-life is better supported? If you are struggling with adversity, contact Kindi Gill for a complimentary 30 minute consultation.

Kindi is a CEO, Revitalization Consultant, Inward Leadership Mentor and Keynote Speaker. She has 30 plus years of experience in leadership, is trained as a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Kindi is also one of 11 people trained as a facilitator of the Self Healing Dalian Method, an evolutionary tool that bypasses the mind, created by a modern day mystic, Mada Eliza Dalian who revolutionized Kindi's own life back into wholeness.

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Up-leveling Your Success – Is a Coach or Mentor best?

Up-leveling Your Success - Is a Coach or Mentor best?

If you look at top business achievers, you will find one common denominator: They didn’t do it all alone.

High performing entrepreneurs and business owners know that to truly excel requires guidance and support.

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Are you wanting to be a high-performer?

If so, you might be wondering what kind of guidance do you need exactly?

Do you need a mentor or coach?

How can these kinds of advisors best serve in your professional development?

Working With a Mentor

First let’s look at the role of a mentor. A mentor is a more experienced individual who offers guidance, friendship, and support based on their past experiences, knowledge and expertise.

Usually there is a level of personal connection as the mentor serves as a role model to help an individual reach their potential.

Working with a Coach

A coach on the other hand serves more as an expert guiding you in a very specific area of performance. If you Google “coach” you’ll see coaches for performance, marketing, financial support, sales, business growth, social media support and more.

What’s unsettling is that many coaches are self-appointed experts.

While they may present themselves as knowledgeable and highly successful, many could be just one step ahead of you. While they may “talk the talk”, you truly don’t know if they have the experience or skills to help you succeed.

Advantages of Working with a Mentor

  • Outside Perspective – Often we are too close and emotionally tied to our business to see what’s really going on.
     
    There’s a great benefit to someone else taking a bird’s-eye view to get a clearer picture of your situation. Sometimes we are too in love with our work to be truthful about areas that need a little work.
     
    Your mentor can probe to uncover problem issues that may not be apparent to you.
  • Help You Reach Higher – Sometimes we will do things for other people that we wouldn’t do for ourselves. Having the accountability of a mentor can help you push harder to reach your goals. Knowing you have to report your results to your mentor can make you go the extra mile to get things done.
  • Business Experience – Even if you have years of corporate experience, running your own business can be a real challenge. While you probably know a lot about your particular industry, you may not know enough about running and growing a business.
     
    Having someone with experience in creating systems, delegating, marketing, and successfully growing a business is invaluable. Not only can it help you avoid costly mistakes, but it can help you grow farther, faster.
     
    Often mentors have proven templates and blueprints to boost your results in a number of areas.
  • Cheerleader – Being a business owner can be a real roller coaster There are days you are on top of the world. But there are also days you doubt yourself. You wonder if you should throw in the towel.
     
    Everything seems to be going wrong. You don’t know what to do.
     
    It is in those times that a mentor can dust you off and get you back on your
    feet again. Staying positive and motivated is key to keeping your business moving forward daily.

5 Common Blind-spots That Crush Our Success

As a mentor, I have worked with dozens of small business owners over the years. When entrepreneurs come to me for help, there are some common areas I see them struggling with.
 
Here are the most common “stories” we tell ourselves about our business that keep us stuck:

  1. Being In Squirrel Mode.
    When you spread yourself too thin, it’s hard to fully monetize your business. One big mistake I see people make is when one thing isn’t working, they see the next “shiny object” and try something new. The result is they never fully put in the work it takes to make a new objective take off.
     
    Having a mentor can help you find the focus you need to experience growth. They can help you create a plan to use your money, resources, and time in ways that laser focus your results.
  2. Not Admitting When Wrong.
    Being your own boss is awesome. You get to call all the shots and be captain of your own ship. But the problem is that you always get to be “right” – even when you aren’t.
     
    There can be great value to having a mentor to reframe your situation and show you areas that need improvement that you may be Having someone speak the truth to you when it’s needed is critical to growth.
  3. Getting Stuck in Victim Mode.
    It can actually be cathartic to gripe and moan about how busy you are, or how out of control things have gotten, etc. but some people find a certain kind of honour in projecting themselves as a martyr that way.
     
    But people who succeed know the value is healing those wounded areas. A mentor can hold your feet to the fire and help you move through the bleeding wounds and address the bigger issues.
  4. Not Looking in The Mirror.
    It’s your team’s fault. Your software isn’t working right. The market has changed…The excuses can go on Until you realize that you are 100% responsible for everything that happens in your life and business, nothing changes.
     
    A mentor will be honest with you about the role you played in failures. They can help you learn the lesson, grow, and move on. Personal growth is key to your success.
  5. Trying to Do it All Themselves.
    Women are especially hard on themselves when it comes to thinking they should know everything they need to know to run a business. It’s a sign of weakness or ineptitude if they don’t, so they set off to learn everything all themselves.
     
    The problem is, the more they try to learn someone else’s skill set and expertise, the less they are focusing on their own core competency and thus, not on their own business.
     
    A mentor can help you determine what you should be doing yourself to grow and expand your business, and what you should be outsourcing and delegating. This allows you to take advantage of someone else’s skill set so you can spend more time focusing on your own.

Work Smarter, Not Harder – Mentoring Can Help

I’d love to provide you with the empowered support you need to grow your business. As your mentor, we’ll look at what’s working, what’s not, and create a plan to move you forward.

Click here to find out more about how business and marketing mentoring can help you increase your cash flow and grow your business.

To your success,

About the Author, Susan Friesen

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When Ethical Business Decisions Require Your Little Professor…

Your Little Professor

Maybe we all know what this means or maybe none of us do.

I attended a discussion seminar last night about ethical business decisions in my profession as a lawyer/mediator. It got me considering how grey the topic can be, and upon listening to my colleagues wrestle with some example fact patterns, I came up with my own definition of what ethical conduct means to me:

“In my profession, as a mediator, I must sign off on a process that incorporates an ethical baseline, at least one that I am comfortable with.”

You may rightly say that this avoids the question.

You may ask, what is my ethical baseline? Good question!

However, what this accomplishes is the acknowledgement that there is a standard to which one should beholden to.

Next, is the determination of what that standard should be?

To assist in this quest, look to the sources that people rely on generally whether it be based in religion, philosophy, law or other disciplines.

Then, narrow your focus. What is it that your business colleagues say about the proper way of deciding issues that have some ethical content?

Perhaps your profession has a set of rules or a code to regulate conduct. Usually, these rules are based on years of experience in dealing with difficult issues. It is always a good idea to review them once in a while.

The situation that you face has probably been experienced by senior members of your business community and instructions as to the best handling of them may have been codified.

Okay, so now we know there may be some rules out there that can guide us.

Does this answer the question?

Well, maybe yes, maybe no.

I would suggest that information like this provides a good guide to ethical decision making.

However, the next and arguably most important step is running ethical decisions by your rational thought process and the “Little Professor.”

Rational thought is the logical process of analytical processing.

You may debate in your mind, the aspects of the situation, using all of the above information to come to a conclusion of where your ethical barometer should be placed.

Debate and consideration are always good ways to formulate a policy or decision, but we must not forget the “Little Professor.”

Well my use of the term is adapted and slightly modified from the reference to it in psychology. In my context, I refer to your inner intuitive self.

Most of us know what we think is right and what is wrong, with little need for research.

Our inner Little Professor sends us signals and provides us with guidance and warning 24/7. Some call it “our gut” sense.

Many writers suggest that these signals may in many circumstances be more reliable than long thought-out analysis.

While that point is still being considered by mind-masters, I would suggest that when looking for your ethical baseline, look inward, for the answer may already be resting in the chambers of your intuitive Little Professor self.

I guess I did answer the earlier question after all, for, if I feel uncomfortable about something in my business life, it may be a signal to then have a logical look at what is going on and see if there is an ethical standard about to be breached.

While ethics are in my view important in a civilized society, there are other positive things that we as business people can do to support our communities at home or abroad, but that is another discussion for another day.

Bryce Jeffery

About the Author, Bryce Jeffery

Bryce Jeffery

Bryce Jeffery has practiced law in BC for 28 years and been a commercial mediator for the last 14. Situated in Langley, he practices under the title, MB JEFFERY LAW and concentrates on conveyancing, mortgages, and wills and estates. Bryce's mediation practice makes him the most travelled mediator in BC with frequent stops throughout the interior, the north and Vancouver Island. He is also the author of Commercial Mediation, A Passionate Practice.

Visit his website at www.mbjlaw.ca to see how he can assist you and your business.