November 28, 2016
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Rock Star Leadership has never been more difficult, complicated or more clear in what is needed.  Soft skills may be the toughest to teach and manage on a consistent basis, but they are the difference between the consensus leader and the autocratic leader.  Many corporations are receiving awards and less turnover because of their attention to the skills needed to lead, manage and develop trusting, creative and LOYAL contributors as employees within their organizations.
Be sure to identify what success looks like…don’t let it be a mystery.  Tell people often what you expect and give them many avenues to get successful in those expectations.
Communicate in ALL ways.  Use your eletronics systems and in-person to communicate needs, success, information and congratulations for work well done.
Soft skills development is hard…you need to know what people need and what would inspire them to learn and use these skills.  Soft skills create agile organizations; innovation and best place for people to work.  Assessing people’s communication, leadership and behavioral competencies is an excellent place to start. Get your assessment here
Build trust – defining trust is hard, but people know when they are trusted and they certainly know when trust does not exist for them or the organization…learn how to create a workplace of trust – it can be tougher to develop when not under the same roof, but it is always valuable to the success creating process.
Perception is everything – how are you perceived and how you show up at work is what will be believed – “not do as I say, not as I do” is passé and no longer an acceptable way to lead.  Consistency, integrity and knowledge embed for the leader that they are really who they operate as…don’t forget that 55% of your showing up is your body language. 

“…Soft skills bring out the best in people as their behaviors and competencies are shaped to fit the strategy of the organization, the desired work climate, and the ever-changing, unpredictable landscape.” - FORBES
Master the essential skill set of the truly effective leader - The Leadership Journey charts a course through four critical areas of being a great leader. This book brings world-renown people and talent development expertise to bear in a discussion about 'good' versus 'great' leadership. Successful leadership at any level is about getting results, but how do the best of the best manage to consistently deliver bigger and better things? This book shares the 'secret sauce' of successful leadership, and provides an actionable framework for discovering—and developing—your own leadership skills and potential. By distilling the broad and complex topic of leadership into highly accessible points and discussions, The Leadership Journey is a perfect traveling companion for everyone along the leadership path. By Gary Burnison  (Author), Ken Blanchard (Afterword)  Click here.
P.S. Listening Test:  And you thought that you had this skill nailed…well 74% of you need to revisit your listening skills.  You will love this test and it will provide you with valuable and immediate feedback in how you are listening. Trust me, your colleagues, partner, kids, bosses, clients, prospects will appreciate  your new commitment to listening well.  You can always get my help…I will listen.  :) Click here.
To your success,

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