May 4, 2018
In this episode, we discussed what it takes to be a leadership expert. What it takes to excel in this world, of all different types of people, perspectives, opportunities and agendas. David Cottrell, an expert in leadership is guiding us through this process. For anyone interested in developing leadership skills, getting ahead of the crowd and a great tip for recent graduates. A must listen!
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And now….our guest David Cottrell.
What makes a great leader?
The million dollar question!! There are a lot of factors.
What hacks do you have to help overstressed leaders?
It is always changing and evolving. The difficult part for people today because of the vast amount of information that is hitting us today, is discerning was is true and was is fiction. What is the truth of what we have to deal with? Determine that vs. what is a perceived truth of what we think we need to be taking care of. This is where clarity comes in. What is really important and how should I spend my time?
There will still be conflict and things we do not have the time to do. But once we are clear on the truth of what must be done and not just to try to please everyone, we will actually be more fulfilled.
What Are Some Tips to Reach Clarity and Determine What is Important?
People make assumptions without asking questions. If we as leaders in any company communicate better, be direct, we will have a shortcut to reach clarity. You have to leave the feelings of inadequacy or feeling like we will be reprimanded for asking questions so we can reach the goal quicker. Everyone is trying to reach a goal, so let's start asking the questions that feel uncomfortable. People's time is valuable and the more we can respect that by asking direct questions, the better it's going to be for all parties involved and we can manage everything better.
A Tip for People in New Roles at Work.
If you're just accepting a new position, the worst thing you can do is go in and change things because you don't have the right perspective yet on what the culture is. For anyone who is taking on a new role, it is best to do nothing, look, ask evaluate. Find out why things are done the way they are. It might not be a good reason, but there's a reason. Do this before any changes are made.
First, develop trust with your people, get them involved, then make changes. You need trust to develop people, which you will need to make changes. Don't just tell people what to do, when they're involved they feel like they're accomplishing something as well.
What to do to Surround Yourself with the Right People?
Most people are promoted to a position because they were good at their position, not necessarily because they have the right skills for that position. The first thing that promoted person learns is that not everyone cares as much as they do for the end goal and that no everyone is really skilled to be where they're at.
Before you actually hire someone for a position, do the following:
Mistakes will still be made, but if you do the above, you'll have a lot better chance of getting the right people on your team.
Such great tips!!! This is really profound!!
First answer, what is the one thing that your team can bring to the table? When something from outside the box comes in, you can evaluate if this is something you should be working on and spending time on. You are there to accomplish that main thing.
So many great nuggets of information and tips to being a great leader, forming a great team, gaining clarity and communicate! A must listen!! And can you really develop that trust and relationship via email? No, really?
Take a listen and give us your thoughts in the comments.