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12 Traits that Define the Perfect Leader

12 Traits that Define the Perfect Leader

The world is full of horrible bosses and leaders who can’t lead.  We have all worked for one, maybe many, and all we can do is shake our heads and wonder how they can be so clueless and ineffectual.  Typically their team is made up of unhappy drones just waiting for an opportunity to move on, and the turn over in that department is horrendous.  Being a manager is not an easy job, but the best leaders make it look effortless.  Rare indeed is the person who can pull this off, but the really good leaders share certain characteristics that differentiate them from the others. You can spot them instantly.  Here are the 12 traits that a perfect leader possesses: POSITIVE ATTITUDE. Nothing is more draining than a negative personality. The best leaders radiate positivity.  Although everybody has a bad day or has to deal with adversity from time to time, a good leader knows how to roll with the punches and sees a glass as half full rather than half empty. PATIENCE. Whether it is with a team member who just isn’t getting it, or waiting to see anticipated positive results from a project, the perfect leader knows how to exercise patience. This calm demeanor that is displayed brings a sense of contentment to the workplace. FLEXIBILITY. Knowing that things generally don’t go as planned and always being ready for a Plan B should the need arise is a key factor in being the perfect leader. No need to dwell on what didn’t work, just find a way to keep on moving and resolve any conflicts. KINDNESS. Customers...
Running a Better Business… When Your Team Members Act Like Children

Running a Better Business… When Your Team Members Act Like Children

Okay, maybe your team isn’t flinging spoonfuls of Fruity Pebbles at each other or fighting over the remote control (yet).  Guaranteed however, if they are spending eight hours together on a daily basis you occasionally witness some of the same behaviors at work amongst your beloved group as you do when you walk through the door at day’s end.  They may not be your children, but in a way they kind of are… you are the “parent” when they are in dire need of redirection, focus or overall supervision. Lucky you…just another perk of being the boss!  To make sure that you are running a better business, recognize these childish behaviors in the office environment so you can step in. TATTLING:   Still a favorite, and it’s not just for children.  The ball gets dropped on a project and sure enough at least one of your employees will be pointing the finger.  It’s your job to keep the staff on task to complete things that were left undone.  Redirect them towards completion, not placing blame. WHINING:   “I’m really tired… my feet hurt… I’m sick of being on the phone….”  Geeeeeeeez, can we find this person a task to do that’s out of the way somewhere?  Maybe in a supply closet?  Okay, maybe not… but the whiners are vampires and suck all the energy out of us.  What to do…  Well what would you tell a child?   You can’t give timeouts or naps (though the whiner might appreciate that solution) but maybe you really can find something that doesn’t involve dragging the rest of the team down.  Like giving a pouty child...

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