So which leadership role requires the greatest skill and imposes the greatest burdens?
Forbes.com takes a look across the worlds of education, business, media, politics, religion and non-profits, to asses which are the toughest leadership roles. Whilst assessing the notion it gradually became clear to the appointed exec (who has dabbled in all the above for over 30 years) that leaders who flourish in one realm may fizzle or even fail spectacularly in another one.
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What are the attributes or characteristics that all good leaders possess?
Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, politics, social media, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them. The chances are high that your admiration is based on more than their accomplishments, impressive as those may be. I’ll bet that everyone on your list reaches you on an emotional level.
This ability to reach people in a way that transcends the intellectual and rational is the mark of a great leader. They all have it. They inspire us. It’s a simple as that. And when we’re inspired we tap into our best selves and deliver amazing work.
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Us women have a far wider variety of dressing options for work. This can be both a blessing and an issue.
Getting dressed for success at work or that all important interview doesn’t mean leaving your personal style behind. Find out which looks give you a polished, professional look and which fashions can be a career killer.
Your goal to getting dressed for work is to project a professional, competent image, that supports your employment level and is in line with your career path.
In general, the more distracting a piece of clothing or jewellery is, the less appropriate it is for office wear.
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A Broad Definition of EI
Emotional intelligence is a set of competencies demonstrating the ability one has to recognize his or her behaviours, moods, and impulses.
After self-awareness, one needs self-control.
Typically, EI involves:
•attending to and identifying one’s emotions
•recognizing of the emotions of others accurately
•managing your control over emotions
•responding with appropriate emotions and behaviors in various life situations
•balancing honest expression of emotions against courtesy, consideration, and respect (ie, showing good social and communication skills).
Emotion is a signal of information. As such, emotion is an opportunity to seize that signal and forge a better relationship. Nature gives us energy with emotion. It is the fuel we need to act. When we walk in the woods and see a snake, fear grips us and chemicals are released. The chemicals give us the energy we need to respond—hopefully appropriately.
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It is said the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. And women are said to crave chocolate in place of ‘other things’. So, what is the recipe for LOVE?
Valentine’s day is just one day a year and on this day above others we’re supposed to show we care.
Ok to some it’s shameless commercialisation but to others it’s a reminder that perhaps they could show their loved one a little more tender loving care – to re-connect on this day.
Whatever your situation these handy TIPS can help put LOVE on the menu every day of the year.
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Some Habits you should break
The modern world is fast paced and time often seems to slip by with us barely noticing. It’s for that reason that it’s important that we don’t spend time or attention on things that are frivolous, negative or just plain stupid. Check out our guide to things you shouldn’t be wasting your time on, and see if there’s anything on this guide that you can cut out of your life.
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As tempting as it is to try and change more than one habit at a time to reach your goals more quickly, the opposite is true. Doing poorly with one habit will have a domino effect on the habits you’re doing well with. The house of cards will topple over and the level of discouragement you’ll feel will make it that much harder to get back on your feet.
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Most people have heard the phrase ‘Listening Skills’. And most people would assume this means being able to listen well to people. But let’s put aside, just for a moment, what we think we know about listening skills. The little discussed fact is, that the first most important aspect of listening is in fact the ‘ability to listen to ourselves’.
In fact it’s only really possible to listen to another person once we get ‘over’ or ‘around’ ourselves. Coaches and Therapists must learn this to work well. It’s an art. The more clearly we are aware of the ‘little voice’ at the back of our minds, the better. You know the one; that niggling feeling that may have a quiet voice saying.. “you‘ve forgotten something” just as you leave the house or that ‘pang’ of guilt we cover up when we know we should face up to something and may well pay for it later. Or that little voice when you’re listening to someone that says “I don’t believe what you’re saying”. You may not know it but as soon as you start to think something – especially if it’s negative, we show it in our body language and on our faces. The other person may well feel and see it. And what do you think happens to the trust levels at that moment?
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Progressive muscular relaxation is a great way of relaxing, taking your mind of stressful thoughts and helping you to sleep better. It also teaches you to become more aware of muscle tension, for example, when you’re at your desk or working at a computer. By learning to recognise when your muscles are becoming tense you can consciously choose to relax those muscles and so ease the feelings of physical or mental tension.
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Most of us wish we could get more out of our days, and our lives. We want to achieve more with our time, but we just don’t know how to do it. One key factor they develop is to instil the importance of teams, and of teamwork.
By studying people who are already high achievers, it’s possible to learn what you can do differently to get more done in your days and to accomplish more in your personal and business life.
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