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5 Tips to Be an Innovative Leader

5 Tips to Be an Innovative Leader


Leaders have an amazing potential to make a difference in people's lives. Even our most basic actions can significantly impact clients, create new opportunities, change the world, or bring everything to a screeching halt. We personally choose whether we are leaders who make things happen or get in the way. Let's look at two leadership approaches that are commonly found in the real world: stagnation and innovation.

Leaders who choose stagnation find themselves continually endeavoring to maintain the status quo. They are often very caring and deeply committed to their organization but do the same things year after year. They cherish tradition and are comfortable with the staff, programs, mission, board, donors and volunteers they've had for years. There is little incentive for change in their organization because everything has run the same way for a long time.

An alternative approach focuses on innovation. Leaders who value innovation put systems in place that anticipate and welcome new challenges. They view change as an opportunity rather than a threat. Their organizations tend to encourage finding new ways of doing things and reward creative thinking. They benefit from being nimble and proactive rather than reactive.

The impact of each of these approaches on our clients is huge because we serve them differently if our leadership style is oriented toward stagnation or innovation. Leaders know intellectually that it's positive to welcome change and encourage innovation but there isn't a specific template for how to do it. Here are some practical tips to help you continue being an innovative leader.

1. Think outside the box and actually do it. Embrace a philosophy where you constantly seek extraordinary ideas and approaches. You will be better prepared to deal with the issues that come your way.

2. Help people shine. Find out what people do best and let them do it. Get out of the way and watch them grow. Be available if they ask for help but otherwise just let them be great.

3. Give up the need to control things. Let go of power and status and the need to be in charge. Invite new thoughts and perspectives. Remember that the cause you work for is far greater than any one person.

4. Practice excellent listening skills. Immerse yourself in what other people say. They will tell you what you're doing right or what needs help. Trust that your clients will tell you what they need and your staff will also teach you a lot.

5. Make some new friends and work with them. Partner with others and learn from their experiences. Forge lasting relationships that merge your talents and energy so you can serve even greater numbers of people.

Innovative leaders touch people because they know that leadership isn't about them, it's about everyone else. Think of a leader who made a remarkably positive impact on you. They likely took the spotlight off them and let you bask in the glow. The leaders who consistently achieve the best results are those who inspire others to shine.

A major benefit of innovative leadership is that it allows us to do more with less effort. We help our clients more efficiently because we think globally rather than according to some set script. We are more attentive to their needs and are willing to help simply because it makes us and them feel good. We go the extra mile because we are not afraid of the turns in the road.

Innovative leadership helps us let go of stagnation and start breathing fresh air. When we live without limits it opens doors of opportunity. If we shed our fear of change and chaos we get to see the world as a place where anything can happen. Without any boundaries, we are capable of achieving spectacular results. As leaders, we each have the potential to make a dramatic difference in someone else's life. Which path will you choose?

Cheers,
Guy

Self-Awareness Means Understanding How Other People See You

Self-Awareness Means Understanding How Other People See You

A major part of self-awareness is understanding how other people see you. This means that you clearly comprehend how your thoughts and actions affect not only you but others as well. When you understand the impact you have on others you can make the appropriate changes so that you get better results. The key is to be yourself and allow others to do the same. Here are some signs that you possess the self-awareness necessary to understand how other people see you:

  • You're not constantly in the middle of conflicts.
  • Other people seem to like you.
  • You build positive relationships.
  • You behave with kindness, empathy, and compassion.
  • You don't do things to hurt others.
  • You don't care about competition.
  • You don't have a massive, unhealthy, out of control ego.
  • You do things that benefit others.
  • You behave selflessly, without expecting something in return.

Cheers,

Guy

10 Examples of Workplace Diversity

10 Examples of Workplace Diversity

There are many examples of workplace diversity that leaders and employees overlook but that can benefit everyone in their organization, including individual's:

  • Life experience.
  • Thinking style.
  • Socio-economic situation.
  • Work ethic.
  • Worldview.
  • Cultural background.
  • Education.
  • Physical appearance.
  • Communication style.
  • Skills.

Each of these items offers leaders and fellow employees the opportunity to learn more about another person and to use their unique perspective to improve the workplace. The trap we fall in is that we try to stuff people in a predetermined box rather than learning about who they really are and using their talents to build stronger, more diverse workplaces.

Cheers,

Guy

Self-Awareness and Fear

Self-Awareness and Fear

Many people live in fear rather than actively working on increasing their self-awareness so they can live more courageously and happily. When you know yourself deep inside you have the power to resolve the issues that scare you rather than repeating them unconsciously. Here are some of the signs of living in fear:

  • Afraid of new experiences.
  • Fear of people who are perceived as different.
  • Resistance to new ideas or change.
  • Strict adherence to routines.
  • Mistrust of anyone not in one's inner circle.
  • Constant feeling of lack of safety.
  • Uncomfortable with uncertainty.
  • Lashing out toward people and things perceived as threats.
  • Reluctance to acknowledge or heal inner hurts.

People don't do these things because they feel happy and balanced inside, they perpetuate them because they don't know what else to do. Thankfully, there are ways to alleviate fear and they all start with the person's willingness to change direction. Eliminating fear is a gradual process where the person in question deliberately decides to move in a positive direction and replace the old thoughts, feelings and actions with new ones that aren't based on anxiety or alarm. What will you do to not live in fear?

Cheers,

Guy

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Self-Awareness Means Getting to Know Yourself Well

Self-Awareness Means Getting to Know Yourself Well

Self-awareness is the process of getting to know yourself well. The more you know who you are deep inside, the better chance you have of guiding your life in a positive direction. As you build your self-awareness you:

  • Discover how your thoughts affect your progress in life.
  • Learn how to think positively and take action.
  • Learn how to deal with your feelings.
  • Resolve difficult issues in your life.
  • Heal your hurts.
  • Listen to your inner voice.
  • Live consciously and authentically.
  • Be the real you.

The more self-awareness you build, the more likely you are to live a deeply fulfilling and meaningful life because you'll be tapping into your innermost strengths, talents and abilities. Getting to know yourself means that you comprehend who you are and why you do the things you do.

Cheers,

Guy