Leadership by Choice: Increasing Influence and Effectiveness through Self-Management
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Establish trust with your team by developing a clear decision-making strategy
Do you have the opportunity to focus on each decision you make? Chances are, you don't. All too often, our choices are rushed and relationships are strained by not thinking clearly or communicating properly.
We are all responsible for our own productivity. To be a strong leader, our challenge is to find creative ways to be productive and speak with influence. In Leadership by Choice, author Eric Papp looks at key strategies for leaders to excel not just through ability and smarts but connecting with others and establishing strong decision-making skills. The best leaders develop a system for reflecting on ideas and hold themselves accountable for their choices. Leadership by Choice provides you with applicable ideas in an entertaining manner with stories and pictures for all the areas in which you lead.
Loaded with actionable strategies and compelling ideas, Leadership by Choice offers a new road map for becoming a leader people want to follow.
probably won't like this person,” or “Who likes them anyway?”—influencing how you listen. Nothing in this world is good or bad, but thinking makes it so. —William Shakespeare Listening with liking is much like cleaning a windshield. Your view of that person is open and not obstructed by something else. Listening with liking looks like a smile: Lean toward the person. Make eye contact with him or her. Reflect the other person's feelings without agreeing. Do your best to make the person feel
stimulation, and no noise. Create a gratitude list. What are you grateful for? Do you have a family and friends, a job, and a roof over your head? Do you have people who love you? Do you have goals? Do you have physical and mental health? Create a list and keep it either in your smartphone or by your bedpost. One of the best attitudes someone can have throughout life is to have an attitude of gratitude for all of his or her blessings. Take naps. It's amazing that Americans get such little sleep
them. To listen with empathy usually involves you asking a lot of questions to really understand someone or something. The next level is attentive. At this point, you are paying attention and maybe able to memorize and repeat back what was said. An example is a student who gets a good grade on a test. But just because she gets a high grade doesn't mean she understands the material. The third level is selective listening: hearing what you want to hear. For example, a wife tells her husband, “Go
their time, and know how to best use it, because many priorities are placed on them. They must be in control. The military teaches and creates individuals with self-confidence, a key aspect in its ability to produce leaders. Sometimes when people enter the military, they are floundering between jobs or don't know exactly what they want to do with their life. But they leave with self-discipline and belief in themselves that they can do anything. Many military veterans go on to have success in
want to speak with influence so that people understand your content. But at the same time, people want to relax, enjoy the experience, and have fun. Entertaining your audience with humor is a big element of influence. A sense of humor is a sign of intelligence. Be Human Everyone makes mistakes, and when you make a mistake, say two words to yourself: “So what?” Allow for mistakes and keep going. People make mistakes all the time. Just turn on the TV to watch someone on the late show, a