Phoenix, AZ, USA – August 19, 2020 – America’s Most Trusted Consultants recognized Edith Hamilton and Jon Michail for their outstanding business leadership skills.
How to Lead so Others Follow: Executive Coach’s #1 Strategy
by Edith Hamilton
SHOW why they should follow you: with your ACTIONS, not just words. How?
• Be worthy of respect. This means YOU must model the way. If your behavior shouts “Do as I say, not as I do,” you are sunk. Why would anyone follow a leader who does not honor his or her own word? So keep your promises. Be aware of how your actions could appear to others. When you’re a leader, others are looking not just TO you, but also AT you. As you respond calmly to pressure, as you respond graciously to criticism especially when it’s not deserved, you determine why others should trust you enough to follow even when the road gets bumpy.
• Be clear. Create a shared vision. Describe the destination as vividly as you can. Anticipate and provide answers to ‘Where are we going? What must we do to get there? How will achieve that? What resources do we have?” And motivation is vital: answer the question they may not be asking out loud, but are surely wondering: “What’s in it for us?” Paint an inspiring picture for all those who follow you: one that will continue to energize them through the hills and valleys.
• Be curious! Your life would change dramatically if 80% of your questions begin with the word “What …” Because others will respond with more specific details. On the other hand, a question that begins with “Why …” makes people guarded and wary, as if they must suddenly defend themselves.
Notice the difference in tone and emotional impact between these 2 questions: “Why are you late?” compared to “What caused your delay?” The word “why” makes me feel I have to justify myself to you. And I resent that. The word “what” makes me think you actually want to know, that you might be sympathetic. People are very literal. The question you ask determines the response you get.
Or compare how these 2 questions feel different: “Why are you doing that?” vs. “What is important to you about that?” The “why” makes others feel attacked, even when you don’t intend it. Starting with “what” will bring you closer, as they share some insight into their values, hopes, motives. And you are more likely to find something in common. Or at least a way to encourage the person.
Imagine yourself as a curious anthropologist, eager to discover more, to better understand those under your leadership. They have entrusted you with much as a leader. Keep showing that they made the right choice.
Authentic Personal Branding… in a World of Crisis.
by Jon Michail
Leadership in all forms (self and group) is a serious responsibility and during this period of health and economic crisis also the right time to define who you are and what your personal brand leadership stands for. This is the time to lead! However, how will you be an effective leader if people don’t trust you or have confidence in you?
There is no doubt today’s health and economic crisis has been a huge setback for many of us. This is a challenging period that demands authenticity especially because trust and credibility are two things that are highly volatile in a crisis. How can you manage to keep up the confidence of your employers or clients during a crisis?
The answer could well lie in your authentic personal brand. Your authentic personal brand is what can separate you from the crowd now and allow people you are dealing with to trust and follow you even in a crisis. A crisis can drive you to become someone you aren’t, take inauthentic business decisions and move away from your beliefs and values for short-term success. This scarcity and survivalist mind-set is something that can be a recipe for disaster in the long-term.
An authentic personal brand means you should stick to your core values and beliefs and be consistent with them. This means no matter how tough a situation is, always fall back on your values and beliefs. This is what will enable your authentic personal brand to flourish and result in success even during times of crisis. Moreover, your employer, employees or clients will look up to you and trust you if your personal brand leadership oozes with authenticity and courage.
Remember, being brave, empathetic and vulnerable endears people to you because you’re demonstrating that you can be trusted and trust today is a currency in short supply.
There has not been a better time to launch your personal brand leadership with a strategic step by step system. It’s your passport to becoming a memorable leader with an authentic personal brand that can make a difference for you and your business.
#1 Tip on Leadership – An Authentic Personal Brand Builds Trust and Overtime Becomes Iconic.
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