Eric Jacobson

Lead By Example

In General Leadership Skills, Leading By Example on November 8, 2009 at 8:59 am

There is nothing more powerful for a leader to do than to lead by setting a good example.

So, here are 15 things you can do to be an effective and successful leader:

1. Praise when compliments are earned.

2. Be decisive.

3. Say “Thank You” and sincerely mean it.

4. Communicate clearly.

5. Listen carefully.

6. Teach something new to your team members.

7. Word hard and lend a hand when deadlines are tight.

8. Show respect for everyone on your team.

9. Follow through when you promise to do something.

10. Allow learning to happen when mistakes are made.

11. Allow prudent autonomy.

12. Respond to questions quickly and fully.

13. Return e-mail and phone calls promptly.

14. Take an interest in your employees and their important personal milestone events.

15. Give credit where credit is due.

And, last but not least, be humble!

Seven Elements Of Good Storytelling

In Leadership, Storytelling on April 8, 2018 at 7:05 am

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According to Kristi Hedges, author of the book, The Power of Presence, a good story includes these seven elements:

  1. Has a clear moral or purpose.
  2. Has a personal connection to the storyteller and/or the audience.
  3. Includes common reference points the audience can understand.
  4. Involves detailed characters and imagery.
  5. Reveals conflict, vulnerability, or achievement others can relate to.
  6. Has pacing (a beginning, ending, and a segue back to the topic).
  7. Serves to strategically underscore your intention (it’s not randomly told).

 

How To Be A Humble Leader

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Jim Collins, Leadership, Leadership Books on April 8, 2018 at 6:48 am

 

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From John Blakey’s book, The Trusted Executive, here are four tips from Jim Collins for how to be a humble leader:

  • Demonstrate a compelling modesty, shunning public adulation and never be boastful.
  • Act with quiet, calm determination and motivate others through inspired standards, not inspiring charisma.
  • Channel ambition into the company, not the self, and set up successors for even more greatness in the next generation.
  • Look in the mirror, not out of the window, when apportioning responsibility for poor performance.
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