Using a Delegating Leadership Style to Move Mountains

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A delegating leadership style implies a hands-off approach in which the leader delegates authority and entrusts others with responsibility.

This style acknowledges that employees are capable of making decisions independently.

If you want to increase your output exponentially, consider what Lieutenant General (LTG) William “Gus” Pagonis, the director of Logistics, accomplished within the first 30 days of Operation Desert Shield.

He was tasked to move the equivalent of a major city’s worth of people and all of their belongings to Saudi Arabia. In the next 60 days, a feat he would have to repeat a half-dozen times.

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Achieve Your Goals, with Your Values and Beliefs

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Did you ever think about why your values and beliefs are so important to you?

  • Beliefs – the things you hold to be true
  • Values — beliefs that you consider worthwhile and should guide your actions

There’s a reason that we choose our friends, join certain organizations, and hopefully, choose our place of work.

When you find a workplace where your personal and professional values align, you are able to live they way you prefer. As a result, you are not only happier and more productive, but you help those around you become happier and more productive too.

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Make Coaching Part of Your Leadership Development Plan

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Every organization needs leaders who can think and act independently and a leadership development plan is your road map for career progression and organizational improvement.

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Power and Authority: What’s it Got to do with Leadership?

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Power and Authority:

  • Power – the ability to influence the behavior of others or the course of events
  • Authority – the right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience

Perhaps one of the greatest mistakes of a new leader or project manager is attempting to provide direction solely because of their formal position.

This article captures Dr. Robert Cialdini’s 6 principles of persuasion for marketers.

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How to Improve Employee Engagement: Live Your Values

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We’re going to walk through how to improve employee engagement by discussing why values are so important, introducing a scenario and lessons learned, and finally, a summary.

Here is the simplest definition of employee engagement I’ve encountered:

“Employee engagement is when business values the employee and the employee values the business.”

– MacLeod & Clarke, Crown

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7 Tips for Realizing Employee Development Goals

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Employee Development Goals

Employee development goals are long-term objectives that help each member of your team not only perform their job, but they are learning-oriented so that each individual has the opportunity to grow and take on new responsibilities. Conversely, performance goals are typically short-term objectives connected to overall company goals.

In order to realize long-term organizational success, help employees learn and grow. One way you can do this is to transform the oft-dreaded annual employee performance evaluation into a positive part of every employee’s career development plan.

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3 Tips for Employee Performance Goals

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Employee performance goals can take many forms. They might answer what or how things need to be done, but most important, be sure they answer why.

When your employees understand why, they make the connection between their goals and the company’s mission; it becomes win-win.

  • Managers are more likely to achieve company objectives, and
  • Employees feel good about themselves because they contributed to the cause.

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Why is Character Development So Important for Leadership ?

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Beyond listing character traits that define good leaders, let’s take a closer look at developing leadership character development.

Perhaps most important for positive character development, your personal and professional values must align with your organization.

Leadership has enough challenges as it is…

no need to make it unnecessarily complicated by attempting to lead in an environment where you are not committed to your organization’s values and beliefs.

Think about it… if you are on the wrong playing field, you won’t be able to put your best foot forward. This is a disservice to you, and those you should be serving.

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The Right Way to Lead: Live Your Values and Beliefs

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Why do we join organizations, choose certain friends, or pursue a place of work? You want to live your values!

With so many options available today, what attracts us enough that we are willing to invest our most precious resource, our time?

Ideally, we want to surround ourselves with people who share our values and beliefs.

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Core Leadership Values (Part 7): Personal Courage

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One of the Army’s core leadership values is to demonstrate personal courage, both physically and morally.

When I was a major with more than 12 years in the Army, I was observing more of the “politics” than I had ever seen as a lieutenant or captain. Upon arrival at a temporary, 6-month assignment in Honduras, I immediately discovered low morale among many of the 500 service members assigned.

My confidence waning in an organization I joined because I believed in its values, a small group of senior officers restored my faith in an imperfect system when they took on a toxic leader.

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Core Leadership Values (Part 6): Integrity

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Integrity is one of the core leadership values the Army identified that should guide our actions.

After months of buildup, overwhelming success, and in my mind coming within striking distance of eradicating an evil condemned by the United Nations, our Commander-in-Chief declared an end to the 1991 Iraq War.

Confident that I was the type of leader who did what was right, I learned a humbling lesson about integrity that day.

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Core Leadership Values (Part 5): Honor

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Here’s a tale of two college students with their future on the line and a brief look at their very different responses in light our core leadership values.

Specifically, I want to tell you about an experience I had while serving on a performance review board.

Our purpose: To determine the fate of two cadets who were failing to meet standards at the annual Advanced Camp.

In this scenario, we’ll see how individual responses affect senior members of our organization differently.

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Core Leadership Values (Part 4): Selfless Service

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This is the fourth in my 7-part series that explores the Army leadership values, represented by the acronym LDRSHIP.

For my previous three blogs, I was able to identify a colleague’s actions that stood out. In this case, I recall so many instances of selfless service that I couldn’t justify choosing one example.

This led me to research why selfless service is a core Army leadership value.

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Core Leadership Values (Part 3): Respect

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Values are essential because they define your culture, they attract people who want to be a part of your cause (recruiting), and when they are lived, they provide inspired employees an environment in which they prefer to operate (retention), indefinitely. Throughout my career, the Army’s leadership values represented by the acronym LDRSHIP, served as our guide.

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Core Leadership Values (Part 2): Duty

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Throughout my career, the Army’s leadership values served as our guide.

Values are essential because they define your culture. They attract people who want to be a part of your cause (recruiting), and when they are lived, they provide inspired employees an environment in which they prefer to operate (retention), indefinitely.

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Core Leadership Values (Part 1): Loyalty

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Every great organization has a unique bond that defines its culture. In the absence of instructions, members can turn to a set of values and beliefs that guide his or her actions. Throughout my career, the Army’s leadership values served as our guide and defined our culture.

Values from company to company will be different, but whether you choose to follow those values and support your culture will be the same. Just like you, our values serve us best when they are lived.

  • Values attract a specific segment of the population. When new members have a good idea of the culture they are joining, values become the basis for recruiting.
  • Values inspire employees to stay. When you live your values, they serve as the basis for retention.

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Celebrating 241 Years of Servant Leadership on the Army’s Birthday

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What do best-selling, contemporary authors Jim Collins, Simon Sinek, and Adam Grant have in common? Each shares servant leadership lessons they learned from the U.S. military.

To all the men and women who served in the military, past and present, today is the 241st anniversary of the Army’s birthday, also Flag Day.

Happy birthday!

To celebrate our service, I wanted to share several recent accolades from leadership articles that you and your colleagues have been receiving from these famous authors.

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How to Lead and Succeed with Your Values and Beliefs

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Leadership character, the third part in the Army’s BEKNOWDO trilogy, is extremely important for effective leadership. Nothing destroys morale or undermines trust quicker than failure to uphold values. If you want to attract the best people, and the right people, leaders must not only set the example, but uphold their organization’s values and beliefs.

As you peel back the onion, character gets down to whether you are able to consistently do the right thing. It isn’t easy, but if you don’t believe in your organization’s principles, it’s impossible.

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It’s About Courage: How to Exercise Leadership Intelligence

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I addressed leadership presence in my last blog, the first part of the Army’s BE-KNOW-DO motto. The second part, KNOW, is about your conceptual abilities; leadership intelligence.

Once again, in the Army we learned of five components affecting leadership intelligence and each has the potential for a future, separate blog. One was interpersonal tact, which is what I call our emotional intelligence training.

For me, this amounted to knowing and understanding the motives and perceptions of your team members and using this information to lead.

Your conceptual abilities involve considering everything you’ve learned, the theoretical and abstract, as well as practical and personal experiences, to reach your decision. Some might see it simply as applying common sense. I’d like to illustrate via a personal story.

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