Advice to New Leaders

Advice to New Leaders

Advice from Wendy Smith.  Wendy is a  Career and Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on your life particularly your career.  You can book a FREE coaching session or find out more at this link

New leaders – leadership is about creating positive change in a group or organization to achieve some long-term objective. It involves having a vision, new leaderssetting goals and knowing how to move  the organization and its people towards them. The key skill for new leaders is learn how to best use your resources. And that includes  your people and using their talents to get you to where you need to be.

As new leaders, you need to be able to show why you should have the authority. Why should you be in that leadership role? To show that you need to understand the organization and the world in which it operates. That way you can win the confidence and trust of the people you will lead. As new leaders you need the best brief you can get. And then you need to ask questions that will show people you are really interested in them and what they are trying to do.

Create more leaders as you go

If you are leading a team, you will need to develop and motivate individuals and groups. It means helping people find meaning and purpose in what they are doing. That is so that they can see it as worthwhile. And as a leader, you have a responsibility to create more leaders throughout you organization. You can do this by setting a positive example.  New leaders succeed by allowing people to learn and develop on the job. And by encouraging them to be proactive. Let them know they really can influence the way the organization achieves success.

If you are the leader, you need to have resilience and be able to overcome obstacles that others would find daunting.  You need to know how to find new solutions and inspire others to do the same thing. Ensure people throughout the organization know that their ideas are welcomed and rewarded.  Help them to have confidence in you, when times are hard.

Be prepared to recognize and reward positive leadership wherever you find it throughout the organization.  Let some of your own power be passed on to those around you.  Just make sure they share your vision and that you have a way to know whether they are staying on the right track.  Accept, as well, that letting go of power means taking risks and being ready to step when things go wrong. That is part of leadership too. Support your emerging new leaders and what you will win is their loyalty. They in turn will support you.

Good luck with your in your new role and get in touch with me if you would like more information about how to succeed.

Wendy Smith is a  Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on your life including your career. She helps people lead happier lives and feel more fulfilled. Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book a FREE coaching session with Wendy or find out more at this link

You can find Wendy’s books on Amazon at this link

Leadership at all levels

Leadership at all levels

Creating Leadership At All Levels

Leadership at all levels – leadership is about creating positive change in a group leadership at all levelsto achieve a long-term objective. It means having a vision, setting goals and knowing how to move  people towards them. The key skill is knowing how to best use your resources, mainly  your people and their talents, to get you to where you need to be.

As the leader, you should be able to show why you should have the authority to be in the leadership role. You have to understand the organization and the world in which it operates. That way you can win the confidence and trust of the people you will lead. If you are new, you need the best brief you can get. Then ask questions that will show people you are really interested in them and what they are trying to do.

If you are leading a team, you will need to develop and motivate individuals and groups. That means helping people find meaning and purpose in what they are doing. They need to see it as worthwhile. And, as a leader, you have a responsibility to create more leaders throughout your organization. You can do that by setting a positive example. Allow people to learn and develop on the job, as well as encouraging them to be proactive. Let them know they really can influence the way the organization achieves success.

If you are the leader, you will need resilience and be able to overcome obstacles that others find daunting. You should know how to find new solutions and inspire others to do the same thing. Make sure people throughout the organization know that their ideas are welcomed and will be rewarded. Help them to have confidence in you, and themselves, when times are hard.

Be prepared to recognise and reward positive leadership

Be prepared to recognise and reward positive leadership wherever you find it. Let some of your own power be passed on to those around you. Just make sure they share your vision. And that you have a way to know whether they are staying on the right track. Accept, that letting go of power means taking risks and be ready to step when things go wrong. That is part of leadership too! Support your emerging leaders and what you will win is their loyalty. They in turn will support you.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

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Leader – Take A Rest!

Leader – Take A Rest!

Leader – Take A Rest! Everybody needs the chance to do nothing sometimes – even the leader.  But it is very hard for most leaders to accept that sometimes the right response from them is no action at all.

Suppose you are a very good leader and now you have a good team; they understand clearly your vision for the organization. Don’t you think they deserve the chance to show you what they can do?  Don’t they need their chance to move forward?  Oh yes, you can be around if they need you, but this could be their opportunity to make their mark.

But it is hard,  isn’t it?  You are the leader – surely you should be out there doing something all the time?

Sometimes doing nothing, letting go and letting the plans you have made just roll out is hard and it takes practice.  You don’t have to close your eyes of course – you can see still what is going on.  And you may have to grit your teeth because not everyone maybe doing things the way you would. But if they are getting there, isn’t that good enough?

Of course, you feel you should be busy – leadership is too important surely just to step back!  But maybe now is the time for reflection on what you have done so far and for you to find inspiration for the future. It is very hard to do that when you are actively engaged in leadership – sometimes you need to step out of the game to see what is really going on.

Refusing to take that step back is common among leaders.  Stepping back requires confidence in both yourself as the leader and in your team.  In addition, it requires a touch of humility and that is not something modern leaders are known for.

Leaders can begin to believe that they are so important to everything that even the idea of 24 hours of rest once during the week, feels impossible. But surely if you have built a good team and done your job in inspiring that team, they should be able to go forward without your hands-on guidance.

Try it for yourself – just take a deep breath and step back! You may be amazed at the benefits in terms of your own energy, enthusiasm and creativity – to say nothing of the positive effect it may have on those you lead.
Wendy is the Happiness Coach and author of  The Wolf Project and a new novel, Blood Brothers, to be published in Summer 2013.  As a life and career coach and blogger, she helps people reach their goals and aspirations. As a novelist she hopes to entertain. Oh and she writes poetry too! To find out more email wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com, find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.

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Leader – Stop Now And Take A Rest!

Leader – Stop Now And Take A Rest!

Advice from Wendy Smith.  Wendy is a  Career and Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on your life including your career.  You can book a FREE coaching session or find out more at this link.

Everybody needs the chance to do nothing sometimes – even the leader.  But it is very hard for most leaders to accept that sometimes the right response from them is no action at all.

Suppose you are a very good leader and now you have a good team; they understand clearly your vision for the organization. Don’t you think they deserve the chance to show you what they can do?  Don’t they need their chance to move forward?  Oh yes, you can be around if they need you, but this could be their opportunity to make their mark.

But it is hard,  isn’t it?  You are the leader – surely you should be out there doing something all the time?

Sometimes doing nothing, letting go and letting the plans you have made just roll out is hard and it takes practice.  You don’t have to close your eyes of course – you can see still what is going on.  And you may have to grit your teeth because not everyone maybe doing things the way you would. But if they are getting there, isn’t that good enough?

Of course, you feel you should be busy – leadership is too important surely just to step back!  But maybe now is the time for reflection on what you have done so far and for you to find inspiration for the future. It is very hard to do that when you are actively engaged in leadership – sometimes you need to step out of the game to see what is really going on.

Refusing to take that step back is common among leaders.  Stepping back requires confidence in both yourself as the leader and in your team.  In addition, it requires a touch of humility and that is not something modern leaders are known for.

Leaders can begin to believe that they are so important to everything that even the idea of 24 hours of rest once during the week, feels impossible. But surely if you have built a good team and done your job in inspiring that team, they should be able to go forward without your hands-on guidance.

Try it for yourself – just take a deep breath and step back! You may be amazed at the benefits in terms of your own energy, enthusiasm and creativity – to say nothing of the positive effect it may have on those you lead.

Wendy Smith is a  Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on your life including your career. She helps people lead happier lives and feel more fulfilled. Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book a FREE coaching session with Wendy or find out more at this link