The Language of Leadership

In this post Laura Reed looks at 5 of the characteristics that make a great leader. Did you know that we run a 2-day Leadership workshop? Our course will help develop your leadership qualities and turn potential characteristics into established skills.

Strong, effective leadership plays a vital role in business and in our personal lives. Some people seem to be born leaders, able to tackle any challenge and others seem to flock to them with little to no effort. So what makes our leaders effective? What characteristics do we recognize in them consciously or subconsciously that makes us willing to follow? What characteristics do we instinctively know to avoid? Effective leaders can mean the difference between a profitable business and a failing one. With high-pressure jobs, great responsibility often tests leaders and brings out the best (and the worst) of their personalities. The following five characteristics of an effective leader are only the beginning qualities that strong, effective leaders must exhibit.

Language of Leadership

1) Genuine Humility

It’s more than likely that at some point in your life you’ve worked for a jerk. You’ve had to deal with someone who is demanding and has unrealistic expectations. A poor leader is full of themselves, selfish or out for blood with no regard for those who have to follow in their wakes. Humility is the key to a leader’s success. A humble leader often takes the mentality of “leading to serve” – in other words, their position of leadership’s purpose is to do what is best for their underlings. Genuine humility is important, especially since so many people try to fake it. Fake humility with an underlying selfishness is easier and easier to spot. A fake humility can reduce productivity and severely impact the moral of a business. Read the rest of “The Language of Leadership”

The Face of Business is Changing With Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding for small businessesTen years ago, someone with a brilliant (or not so brilliant) business idea had to jump through some major hoops to apply for a business loan or convince an investor to part with their cash.

When the downturn started, those hoops got harder, leaving many wannabe-entrepreneurs with no way to get their projects off the ground.

Enter crowdfunding. Websites like Kickstarter and Crowdfunder allow you to ask members of the public to donate towards the amount you need to get your project off the ground. In return for their donations, they get a product, service, credit or investment or simply the great feeling of helping a new business make a start. You choose the amount to donate and the reward is proportionate.

Investment is not the only thing you need to start a business. As you bring people in to fulfil your promises to investors, management skills for new managers training is vital to make sure your team are happy and productive. Running a business also requires strong leadership skills, which are distinct from management techniques.

Takeaways from Crowdfunding Success Stories

Entrepeneurs/Small Businesses – Clang

Take the example of Clang’s page on Kickstarter – it is fairly self-explanatory of their success. Their pitch is technical and persuasive, yet accessible – the perfect marketing tactic. The ideas-man, Neal Stephenson, establishes himself as an expert in the first sentence, gives his main sales point (“these could be more fun”) and a call to action (“time for a revolution”). I’m convinced. Read the rest of “The Face of Business is Changing With Crowdfunding”

Leadership vs. Management – What’s the difference?

We strongly believe that leadership & management go hand in hand. A good manager needs leadership skills to perform and a good leader is nothing without a strong grasp of management techniques.

However, the two are different concepts that are often muddled together as one. In this post I am going to look at what makes leadership & management different, and how they should be combined for the best of both worlds.

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The Role

Management is a formal role within a business. The manager is responsible for the employees who work for them and must set and monitor goals that meet the aim of the business.

There is no formal role for a leader. The best managers are natural leaders but often an employee in the team emerges as a leader. In this situation it is important that the manager works with them to help spread the management message. When a leader within a team turns against the manager, dissent can soon spread.

Natural leaders are often internally promoted when they display their leadership qualities. Businesses feel that it is easier to promote an employee who already has the support of their team than bring in a new manager. Read the rest of “Leadership vs. Management – What’s the difference?”

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