The Real Cost of Keeping a Toxic Employee

The Real Cost of Keeping a Toxic Employee

Great article for companies evaluating employees are truly understanding the key role a leader can play

Finding situations where leaders can strive

Finding situations for leaders to excelFinding situations where leaders can strive

One needs to face a number of situations on daily basis in a business organization. However if you are a leader or striving to be one, then your day of work may seem incomplete without being in a typical and challenging situation. The situations that a leader comes across can relate to any matter from the budget preparation to the approaching board meeting, thus one can easily regard ‘situations’ as the building block of leadership. Well, keeping in view the importance of different situations in a leader’s life, a new concept of ‘Situational Leadership’ has emerged recently.

Situational leadership is a management style developed by two of the most renowned management gurus Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard. They tend to explain that there is no sure-shot style of leadership that makes a leader and his organization successful, it is in fact the ability of a leader to adapt to varied situations arising in business that make him stand out of the crowd. Thus a leader has to be fully prepared in order to face every possible situation- challenging, traumatic, profitable and surprising in order to perform his task with perfection all the time.

The job of a leader may not necessarily be officially determined and thus the upcoming situations and future circumstances test a leader’s leadership abilities. Thus an organization or the leader himself must always create or find situations where the leader can strive to achieve perfection, excellence and success. The situations posing such challenges can be found both within or outside the organization and it is in fact the duty of the leader to always look for such circumstances that test his patience and determination.

A leader is someone who has the ability to influence the behavior of others and inspires them to perform within the best of their abilities. Thus the success or a failure of a leader would depend entirely on the performance of his/her followers or subordinates. Thus a situation where leaders can strive for excellence and success could range from a number of cases. Firstly, a situation where employees are to be introduced to a new payroll system which might not to be taken dearly by them is where a leader’s real test of patience and leadership quality comes in picture. Resistance to change by employees and workers is a common feature of all the business organizations and a leader with wisdom and knowledge would always find an amicable way to get the best results out of such situations.

Secondly, a situation where leader is made the in charge of introducing a new line of product at the least possible cost can be extremely challenging. The leader in such a situation has to exercise lot of tools for making this task possible such as team work, communication, resource management and employee motivation etc. and thus it is an ideal situation where a leader’s true leadership qualities can be examined. Under such circumstances, leaders strive to achieve the best for their followers and a huge amount of profits for their organization which means a win-win situation for all the participants.

We have had great success in creating training for leaders that dramatically improve the overall growth of the organization.  If you would like to learn how you can increase the results your leaders are generating, please connect with us at 256-612-0015 for a free consultation.


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8 Qualities that Make Leaders Memorable

8 Qualities that Make Leaders Memorable

This article provides valuable tips for Leaders looking to stand out and make a difference


Leadership Development Team - Leading to GloryLEAD YOUR WAY TO GLORY

A company’s success depends on various factors and the most important of them all are its leaders and the way they work and coordinate with the team. A leader does not spring up overnight and an organization has to work really hard to utilize its resources and refine every level of the organization with strong leaders. To outshine in today’s competitive, chaotic and globalized business world, strong leadership is a priority to ensure highest efficiency and productivity of its employees.

Though every leader has a different working style, great leaders learn to modify their styles as per the individual needs and nature of their team members so as to improve communication necessary for a healthy and motivating work environment. A leader should be well-educated, honest, confident, humble, supportive, communicative, focused and calm in both good and bad times.  Great leaders make great teams and leaders who are not afraid to change or shun old, outdated traditions or policies that are no longer beneficial or applicable to the team, who are capable of taking difficult decisions for the improvement of the working standards and are well aware of their team’s potential and what motivates them to work, definitely build a strong, high performance team.

Leadership team development refers to the building of such high performing team where all the team members work at their full potential ensuring highest level of proficiency and productivity. It can be achieved by following simple steps:

  • Increasing awareness among the team members about their work attitudes, intellectual or creative differences and to appreciate and utilize those differences for better performance.
  • Promoting communication, contact and interaction between the team members.
  • Inculcating respect, loyalty, trust and team spirit.
  • Defining roles and responsibilities clearly
  • Considering each idea as valuable and inspiring all the team members to participate in discussions and meetings.
  • Maintaining harmony within the team by mediating and resolving minor issues that may crop up between the members.
  • Encouraging team members to share knowledge as well as other information.
  • Providing regular feedbacks
  • Evaluating team performance
  • Appreciating and acknowledging the deserving employee.

In an organization, a competent and efficient team needs leadership to accomplish anything because it is the leaders who take initiative, solve problems, propose and implement ideas and take the overall responsibility of the team’s performance. To develop a good leader, create in-house leadership team developmentprograms that elevate the high-potential employees above a single role and provide them with a broader vision of the company. Assigning challenging, growth-oriented exercises tend to push them beyond their skill level and gain expertise. Mentoring, orientations, workshops etc help in lifting their morale and renewing commitment.

With the right team dynamics and coaching, leadership team development leads to profound and exciting results. It brings together a unique bunch of people that share a history, common goal and perseverance to achieve that goal. Lack of team building skills limits the efforts of the staff hampering the company’s success.

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Seek Leadership Feedback

Seek Leadership Feedback

Great leadership challenge in this article on how to seek Leadership Feedback