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Leadership is a vital aspect of any organization, be it a small team or a large corporation. A leader's ability to inspire and guide their team toward success can make or break an organization's future. It is essential for leaders to possess certain leadership qualities and skills, develop their own leadership style, and continually work towards effective leadership.


In our articles, we will cover key leadership concepts including:



Leadership Qualities: the inherent characteristics that make a great leader. These qualities include communication skills, self-awareness, empathy, vision, decisiveness, and adaptability. Leaders who possess these qualities are better equipped to inspire and motivate their team members, build strong relationships, and navigate challenging situations with ease.


Leadership Skills: The practical abilities that leaders need to develop to achieve their goals. These skills include problem-solving, decision-making, delegation, conflict resolution, time management, and strategic planning. Effective leaders continuously work on enhancing these skills to ensure they can lead their team towards success.


Leadership Styles: Referring to the way in which a leader approaches their role and interacts with their team. There are several leadership styles, including autocratic, democratic, laissez-faire, transformational, and situational leadership. Each style has its strengths and weaknesses, and effective leaders can adapt their leadership style based on the situation and the team's needs.


Effective Leadership: The ability to inspire and guide a team towards achieving a common goal. It requires a leader to have a clear vision, communicate effectively, and create a culture of trust and accountability within their team. Effective leadership also involves the ability to navigate challenges and make tough decisions, all while keeping the team focused and motivated.


Leadership Development: The process of enhancing a leader's skills, qualities, and abilities. It involves various forms of leadership training, such as workshops, coaching, and mentoring. Leadership development programs are designed to help leaders identify their strengths and weaknesses, improve their skills, and develop their own leadership style. It is a continuous process that requires dedication and commitment.


Leadership Training: An essential component of leadership development. It provides leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to excel in their roles. Leadership training programs cover a wide range of topics, including communication skills, conflict resolution, strategic planning, and team building. These programs can be delivered in a variety of formats, such as in-person workshops, online courses, and coaching sessions.


Leadership Career Advice: This is another important aspect of leadership development. It involves providing guidance and support to individuals who aspire to leadership roles. Career advice for aspiring leaders may include tips on how to develop leadership skills, identify opportunities for growth, and network with other leaders in their field. It can also involve guidance on how to navigate career transitions, such as moving from an individual contributor role to a leadership position.


Leadership Coaching: A form of one-on-one mentoring that focuses on developing a leader's skills, abilities, and style. A leadership coach works with the leader to identify their goals and challenges, create a development plan, and provide ongoing support and guidance. Leadership coaching can be an effective way to develop leadership skills, build confidence, and overcome obstacles.


In conclusion, leadership is a critical aspect of any organization's success. Effective leaders possess certain qualities and skills, develop their own leadership style, and continuously work towards enhancing their abilities. Leadership development, training, career advice, and coaching are all essential components of building effective leaders.


In the following blog posts, we will explore each of these topics in more detail and provide practical advice on how to become a successful leader.




Many are starting to return to their company facilities these days, finally!  However, many organizations are bringing their teams back gradually over a period of time.  Some have team members that won't be returning to company facilities at all and will continue to be working remotely indefinitely.


To help other leaders and to learn from each other, after reading this article, leave a comment as to your 100% remote plan!


I recently picked up some great advice from Darrell Keezer, Founder of Candy Box Marketing that I think was very insightful and may prove helpful to many.  Darrell said:


"it's not about working from home versus working from the office...

...it's about working from anywhere"


Talking with many leaders and clients recently, it does seem to be a common situation where it may be rare to have entire teams physically together at the same time.  Sometimes, this is because some of the team work independently servicing the client base.  Perhaps they always did, even pre-COVID.  Or it could be because some people will rotate in office days between team members.  In other cases, some team members will have new options of working remotely.  The point is, that post COVID, the definition of where the work is done has changed.  As leaders, we need to be prepared to lead our teams and provide the necessary tools and processes to create and maintain effective teams when they could be working from anywhere.


In addition, Darrell said that even if only 10% of your team is working remotely, you need to plan as though 100% were working remotely.  When team members work from anywhere, it is very easy to feel forgotten, be overlooked, disconnected, or even disadvantaged.  So we need to develop engaging ways utilizing both technology and human interaction initiatives to keep people engaged and connected.


"10% remote/virtual = 100% remote plan"


Working with a client recently,  we had a core group in the board room and several others that had called in on TEAMS.  Facilitating within the room, we were mapping out a current state value stream map.  We were hand writing on different coloured sticky notes and laying out the process on the wall.  We even set-up additional cameras directed at the wall so that those on the line could see what we were doing in the room and be engaged.  Guess what... They spent most of the meeting looking at my back as I placed and moved the sticky notes around.  It was impossible for them to see what was written on the stickies any way.  They were very disadvantaged and quickly withdrew from most of the discussions.


The next day, we made a change.  Essentially we assumed we were all remote.  We conducted the value stream mapping using a very effective on-line collaboration tool.  For those in the room, we projected the on-line view on the board room big screen and they followed along from there.  Those in the room did not have their laptops open so that we had full engagement within the room.  For those on-line they could see exactly what everyone in the room saw as we "shared" the view virtually.  We had another big screen projecting the TEAMS gallery view so those in the room also saw the faces and body language of those that were remote.  Those that were remote had a gallery view of the room so they could also see everyone in the board room.  This small change leveled the playing field between those physically in the room and those that were remote.  Engagement and active participation went up dramatically!


What's your 100% remote plan involve?  Leave a comment below.

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