The impact that stress can have on leaders, entrepreneurs, and their teams can be so great that it can let all the air out of the balloon. A recent survey showed that 40% of all workers say that their job is very stressful, 26% say they are very burned out. A quarter of people see their job as the number one stressor in their lives. Has life gotten more stressful? What can this mean for you in all the critical roles of your life?
Bob and Alex talk about engaging your employees. Alex contends that a man's voice can be very soothing, but a woman's voice can be very nurturing. Bob says that the best bosses he has had through his career may have been women. Survey results from Gallup say that women managers are more engaged at work. Female employees prefer female bosses.
Bob and Alex talk about the proposition that being late shouldn't be seen as a fault, but rather as a sign of innate optimism.
If a leader has to have a conversation that escalates into an argument, they need to know how to make it a productive one. Bob and Alex talk about approaches to be for effective at making that happen.
Leaders need to not only aware of the message they send with their own body language but how to read the body language nuances of others. Bob and Alex start with the often discussed crossed arms and the message that they send.
Bob and Alex celebrate the Fourth of July by talking about the courage it takes to get your team out of the mire and inspire them. Times that are characterized by businesses sacrificing customer service for the sake of reducing costs call for leaders to transform their teams.
Maren Hogan, CEO of Red Branch Media and publisher of Marenated, the blog at Red Branch, comes to Labrador Leadership to talk with Bob about leadership and her own leadership journey. Her own experiences as a chief marketing officer highlight her emerging leadership skills that have brought her to the top of Red Branch.
Bob takes a timeout to talk about how we as leaders can frame our thoughts as they relate to the church shootings in Charleston, SC last week.
Bob and Alex are both snowed in and take the time to chat about assessments. Bob suggests that in the past we probably had a switch on the sides of out heads since we so freely create feedback. Getting better at this can be learned. There are good habits that should be reinforced, the most basic of which is not giving feedback only once a year. There should no surprises in annual performance reviews. As much as some leaders have to learn how to give feedback, a much broader segment including those leaders have to learn how to receive feedback. The use of assessment circles is an opportunity to practice recognizing how you feel and to observe how others react.
Bob opens the box on a leader's perspective on emotional intelligence (EI of EQ). He shares the four components of EI and why it is so important.