What is an influential leader and how can I become one? How and Why do people follow me, create a workplace where people want to work, and go the extra mile? How do I get my staff to work harder and make that extra phone call? How do I develop cohesive teams? Ultimately, the climate and culture is due to the leader.
By now everyone knows that I was a long time athletic coach. I coached Division I Women’s College Basketball for 27 years. Everything I did while coaching was centered around cultivating teams and working with those team dynamics. I’ve now spent the last couple years cultivating team dynamics in corporate America. The way we assemble teams, taking them from point A to point Z, and winning and reaching our goals, is the same in athletics and in corporate America.
In today’s world, leaders are so incredibly busy that they don’t have time for what is a vital and necessary component of their day. They are all doing so many different tasks, have so many responsibilities, have fires to put out, working over 40 hours a week; people are finding they don’t have time to just THINK!
I was dining with one of my executives the other day, and they communicated their frustration to me, “When will I have time to think? My schedule is full with meetings and issues and I need a block of time to think!”
Last week, I sat in with one of my clients and their leadership team for their meeting. Afterwards, one team leader stayed behind and asked to speak with me. He wanted suggestions and advice on how to handle some feedback he had just received from his supervisor. He shared that he tends to get very emotional and upset when receiving feedback, and I know he’s not the only one.
A lot of topics I coach top executives is around setting expectations, delivering expectations, giving and receiving feedback, and accountability – themselves and to others. They are all related and extremely important to your success as a leader. The one I see as one of the most difficult for people is receiving feedback.
Like many of you, I have been glued to the TV these past few weeks watching the Olympic games in Rio. In particular, I enjoy watching swimming, women’s gymnastics and of course watching Lindsay Whalen win her second gold medal, but all of the athletes are amazing in their own right and all of them have incredible lessons to teach us.
Watch my Facebook Video I broadcasted LIVE from New York City (one of my favorite places because of the amazing food, music, Broadway shows, and people watching!). I wanted to get you some information on a huge missed opportunity for many leaders and organizations. Just take a look at Forbes or The Wall Street Journal, all the business media right now is focusing on the most important element to an organization: their employees! Employee satisfaction is as low as it’s ever been and that is a major problem for leaders, teams and the organization as a whole.