Emotional Intelligence of Great Leaders

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The idea of emotional intelligence (EI) has popped up quite a bit recently, with entrepreneurial experts extolling its virtues – the ability to understand and manage the emotions of yourself and others – as vital to growing as an entrepreneur. Emotional intelligence aids in negotiation and collaboration, networking and communication; all important components of building your brand. Without EI, the process is difficult if not impossible. What Is Emotional Intelligence? As stated, the basic definition of emotional intelligence is having both an understanding of and ability to manage your emotions,…

How to Choose Outstanding Employees

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Successful Employees Great leaders know that the key to success is great employees. But how to choose employees that are right for you? These are the people who take that extra step without prompting, and who share your vision to strive for excellence. Like you, they take pride in being the best, and their personal integrity never allows them to submit an imperfect product. They’re there when you expect them to be, and focused on getting the job done. Now, how do you find these people? What’s more, how do you…

4 Must Have Leadership Qualities for Entrepreneurs

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Leadership Qualities for Entrepreneurs The skills to be a successful entrepreneur aren’t quite the same as the skills needed to make a good manager. Leadership qualities for entrepreneurs is something special. Entrepreneurs not only create something that never existed before, they have the ability to get others to recognize their vision and follow them into an unknown future. It’s a specific skill set, but one you can improve upon with practice. Leadership for entrepreneurs takes the following qualities to be successful. Be a Visionary Visionaries look toward the future. Yes,…

4 Telltale Signs of a Nightmare Boss

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Nearly everyone has been there: the nightmare boss. It’s so common that it’s become a trope in nearly every workplace comedy; think Office Space, 9 to 5, Horrible Bosses. What are some of the signs of a nightmare boss that you notice in those shows? Okay, that last one is a dead giveaway, seeing as it’s right in the title. However, it serves as a sign for how normal it is for people to have a terrible boss. Scott Adams made an entire career out of lampooning terrible leadership in…

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions

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I recently read John Maxwell’s newest book Good Leaders Ask Great Questions. In it he states that “good leaders ask great questions that inspire others to dream more, think more, learn more, do more, and become more.” John Maxwell is one of my favorite authors on leadership and regarded by many to be the foremost teacher on leadership. I found the book to be insightful and wanted to share some of the thought provoking questions that, as a leader you should be asking those around you, and questions you should…

Lag vs. Lead Indicators

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If your business operates like most, you have regular meetings with management where you review your progress to your goals and objectives. I have personally organized and participated in hundreds if not thousands of these meeting over the years. Until I knew better I would often leave these meetings thinking, “this seems like the right thing to be doing, that is, checking in on our progress, yet it still seems somewhat futile.” What I came to realize is that the reason I felt this way had to do with the…