Why Would Someone Want to be a Leader?

April 2, 2010 by · 11 Comments
Filed under: Leadership 

It’s a ques­tion I find myself ask­ing every now and then. Being a leader always comes with it added respon­si­bil­ity in some form or another. Added respon­si­bil­ity because every­one has things they are respon­si­ble for in their life. Whether it is their rent or mort­gage, gro­cery bills, school home­work, par­ent­hood respon­si­bil­i­ties, job respon­si­bil­i­ties, you name it. We all have them in some mix. When a per­son is a leader, added respon­si­bil­i­ties come about. With that added pres­sures, added stress, more hours most likely needed in order to get things done. So why would some­one want to be a leader? Read more

64 Great Sites and Articles on Diversity and Appreciating Differences

March 14, 2010 by · 80 Comments
Filed under: Culture and Diversity 

Diversity121 201x300 64 Great Sites and Articles on Diversity and Appreciating DifferencesThere are many dif­fer­ences that sep­a­rate each and every one of us. For me, that is one of the things that makes life so inter­est­ing and enjoy­able. Unfor­tu­nately, there are peo­ple who incor­rectly assume some­thing about another per­son or the group they belong to sim­ply due to a dif­fer­ence. When it comes to diver­sity and appre­ci­at­ing dif­fer­ences, no one can hon­estly say that they are not inter­ested in it. The rea­son for me stat­ing such a com­ment is because regard­less of who we are or where we come from, every­one has biases toward peo­ple we per­ceive to not be like our­selves. Whether it’s a dif­fer­ence in skin color (or shade of the same skin color), dif­fer­ence in lan­guage, or dif­fer­ence in gen­der, we all will have some form of nat­u­rally occur­ring pre­con­ceived opin­ion of a per­son who is not like our­selves. That is, until we edu­cate our­selves and/or sim­ply become a lit­tle more informed about Read more

What Does Exercise Have to do with Leadership?

Exercise2 300x271 What Does Exercise Have to do with Leadership?Exer­cise. Some of us dread it, oth­ers can’t wait to get to it. It’s true that exer­cise can become addi­tive and almost an obses­sion at times to some peo­ple (I myself have been bit­ten by the exer­cise work­out bug). When I’m forced to go more than a cou­ple of days with­out work­ing out, I find myself hav­ing more trou­ble get­ting through the day unscathed by life’s all too famil­iar stresses and chal­lenges. Read more

There is No ‘I’ in Team…But There is an ‘M’ and an ‘E’

February 28, 2010 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: Personal Development 

Every so often I hear busi­ness teach­ers and coaches men­tion that there is no “I” in the word team. I under­stand that what is meant by many of them is that one shouldn’t place one’s own needs above that of the team. But all too often some indi­vid­u­als take it to the extreme and basi­cally neglect their own needs in order (as they per­ceive it) to allow the team to per­form at it’s best. This is where the line really needs to be drawn because if one neglects their own needs, then one’s poten­tial con­tri­bu­tion to the team can and will be lack­ing to say the least. Read more

25 Great Articles on How to be Empathetic

February 7, 2010 by · 8 Comments
Filed under: Leadership 

Empa­thy enables a per­son to estab­lish a con­nec­tion with oth­ers and is nec­es­sary for mutual inter­ac­tion and full com­pre­hen­sion of the expe­ri­ence. It is prob­a­bly one of the most impor­tant aspects of being a leader in every sit­u­a­tion. With­out it, a per­son is vir­tu­ally guar­an­teed to become out of touch with the envi­ron­ment, he or she is in. With­out empa­thy, a leader can­not lead. With­out empa­thy, a per­son can­not be in any type of mutu­ally ben­e­fi­cial rela­tion­ship. With­out empa­thy, a per­son is basi­cally ask­ing to be com­pletely alone in life.

Have you ever wished to be more empa­thetic in order to become a bet­ter leader? In order to have a bet­ter rela­tion­ship with a friend, loved one or colleague?

There are many great and free resources about empa­thy avail­able. Here are some great arti­cles, posts and videos that talk about empa­thy and it’s impor­tance in lead­er­ship, par­ent­ing and rela­tion­ships Read more

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