The commonalities between the Chinese, your golf swing, and leadership.

Knowing yourself is one of the key traits to being a good leader. While keeping ones own reactions in tune it is important for each leader to develop mindfulness, attitude, and strategy to promote well being within organization. This can sometimes seem like a daunting task as a leader. Using ones own attitude and demeanor as an example, each leader should channel that same energy to develop positive attitudes between coworkers and employees. The whole “lead by doing” scenario applies here, but also in a psychological sense. Putting pure belief into practice can be simple, yet powerful. I am suggesting that the idea of Self Generated Effect can be used to shape organizational environments in limitless ways and styles, though it must first be used to shape each leaders own attitude. Since Self Generated positivity is often used to manage individual stress, it can also be applied in a management environment for a different purpose. Next time you have a bad day, bad experience, or a bad attitude, slap on a big genuine smile and see how you feel then. Sounds elementary or stupid even, but that is just your attitude. If you feel better you may realize that things are not actually as bad as your initial attitude indented you to think. The simple action of smiling is both a proven cause and effect of happiness and so it turns out you can be the conscious generator of your own happiness. If you can generate this positivity in yourself simply by smiling, you can generate it in others and ultimately you can end up shaping the attitudes of followers in an organization to be whatever you want it to be. It works and it is the idea of the Self Generated Effect.

Knowing that people have the ability to control their own attitude, why not form a profitable organization that is also a great place to be? Dating back before 700A.D. the Taoist people believed in “Wu wei ” which is simply the psychological concept of learning effortless action. Psychologically the ultimate product of “Wu wei” is learning to actually “get out of your own way” so to speak. This idea can be seen and understood when playing instruments, at work, or even playing some sports. For example, if you are a golfer and you are golfing and you start thinking hard about your swing or your last shot or your next shot, you will get in the way of your own playing. You, in essence, create anxiety about the near future (especially if you are doing badly). To improve you must realize that it is meaningless to hold anxiety about your swing or the current lie of the ball. Like “Wu wei,” to snap out of it you have to learn to truly and psychologically let your actions be effortless; each shot, each action must exist only now and nothing more. Even if you know you have an ultimate goal to “swing the club at perfect tempo” or “hit this shot right where I need it to be”, if you learn to keep a goal intact while turning off this extra feature of thinking, you then understand that the true source impeding your swing is in fact your own mind. Only then can you allow your swing to become an effortless action. When you achieve that inner harmony you have nothing getting in the way of playing great golf or becoming the great leader or manager you want to be. Still, I never said golf is easy and I will never say leadership is easy either. Practice makes perfect.

How does this apply to managers and leaders? Like playing good golf, employees often have anxiety about their jobs, bosses, and leaders, and is the cause of bad attitudes and subdued productivity. If managers don’t address anxieties, employees will naturally be withholding of their maximum positivity and productivity. Ultimately if leaders learn to “get out their own way”, and psychologically remove aimless thought action, they can then watch positive pure and intentional leadership traits emerge. The same concept applies to helping employees and followers to remove their own anxieties. If managers and leaders help employees and followers learn this technique, they can together help grow to see more positive and productive organization.

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The Job Market

As the stock market crashes again and again, it is a scary realization that I will be searching for professional employment in the coming months. I continue to hear that jobs are scarce with the unemployment rate in Nevada at 13% where California is  just over 12%. Those numbers can be upsetting and disheartening for graduating seniors hoping to break into the working world and make a difference. Good leadership skills are paramount to push through difficult times in this country and so I continue the search for a reliable source that can help me find opportunities in the scarcely changing job market. I keep asking myself how will I ever find a job where I can actually choose the job because I see myself fitting with the organization, and not just taking a job because it simply was the only one I could get? Finally I found some hope online.

A great new site that I have been frequenting over the last few weeks is http://www.indeed.com. After browsing craigslist.com daily for opportunities I began to search for something that is actually a reliable collection of open job positions searchable by location. Finally I found Indeed.com and it gave me hope when I saw what my search criteria produced. I thought it was really helpful and it gave me a little more hope as I look toward the future.

 

How do you choose your style of management or leadership?

Over the years I have been managed and led by a handful of different people, each with their own style and choice as to how they guide their workforce toward success and productivity. Some managers choose to rule their troupe with a tight grip; demanding respect and pushing employees to their maximum. Other managers bring love to the workplace and are passive, yet extremely convincing and inspiring. From personal experience I have come to understand that each style of management is unique and produces different results, evokes different feelings from employees and followers, and can be uniquely useful in different employment environments. The question I ask myself at this point in my career is how do I choose my own style of management and leadership? As I emerge into the world as a young business entrepreneur, what kind of manager and leader will I become? How will I develop my style?

As I determine what will be the best way to shape my own leadership skills, I am realizing that I need to match my own natural skills and abilities to the type of leadership and management style I adopt. More so, it is more important that I shape my style to fit the certain and specific needs of my followers and employees. Their needs are what I must meet in order to build successful relationships and foster workforce productivity.

There are six basic leaderships styles that should be considered by managers and businesspeople in charge of guiding employees; Visionary, Coaching, Affirmative, Democratic, Pace-setting,  and Commanding.

Developing these styles and morphing them into my own style will be something I achieve as I begin to use my skills as a young entrepreneur.

This article is a great example of ways you should develop your leadership style.

http://guides.wsj.com/management/developing-a-leadership-style/how-to-develop-a-leadership-style/

Leadership in Business

It is hard to say whether businesses really value leadership. So many times I hear “the manager is the reason I quit my job!!” Are managers really leading their employees to success? Are they successfully leading their company to prosperity? Do employees truly feel like they are following someone who they can trust and accomplish great things with? I don’t actually think this is the case unfortunately. I started this blog to really delve deep into the reasons that leaders are lacking in leadership skills, and to improve the way that managers and companies view leadership. There are many benefits to having a good leader work for your company and exposing these benefits is the main purpose of this blog. Get ready.