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info_outline Episode 35 – Allow Me 11/28/2021
Episode 35 – Allow Me When it comes to building a healthy culture, there is no greater or more impactful example of culture than that of leadership. Research continues to show that many of the world’s most profitable companies attribute a great deal of their success to their organizational culture. At the forefront of these organizations are leaders who actively, regularly, and genuinely display the type of behavior desired for all of its members. Some leaders equate their high visibility to constantly being put under the microscope. They describe the dynamic as having a small margin for error as the world dissects their every move. Conversely, some leaders capitalize on such heightened visibility as an opportunity to introduce or reiterate their culture. Unlike the first group, they show less signs of stress because they are energized by the culture in place and have integrated it into their daily leadership. Leading with their culture as a guide is not a burdensome task; it’s simply the norm. Leaders who serve as role models set the tone by setting the example. They aren’t always the most charismatic or outgoing leaders; they just say or do things they feel will have an impact. And they say and do these things often. Many workers are skeptical when it comes to the intentions of leaders. The aforementioned charismatic or outgoing leaders sometimes do more to hurt their ability to be impactful than to help it. Workers don’t necessarily see culture champions, but rather self-serving individuals who enjoy the spotlight or the grand stage of leadership. Other leaders show that it’s possible to be less flamboyant or outspoken, but just as effective. They may not do anything outrageous, but they are doing many of the small things that easily resonate with followers. As a result, they establish trust and put to bed the skepticism other leaders struggle to overcome. As employees begin to see this behavior as normal and genuine, similar behavior starts to permeate throughout the organization. What was witnessed at the top of the organization has now worked its way down. Leaders have a choice. They can leave the importance of culture and values to the rest of the organization and simply go about their day. Or, they can be the biggest and brightest example of culture within their organization. One may or may not produce results. The other will surely have an impact.
info_outline Episode 34 - I'm Sorry I Asked 11/12/2021
Episode 34 - I'm Sorry I Asked Employee surveys can be a great source of information. They can provide an intimate perspective of certain facets of the organization which may go unseen or unexperienced by leadership. However, sometimes organizations are not prepared for the insight they receive. They may feel that certain initiatives or decisions should be met with affirmation and positive accolades, only to find out that part of the employee population feels differently. What do we do now? Some organizations view the insight as a humbling experience and use it as an opportunity to improve. They may reach out to specific individuals and ask clarifying questions or seek additional information. They may pull project teams back together to discuss the feedback and determine how best to utilize it in future endeavors. While it’s no guarantee that leadership will make changes (nor should they unless they determine it’s appropriate to do so), employees have visual and concrete evidence that their voices were heard. Other organizations opt to refute or outright ignore the information. They make excuses for the information, challenge the source(s), or downplay the insight as insignificant complaining from a few select or disgruntled employees. This begs the question, why ask for the information in the first place? It seems as though some organizations are comfortable with the message that simply executing a survey sends. Hey, we asked. Many organizations don’t do that much. The message which goes unrecognized, however, is the one that tells employees their insights are wrong or just don’t matter. If the survey is conducted annually, the exercise is reduced to an irrelevant tradition which ends up eliciting less insight each year and more confusion over why the organization continues to ask for it. Such organizations need to ask themselves, where is this frustration or inactivity coming from? Is the survey simply a means of checking a box? Is there a denial (or directive) in place which says things are fine the way they are? Does leadership not want to admit they got something wrong? It’s hard to acknowledge our mistakes. It’s even harder when there are high expectations for making as few of them as possible. However, the hardest thing to overcome is a stubborn or inflexible culture. Effective leaders and organizations don’t necessarily like to fail or admit they got it wrong. Yet, the more they acknowledge and learn from what they did wrong, the more they eventually start to get right. Our advice to leaders is to recognize that there is still work to be done after the survey is sent and the feedback subsequently collected. Be deliberate and intentional about discussing what the feedback is or isn’t telling you. Be curious and seek out answers to fill in the gaps. Give employees the opportunity to have a voice and then show them that their insight is both appreciated and valuable. If you’re only willing to accept certain answers to your questions, you may want to reconsider asking them.
info_outline Episode 33 - Crawl Before You Walk 10/30/2021
Episode 33 - Crawl Before You Walk John Maxwell said “A leader is great, not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability to empower others.” All too often, organizations are held hostage by their own people. What does that mean? We’re so glad you asked. Being held hostage by your people is a dynamic that explains leaders who do more to withhold knowledge and experience than to share it with others. When these leaders leave for new opportunities, the organization is left scrambling to recreate that knowledge or experience from scratch. As we’ve discussed in the past, servant leadership is coaching style of leadership which emphasizes the need to develop an organization’s greatest resource – its people. A big part of coaching and servant leadership overall is delegation. And while some leaders might indicate that delegation is a prominent component in their leadership, we would challenge everyone to assess just how well they delegate. Much of the research on delegation shows us that the practice is carried out with either the wrong intentions or with improper execution. A task or responsibility may simply be passed off with no real intent to grow or develop the employee. Additionally, the leader may assign a new responsibility, but then fail to adequately follow up or check in with the employee in order to gauge progress and address challenges. In both cases, the employee is left feeling frustrated by either a task that was pawned off on them or by the lack of support given with which to complete the task. Delegation can be a great way to ensure an organization is raising up its next set of leaders in order to reduce the “hostage effect.” However, if not performed correctly, it could also exacerbate the effect through the risk of not only losing leaders, but high performers and high potential people as well. Empowerment is a great leadership buzzword; but to be effective; it requires more than a simple transfer of power. It requires a leader to determine that the task or responsibility being given to the employee is a good match based on their skills and potential, and, subsequently, that the leader provides the necessary follow up so that the employee is given the proper encouragement and guidance to be successful.
info_outline Episode 32 - The Bold and The Atypical 10/15/2021
Episode 32 - The Bold and The Atypical We often hear that effective leadership requires bold decisions and behavior. However, servant leadership principles tend to illustrate a very different type of leader from what most people are accustomed to. While we don’t disagree with the premise that leaders need to be bold, we want to look at the term through a different lens in this episode. One definition illustrates the word “bold” as showing the ability to take risks; to be confident and courageous. Here, again, we wouldn’t disagree with that interpretation. However, it’s our belief that some leaders apply a narrow perspective to risk taking and courage. Being bold does not always imply blatant action or outrageous thinking. Sometimes being bold comes in the form of simply opting not to act how the world expects us to or pausing to reflect on our thoughts instead of constantly forcing others to agree with our thinking. As servant leaders, we view listening as bold in a world where many leaders love to hear themselves talk or repeatedly show you how smart they are. Boldness may come in the form of slowing down at times and re-assessing when others have established a breakneck approach at a breakneck pace. And bold leadership may actually be equipping and empowering others to lead in tandem instead of always assuming a fixed position at the front of the line. You may say, how will I stay relevant, competitive and innovative with this quieter, slower approach? Well, as they say, sometimes the answer lies in the question. Slower doesn’t mean stop. Quieter does not imply total and lasting silence. We love how one author referred to bold behavior. To them, they equated being bold with that of a predator’s stealth. The predator is not so loud as to startle its prey to where it might run off. It isn’t so quick that it can be seen approaching from feet or even yards away. The predator’s boldness is evident in how it acutely views its environment, slowly and steadily; and how it listens for clues which may or may not provide additional insight. Sometimes the bold leader isn’t always the loudest person in the room or the most animated. If you pay close attention, the bold leader may just be the person who is watching and waiting for the right time to strike.
info_outline Episode 31 - Getting Around to Dealing with Conflict 10/01/2021
Episode 31 - Getting Around to Dealing with Conflict Why are we still so afraid of conflict? Why do we assume the mere presence of conflict is always negative? When it comes to addressing conflict, there is an immediate assumption that the conversation/interaction will go poorly and possibly lead to something much worse. Years ago, we used to rate a successful marriage by how little a couple fought. It wasn’t uncommon to hear a story about a husband and wife who had been married for forty years and how they “never had a fight.” The statement may or may not have been entirely accurate, but it gave the impression that for a marriage to be effective that conflict couldn’t or shouldn’t be a part of it. Recent research paints a different story. Today, couples who learn how to have productive conflict are more likely to stay married longer than those who don’t. Organizations and leaders should take a similar page from the playbook. It isn’t that conflict in and of itself is bad, it’s the negative messaging and reactive behavior that drives this misguided narrative. The more that leaders express their frustration over conflict and subsequently choose to avoid it, the louder the message they send to the attentive eyes and ears of employees. In the end, any attempt to view the conflict in a different light is destroyed. Additionally, because so many leaders tend to avoid conflict until things essentially “blow up” and force them to address it, they typically do so in a heightened emotional state. This approach to resolution can lead to accusatory or judgmental statements, as well as the need to immediately defend oneself. Yet, when leaders portray conflict as healthy and normal, the culture begins to change. Remaining calm in the face of conflict can show employees that it is possible for a rational discussion to take place despite the circumstances. Furthermore, leaders who keep the focus on the conflict itself as opposed to assigning blame or behavior to others, are more likely keep the experience positive and not ignite emotional defensiveness. While much of conflict resolution is essentially reactionary, we submit that there are opportunities to be proactive. One way is to set a healthy tone early and to prepare your team for inevitable conflict. Striving for a culture which is completely free of conflict simply isn’t feasible. Another way is to establish guidelines for how the team will approach a conflict when one occurs. This could be agreeing to enter into discussion with an open or curious mind. It could be ensuring that all parties will do their best to remain calm, not become defensive, and not talk over one another. The more you discuss what you’ll do if conflict happens, the better prepared you’ll be when it does. Conflict doesn’t have to be something that generates fear, anxiety and anger. It can be something that leads to better discussion, increased emotional intelligence, and enhanced problem solving. The process will not be absent of emotion, but it is possible to pause, process through those emotions, and engage others with positive intent and results.
info_outline Episode 30 - The Air You Can Wear 09/17/2021
Episode 30 - The Air You Can Wear Nothing describes a late summer day in Central Pennsylvania better than the three H’s…hazy, hot and humid. But what do the three H’s have to do with leadership? While you can’t necessarily see the humidity outside simply by looking through your office window, you most certainly feel its presence the second you venture outdoors. When we think of those of who have influenced us over time, most likely it’s not their physical appearance or blatant actions we recall. As Maya Angelou once opined “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Oftentimes when leaders think of their ability to influence others, they think of the continual need to convince others to do something or to force compliance through constant communication, action and decision making. While these things are certainly important, we submit that leaders can actually exert greater influence through helping others become more cognizant of their own behavior and how it affects others. We argue that leaders who show genuine interest in others, exhibit good listening skills, and display active curiosity can actually be more influential compared to their overly aggressive counterparts. The goal here is to allow influence to take place over time naturally instead of forcing it onto others through the use of power and position. Similar to business or executive coaches, leaders can use questions to provoke thought and to allow an employee to come to more impactful conclusions on their own. In fact, sometimes a person has to physically say words out loud for something to really hit home. (Did I just say that? I wasn’t even aware I felt that way.) We like to refer to these instances as lightbulb moments. Leaders who can ignite more lightbulb moments will leave a longer lasting impact compared to those who simply and constantly force their thoughts and opinions on others. Effective leaders don’t necessarily set out to be influential. Yet, when they display and emphasize the value in others, they end up leaving a mark that may not be visible, but is certainly felt.
info_outline Episode 29 - Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation 09/03/2021
Episode 29 - Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation Today’s workforce is one of the most diverse in history. Workers fall into one of five (yes five) different generations. While diversity and inclusion continue to garner a great deal of attention, organizations and leaders are struggling to address tension and conflict when it comes to many different people working together and interacting with one another. Perception is not always reality. We like to say that our perceptions may be our reality, but are they truly reality? One of the greatest challenges to multi-generational cohesion rests with perception. From perception of values, to work ethic, to tech savvy; many find themselves in poor relationships with co-workers because they’ve allowed their perceptions to become their reality. Furthermore, many individuals gravitate to others in the same generation or those who simply share the same perspectives. There is comfort in aligning ourselves with those who agree with us. While this gravitational pull to other like-minded individuals gives off the impression of cohesion, the opposite is actually true. In fact, when people can’t be around others who share their perspectives, many opt to isolate themselves or even avoid other workers outright. In this episode, we’ll break down these and other challenges associated with leading a multi-generational team. We’ll also uncover some often-overlooked similarities that ring true across all people; regardless of generation. Finally, we’ll tell you what recent research says is the ticket to bridging the gap and bringing your multi-generational team together.
info_outline Episode 28 - Finding the Big Impact in the Little Things 06/18/2021
Episode 28 - Finding the Big Impact in the Little Things When is the last time you paused and gave thanks for the things in your life that you know to be true and good? There is growing research on the multitude of benefits associated with gratitude. From physical benefits such as the ability to lower stress and create better sleep habits, to psychological benefits like increased satisfaction and resilience; implementing a regular practice of gratitude can have a significant impact on our lives. Taking time each day to be grateful can actually play a role in how our brains are wired. A concept known as neuroplasticity explains how through changes in our thinking, we can actually create new connections and pathways to happiness. In essence, we can train our brains to better focus on the positive of a situation instead of immediately going to the negative. Keep in mind that such a dramatic shift in thinking doesn’t happen overnight and requires a great deal of practice. Like any change in behavior, it starts with creating new habits. Gratitude will not necessarily change or eliminate the challenges we face in our lives, but it can be a powerful tool in how we perceive and ultimately address them. While the impact of gratitude can be so strong that its effects have been compared to that of medication, it can also help in improving leadership effectiveness. Research has linked gratitude to higher levels of empathy, compassion, and overall likability. Leaders who show and practice gratitude are shown to build healthier, more trusting relationships. Start making gratitude not only a regular part of your leadership, but also your life. For additional background and thoughts on this topic, click the links below.
info_outline Episode 27 - High Expectations or High Adherence 06/04/2021
Episode 27 - High Expectations or High Adherence “We have found that by reaching for what appears to be the impossible, we often actually do the impossible; and even when we don’t quite make it, we inevitably wind up doing much better than we would have done.” -Jack Welch Oftentimes, leaders set high expectations for their organizations and their employees in order to maintain relevance and maximize potential. However, many leaders wind up expressing disappointment and frustration when those expectations aren’t met. Why do so many well-intentioned leaders have employees who consistently fall short of or fail to adhere to expectations? In our experience, leaders need to first look at the priority they place on accountability. All too often, there is a great deal of effort placed on setting expectations and very little follow through. Once an employee sees that expectations are simply words on a piece of paper, that’s exactly how they treat them. The desire to adhere to expectations is low because the willingness or priority that leadership places on enforcing expectations is equally low. We’ve seen a similar parallel with an organization’s core values. Typically, an employee can recite at least one or two of the organization’s values. Yet, when pressed for more insight as to how those core values are lived out within the organization, or essentially the behaviors that illustrate those values; employees struggle to respond. Conversely, when an organization places a higher priority on their values, it is immediately apparent in every aspect of their operations. In addition to making both the setting and enforcing of expectations a priority, there are several other things a leader can do to ensure not only high expectations, but high adherence. Ensure the expectations are clear. Leaders cannot assume employees understand an expectation. They should find ways for employees to show they understand. Communicate early and often. Adherence cannot be accomplished with a set it and forget it approach. Making the enforcement of expectations a priority means introducing, explaining, and reiterating expectations; as often as necessary. Gain employee consensus. Don’t misunderstand this one. This is not the employee approving or endorsing the expectation. Rather, consensus means they understand the expectation and agree to adhere to it. This is also not to say they won’t encounter challenges. When they do, leaders should discuss those challenges and develop a plan for how to overcome them. Blatant refusal or ignorance is a different issue, but one that needs to be addressed immediately as well. We submit that the problem of low adherence to expectations isn’t necessarily with the type of expectations set, but whether or not communication, reiteration and accountability are important enough to remain at the forefront of one’s leadership.
info_outline Episode 26 - Caught in the Middle 05/21/2021
Episode 26 - Caught in the Middle Author and professor, Adam Grant, recently wrote an article in the New York Times. In the article, Grant discusses a concept which centers on the “stagnation and emptiness” that many are feeling as a result of the pandemic and other current stressors. He refers to this aimless feeling as languishing. (You can find a link to the article below.) As many people wait for normalcy to return or a new normal to play out, they find themselves mired in this state of languishing. This has bred feelings of hopelessness, despair, and other strong emotions derived from a prolonged state of anticipation and negativity. Some may experience escalated levels of languishing which border on or may even indicate an early sign of depression. They’ve lost jobs, loved ones, or simply struggle to find sources of happiness and satisfaction. Others may experience more tempered levels of languishing to where a certain level of confidence remains and, with enough positive experiences in which to build on, they could emerge from their joyless state. We urge those of you who are waiting to fight the feelings of languishing until some semblance of normalcy returns to stop waiting. Make the choice to start fighting those feelings today. Focus on what is certain, as opposed to waiting for the uncertainty to take shape. Embrace the positives, even if they come lately in small doses. Go back and listen to our series on resilience and start developing the tools you need to be successful and joyous in less-than-ideal situations. Lastly, have the courage to ask for help. Seek out the wisdom and counsel of those who can help you to generate the confidence to not only live a life without languishing, but to genuinely thrive. And if you’ve managed to fend off the effects of languishing, be a source of comfort and support to someone who may not be as fortunate. Look for signs of languishing in others. Are they not their usual selves? Are they absent of emotion; good or bad? Are they struggling to see the positives in the midst of uncertainty? Be a light when all that others see is darkness. If you’d like to check out Adam Grant’s article, click the link below. Grant also recently published his latest book, Think Again. The book offers fresh perspectives on how we formulate our opinions, interact with others, and make decisions. Click the link below for more information.
info_outline Episode 25 - Welcome Back, I think 05/07/2021
Episode 25 - Welcome Back, I think As more people become vaccinated and states continue to ease restrictions, many businesses are formulating a plan for how to bring employees back to the office, make work from home permanent, or adopt some type of hybrid model as their new normal. Certain employees will welcome the opportunity to return -- to see friends, co-workers, peers…to see them period (physically). For them, returning to the office represents a return to a place where they feel they can concentrate solely on their job responsibilities without distraction. While there may be an out-of-sorts feeling for a little while, they feel the adjustment or re-acclimation to office life will be a relatively smooth one. Others, however, were hoping the call to return was delayed for several more months or quite possibly that it never came. Fear may plague their minds about the lingering effects of COVID, social/political unrest, or something else. Perhaps they’ve adjusted well to WFH and simply don’t want to go back to the office or feel the need to go back. Maybe they felt abandoned by their organization at a time when they were needed most and aren’t quite ready to face the company’s key decision makers just yet. Whatever the reason (or reasons), leaders must be ready and equipped to handle an environment which may be thoroughly segmented or disjointed. Emotions may run high for some time. New triggers or those which happen much more quickly should be anticipated. Different opinions, feelings, and thoughts have been separated to a degree for over a year in some organizations. Leaders need to be aware and prepared for what bringing everyone together again will look like. Conflict may happen sooner, last longer, and could be more severe. Employees who weren’t given the option to work from home may harbor resentment towards those who were and vice versa. Concerns over mental health stability are prevalent; from both the leader and employee perspectives. Leaders should to take stock in the tools they possess in their toolbelts, as well as the additional resources which are available to them. Many organizations pay for benefits like EAP services, but very few employees ever actually take advantage of it. While much attention is placed on employee welfare and support, leaders should make time for their own self-care. Utilize networks and support systems for encouragement and assistance. In our last episode, we talked about the concept of loving your employees. If there was ever a time to show care and concern, it is now. This should be a time of hope and resurgence, and for many it is. For others, the emotions may not be all positive. This could impact interaction, performance, and overall well-being. Leaders should be on alert…be patient…listen…but also know you can make a real difference in how your organization moves forward.
info_outline Episode 24 - What's Love Got to Do with It? 04/23/2021
Episode 24 - What's Love Got to Do with It? Does love have a valid place in leadership? We say, absolutely yes! In fact, effective servant leadership cannot exist without love. Then why does the term not hold its rightful place in the leadership vernacular alongside concepts like compassion, empathy and respect? Well, it starts with how the word love is defined in this case. Love, for our purposes, has nothing to do with attraction or obligation. Servant leaders who love express a genuine desire to want the best for others; to see them grow, improve, acknowledge mistakes…to lead the best possible life. So, what does this type of love look like? Servant leaders who show love for their employees do so by investing in them; personally (appropriately) and professionally. They don’t just show care, they actually care. Servant leaders take interest in others and are curious; they ask questions and genuinely want to hear the answers before responding. They challenge their employees to grow and develop, but not without the support and encouragement needed to overcome challenges. Finally, servant leaders hold their employees accountable. They hold tough conversations with employees when they fall short of expectations or stray off the beaten path? Such conversations are not meant as a gotcha or a means of baseless criticism. Similar to how a parent disciplines a child; accountability reinforces a love based on learning; not enabling or avoiding. Many will refuse to incorporate the term love into their leadership approach out of fear for misinterpretation or misunderstanding. The lesson here is not the label used to describe these actions, but rather the actions themselves. As the workforce is changing, employees are demanding things like care, compassion, recognition, and praise. They want to be loved. For more insight into how to love as a Servant Leader, read James C. Hunter’s book .
info_outline Episode 23 - PPP: The Power of the Purposeful Pause 04/09/2021
Episode 23 - PPP: The Power of the Purposeful Pause A great thinker, Ferris Bueller, once said “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.” If only Ferris knew how fast life would move in 2021 compared to 1986.
info_outline Episode 21 - If Anybody is Self Aware, it's Me 03/12/2021
Episode 21 - If Anybody is Self Aware, it's Me How well do leaders really know themselves? Many like to think they are excellent communicators or attentive listeners. Yet, the true numbers are usually much lower when leaders are pressed for additional insights and examples. So why the disconnect between those who think they are and those who actually are?
info_outline Episode 20 - Put Me in Coach, I'm Ready to Lead 02/26/2021
Episode 20 - Put Me in Coach, I'm Ready to Lead The practice of coaching has exploded recently as more and more leaders are looking to increase their overall effectiveness. However, the impact of coaching can be seen not just in the formal coach/client relationship, but also the supervisor/employee relationship as well.
info_outline Episode 19 - Goal Playing 02/12/2021
Episode 19 - Goal Playing With the new year in full swing, it’s a good time to assess your growth and development. Gauging your effectiveness as a leader starts from a standpoint of humility. Having a keen self-awareness of both your strengths and weaknesses can provide you with the proper foundation for how best to move forward in 2021.
info_outline Episode 18 – The Proof is in the Behavior 01/29/2021
Episode 18 – The Proof is in the Behavior If asked whether or not their organization has a set of core values, many leaders would respond in the affirmative. A smaller number could recite all or at least some of those values, as well as identify where those values could be found within the organization (i.e. company intranet, posted on the walls in their building, conference rooms, etc.). We submit that even fewer leaders yet, if many at all, know what those values specifically mean to and within their organization.
info_outline Episode 17 – Quality and Quantity are Key 01/15/2021
Episode 17 – Quality and Quantity are Key In this episode, we wrap up the conversation on resilience by looking at some character traits of resilient people. The list is certainly not exhaustive by any means, but rather a starting point when thinking about your own capacity for resilience and how to ultimately grow it.
info_outline Episode 16 - Resiliency: I've Got So Much I Could Give Some Away 01/01/2021
Episode 16 - Resiliency: I've Got So Much I Could Give Some Away It’s fair to say that just about every one of us has dealt with some form of adversity in our lives. From smaller bouts that have come and gone quickly to more prolonged episodes that really brought on a significant amount of stress; life happens. Yet, what is far less consistent, are the responses to adversity.
info_outline Episode 15 - Resiliency: This is Going to Hurt a Little 12/18/2020
Episode 15 - Resiliency: This is Going to Hurt a Little In this episode, we start a new series centered on a word that quickly became synonymous with 2020 and the ability to handle adversity; resilience. It’s our position that the ability to be resilient is comprised of three factors: personality, or our natural resilience; experience, or our exposure to adversity thus far; and skill set, or the tools we’ve developed in order to become more resilient.
info_outline Episode 14 - Communication: Can You Hear Me Now? 12/04/2020
Episode 14 - Communication: Can You Hear Me Now? Effective communication is vital to the success of an organization. So much that oftentimes it represents what leaders feel is one of the largest contributing factors to a poor company culture. While sometimes the issue lies primarily with the amount of communication taking (or not taking) place, other times this “quantity perception” is actually masking other problems.
info_outline Episode 13 - The Pressure and Peace of Leadership: Many Hands Make Light(er) Work 11/20/2020
Episode 13 - The Pressure and Peace of Leadership: Many Hands Make Light(er) Work As we wind down the conversation on the pressure and peace of leadership, we look at the peace that can come from looking outward. When we lead solely from the standpoint of satisfying our own needs, we miss opportunities to put others as well as the organization in the best position to be successful. This desire to satisfy our own needs can oftentimes lead to fear and arrogance; thereby increasing pressure.
info_outline Episode 12 - The Pressure and Peace of Leadership: Put on Your Oxygen Mask First 11/06/2020
Episode 12 - The Pressure and Peace of Leadership: Put on Your Oxygen Mask First As leaders, we must accept the fact that pressure applied by internal and external forces is a given. If we set out with the mindset of trying to make it go away, we will be sorely disappointed. But does this pressure have to consume our lives? Rather, can we find ways to live with the pressure and maybe even turn it into an opportunity for growth?
info_outline Episode 11 - The Pressure and Peace of Leadership: The Pressure is Real (or is it)? 10/23/2020
Episode 11 - The Pressure and Peace of Leadership: The Pressure is Real (or is it)? We start a new series looking at the pressure placed on leaders every day. Whether it’s the internal pressure we put on ourselves or external pressure applied by groups like employees, supervisors, clients, board of directors; the pressure itself is real. But is it rational or appropriate?
info_outline Episode 10 - Making Lemonade 10/09/2020
Episode 10 - Making Lemonade In this episode, we continue our discussion around the mindset we choose to employ when dealing with adversity. Effective leaders have the courage to behave differently despite what the environment or dynamic might suggest.
info_outline Episode 9 - It's Time to Make Lemonade 09/25/2020
Episode 9 - It's Time to Make Lemonade Jim and John start a new series that looks at turning our negatives into positives. While the pandemic has shown us there are things which are certainly out of our control, we can still determine how we will approach life when adversity strikes.
info_outline Episode 8 - Transactional vs Transformational Leadership: Interview with Karl Brummer 09/11/2020
Episode 8 - Transactional vs Transformational Leadership: Interview with Karl Brummer We wrap up our discussion with an interview of Karl Brummer SVP at Messiah Lifeways. Karl shares his thoughts on the effect transformational leadership can have on employee motivation, engagement, empowerment and conflict resolution. We walk with Karl through his leadership journey and the lessons he learned along the way about curiosity and humility. Finally, Karl offers his insights on the power of a transformational mind when it comes to embracing change.
info_outline Episode 7 - Transactional vs Transformational Leadership: Leading for the Long Haul 08/28/2020
Episode 7 - Transactional vs Transformational Leadership: Leading for the Long Haul In this episode, we round out our discussion by focusing on the long-term focus and benefits of transformational leadership. Transformational leadership, unlike its transactional counterpart, is not just a means to an end. It’s an opportunity to improve processes, drive change, and alter the status quo. The leadership mindset is one that is proactive, as opposed to reactive. Transactional leaders can get stuck in the present. Transformational leaders, however, move towards a future that maybe only they can easily see. This unknown can scare certain leaders and energize others. Vision, like faith, is about believing in something you cannot see and dedicating your life to reaching it. Transformational leaders generate excitement for the future, trust their people to play the necessary roles, and provide ongoing support in the process. In the end, their success hinges on the success of their employees and the organization; not simply their own efforts.