A leader guides an initiative and a team forward. Great leaders often have a method to their magic. They are constantly making progress. Their teams are productive and enthusiastic. How do they do it? Even though their work is constantly changing as they move forward, they have some consistent practices that form the foundation for their progress.
Leadership is a continuous practice. As our work and team changes and evolves, we must be able to navigate the change to accomplish our objectives but also learn and grow toward new potential. In this post, I’ll expand on the meaning of the Awake Leadership staircase for leaders, the seven vitals...
One of two leadership blind spots often causes leaders and teams to suffer. Most leaders have at least one of these blind spots covered; they are stronger at one than the other. However, an imbalance between these two vital leadership practices can cause suboptimal productivity, frustration...
A primary part of a leader’s role is to support the team in reaching objectives. This involves keeping the team aligned on what the objectives are, ensuring the team has the resources to execute the work, and keeping the work engaging so the team develops and remains enthusiastic. In this post, I’ll detail the key differences between quantitative and qualitative objectives, provide insight on how to make your quantitative objectives impactful, and provide some ways to begin finding balance and new energy on your team.
There are many words to describe “good” leaders or effective leadership. These words often seem vague or theoretical, so it’s hard to take them seriously or actually put them into practice in your work as a leader. Here, I am going to describe what I believe are the most important attributes of Awake leaders. These are some of the intangible words I use to describe Awake leaders and what they mean in practice. These are not personality traits that you have or don’t have; these are qualities inherent in everyone that can be developed. My intention is to differentiate these important attributes, describe why they are so important in practice, give guidance on how to begin practicing them, and hopefully make them more approachable and applicable for your leadership.
Mind mapping is a powerful tool we can use as leaders to balance our logical thinking processes with expansive, innovative thinking about how to approach our work. We can also better understand and achieve our objectives with our teams. In this post, I will describe the benefits of mind mapping I have experienced, the key aspects of mind mapping that make it impactful, a how-to guide for getting started, and explained examples.
As a leader, it is your role to give direction and provide structure to make sure your team’s vision becomes reality. To do this, you have to delegate and direct the work that is accomplished on the team. How do you deliver requests without making demands? How do you give direction without seeming or feeling dictator-like?
Without the right support, you may be limiting your potential as a leader. This week, I chose a Support section question I received from an Awake Leadership reader...
Recently, I received questions from Awake Leadership readers about the relationship between the team mission and the team vision: Could you please elaborate on the key differences between the team mission and team vision? Why do we need to construct and consider both with our team? The first section of Awake Leadership is called Vision … Continue reading Your Questions Answered: Mission Statements & Vision Planning
As a leader, it is challenging to carve out time to get any solo work done or even gather your thoughts. We spend a lot of time in meetings and planning how we’re going to spend our work time to accomplish objectives. There are larger group meetings, one-on-one’s with team members, conference calls, personal e-mail … Continue reading Tools for Awakening: How do you use your solo time?