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The Thoughtful Leader Podcast
13 minutes | a day ago
Is Insecurity Damaging Your Leadership? Watch For These Signs
Ever felt insecure during your leadership role? It's not uncommon to feel that way, as leaders are often having to deal with change and uncertainty in their teams and workplaces. But just because we feel insecure sometimes, it doesn't mean we should resort to insecure behaviour. If we are conscious of the signs of insecure leadership, we can stop ourselves from going down that path! In this episode, I look at some of the signs of insecure leadership so you can be aware of them and stop falling into the insecurity trap! Show Links: Article: Are You an Insecure Leader? Watch for These 10 Signs. Podcast Episode: Beating Leadership Imposter Syndrome. Interested in Leadership Coaching? Go here: Leadership Coaching. Shownotes: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/97/
13 minutes | 9 days ago
Why Team Members Aren't Meeting Your Expectations
Do you find yourself frustrated by team members who won't meet your expectations? You're not alone! Many leaders struggle with this issue, feeling like they always need to run around cleaning up after their team. In this episode, I target some of the key areas which can cause this problem, and look at some ways to help your people step up and take on more accountability and ownership. Show Links: Enrol in the Team Accountability Builder Online Course. Article: Team Members Unable to Meet Your Expectations? Check These Things. Article: How to Encourage Team Members to Take Accountability. Shownotes: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/96/
14 minutes | 15 days ago
How to Lead People Who Resist Your Leadership
Have you ever had to lead people that don't really want you to? Awkward! But this can be quite a common problem in leadership, because there are lots of potential reasons why people might be resistant to your leadership. In this episode, I cover some of these situations, the root cause that is often behind this resistance and of course, what you can do to overcome this tricky problem. Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast and please leave a review on Apple Podcasts if you like it! Oh... and tell your friends and colleagues to spread the word! Show Links: Article: How to Lead People Who Don't Want Your Leadership. Article: 3 Simple Tips For Successfully Managing Experienced People. Shownotes Page: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/95/
10 minutes | 21 days ago
How Open and Honest Should You Be With Your Team?
As the leader of your team, the openness and honesty of your communication can be a bit of a balancing act. It can feel good to be open with your team, but this can cause problems too. In this episode, I cover the benefits and drawbacks of being open and honest with your team, including some of the ways to strike the right balance. If you like this episode, be sure to subscribe using your podcast platform of choice, whether it's Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or on Spotify. Show Links: Thoughtful Leader Podcast Episode 37: Communication Mistakes That Will Damage Your Leadership Article: Why Building Trust Is Better Than Authority. Article: Why Showing Trust In Your People Is the Best Strategy (and Why It Works). Shownotes: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/94/
12 minutes | a month ago
People-Pleasing Leadership & How You Can Stop It
Have you ever felt like you wanted your team, colleagues or your own boss to like you so much, that it has impacted your leadership? If so, you're not alone. Some leaders would rather please the people around them than make the right decisions or take the right actions. In this episode, I'll take a look at some signs that you might be a bit of a people-pleaser and then look at some ways you can shift your mindset to take the right actions instead. Show Links: Leadership Confidence Online Course: Enrol here! More Confidence Resources: Leadership Confidence Resources. Shownotes: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/93/
15 minutes | a month ago
Struggling to Say No? Try These 5 Ways!
Saying "No" is a critical leadership skill, and one that many leaders still struggle with. We all want to be seen as "team players" and good leaders, so it can be tempting to just say "Yes" to everything. In this episode, I talk about how to push back and say "No" to unreasonable requests and extra workload that would push you and your team over the edge! Show Links: Article: 5 Ways to Say No Without Getting Fired. Podcast Episode: Is All Your Hard Work Helping or Hurting? Online Course: Leadership Confidence Online Course. Online Course: Team Accountability Builder. Shownotes page: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/92/.
11 minutes | a month ago
Think You Know What Your Team Wants? Think Again!
Have you ever fallen into the trap where you think you know what your team members want? And perhaps you've made assumptions based on your own experience and preferences. In other words, you've assumed you know what your team members like, dislike or want to achieve in their careers, because you think they are just like you! This is a cognitive bias known as the "False Consensus" effect. Basically, this means in our head, we tell ourselves that other people are just like us. Unfortunately, this can have a negative impact on the way we lead our teams. In this episode, I cover some of the bad things that can happen when we fall prey to this effect - and of course some of the ways we can try to avoid it in our teams! -- Don't forget to try my new YouTube Channel for more great leadership resources - it's different than the podcast, so be sure to try it out! Show Links: Enrol in the Team Accountability Builder Online Course. Article: False Consensus: Is it Hurting Your Leadership? Article: Cognitive Biases explained. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #72: How You Can Be a More Thoughtful Leader Today. Article: Risk & Reward: How to Provide Development Opportunities For Your Team. Thoughtful Leader YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB_x0blCwpjKcPNc9CcjFRg/.
17 minutes | 2 months ago
Beating Leadership Imposter Syndrome
Ever felt like you're just not good enough for your leadership role? Do you feel like other leaders seem more calm and confident than you do? Well, you're not alone. In fact, I've felt all of these feelings and more during my leadership career. The problem with imposter syndrome in leadership roles is that it can make you step back and stop leading the way you should be. So in this episode, I'm going to cover some of the best ways that I've dealt with it over the years, so you can deal with it too. -- Wish your team took more ownership and accountability? Take My New Online Course! I've just opened the brand new Team Accountability Builder Online Course for pre-sale! That means you can enrol now for a heavily discounted price until the course opens in November 2020. The course will take you through the process of building (and then applying) your own Accountability Plan which is tailored for your team, so you can help your team members feel more invested in the success of the team! Click here to learn more and enrol now. -- Show Links: Article: Got a Case of Leadership Imposter Syndrome? Try This. Online Course: Leadership Confidence Online Course. Podcast #78: Want to Feel More In Control of Your Team? Try Letting Go.
11 minutes | 2 months ago
Common Ways You Might Be Reducing Accountability In Your Team
Building team accountability is a great way to improve performance in a team. Team members that take accountability are more likely to put in extra effort, care and attention to making sure the work is done right. Without accountability, leaders often feel like they are going it alone. If you are the only one who really cares about the quality of the work in your team, it can feel like you're running around trying to fix everything by yourself. That's why we want to be doing things that increase accountability, instead of damage it. Sometimes as leaders, we do things that damage accountability in our teams, even without meaning to. In this episode, I go through some of the simple actions that leaders sometimes take that can ruin accountability in a team, so you can avoid them! Want to Build More Accountability In Your Team? Enrol for the Team Accountability Builder Online Course, where you'll create your own accountability plan to build ownership and commitment in your team! The online course is available for Pre-sale right now, so click the link below to claim your spot before the pre-sale closes! Click here to learn more and enrol today. -- Show Links: 4 Ways Leaders Damage Accountability in the Workplace. 5 Simple Ways to Improve Accountability in Your Team. Thoughtful Leader Podcast Episode 32: Why You Can't Hold Your Team Accountable. Show Notes page: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/89/
18 minutes | 2 months ago
Avoiding a Negative Team Culture
The way that leaders behave can have a dramatic impact on the way our team operates. Leadership behaviour can be contagious, so we need to make sure we're sending the right signals to our team members. Like it or not, we are role models for our team members, and they'll often behave the way they think we want them to, even if they don't really believe in it. In this episode, I look at the impact of negative leadership behaviour and how it can shape the attitudes and actions of our team members. Then we cover some more positive behaviours that are more likely to bring out positive aspects of team culture. -- If you like this episode, be sure to go to Apple Podcasts and leave a review - I really appreciate it and it helps other people find the podcast! You can leave a review at the link here: Apple Podcasts. -- Need Coaching to Help to Create a Positive Culture in Your Team or Organisation? Leadership coaching can be a great way to improve team performance, improve your leadership confidence and also achieve your leadership goals. If you want to find out more about my Leadership Coaching Services, you can find more information here: Leadership Coaching. -- Show Resources: Article: How Negative Leadership Behaviour Shapes Team Culture. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast: How Toxic Workplaces Happen (and what you can do about it). Article: The Unintended Consequences of Leading By Fear. Article: Following Orders When You Don't Believe In the Direction. Shownotes: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/88/.
22 minutes | 2 months ago
How to Fix Behaviour Issues In Your Team
If you’ve ever had trouble with behaviour issues in your team, you’re not alone! In this episode, I take a look at some simple steps to take to diagnose and start to fix behaviour problems from team members. This can be quite tricky so there might be some trial and error, but if you follow the steps you should be able to make some progress! Don’t forget to subscribe in your podcast app of choice and leave a review on Apple Podcasts if you like this episode! Team Accountability Pack: If you would like to improve accountability in your team, try the Team Accountability eBook Pack, with tools and techniques to help hold your team accountable and tackle the difficult conversations in your team. Click here to get it now. Show Resources: Article: 6 Steps to Deal With Behaviour Issues In Your Team. Podcast Episode: Thoughtful Leader’s 5 Cs of Performance Management. Team Accountability Pack: Team Accountability eBook Pack. Situation-Behaviour-Impact Tool (SBI-BI)
13 minutes | 3 months ago
Want to Improve Team Performance? Set Good Deadlines.
With the rise of more inclusive and collaborative leadership, setting deadlines can be uncomfortable for many leaders. However, there are good reasons for deadlines and they really can help to improve performance. The trick is to make your deadlines meaningful, useful and real. This will help your people strive to achieve the target and feel motivated at the same time. In this episode, I look at some of the common problems we see with deadlines in the workplace (or lack of them), the benefits of setting good deadlines and milestones and of course, how you can do it for your team. The Eustress and Performance Curve Resource: Deadlines are just one part of motivating people. If you are struggling to motivate your team I know how you feel - I've been there! That's why I created the Motivating Your Team Audiobook, with tools and techniques to get the best out of your team members and create the right environment for motivation. Don’t settle for a lazy, disinterested team… click here to listen to the audiobook today. Show Links: Shownotes: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/86/. Article: How Setting Deadlines Will Improve Your Team. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #30: Using Work Pressure to Improve Team Performance. Article: 3 Simple Reasons Your Team is Missing Deadlines and How to Fix It. Article: Eustress - https://www.healthline.com/health/eustress.
11 minutes | 3 months ago
Signs That You're Not Really Solving Your Team Issues
Ever felt like you're constantly dealing with people problems and team issues, rather than doing actual work? You're not alone. Dealing with people problems is a natural part of leadership. However, if it is consuming your working day so much that you can't actually focus on doing real work that moves your team or business forwards, then you have a problem. You're not alone. Dealing with people problems is a natural part of leadership. However, if it is consuming your working day so much that you can't actually focus on doing real work that moves your team or business forwards, then you have a problem. Frustrated By a Lack of Accountability In the Workplace or Your Team? Try my Team Accountability Pack. [sc name="resource-icon" ] I know what it's like to feel frustrated because your team won't take ownership. That's why I created the Team Accountability Pack, with two popular eBooks to help you improve accountability in your team and tackle the difficult discussions you might need to get there! Buy the Team Accountability Pack today and see the difference. -- Like this episode? Please leave a review! Simply go to Apple Podcasts to leave your review - it really helps to get the word out to other leaders so we can improve the quality of our workplaces. Click here to leave a review, I really appreciate it! -- Show Links: 5 Signs That You Aren't Really Solving Your Team Issues Seeing Performance Issues In Your Team? Try These Things. 6 Steps to Deal With Behaviour Issues In Your Team. Episode 58 - Why Leaders Should Do More Planning (and Why They Don't) Effective Ways Leaders Can Deal With Frustration in the Workplace.
12 minutes | 3 months ago
How to Give Your Team More Meaningful Work
Doing meaningful work is one of the greatest motivational factors that drives team member performance. When people feel as if they are taking on worthwhile tasks that matter, they're more likely to feel engaged and put in the effort. Unfortunately, there are many people who aren't doing meaningful work. There is a lot of wasted time and effort in our workplaces which can destroy motivation. In this episode, Ben looks at some ways that you can provide more meaningful work to your team, so they feel a sense of purpose and meaning when they come to work. Like this episode? Please leave a review! Simply go to Apple Podcasts to leave your review - it really helps to get the word out to other leaders so we can improve the quality of our workplaces. Click here to leave a review, I really appreciate it! Links: Article: Meaningful Work, the #1 Motivator (and How to Provide it in Your Team). Book: "Start With Why" by Simon Sinek. (Affiliate link) Article: Do You Have An Effective Team, or Are You Focused on Busywork? Article: Why the Best Leaders Are Wary of Stretch Goals.
10 minutes | 3 months ago
Handling Emotions in Leadership
As humans, we are constantly experiencing emotions and the workplace is no exception. Leaders often need to deal with deadlines, team problems and other situations, so it's inevitable to feel stressed, upset or anxious from time to time. Even positive emotions can get us in trouble in the wrong context. The most important part of dealing with emotions is making sure that we can respond to them in a productive way. In this episode, I cover some of the ways we experience emotions, some of the trouble they can cause and of course how you can work on ways to handle them more effectively. After all, leaders are role models so we need to be setting an example for the people around us! Do you like this episode? Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts - it helps other leaders find the podcast and create better workplaces. And of course, I really appreciate it! Click here to visit Apple Podcasts and leave a review! Show Links: Article: The Impact and Importance of Emotions in Leadership. Article: Theories of Emotions from Very Well Mind. Podcast Episode #73: Why We Need More Mindfulness In Leadership. Shownotes page: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/83/
15 minutes | 3 months ago
Thoughtful Leader's 5 Cs of Performance Management
When I hear the words "Performance Management" these days I tend to cringe a little. Why? Because over the years, Performance Management seems to have become more about following arduous Human Resources (HR) processes and pushing people out of the organisation than actually improving performance. In this episode, I run through the 5Cs of Performance Management, to actually help you get better results in your team. Let's forget about the formal HR process for a moment and actually focus on good leadership and management to improve your team. The better you lead your team, the less likely it is that you'll run into the tricky and complicated people problems that many leaders need to deal with! Frustrated By Performance Issues In Your Team? Try my Team Accountability Pack. I know what it's like to feel frustrated by performance issues and team members that don't take ownership of their work. That's why I created the Team Accountability Pack, with two popular eBooks to help you improve accountability in your team and tackle the difficult discussions you might need to get there! Buy the Team Accountability Pack today and see the difference. -- Show Links: Article: The 5 Cs of Performance Management. Article: How a Self Fulfilling Prophecy Will Make or Break Your Team. Resource: Team Accountability Pack. Shownotes page:
12 minutes | 4 months ago
The Power of Setting a Direction for Your Team (and how to do it)
Setting a direction is an extremely powerful action that leaders can take to reduce conflict, improve productivity and make sure everyone is on the same page. Setting a clear direction seems obvious, but I've seen many cases where conflicting priorities still unravel teams and cause dysfunction. In this episode, I look at some of the reasons why setting a direction is so important, how it will help your team and of course, how you can set a direction yourself. Get the Team Accountability Pack: I know what it's like to lead a disinterested team who aren't invested in the work... it's not pleasant! I created the Team Accountability Pack to address this common issue. It will help you to build accountability in your team and also tackle the difficult and uncomfortable conversations that you sometimes need to make it happen! Click here to get the Team Accountability Pack today! -- Like this episode? Head over to Apple Podcasts and leave a review! I'd really appreciate it and it helps get the word out to other Thoughtful Leaders out there! Click here to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. Links: Resource: The Team Accountability eBook Pack. Article: The Power of Setting a Direction For Your Team. Article: How to Use Work Pressure to Help Your Team Thrive. Podcast Episode: Thoughtful Leader Podcast Episode 48: The Perils of Passive Leadership.
15 minutes | 4 months ago
What to Do When You Have Too Many Priorities
Many organisations seem to be trying to do too much, with too little. The list of "critical" initiatives and projects seems to keep getting bigger. Committing to lots of priorities seems like a good idea. It looks good to say you'll complete 100 initiatives this year. The problem is that in reality, it looks more like you'll complete 20 of those initiatives. Often the pressure flows down hill. The senior leaders at the top set too many priorities, and then everyone else needs to deal with it. So in this episode, I look at some of your options when you and your team are faced with too many priorities that you won't be able to achieve. Do you feel overwhelmed and disorganised? Try my Online Course. I know what it's like to struggle with your workload and feel overwhelmed. That's why I created the Time Management for Leaders Online Course, to help you focus on what matters, feel more organised and get your important work done. The course is self-paced and contains tools and techniques to help you manage your workload, improve productivity and achieve the right outcomes for your team. Click here to learn more and enrol. Links: Online Course: Time Management For Leaders Online Course. Good Book: The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team. Podcast: Episode 57 - Employee Wellbeing: Is it Important Or Are We Just Ticking a Box? Article: Too Many Priorities: What to Do When You're Asked to Do It All. Article: Too Busy at Work? Try These 5 Things. Shownotes: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/80/
16 minutes | 4 months ago
Are You Showing the Signs of a Self Serving Leader?
Self-serving leaders put themselves ahead of other people in their organisation, including their teams. Most of us have a tendency to believe that some leaders are selfish and out for themselves, while others aren't. I believe that our self-serving tendencies lie on a spectrum, it's not black or white. Yes, there will always be the political animals and the power players, but everyone else sits on this spectrum too. Sometimes, the environment we work in can bring out these harmful characteristics that make you put yourself first. In this episode, I look at some of the common signs of self-serving leadership and how you can avoid them when you lead your team. Thoughtful Leader Forum: Leadership can feel lonely, which is why I created the Thoughtful Leader forum for you to share your experiences and solve your challenges with other Thoughtful Leaders. Click here to sign up and start a conversation today. Links: Article: 3 Symptoms of the Self-Serving Leader. Do You Have Them? Article: Why Your Fear of Leaving Your Job Is Making You a Worse Leader.
13 minutes | 4 months ago
Want to Feel More In Control of Your Team? Try Letting Go.
Leadership can be stressful. Sometimes we feel like we want to have all the answers, when the reality is that our workplaces can be full of ambiguity and uncertainty. In an effort to gain control of their team and guide them in the right direction, some leaders will try to grip on tighter. They feel like if they don't, they'll lose control and everything will go wrong. Well... what if I told you that the opposite is true? That you should in fact force yourself to let go, stand back and let your team take on more of the accountability? In this episode I cover the importance of understanding what you can control and what you can't, as well as the key reasons why letting go will help you actually feel more in control of what is happening in your team. The Sphere of Control You can see the Sphere of Control shown below - use it to understand what to focus on... and what you're wasting time worrying about! Do you feel like you're overwhelmed and lacking the confidence to lead your team? Take the Leadership Confidence Online Course and lead your team the way you know you can! This self-paced course will help you build a more confident mindset to tackle your leadership challenges! Enrol now. Links: Article: How Letting Go Will Help You Take Control. Article: How to Get Comfortable Without Controlling Leadership. Podcast: Episode 21: Micromanagement and How to Stop It. Podcast: Episode 22: Self-Fulfilling Prophecy & Leadership. Online Course: The Leadership Confidence Online Course.
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