Leaders hire and develop their teams

True global leaders hire and develop the best.

Leaders need to have a strong and diverse team around them. When they hire someone, they need to hire the best people they can find. They hire not only because of what the candidates have achieved so far, but also because they see potential in that person. 

Leaders know that they are as strong as their team. They provide their team members with guidance and support. They give them additional responsibilities. When they are out of the office (in a meeting, a training or on holiday/vacation), they delegate. They give someone in their team the chance to step up, to represent and replace them. Doing so not only develop the individuals, but it also ensures a succession plan when the time has come. 

Leaders also help them grow. They focus on their strengths. Whether they want to become a manager or follow another direction, leaders help their team members in finding the right path, providing guidance or tips. They identify opportunities for them and discuss them with them so that they all know what the next steps will be. Team members may need their approval to apply for another role, or even a recommendation. The best thing you can do as a leader is to support your team members to the best of your abilities.

Leaders do not micromanage. They empower people. Great leaders trust their team members that they will do the job they are supposed to do. They allow reasonable failure.

They provide tools, policies and procedures so that their team can do their job.

Last but not least: Leaders listen to their team and ask for regular feedback, because they know they do not know everything. 


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Strategic Thinking is key in Leadership

What sets a leader apart from a manager is first and foremost the strategic thinking.


Strategic thinking is  the ability to think in the long and short term, and into the past and the present. Strategic thinking becomes increasingly essential as you ascend the corporate ladder.


Leaders like Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey, Coco Chanel or Martin Luther King had a vision and they all have worked towards it. 


How do you improve your strategic thinking?

  • Observe and look for trends. Be proactive about connecting with people in and outside your organization to understand their observations of the marketplace (remember my previous tip on networking? )Then, share your findings across your network.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions
  • Sound strategic: Pay attention to the words you use. Take a step back and try to see the bigger picture. Do not always think only about your team or department,  think also about your organization as a whole. 
  • Finally, block some time in your agenda to think. It may seem like a waste of time, but it’s your ‘ME time’, just as important – or even more – as other meetings. During that time, pause, take a step back, reflect. 


One tip I was also given was to play chess (or learn how to play it). This will also help you develop your strategic thinking skills.


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Leadership and the importance of Networking

Networking… A word we hear a lot nowadays…

We all have heard the expression ‘It’s not what you know but who you know’. 

And in a sense it is true!


Networking is a very important part of leadership. And this is also an area where women are usually less strong (I know, I’ve been there: we often prefer to ‘finish the job’ or finalize this project rather than ‘waste time’ going out for a drink with some colleagues…


And yet, as a leader, online and/or offline networking has big advantages:


  • It increases your visibility. You meet new people who will know who you are, what you do and what value you bring
  • Networking can help you set up your business or climb the corporate ladder. By telling people your story and your goals, people will help you and will keep you in mind when they have an opportunity that fits your profile, experience and skills.
  • You can discuss things and get different ideas/opinions and even tips


Don’t forget: networking is a long term investment. You should always try to keep in touch with your network throughout the year, and not reach out to them only when you need them!


So, networking is not only who you know, but it’s also who knows YOU!

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How leaders deal with conflicts

As a leader, you will sometimes face challenges, conflicts or difficult situations with either your team members, senior leaders, peers, suppliers, customers etc.


A conflict often arises when your values, ideas, opinions and/or actions are not aligned with those of your counterpart OR when there is miscommunication between different parties.


There are 5 different styles of conflicts.

As a leader, it’s very important to recognize them and to know when to use which one.

So what are they?

  • 1st conflict style is: Competing. You should use it in either emergency situations or if you have to make a quick decision

  • 2nd conflict style is: Collaborating. You should use this style if you want to improve a relationship or if you are trying to gain commitment

  • 3rd conflict style: Compromising. This style should be used if you are dealing with time constraints or if you are trying to create a temporary solution

  • 4th conflict style: Accommodating: You should use it if you are trying to create goodwill or when you are developing performance in a team

  • 5th conflict style: Avoiding: When you want to reduce tension or need more time

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Leadership and time management

Time management is something we all struggle with.


When you’re in a leadership position, time management is very important. Nothing can substitute time. And the worst part is that once you’ve wasted that time, you can never regain it. 


Leaders know that. Effective leaders use their time management skills to ensure that they maximize their time and accomplish their goals. They also know that when time is managed properly, they can accomplish more in less time.


Here are my tips for today:


  • Leaders set the vision, and work backwards from then on. They set long, medium and short term goals so that their teams know what to work on.
  • They set priorities or help prioritize activities. Are they urgent or important? What is the impact versus the effort? 
  • Leaders get rid of distractions. They make sure meetings are run efficiently. True global leaders do not waste time and know when to stop a task. They keep things simple


I could talk more about time management but I’ll stop here for today 🙂


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True global leaders embrace diversity and include everybody

True global leaders embrace diversity and include everybody. They never assume they already have all the answers. 

Global leaders keep and open mind. They value diversity and include everybody.


They know that having a diverse team can be challenging. However, they accept and respect everyone. No matter where they come from, their nationality, religion, sex, age, background, ability/differentability, etc.


In addition, global leaders know that everyone has something to offer.  They ask for feedback and ensure that EVERYBODY is included in the process. They know that everyone can offer a different perspective, provide different ideas and strengthen the team.


Finally, great leaders know that the big ideas and solutions come from the most diverse teams.

They know that diversity AND inclusion are key! They simply embrace them.


As a conclusion, I want to finish with one of my favorite quotes from Verna Myers.

Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.”

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To be a great leader you need to be a great communicator

Whether you are leading a team, a big organization or a company, you need to be an effective communicator, as otherwise your message will be lost.


To do so, you need to communicate clearly and in a confident tone: if you are unsure, or hesitate, if you keep saying things like ‘well, you know’, or ‘hmmm’ , or you look down, you will not be able to convey a strong message. 


You need to pay attention to your audience. Leaders know who they are and adapt their language/expressions they use to them, they adjust the speed of their speech. They prepare. They practice, rehearse. Record yourself on video and see if there are specific gestures you do you shouldn’t, if you look nervous etc. 


Being a great communicator also means being a great listener. Leaders are curious and know they don’t know everything. They are open to feedback and listen to suggestions. 


For the ladies, some additional tips:

  • Stop using ‘diminishing’ words such as ‘I’m sorry’, ‘maybe’, ‘just’..
  • Often underestimate themselves; it’s all in your head!!! Nobody knows what you’re going to say or if you forgot to say something
  • Dress. Try to match your style with that of your audience. In doubt, dress up a bit (instead of down). And try not to wear too much makeup or too much jewelry. In this case, less is more, You want your audience to focus on your message, not to be distracted by something you wear


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Leaders are confident

In my previous 2 posts, I shared a few characteristics of great leaders.


One other important thing they all have in common is confidence.


To be a great leader you need to be confident in your actions AND in your message. 

What do leaders do? Well…


  • Great leaders lead by example. They are not afraid to take risks. They know that they can never fail but that there is always a lesson to learn.
  • Leaders are not afraid to make decisions. Once they have gathered feedback and received the information/data they need, they are not hesitant and decide what they think makes sense/is best for their team or organization.
  • They believe in themselves

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Most important characteristic of great leaders

My previous post on Leadership as part of the 10Tips10Days challenge went over some of the characteristics of great leaders (https://lnkd.in/g8DrQgi)

One thing I did not mention, and to me the most important characteristic for leaders, is emotional intelligence (Tip2)

Watch my video to find out about what emotional intelligent leaders do! 😉

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Effective leadership is not the exclusive domain of men or women

Effective leadership is not the exclusive domain of men or women!

When we talk about ‘leaders’, we often think of men first: Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Napoleon, Roosevelt, Churchill, the Dalai Lama, Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos, etc.


However, there have been and there ARE also many women leaders: Oprah Winfrey, Angela Merkel, Amelia Earheart, Coco Chanel, Christine Lagarde, Serena Williams, Marie Curie, etc.


What is interesting is this.

All of these people share some common traits:

  • They had/have a vision/goal in mind
  • All of them were/are focused 
  • They inspire(d)
  • Theae leaders stay(ed) positive
  • They took/take risks
  • Each and everyone of them made/make mistakes
  • They believe(d) in themselves


I said it earlier: Effective leadership  is not the exclusive domain of men or women.  

Women usually have a different leadership style than men. Each gender has its own strengths and areas of improvement. 

However, both genders can learn from each other. 

In the next few weeks, I’ll share some tips about leadership with specific tips for all the women out there. 

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