leaders

& their qualities

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Last year, my first blog post was about leadership quantities and it’s fitting to write again about leadership and it’s qualities because of a compliment a co-worker gave me. Today, a co-worker told me “Kendal Ann, you are the most considerate person I know.” That’s the best compliment I’ve received in a long time.

If you ask 10 people what three qualities a good leader must posses, I bet you will come back with 20 different answers. For me, a good leader must be a good communicator, enthusiastic and considerate. More often than not, people don’t think of being considerate as a trait for good leaders, but to me it’s one of the most important.

There is evidence that leaders who are considerate in their leadership style are higher performers and are more satisfied with their job (Schriesheim). We should also note that consideration and structure are independent of each other, thus they should not be viewed on a continuum (Stogdill). For example, a leader who is more considerate, it does not necessarily mean that they is less structured. When thinking of a considerate leadership style, understand this could also mean leaders typically exhibit concern for employees’ well-being, status, and comfort.

A year later, I still believe we are all leaders, and it just takes some of us a little longer to get there than others. Leaders do not fit into a perfect mold. Leaders are born every day. Each day, you can make yourself become a better leader though expressing gratitude, by having an open mind, and being courageous and take positions on controversial topics.

 

hello happiness

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I am a big fan of Coca-Cola products and I always have been. Coke just makes me like them more with everything that they do. Have you heard of the Hello Happiness campaign they launched in the UAE?

Basically Coke wanted give laborers in the UAE a few extra minutes of happiness, so they created the Hello Happiness Phone Booth — a special phone booth that accepts Coca-Cola bottle caps instead of coins for a free 3-minute international phone call. The campaign started after the learned the workers in the UAE make about six dollars per day. Also the cost of a phone call is nearly a dollar per minute which makes phone calls are rare. What an awesome opportunity that allows them to connect with their families back home more often.

What’s there not to love about this campaign? Take a look at the video below and let me know your thoughts.

 

pro tip

always follow up

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I will let you in on a little secret. Networking can virtually occur in any settings. But networking might not be the most important part of making contacts, my friends, it is essential to always follow up. An initial contact is great, but you aren’t really networking if the relationship does not continue. To achieve success in your networking efforts, it is vital to follow up.

You want to cultivate those relationships and the solution isn’t more networking, but rather spending more time networking with a follow up system in place. Honestly, your business or career may even depend on it. Let me fill you in on a few best practices.

Take notes

More than likely, you exchanged business cards, if not get in the habit of doing that. At the very least get their business card. Immediately after the event, jot down a few quick notes about the people you met. I write these directly on their business card. It’s important to do this shortly after the event so the conversation is still fresh in your mind.

Send an email 24 hours after meeting

When sending your first email, you want to demonstrate that you are thoughtful, reliable, and consistent. Just like you put the effort in to make a good impression at the event, continue to do that in your email. Of course, make sure there are no typos, spelling errors or run-on sentences. Sharing useful data, offering further help and focusing on the receipt of the email are all things to keep in mind when writing this exchange.

Connect on Social Media

The next step is to connect with the person on LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ or follow their blog. Once I am connected with someone on LinkedIn or Twitter, for example, I am less likely to lose touch with them and they will be reminded of me every time I post something. Plus, both are excellent tools for remaining “top of mind” with people in your extended network.

Follow-Up & Add Value

The hardest part about following up with people who you still don’t know that well is finding excuse for contacting that person without sounding like a car salesman. When you follow up with your contact, add value to your outreach.  A few ways to do this could consist of sending an information article, making an introduction or inviting them to an event. Again, it’s hard to make these follow up connections but know that everyone is in the same boat. Here’s another useful article about adding value from the NYTimes.

Keep these things in mind next time you are next working and following up with those connections!

one of the greatest leaders

Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela had many achievements, but there are arguably two that stand out to the world. First, he was the Mandelaworld’s most inspiring example of fortitude, magnanimity and dignity in the face of oppression. Mandela served 27 years in prison because he had the belief that all men and women are created equal. Second, the way he engineered the transformation of South Africa. South Africa went from a from narrowness into a rainbow nation. Here in this new nation of South Africa, no matter what your color you were entitled to be treated with respect.

You can utter the name Nelson Mandela from cost to coast, ocean to ocean and everyone will know who you are speaking of. Mandela was a miraculous man. I heard these words and allow me to paraphrase: It is hard to think of anyone else in the world where every single person, in every corner of the Earth, can somehow identify with him and his actions. He was, quite simply, a wonderful man.

This one is for you, Nelson Mandela!

If you are interested in reading more about Nelson Mandela and his leadership lessons, check out Forbes. Forbes has a very interesting article that talks about Mandela and his epic leadership lessons.

leadership qualities

“…keep in mind that you only lead once. You may be a leader in title for several years, but there is no time quite like the present to lead these people in this setting to meet that challenge. Treat every opportunity to lead as a unique, once in a lifetime experience and you’re bound to make the most of it. And when you do, people can’t help but notice.”- Sam Davidson

leadership qualities

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A few weeks ago I was assigned a team, task force and new project. Ten well-trained, exclusive, and well-renowned individuals and myself were asked to join SWAT. The SWAT (who knows why they named it that) could change the company forever, our task: defining leadership. It didn’t stop there, once leadership has been defined the qualities must correlate and be dissected. Everything must be parallel with our company, the mission and views.

Having the opportunity to join this team has been incredible. It’s interesting to see why people think leaders should posses courage or gratitude. During many discussions, I find myself on very different ground as my team, which posses a challenge. As, I am the youngest person on the team (by a good 15 years) they expect me to shed light of my generation and my thoughts. As I explain to them, as I will to you, I don’t see a leader fitting in the same norms. You don’t see leaders fitting one criteria or posses certain characteristics over others. Leaders are born–and some leaders need that push before they take control.

I believe we are all leaders, it just takes some of us a little longer to get there than others. Leaders do not fit in the same mold. Based on experiences and opportunities leaders are born. Each day, you can make yourself become a better leader: express gratitude, have an open mind, let your voice be heard, be courageous and take positions on controversial topics. Check out this Forbes on 10 Ways to Make Each Day a Leadership Masterpiece.