Volume 5, Issue 1

January 2016

Blue Ridge Conference

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October 5 - 7, 2016

Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership

Black Mountain, NC

Leadership Resolutions

With a New Year come long lists of resolutions and promises. Often times, most, if not all, are quickly broken and/or forgotten. That could be due to the resolutions being unrealistic, too numerous or both.

Here are five simple resolutions any leader should adopt and keep, if he or she is not already in the habit of demonstrating these behaviours regularly and consistently:

  1. Be inclusive, considerate and respectful of others: In the long run, leaders are effective because they value and respect others, regardless of who they are.
  2. Recognize the contributions of others: Failing to recognize others’ contributions may not seem as harmful as other negative traits such as being manipulative or micromanaging, but it is in fact the most derailing behavior. Not recognizing other’s contributions can negatively impact your performance as a leader by up to 31% (Learning & Development Leadership Council). Give credit where credit is due. You'll be a better leader, and person, for it.
  3. Talk less and listen more: At the 2015 Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership, Deborah Boswell, a concurrent session presenter, had a simple but powerful message: effective leaders spend more time listening (and listening effectively) than talking. This ability is certainly a conduit to numbers 1 and 2 above!
  4. Focus on what you want for people: Ken Blanchard, the world renowned leadership author, points out that when your focus is on what you want for people, the result will be what you want from people. A simple distinction that yields results.
  5. Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses: Most of us tend to want to improve by rectifying a fault or a weakness. Unless they have a fatal flaw (something that would possibly incapacitate them as a leader), research (Zenger Folkman) shows that the very best leaders mostly focus on leveraging their strengths and further developing those so that they become their signature leadership trait.

If you focus on these five simple things, you will become a more effective and respected leader.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership, I wish you a healthy, safe, productive and happy New Year.

And, by the way, perhaps you can add a 6th leadership resolution: join us in Black Mountain, North Carolina, at the 96th Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership, October 5 – 7, 2016!

-Gary Droghini

 The contributor to this month's newsletter is Gary Droghini. 
Board Member, Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership
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