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Leadership Insights:

Leadership Tips: Simple, on-the-job self improvement ideas to strengthen your leadership skills

Stress: A dozen strategies to reduce on-the-job stress

Leadership Articles: Leadership and team development insights by Jeff Appelquist

Time Management: Strategies and activities to help business leaders manage their time

Leadership Styles: Overview of the frameworks, theories, and styles of leadership

Delegation: Understanding the skill of delegating effectively

Leadership Power: Six types of power for business leaders

Decision Making: Understanding sound decision making

Personalized Growth Plan: Design and begin a personalized leadership growth plan

The Power of Praise: Meaningful praise is a powerful and important motivator

Understanding Feedback: There are five main categories of feedback 

Leadership Responsibilities: A team leader's responsibilities to his or her team

Leader/Team Tension: Leader behavior that can weaken team cohesiveness

Management Framework: A process outline for achieving results

Strategic Planning: Determine where your team has been and where it wants to be

Talent Development: Guidelines for developing the talents of your team members

Engagement Misconceptions: Twelve misconceptions about employee engagement

High-Power Leadership: When does leadership power become counterproductive

Succession Planning: Guidelines for a successful succession program

Communication Tips

Communicating effectively is a vital skill for successful leaders.  Below is a list of communication tips that may help you become a better communicator.

  1. Ask pertinent questions that seek real knowledge.

  2. After asking a question, keep an open mind without being defensive.

  3. Be certain that your questions are really questions and not statements.

  4. Challenge without intimidating.

  5. Pick the right place and time for a conversation.

  6. Listen carefully for the true intent of a speaker's message.

  7. Look for meaningful nonverbal communication.

  8. Show an interest and maintain eye contact with speakers.

  9. Look beyond a speakerís words and be sensitive to his/her emotions and feelings.

  10. Listen to the whole message; don't focus on just one part.

  11. Avoid rambling, wordiness, and needless repetition

  12. Work on message clarity and preciseness.

  13. Check to see if your listener has heard the message that you intended.

  14. Try to avoid words that are all inclusive: all, never, everybody, always, etc.

  15. Speak with confidence but don't assume that you are always right.