The Habits of Highly Effective Leaders
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Habits of Highly Effective Leaders

94% of employees with great bosses feel passionate about their job ー That’s 2X as many as those working for a bad boss

The Problems Of Poor Leadership

How employees rate their manager accounts for 14% of their engagement at work
Bad Leadership Drives Away Employees
70% of employees say their manager is good, or great*
BUT nearly 2 in 3 people have left a job, or plan to, because of their boss
Employees who plan to leave their job in the next year
18% Those with good managers
77% Those with bad managers

What Makes A Boss Good Or Bad?

Employees describe bad managers as Self-Absorbed
Selfish, lazy, rude, arrogant, untrustworthy
Employees describe great managers as Leaders
Honest, supportive, trustworthy, respectful, communicative

“You cannot manage men into battle. You manage things; you lead people.” ー Rear Admiral Dr. Grace Hopper

Be A Leader, Not A Manager

Are You Managing Or Leading?
Managers direct people to do tasks
Leaders challenge people to reach goals
Managers rely on rules and procedures
Leaders defy the status quo and set an example
Managers minimize risk and meet goals
Leaders take risks and exceed goals
Managers draw power from office hierarchy
Leaders have influence beyond their subordinates

Becoming A Leader

Management is a foundational skill to becoming an effective leader, but leadership requires its own set of skills
Clear Purpose: A vision for the future is the first step to lead others effectively 一 clearly articulate and support your ideas to colleagues at all different levels
Contagious Passion: Enthusiasm helps sell your vision and motivate others to buy in 一 help others see their important role in bringing about the mission
Self-Accountability: Set an example of excellence and expect to work harder than your colleagues 一 Hold yourself to a higher standard than those around you
Flexible Determination: Stay committed to your goals over time, but know when to change your approach 一 Goals are fixed, how you reach them is flexible
Sustainable Outlook: Don’t just chase quick wins 一 Long term, sustainable success will build momentum and increase buy-in from your team
Dual Focus: Think about the big picture, but don’t forget the details of how to get there 一 get down to details and create a strategy for your team to succeed

58% of workers would choose a great boss over a higher salary

Be A Better Boss

Build A Strong Team
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done” – Theodore Roosevelt
Be a generalist: Hire people who are more skilled than you
Focus on strengths: Your team is your greatest resource for a quick fix
Outsource your weaknesses: Don’t try to do everything yourself
Focus On Relationships
“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person, not just an employee, are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled” ー Anne Mulcahy, Xerox CEO
Know your team: Get to know colleagues, ask about their lives outside of work, and encourage a diverse working environment
Grow your network: Help others when you can and they’ll return the favor
Stay positive: Reacting emotionally to problems can undermine your credibility
99% of great managers are liked personally and respected professionally by their employees
Empower Employees
“The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work.” – Agha Hasan Abedi
Recognize accomplishments: Praise helps build team engagement
Give more feedback: Half of employees say they aren’t getting enough
Be consistent: Set expectations and stick to them
Don’t Micromanage
“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” – Ronald Reagan
Plan ahead: Set a clear direction and decide how to reach your goal
Step back: Give your team room to work
Stay informed: Ask for regular updates, but not too often
Share The Credit
“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves” 一 Lao Tzu
Accept blame: When things go wrong take ownership and find a solution
Give credit: Leaders get credit by default, don’t let others be overlooked
Boost confidence: Build your team’s self-confidence by sharing success
Learn From Mistakes
“I never lose. I either win or learn” – Nelson Mandela
Solve the problem: Once it’s fixed, go back and determine the cause
Address the cause: Create a plan to prevent the issue from repeating
Focus on growth: Mistakes happen, fix it and move on

Learn to recognize great leadership ー in others and in yourself

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