Projecting Confidence Starts With a Little Planning

As an emerging leader, it is important to project confidence when communicating at work, whether you are interacting with employees, clients, or other leaders. Spend a few minutes prior to your conversations to ensure that they make an impact and are worth the time. Here are some tips to help you steer each conversation in the right direction: 1. Know Your Audience - You should rarely have a conversation with someone you don’t know anything about. Before the conversation happens, take time to gather some background information on the person. That way you can put things into context and have more meaning with everything you say. LinkedIn is a good resource, or ask others who know the person.

Gratitude Costs You Nothing

Showing how much you appreciate your employees is easy to do, yet many managers don’t take the time to do it. We’ve even heard many people say “I don’t get praise, why should I give it?” By slowing down and treating people the way you want to be treated gives you the power to influence the success of your organization without spending a dime. Here are a few things you can do immediately: Pause - We are all so busy in our lives that we can come across curt or frustrated, when in fact we’re in a hurry. When you’re interacting with your teammates, slow down (even if you’re speeding internally), make eye contact and listen to what they have to say. Take notes and follow through on things you say

3 Reasons Not To Delegate

Steph and I recently led our delegating workshop for a group of super smart, energetic leaders. They understood the steps to delegating and were excited to put them into practice, and then we heard: “I’m responsible for this project; what if it’s not done right?” “It’s so much faster if I do it myself.” “I don’t want to overload my teammates; they’re so busy.” These are good excuses, but you won’t keep your employees around long. Delegating is a wonderful way to engage and motivate your teammates. Try this new self-talk: 1. “I am responsible for helping our employees grow and learn.” Take the time to review the project with your employee and help him learn. Listen to his ideas and incorpora

Don't Wait for Upper Management to Come to You

While top-down management still exists in today’s workplace, more organizations than ever want employees to innovate and solve problems. The most successful companies articulate this as part of their culture. So it’s important that emerging leaders model the best way to approach upper management. Try one or two of these ideas before the next communication with your top leadership: Style - Determine the best approach for presentation. Does she prefer summary, does he like more detail? It often depends on the situation. Is it best to email first then meet or meet then email? Plan your approach based on your and your colleagues’ past experience. Timing - Timing is so important. Is your boss jus

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