Mindfulness Techniques to Make You a Better Leader

Stop to take a mindful breath. Greater mindfulness can make you a much more effective leader. It will give you better insight on both employees and customers, and help you make better decisions.   That advice comes from Charles Francis, author of “Mindfulness Meditation Made Simple: Your Guide to Finding True Inner Peace” and director[…]

How to Help Every Manager Be More Like a Natural Leader

How can you tell who is worthy of becoming a manager in your organization?   If you’re like most others, you evaluate people’s tenure and success in their previous role — usually a nonmanagerial role — to determine who moves up. These factors are important; they show loyalty to your organization and hard work. And[…]

A Simple Routine to Quiet Your Mind and Become More Resilient

Make time every week to reflect and get centered on your commitment to lead.    Ever feel stretched to your limits at work?   Maybe you feel the strain from managing difficult workplace politics or co-worker relationships. Maybe you become stressed-out when second-guessed or criticized by a business partner. Sometimes just the mere fact that you[…]

Daily Actions That Set the Tone for Workplace Culture

Managers are central to a culture of engagement. They determine at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement.  But the importance of managers specifically doesn’t negate leaders’ pivotal role in cultivating a culture of engagement.  The role of leadership is foundational to engagement — a precursor to the role that local managers play.  When[…]

Traits You Need to be a Great Leader

What qualities do you need to be a great leader? Do certain personality characteristics help people become better leaders? According to the trait theory of leadership, people who possess certain innate traits tend to be better leaders.   Researchers including Stogdill and later Mann have found that particular traits are linked to whether a person emerges[…]

How to Talk So Your Boss Will Listen

You’ll often change your results if you change your approach.   Ever left a meeting with your boss feeling like they didn’t listen well enough or didn’t understand what you needed? Or maybe you don’t even bother to approach your boss because you don’t think they’ll see things your way. While there certainly are plenty of[…]

Master the Art of Nonverbal Communication With These Tips

Top 10 Nonverbal Communication Tips   Strong communication skills can help you in both your personal and professional life. While verbal and written communication skills are important, research has shown that nonverbal behaviors make up a large percentage of our daily interpersonal communication.   How can you improve your nonverbal communication skills? The following tips[…]