Empowered Leadership for Women: Unleash the Leader Within You!

Does workplace criticism sting you?

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Does workplace criticism sting you? contemplative woman

Do you often hear it as a personal dig?

The truth is that workplace criticism may actually contain some personal elements. To achieve success, women must learn to navigate the minefield of making tough decisions without being perceived as aggressive. This difficulty is compounded when a woman seeks praise or fears criticism.

A few points discussed:

  • Over the centuries likeability and compliance were often survival strategies
  • Women are socialized to be agreeable and are praised for it
  • Women often receive harsher and more personal criticism

To learn more about this issue and some strategies to overcome the fear of criticism, take a look at this great article from NYTimes.com.




Secrets of Transcendent Leaders

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Empowered Leadership Logo2Have you ever wondered what makes great leaders so successful?  What do they have that others do not?  The good news is that many of their leadership “secrets” are actually skills you can practice yourself.

Les McKeown, President and CEO of Predictable Success started more than 40 successful businesses before creating his this very reputable consulting program.  He says that in his career, he has worked with many truly great leaders–individuals who left a lasting legacy and impact–and he noticed they all share four characteristics.  Here are his comments about these skills.

1. Serious time management. The most notable characteristic of transcendent leaders is their ability to be resolutely in the moment. Seemingly untroubled by overflowing inboxes, unhurried by over-scheduled calendars, not distracted by ever-growing to-do lists, the best leader seems to always have time for the task at hand.

As a result, they are sharply, intently focused–on you, on the issue under consideration, and on the needs of the team around them.

2. Prioritization. Great leaders are highly focused, but they also focus resolutely on the right things. They’re skilled at the art of triage; they can prioritize many demands, and always ensure they spend their limited time on those issues that are central to the enterprise’s needs.

This is one of the reasons a transcendent leader can remain so focused in their interactions with others. They know that what they are doing is important for the enterprise as a whole, and they’re able to zone out the competing demands of lesser priorities.

3. Crisis management. Even a strong leader can buckle in a crisis. Blindsided by the unexpected, it’s easy to get caught up in the gravitational pull of a sudden emergency and lose sight–and control–of the rest of the organization’s needs.

Great leaders, conversely, excel in crises. They refuse to have their ongoing priorities (and those of the enterprise) distorted inappropriately by individual events.

Instead, like the ripples caused by a stone thrown into a pond, the transcendent leader will react to crises with just the necessary response–no more, and no less than is required to address the new situation, correct it, and return to equilibrium.

4. Delegation. Finally, the best leaders are masters of delegation.

Acutely aware of their own limitations, and driven by the knowledge that they can’t possibly do everything they’re asked, the transcendent leader entrusts tasks to others not by exception, but by default.  As one such leader put it to me: “I try only to do, what only I can do.”

Do you wish to not just lead people, but to be seen as a mentor and a role model?  Would you like to leave a legacy? Doing so is surprisingly straightforward: the four individual skills that differentiate the transcendent leader are each in themselves surprisingly mundane. These are skills which any good leader can learn. But together, they combine to transform an average leader into a truly transcendent one.

By Patti Franklin

To further enhance your leadership skills, click here for more details on the Empowered Leadership for Women workshop


Would YOU follow you?

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Empowered Leadership is about knowing what you believe in and leading from those values in spite of pressures from outside sources.  This kind of leadership is critical for aCW_1 number of reasons, not the least of which is that leaders define the business culture in organizations they lead.  The core values or principles of a leader define the principles of a business.

It is also important to note that the core drive of a leader creates the momentum of the business, and her habits create its core habits.  It is easy to see how important it is for a leader to possess and continually hone her principles, work habits, and work ethic.

Think about your principles, your drive and your work habits and ask yourself this—would YOU follow you?  It is important to know that as a leader, you will attract employees and business contacts that are based in these traits, and these people will contribute the success or failure of your business.

Jeff Roberti, a major distributer for NSA and an expert in network marketing wrote about the 10 fundamental traits or powers of extraordinary leaders.  Take a look at his thoughts and decide if some of these traits fit into your “Authentic Leadership” style.

The 10 Fundamental Powers of Extraordinary Leaders

The Power of Vision – A vision must call forth individuals to become more of who they truly are. It is the power to create a mission and dream that inspires others to follow your leadership.

The Power of Unreasonable Expectations – To receive the ultimate rewards, you must live by the ultimate standards. Our standards determine our level of excellence.

The Power of Conviction – The quality of your life is in direct proportion to your ability to deal with uncertainty. One of the guarantees of life is that it will constantly challenge us. That is why discipline, resolve and conviction are so important to any great leader.

The Power of Connection – True leaders have an uncanny ability to care and connect. The core of who they are as people is rooted in the principles of love, caring and compassion.

The Power of Passionate Communication – To inspire others, you must first be inspired. Great leaders do not push others. Instead they inspire others to push themselves.

The Power of Strategic Innovation – One of the only constants in life is change. Great leaders proactively and effectively manage change. They do this through strategic innovation and the constant desire to make change an asset vs. a liability.

The Power of Action – Leaders are bold. They are men and women of action. Remember, “Watch feet not lips” – there is much more power in a leader’s walk than in their talk. The inability to take action even when facing the toughest decisions and challenges is a cancer to great leadership.

The Power of Truth – Leaders tell themselves, and everyone with whom they interact, the truth. This means being “authentic” so that your words match your actions.

The Power of Character – Leaders are responsible, consistent, courageous, loyal, and fearless. A leader’s soul is unfulfilled unless it is an example of good character. Good character is defined by a person’s true desire to serve others as their primary goal in life.

The Power of Giving – Leaders define their value and create their legacy by the difference they make in the lives of others. Giving is not done with the purpose of getting something in return. As you have probably heard it said … generosity doesn’t keep score. With any great leader, giving is the essence of their identity.

I find the desire and ability to lead others is one of the most worthwhile pursuits in life. Why? Leadership is a skill set that allows you to make a difference. It is also a mindset that plays a major role in defining your legacy. I believe the ability to be a great leader lies within all of us.

In closing I’d like to encourage each of you to meditate on this for a moment … “it is much easier to lead than to push.” Make this foundational in the way you manage your business and you will undoubtedly reap the leadership rewards you are seeking.

By Patti Franklin

To further enhance your leadership skills, click here for more details on the Empowered Leadership for Women workshop